Prince Turki succeeds Prince Faisal as SRMG chairman

Updated 13 February 2013
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Prince Turki succeeds Prince Faisal as SRMG chairman

JEDDAH: Prince Turki bin Salman has been appointed chairman of the Saudi Research and Marketing Group (SRMG), succeeding Prince Faisal bin Salman who was recently installed as governor of Madinah province.
SRMG's Board of Directors on Saturday announced that the changes were approved in a board meeting last Thursday in Riyadh.
During the meeting, the board members acknowledged Prince Faisal's efforts in leading to SRMG achieve several significant accomplishments during his stewardship for more than 10 years.
SRMG is the holding company of Arab News, among many other subsidiary companies.
Prince Turki's term as chairman for the current session extends to April 30, 2015, the board said. The appointment will be put up for approval with the next regular General Assembly meeting.
Prince Turki was born in Riyadh in 1987. He holds a bachelor degree in marketing from King Saud University and he is currently the chairman of Tharawat Holding Company.

Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Shubaily has been appointed SRPC board of trustees' member and secretary-general. Established in 2008, SRPC board of trustees is first of its kind in the Arab media in terms of its structure, mission and powers.

The board supports professional independence of the group's publications in line with its policy of separating management from the editorial section. It plays an effective role in the selection of editors in chief of the company's publications and their deputies.


‘I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi Arabia for years’: Akon tells Asharqiah crowd

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‘I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi Arabia for years’: Akon tells Asharqiah crowd

  • “First thing tomorrow morning, I’m headed to Makkah to perform Umrah” Akon said 
  • He entertained the crowd with some of his most popular hits at the Asharqiah Music Festival

DAMMAM: American rapper Akon captivated a packed crowd at the Asharqiah Music Festival on Friday, opening up the second night of musical festivities at Sharqiah Season with a special shout-out to Saudi Arabia.

“You have no idea, I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi for years, man,” Akon said, before launching into his song, “Gunshot.” Later, he told the crowd: “I’m seeing a tremendous change in Saudi Arabia here tonight."

At 8 p.m., under a bright moon on a beautifully cool night, Akon began his set, delighting fans who had spent over 10 minutes chanting his name in anticipation of his arrival.

He entertained the crowd with some of his most popular hits, including “Smack That,” “Mr. Lonely” and “Sorry: Blame It On Me.” And he wrapped things up with “I love you, Saudi... thank you for making me feel at home."

Backstage before the concert, Akon told Arab News how excited he was to be in Saudi Arabia for the first time. He was especially excited to visit one Saudi city in particular.

“First thing tomorrow morning, I’m headed to Makkah to perform Umrah.”