Alibaba-backed fund to build HQ in Saudi ‘media city’

Alibaba-backed fund to build HQ in Saudi ‘media city’
Alibaba-backed fund eWTP Capital will build a new headquarters in a ‘media city’ in Riyadh. (AFP)
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Updated 05 February 2020

Alibaba-backed fund to build HQ in Saudi ‘media city’

Alibaba-backed fund to build HQ in Saudi ‘media city’

DUBAI/RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has signed an agreement with a fund linked to China’s Alibaba to build a new headquarters in a “media city” in the kingdom’s capital, the Saudi minister of culture said on Tuesday.

The minister, Prince Badr bin Farhan, said on Twitter that he signed the agreement with Jerry Li, founding partner of eWTP Capital, which is backed by Jack Ma, head of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group.

“An important first step to strengthen our partnerships and attract innovators from all over the world,” Prince Badr, who is also the chairman of the new media city, said on Twitter.

The minister also said an agreement had been reached to build a new headquarters for Saudi-controlled media group MBC, as well as a new hub for MBC-owned sister news channels Al-Arabiya and Al-Hadath.

The media city will be in the embassies district of Riyadh, state TV said on Twitter.

It will be in competition with Dubai Media City in the United Arab Emirates. The Dubai project is the region’s leading media hub and where MBC Group is currently headquartered.