Abdulrahman Abumalih, Saudi entrepreneur, business executive and editor

Abdulrahman Abumalih
Updated 13 June 2019

Abdulrahman Abumalih, Saudi entrepreneur, business executive and editor

Abdulrahman Abumalih is a young Saudi entrepreneur CEO and editor-in-chief of Riyadh-based production company Thmanyah, which he founded in 2016.

Abumalih is also the founder, producer and host of “Fnjan,” a Saudi podcast that managed to expand to a global audience, covering a wide range of topics.

The “Fnjan” podcast, started in 2014, now falls under the umbrella of Thmanyah, and its 135-plus episodes have attracted more than 13 million views.

Between 2012 and 2016, Abumalih was editor-in-chief of Arabic online news service, Onehas, offering daily updates on the digital, social media, technology, entertainment and mobile industries.

He also worked as head of web development at Dammam College of Technology between 2008 and 2009, helping to set up and develop the college’s website. 

Abumalih holds a bachelor’s degree in software engineering from Arizona State University, in the US, and gained an associate degree in computer programing from Dammam College of Technology. 

In an exclusive interview with Arab News, Abumalih spoke about the growth of the podcasting culture in the region.

“Now we can see academic studies about podcasts in Saudi, the Gulf, and the Arab region,” he said. “We see official organizations and companies that are getting into the world of podcasts like the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture, and Misk. As long as there are people driving, cooking, working, and traveling, there will always be podcast listeners.”

Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

Updated 16 September 2019

Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

TOKYO: Taro Kono, the defense minister of Japan, said that threats to his country’s oil supply was the “most worrying scenario” he could imagine in international relations, in the wake of attacks on Saudi Arabian oil production facilities. 

“The most pessimistic scenario right now is that something happens in the Straits of Hormuz and the oil supply gets cut down, and that would send a shock wave through the global economy. I think the price of oil is already rising after this attack on Saudi facilities, so that’s the most worrying scenario right now,” he told a conference in Tokyo, Japan.

However, speaking on the sidelines to Arab News, he insisted that Saudi Arabia would remain a reliable partner of Japan - which imports around 40 per cent of its crude from the Kingdom - and downplayed concerns about long-term supply problems.

“Saudi has been and will be an important source of our energy supply. We have international co-ordination, and we have reserves, so we are not really worried about that,” he said. 

Kono, who was until recently Japan’s foreign minister, said that his country would be seeking to promote diplomatic solutions to the latest Middle East conflagration. "We definitely need to ease the tension between those countries. As Foreign Minister, the last thing I was doing was calling the Iranian Foreign Minister and the French Foreign Minister to ease the tension the region through diplomatic actions, and I think it's important to continue doing it.

“This Houthi attack on Saudi is a little different, because it's a terrorist attack. I think we may require some kind of military operation against those drone attacks, and that's something out of Japan's constitutional boundary. I think Japan will be focusing on diplomatic efforts in easing tension in the region.”

He raised concerns about the apparent lack of sophistication in the recent attacks. “If it is really drones, that is a lot cheaper than any form of conventional missile,” he said.