Social, global dimensions ‘should be considered in dealing with mass media’

EP Gov. Prince Saud bin Naif honors Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki at the media forum in Dammam. (SPA)
Updated 15 February 2017

Social, global dimensions ‘should be considered in dealing with mass media’

DAMMAM: Media spokespersons should consider social and international dimensions in dealing with various mass media, Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki said at the opening session of the forum “Spokesman: Responsibility of the Homeland.”
“The importance of the media spokesman has increased with the mounting reach of social media as the citizen has become closest to the event, and due to the quick spread of news,” said Al-Turki at the forum, which was inaugurated by Prince Saud bin Naif, governor of the Eastern Province.
“To ensure dominant influence over events, media spokespersons should edit news based on correct information,” Al-Turki said, adding that they should follow up events and what is being shared on social media, as well as be proactive.
The official spokesman of the General Authority of Statistics, Tayseer Mohammed Al-Mufarrej, said official spokespeople should be capable, flexible, communicative, cautious, and able to control, deliver, formulate and recall information when necessary.
Abdullah Al-Maghlouth, a specialist in social networks, called for the creation of social media accounts belonging to government institutions and organizations, manned by qualified spokespersons, as well as the establishment of departments to monitor and analyze these institutions.
Hani Al-Ghifaili, spokesman for the Culture Ministry, stressed the importance of dealing with various media and building good relations with them, which “will reflect positively on society and government institutions interested in educating the community.”
Shoura Council member Kauthar Al-Arbash said: “Writers, media figures, politicians, spokespersons and activists are contributing to the formation of the concept of patriotism and building individuals and groups to realize the importance of unity and cohesion and to consider common interests and the value of the land.”

Saudi Arabia’s AlUla provides a perfect ‘Corner of the Earth’ for Jamiroquai to shine

Updated 25 January 2020

Saudi Arabia’s AlUla provides a perfect ‘Corner of the Earth’ for Jamiroquai to shine

  • “I was transported into a completely different world”: Jay Kay

ALULA: British band Jamiroquai thrilled a delighted audience at Maraya Concert Hall in Saudi Arabia on Friday night during a show packed with hits.

In a first for a venue more used to hosting opera and classical concerts, the British funk/acid jazz outfit had fans dancing along to the music.

The show, at the distinctive, mirror-covered concert hall in historic AlUla, was part of the second Winter at Tantora festival. It opened with “Shake It On,” followed by the hit singles “Little L,” “Alright,” and “Space Cowboy.” By this time the crowd was well and truly warmed up, and “Use the Force” got them on their feet.

“The song seemed to resonate with everyone” Jay Kay told Arab News in an exclusive interview after the show.

During the gig, Kay dedicated the 2002 song “Corner of the Earth” to AlUla, which he described as a “magical and wonderful place, which is absolutely stunning.” The opportunity to perform there was “an honor and privilege” he added. He also thanked “Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman for his vision, and Prince Badr for making this happen and the great hospitality.”

After a further selection of singles and album tracks, the show ended on a high with a quartet of hits — “Cosmic Girl,” “Virtual Insanity,” “Canned Heat” and “Lovefoolosophy.”

Kay praised the Maraya Concert Hall as “a brilliant place to play.” He admitted that initially he was a little worried when he saw it because he was under the impression it would be an outdoor venue. However, any concerns he had were gone by the time the first sound check was done.

“I was transported into a completely different world; the acoustics were unbelievable, like being in a German concert hall,” he said. “It is obviously very well thought out and that’s what makes it so good. The sound was fabulous — I never looked at my sound guy once.”

Jamiroquai’s music videos often feature Kay in super cars, of which he owns many, and he revealed that he would love to shoot such a promo in AlUla.

“In reality, I’m desperate to get in one of the dune buggies, and would kill to have a (Ariel) Nomad and have a go in one in AlUla, where it’s supposed to be driven, for a day or five and dune bash, which is such a rare thing for us in England,” he said.

The singer also said he wants to bring his family to AlUla, which has become a hub for culture and creativity in Saudi Arabia.

“I would like to come out with my family and my youngest, who is called Talula, so hopefully we can have Talula come to AlUla, which would be wonderful,” said Kay.

He added that he was looking forward to exploring the area on Saturday, before leaving the country, but added: “I’m sure you can never have enough time to see everything there is to see.”