Abdulkarim Al-Humaid, head of public relations and media at the Ministry of Culture

Abdulkarim Al-Humaid
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Updated 14 February 2020

Abdulkarim Al-Humaid, head of public relations and media at the Ministry of Culture

  • Al-Humaid gained a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and public relations from Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh

Abdulkarim Al-Humaid has been the Saudi Ministry of Culture’s head of public relations and media and its official spokesman since January 2019.
Recently, the Saudi Cabinet approved the establishment of 11 new cultural authorities, each with their own financial and administrative independence, to drive the development of the sectors of literature; publishing and translation; fashion; music; film; heritage; architecture and design; visual arts; museums; libraries; and culinary arts.
Al-Humaid said that the new cultural commissions were being set up in response to the needs of the Saudi cultural sector and its employees, and would improve the organization, effectiveness and efficiency of managing the sub-sectors.
Al-Humaid gained a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and public relations from Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh.
In his professional career, he worked as a journalist for Al-Jazirah newspaper between October 2012 and March 2016.
He joined the Saudi Industrial Development Fund in May 2013 and held the position of assistant public relations coordinator for the Kingdom’s Kafalah program. In April 2015, he was promoted to the role of a public relations coordinator.
In March 2016, he become the acting head of the Kafalah program’s public relations and customer services unit, a post he held until February 2018. He went on to join the General Authority for Culture in March 2018 and held the position of public relations manager there for 12 months. His Twitter handle is @SpokespersonMoC.


Saudi Arabia announces reinstatement of coronavirus restrictions in Jeddah for 15 days

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Saudi Arabia announces reinstatement of coronavirus restrictions in Jeddah for 15 days

  • Restrictions will come into effect from Saturday, are a response to an evaluation of the health situation
  • The curfew in Jeddah will be between 3 p.m. and 6 a.m. and mosques will close once again

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior has announced a series of restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Jeddah that will last for 15 days.
The restrictions will come into effect from Saturday and are a response to an evaluation of the health situation in the city by the relevant authorities.
The curfew in Jeddah will be between 3 p.m. and 6 a.m. as of Saturday and mosques will close once again.
Employees of ministries, government agencies and private sector companies in the city will not work from the office.
Restaurants and cafes will no longer serve food and drink on their premises and gatherings of more than five people are prohibited.
Domestic flights and train journeys will continue to operate and people can enter and exit the city outside of the curfew.
Those people who were exempted from previous restrictions continue to be exempted from the current restrictions provided that they comply with the relevant procedures.
The interior ministry added the number of critical cases in Riyadh is being monitored and appropriate action will be taken should the number of coronavirus cases continue to rise as has been the case recently.

Meanwhile, the health ministry announced 2,591 new cases of COVID-19, 31 deaths from the disease and 1,651 new recoveries from it on Friday.