12 educational TV channels launched

Updated 21 August 2015
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12 educational TV channels launched

JAZAN: Education Minister Azzam Al-Dakhil has launched 12 educational satellite television channels, two of which offer classes for students near the southern border, where the new academic year begins on Sunday.
The project, in Asir Educational Directorate’s Jazan, Najran, Sybia and Sarat Obaid is one of the most important educational initiatives approved by the ministry during the first semester, local media reported on Wednesday.
The two channels — Aiyn (eye) and Inmaa (growth) — are aimed at students of all educational stages in all school subjects. This reflects the need to find alternative educational alternatives that link modern technology with electronic education.
Al-Dakhil tweeted that in exclusive partnership with Arabsat, the Ministry of Education launched the 12 educational channels that covers all school stages.
The minister will follow up on steps by educational directorates near the southern border and the mechanism that will see the implementation of educational alternatives to achieve its goals in light of the current situation in the border area.
Eisa Ahmad Al-Hakami, director general of Jazan education, called on school principals in the border area to follow alternative plans and implement them in a way that achieves the interest of pupils.
Al-Hakami opened activities during the second day of the meeting with educational supervisors on their role in training and supervising alternative electronic education.
The meeting comes within the ministry’s programs and support for schools in the border areas.
Director of Information Technology Directorate Mohammad Mither reviewed the types of electronic education and virtual classes available.
The number of students in Jazan included in electronic education has reached 30,000 and the number of teachers around 3,000 teachers.


FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

Ahmad Al-Khatib
Updated 27 May 2018
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FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

  • Saudi Arabian Military Industries aims to aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products

JEDDAH: Ahmad Al-Khatib was appointed the chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) in October 2017. 

He also holds the posts of chairman of the board of directors of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) since 2016; chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Fund for Development; adviser to the general secretariat of the Cabinet; adviser to the minister of defense; and adviser to the court of the crown prince.

Al-Khatib inaugurated on Friday the new facilities of the Aircraft Accessories and Components Company (AACC) at its new headquarters at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah during a ceremony under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

SAMI aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products and become one of the top 25 global companies in the field of military industries.

“Our goal is to localize more than 50 percent of the Kingdom’s military spending by 2030,” said the crown prince in his earlier statement.

Al-Khatib is a former adviser to the royal court, was the minister of health between 2014 and 2016, and served as the chairman for the Saudi stock company established in 2006, Jadwa Investment.

Al-Khatib has 23 years of experience in banking. In 1992 he joined the Bank of Riyad, working in various departments for 11 years and helping to establish the customer investment department. 

In 2003, Al-Khatib joined SABB Bank and participated in the establishment of Islamic Banking (Amanah). He then became the bank’s general manager.