Head of Saudi entertainment authority relieved of position

Ahmad Al-Khatib
Updated 19 June 2018

Head of Saudi entertainment authority relieved of position

  • Al-Khatib was appointed as chairman of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority in 2016
  • The report did not elaborate on why Khatib was dismissed or who would be replacing him

JEDDAH: The head of entertainment in Saudi Arabia, Ahmad Al-Khatib, was removed from his post on Monday, according to state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya, citing a royal decree.

Al-Khatib was appointed as chairman of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority in 2016, and had previously been minister of health. He also served as an adviser to the royal court.

The report did not elaborate on why Khatib was dismissed or who would be replacing him. It did not mention the status of his other positions.

The General Entertainment Authority was established to organize, develop, and lead the entertainment sector to provide exciting entertainment options, and tailor experiences to the needs of people from all walks of life across Saudi Arabia.

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


Saudi envoy praises Japan’s support for Donors’ Conference for Yemen

Updated 03 June 2020

Saudi envoy praises Japan’s support for Donors’ Conference for Yemen

  • Japan has made a number of pledges in the past three years

RIYADH: The Saudi Ambassador to Japan, Naif bin Marzouq Al-Fahadi, commended the Japanese government for its support in aid and contributions to ease the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. 

Japan has made a number of pledges in the past three years during high-level meetings to help the Yemeni people, highlighting its commitment to work side by side with Saudi Arabia and UN member states.

Chaired by Saudi Arabia, the Virtual Donors’ Conference for Yemen 2020, which convened on Tuesday, saw a number of pledges made by UN members.

Suzuki Keisuke, Japan’s foreign affairs minister, pledged $41.2 million in aid to Yemen at the forum. 

In 2017, Japan pledged $61.7 million and provided $63.5 million in aid. In 2018, it pledged $38.8 million, but provided $57.7 million in aid. In 2019, the Japanese government pledged $52.8 million and provided aid worth $44 million. 

Al-Fahadi said that the initiative to convene the Virtual Donors’ Conference for Yemen 2020 comes as a result of interest from the highest levels of the Saudi leadership in light of recent developments in Yemen, including the crisis related to the consequences of the coronavirus, and to complete the efforts of reconstruction and the establishment of stability and peace in the country.

He said that that the Kingdom has provided a total of $16.95 billion since the beginning of the crisis through its relief and humanitarian arms, headed by King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) and the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen.