Saudi Media Ministry organizes Media Excellence Awards 2019

The Saudi Ministry of Media organized the 2019 Media Excellence Awards on Monday in Riyadh, in the presence of Media Minister Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah. (SPA)
Updated 01 October 2019

Saudi Media Ministry organizes Media Excellence Awards 2019

  • The award covered 10 different categories

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Media organized the 2019 Media Excellence Awards on Monday, at the Hilton Hotel in Riyadh, in the presence of Media Minister Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah.

The award covered 10 different categories, with Saudi pizza chain, Maestro Pizza, winning the award in the private and non-profit sector video category.

In the media initiative by governmental authorities category, the Saudi Federation for Cyber Security, Programming and Drones won its “Imagine the nation without them” production.

In the TV product category, the Saudi Broadcasting Authority won the award for its “Soldier Majed Al-Qarni” movie, and in the radio product category, the Thmaniya radio station won the award for its production “Things that have changed us.”

In the photography category, Dhafer Al-Shehry won for his “Lil-majd Al-Oulya” project.

Al-Watan newspaper won the press coverage award, which was presented to its editor-in-chief, Dr. Othman Al-Sini. Iman Al-Shamri won the award for best article for her piece “September 23rd for more than 33 million people.” 

Poet Abdullah Al-Zahrani was also recognized for his poem “My nation under the shadows of palms” and the General Entertainment Authority won the patriotic song award for “Maw’idouna 2030.”


Number of coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia could hit 200,000, says health minister

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Number of coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia could hit 200,000, says health minister

  • Minister added it was vital the public cooperated with the government’s instructions and precautionary measures

RIYADH: The number of COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia could reach up to 200,000 within a few weeks, according to the Kingdom’s health minister.

Citing four Saudi and international studies on Tuesday, Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah said the case figure is likely to see a constant increase rather than a decrease, Saudi Press Agency reported.

"Within the next few weeks, studies predict the number of infections will range from a minimum of 10,000 to a maximum of 200,000," Al-Rabiah said.

The minister added it was vital the public cooperated with the government’s instructions and precautionary measures to limit the number of infections.

“There is no doubt that our commitment to the instructions and procedures, in its entirety reduces the number of cases to the minimum, while non-compliance will lead to a huge increase in the number of cases,” he said.

“We stand today at a decisive moment as a society in raising our sense of responsibility and contributing together with determination to stop the spread of this pandemic,”

Many people were not taking the dangers of the pandemic seriously enough, according to the health minister, adding that the Kingdom had death with the crisis with full “transparency and clarity.”

The Saudi health ministry also announced on Tuesday that there were a total of 2,795 confirmed cases and the death toll from the virus in the Kingdom had reached 41.

A 24-hour curfew and lockdown has been imposed in the cities of Riyadh, Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran and Al-Hofuf and in the governorates of Jeddah, Taif, Qatif and Khobar in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Last week, King Salman issued a decree which ordered treatment to be available for anyone in need of medical care, including people who have overstayed their visa in the Kingdom.