Shoura passes dress code law for women TV anchors

Updated 19 February 2015

Shoura passes dress code law for women TV anchors

The Shoura Council has passed a new law that would make it mandatory for women TV anchors working in the Kingdom to wear modest dress and not show off their beauty.
Ahmed Al-Zailaee, chairman of the media committee at the consultative body, said once the law is passed by the Cabinet it would apply to all women media workers in the Kingdom, including those of MBC and Rotana.
Latifa Al-Shualan, a Shoura member, expressed surprise at the council’s interest in the dress code of women TV anchors, and said there are other more important issues to tackle.
“There are many other pressing issues such as the danger posed by the media activities of the so-called Islamic State terrorist group,” she said.
Al-Shualan called for serious efforts to confront the smear campaigns against the Kingdom by some in the powerful international media. “Our media should highlight the Kingdom’s important role as a moderate political force in the region,” she added.
Before the Shoura decision, the Kingdom’s national television stations asked its women anchors to wear the traditional coverall abaya.
Presenter Budoor Ahmad was the first presenter to appear wearing the new-look black abaya adorned with a blue stripe on Al-Ekhbariya news station.
Noora Al-Adwan, a member of the Shoura, had called for a dress code for all Saudi women working at private television stations funded by Saudi Arabia.
Meanwhile, Ibrahim Abu Obat, another Shoura member, called for a national dress code for all women representing the country, and not just for television presenters.
“We need to have a clear Islamic dress for all women as their national dress,” he said. “The dress code must not be confined to women presenters and news readers on television,” he added.
Abu Obat’s call comes after Manal Radhwan, a senior member of the Saudi diplomatic mission to the United Nations, caused controversy when she did not wear a scarf or abaya while delivering a speech at the UN Security Council on Jan. 30. The pictures went viral on the Internet.
Hailed as the first Saudi woman to address the Security Council, Radhwan, however, was harshly criticized for her “non-conventional” looks.
According to a local Internet-based publication, higher authorities have insisted that those representing Saudi Arabia must reflect the values and social traditions of the Saudi people.
Some bloggers called for punitive measures against the diplomat.
“I wonder who allowed this woman to speak on behalf of Saudi Arabia at an international gathering,” one blogger asked. “She has caused us deep embarrassment. Everyone knows that we are a conservative society and I call for action against those who are implicated in this embarrassment, including those who allowed her to speak on behalf of Saudi Arabia.”


Fraud alert over cryptocurrency falsely linked to Saudi Arabia

Updated 21 August 2019

Fraud alert over cryptocurrency falsely linked to Saudi Arabia

  • The website of a cryptocurrency company is promoting what it calls the CryptoRiyal and SmartRiyal
  • The Singapore-based company uses the Saudi emblem of two crossed swords and a palm tree

JEDDAH: Fraudsters are trying to lure victims into investing in a “virtual currency” with false claims that it is linked to the Saudi riyal and will be used to finance key projects, the Saudi Ministry of Finance warned on Tuesday.

The website of a cryptocurrency company in Singapore is promoting what it calls the CryptoRiyal and SmartRiyal, using the Saudi emblem of two crossed swords and a palm tree. Its “ultimate goal” is to finance NEOM, the smart city and tourist destination being built in the north of the Kingdom, the company claims.

“Any use of the KSA name, national currency or national emblem by any entity for virtual or digital currencies marketing will be subject to legal action by the competent authorities in the Kingdom,” the ministry said on Tuesday.

The fraudsters were exploiting ignorance of how virtual currencies work, cryptocurrency expert Dr. Assad Rizq told Arab News.

“A lot of tricks can be played,” he said. “Some of these companies are not regulated, they have no assets, and even their prospectus is sometimes copied from other projects.

“They hype and pump their project so the price goes up. Inexpert investors, afraid of missing out, jump in, which spikes the price even higher. Then the owners sell up and make tons of money.

“Cryptocurrencies are a risky investment for two reasons. First, the sector is not yet fully regulated and a lot of projects use fake names and identities, such as countries’ names or flags, to manipulate investors.

“Second, you have to do your homework, learn about the technology. And if you still want to invest, consider your country’s rules and regulations.”