FaceOf: Sameera Madani, Saudi journalist

Sameera Madani
Updated 19 November 2018

FaceOf: Sameera Madani, Saudi journalist

  • Madani began her career as a journalist at Al-Eqtisadiah newspaper
  • Madani holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz University

Sameera Madani is a Saudi journalist and TV broadcaster and a winner of the Best Arab Broadcaster Award 2018. 

She is currently working as a broadcaster for the MBC group. 

Madani began her career as a journalist at Al-Eqtisadiah newspaper. She later became the head of the female section at the newspaper. 

Madani later joined the Saudi National TV channel where she hosted a morning show, which was her first TV appearance. In December 2011, she joined the MBC group and became one of the hosts of the Kalam Nawaem talk show. 

The show is considered one of the top 10 shows in the Arab region. It highlights different social issues in the Arab world. She also works for the morning show Sabah Al-Khair Ya Arab from Jeddah studios. 

Madani was the first female Saudi correspondent to cover Saudi Arabia’s Operation Decisive Storm from the Saudi-Yemeni border. 

She also has been a columnist for some publications such as Rotana Magazine and Elaph Electronic newspaper. 

Madani holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz University. 

Moreover, she has participated in and organized several social and educational events and projects. In addition to her career in the media, she works as a family specialist at Smow Al-Fikr Center in Jeddah.

The third Arab Women’s Festival for Creativity held in the Media City in Cairo, awarded Sameera Madani with the Best Arab Broadcaster Award of 2018. 

“The journalist does not think of any prize and does not prepare for it; a journalist should only do his or her work conscientiously knowing that it will be appreciated one day,” she said commenting on her achievement. 


Saudi passport directorate expands e-services through Absher

Saudi passport office said that the services will promote e-transactions and make it easier for people to get in touch with officials. (SPA)
Updated 01 April 2020

Saudi passport directorate expands e-services through Absher

  • Saudi Arabia’s information and communications technology sector makes up 4 percent of the Saudi gross domestic product

RIYADH: The Saudi General Directorate of Passports is offering a “messages and applications” service to people through the Absher online platform.
Beneficiaries can use the service by logging into their account on Absher, choosing the “My Services” option, general services, messages and applications, then clicking on the “General Directorate of Passports” link and selecting the required service from a list including “identification of residents, visas, transfer of information, transfer of information and change of profession, suggestions.” After writing their message, they simply click the “send” button.
The passport office said that the services will promote e-transactions and make it easier for people to get in touch with officials at the directorate to discuss their problems.
The Kingdom’s information and communications technology (ICT) sector makes up 4 percent of the Saudi gross domestic product.
The sector has experienced significant regulatory change, expressed across several public- and private-sector investment drives since the launch of Vision 2030.
Saudi Arabia is also the region’s largest ICT market, ranking 13th globally, with a value of $28.7 billion (SR107 billion) in 2019 and strong growth in both the consumer and enterprise segments.