Khalid bin Hamed Al-Malik, chairman of the Saudi Journalists Association

Khalid bin Hamed Al-Malik
Updated 29 July 2019

Khalid bin Hamed Al-Malik, chairman of the Saudi Journalists Association

Khalid bin Hamed Al-Malik has been the chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Journalists Association since 2016. Prior to that, he served as vice chairman from 2004.

He is also the editor-in-chief of Al-Jazirah newspaper, and was elected president of the Gulf Press Union in 2017.

Previously, Al-Malik worked in many governmental institutions such as the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and for the Saudi Board of Grievances.

His career in journalism took off as an editor for Al-Riyadh newspaper, Al-Yamamah magazine and  at Al-Jazirah, while he has written for most Saudi newspapers. 

He became the editor-in-chief of Al-Jazirah in 1972, and under his stewardship, it became a daily instead of a weekly. He served for 13 years before leaving, only to be appointed to the post again in 1999.

Al-Malik was the first Saudi newspaper editor to deliver a speech in Arabic at the World Newspaper Congress in South Africa in 2007.

Recently, the Saudi Journalists Association announced the first Saudi Media Forum under the title “Media Industry: Opportunities and Challenges,” and the launching of the Saudi Media Awards, to take place in conjunction with the forum by the end of November 2019.

The forum aims to provide the opportunity to discuss challenges facing the industry.

Al-Malik said the forum is set to become an annual event to cement Riyadh’s place as the Arab world’s media capital.


GCC summit calls for greater economic integration among Gulf countries 

Updated 10 December 2019

GCC summit calls for greater economic integration among Gulf countries 

  • Heads of the delegations land in Riyadh before the 40th Supreme Council meeting gets under way
  • King Salman tells the summit that the GCC has overcome many crises in its history

RIYADH: The GCC summit called for greater regional economic integration as the meeting chaired by King Salman came to a close in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The final statement, read by GCC General Secretary Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, called for finalizing legislation for financial and monetary unity by 2025, according to the meeting's final communique.

The statement also called for boosting military and security cooperation to maintain regional security.

The 40th Supreme Council meeting was chaired by King Salman, who met the heads of each delegation as they landed.

They included the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Oman's Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers Fahd bin Mahmoud Al-Said and Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

In his opening remarks, King Salman said the GCC had managed to overcome many crises that the region has faced.

At a preparatory meeting on Monday, Gulf foreign ministers approved the nomination of former Kuwaiti Finance Minister Nayef Al-Hajraf as the next secretary-general of the GCC.

His term will begin in April 2020 following the end of Al-Zayani’s term.