Dr. Fahad Al-Orabi Al-Harthi, president of the Asbar Center for Studies, Research and Communications

Dr. Fahad Al-Orabi Al-Harthi
Updated 31 October 2019

Dr. Fahad Al-Orabi Al-Harthi, president of the Asbar Center for Studies, Research and Communications

Dr. Fahad Al-Orabi Al-Harthi has been the co-founder and president of the Asbar Center for Studies, Research and Communications since 1994.

Al-Harthi obtained his bachelor’s in Arabic language and literature from the faculty of Shariah and Islamic studies at Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah. He received his Ph.D. in human sciences and literature from the Sorbonne in Paris.

Al-Harthi then joined the staff of King Saud University in Riyadh between 1980 and 1993. At the same time, he worked as editor-in-chief of Al-Yamamah, one of the earliest magazines published in Saudi Arabia. He also joined the publication’s board of directors.

In 1997, Al-Harthi was appointed the head of the scientific research team in charge of the consultation and initial foundation studies for Al-Watan newspaper. The team was under his direct supervision for more than two years before publication of the newspaper and around three years afterwards. He was the first chairman of the newspaper’s board of directors.

He was also head of the scientific team that carried out research for reestablishing the Eastern Co. for Printing, Media and Information and the Dammam-based Al-Sharq magazine.

The center is organizing its fourth edition of the Asbar World Forum for 2019 in Riyadh between Nov. 4 and 6, which is expected to be full of scientific and developmental activities through the scheduled sessions, lectures, seminars, meetings and workshops, where a large number of officials and experts will participate.


King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

Updated 21 November 2019

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

  • Saudi Arabia has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies, king says
  • Kingdom also welcomed US decision to return Iran's Fordow nuclear facility to its sanctions list

RIYADH: Iran should abandon its expansionist ideology that has only “harmed” its own people, Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Wednesday, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic.

A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people,” the king told the consultative Shoura Council.

“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”

A satellite image from Sept. 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Washington's decision to return the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran to the sanctions list. 

Washington said on Monday that it will no longer waive sanctions related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site. 

“The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero ... There is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier this week.