FaceOf: Dr. Abdullah Al-Maghlouth, director-general of the Center for Government Communication

Updated 20 August 2018

FaceOf: Dr. Abdullah Al-Maghlouth, director-general of the Center for Government Communication

Dr. Abdullah Al-Maghlouth has been director-general of the Center for Government Communication (@cgcsaudi) since his appointment by Awwad Al-Awwad, the minister of media, in January 2018.

He has praised the efforts of the Ministry of Media to broadcast Hajj rituals from Makkah and other holy sites through channels on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

The initiative was the ministry’s gift to Muslims across the world, supervised by the minister of media, he said. 

Al-Maghlouth said that the ministry made sure the channels were transmitted in several languages to meet pilgrims’ requirements.

Al-Maghlouth was born in July 1978 in Al-Ahsa. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications and marketing from Weber State University, Utah, and a master’s degree from the University of Colorado. 

He also received the Prince Bandar bin Sultan Award for Scientific Excellence. He received his Ph.D. in media in Manchester.

Al-Maghlouth writes a weekly column in Al-Watan Saudi Arabia, focusing on social and cultural issues.

He had been a Saudi Aramco employee since October 2005 and previously chaired the company’s media relations unit in 2006. 

In November 2007, he chaired the information committee at the third OPEC summit. He also chaired the committee at the Jeddah energy meeting in May 2008. 

He was on an exchange project with KAUST in 2008 before pursuing his Ph.D. He worked at several Arab and Saudi newspapers and magazines such as Al-Youm, Al-Hayat, Al-Watan, Elaf, Al-Kafila, Forbes and Terhal.


Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

Updated 22 October 2020

Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has praised the exceptional role played by women during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a speech delivered at the end of the W20, the G20 women’s engagement group, on Wednesday, King Salman said: “I would like to express my gratitude to the Women 20 Engagement Group for their remarkable efforts and commitment to deliver their agenda during these unprecedented times caused by the COVID -19 pandemic.”
The Saudi king described women as the source of evolution for any society and said that without empowered women it is difficult to reform societies. 
“Women are the main source of development for any society. Hence, without empowered women, it is almost impossible to implement any societal reforms given that women form half of the societies and they are the ones who raise up generations. Women has proven through history their remarkable role in leading change and in decision making.”
The king noted that Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the G20 has dedicated special attention to discussing policies related to women across different ministerial and working group meetings.