FaceOf: Rida bin Mohammed Al-Haidar, president of KSA’s General Commission of Audiovisual Media

Updated 24 April 2018

FaceOf: Rida bin Mohammed Al-Haidar, president of KSA’s General Commission of Audiovisual Media

  • Al-Haidar attained a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University
  • Al-Haidar said that the film sector would be an important contributor to the objectives of the National Transformation Plan

Rida bin Mohammed Al-Haidar is the president of Saudi Arabia’s General Commission of Audiovisual Media (GCAM) since July 2017. He is also a board member of Tihama Advertising and Public Relations Co. Al-Haidar is an independent director at the company since March 2016, and a board member of Misk Foundation since March 2012.

Al-Haidar attained a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2014, a master’s degree in Communication, Culture and Technology from Georgetown University with an honorary certificate in International Business Diplomacy in 2006 and a bachelor’s degree in Multimedia Design and Development from the American University in Washington, DC in the year 2000.

On April 19, Al-Haidar said that the film sector would be an important contributor to the objectives of the National Transformation Plan and the ambitious vision of the Kingdom by establishing a Saudi media environment capable of developing the industry in the media, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

Al-Haidar added that the General Commission of Audiovisual Media is working to organize and develop the media sector in the Kingdom to become a strategic and investment tributary of the national economy, in addition to rehabilitating and supporting the local Saudi environment and presenting it to the world.

The statement also added that three more film screens were scheduled to be inaugurated in the third quarter of 2018 at the King Abdullah Financial Center. 


All-female Saudi tourist group explores wonders of Tabuk

Updated 21 October 2019

All-female Saudi tourist group explores wonders of Tabuk

  • About 20 women from different parts of the Kingdom took part in the sightseeing trip to the province bordering the Red Sea

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s first all-female tourist group has explored the environmental and archaeological wonders of Tabuk in the northwest of the Kingdom.

About 20 women from different parts of the Kingdom took part in the sightseeing trip to the province bordering the Red Sea.

“They were astonished to see such sights in their country, especially the area of Ras Al-Sheikh Humaid,” said Heba Al-Aidai, a tour guide in Tabuk who organized the trip.

“They did not expect to see such a place in Saudi Arabia. They looked speechless while standing close to the turquoise water of the sea. It is a truly breathtaking view.”

Al-Aidai and her colleague Nafla Al-Anazi promoted the trip on social media and attracted a group of homemakers, teachers and staff workers from all over the Kingdom, aged from 22 to over 50.

The tour was educational, too, and the women were told about the history of the places they visited. “They were taken to the Caves of Shuaib (Magha’er Shuaib), the place where Prophet Moses fled after leaving Egypt, and where he got married to one of the daughters of Prophet Shuaib, according to some historians. It was really a positive experience,” Al-Aidai said.

The visitors also explored Tayeb Ism, a small town in northwestern Tabuk, where there is a well-known gap in the towering mountains through which water runs throughout the year.

Al-Aidai said such trips aim to encourage tourism in Tabuk, and introduce Saudi tourists and other visitors to the landmarks of the region.