Sultan bin Abdulrahman Al-Bazei, CEO of Theater and Performing Arts Authority

Sultan bin Abdulrahman Al-Bazei
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Updated 17 February 2020

Sultan bin Abdulrahman Al-Bazei, CEO of Theater and Performing Arts Authority

  • Al-Bazei worked as an editor in chief of Al-Yaum newspaper in Dammam between 1993-1997

Sultan bin Abdulrahman Al-Bazei has been appointed as CEO of the newly established Theater and Performing Arts Authority, which will be responsible for developing Saudi theater of all forms, types and artistic specialties.
Al-Bazei worked in journalism after graduating from King Saud University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1979.
He worked as a reporter before he assumed the role of managing editor at Al-Riyadh newspaper.
He worked at the Ministry of Higher Education and was appointed to work at the Saudi Cultural Mission in France from 1985-1988. He then assumed the role of secretary of the ministry’s international cultural relations committee.
Al-Bazei also worked as an editor in chief of Al-Yaum newspaper in Dammam between 1993-1997. He oversaw the newspaper’s development plan and transformed it to adopt electronic publishing systems, making it the first Saudi newspaper to fully deploy these systems.
He returned to work at the Ministry of Higher Education and assumed the role of secretary of the committee on international university relations. After that, he joined the National Guard as a general director of relations and ceremonies and a member of the preparatory committee for the national heritage and culture festival.
Al-Bazei served as chairman of the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts (SASCA) between 2013 and 2017, and general supervisor of the Saudi Film Festival for three years.
He is a member of the National Commission for Regulating Ethical Content at the General Authority for Audiovisual Media.


Saudi authorities arrest coronavirus curfew violator after posting haircut video

Updated 01 April 2020

Saudi authorities arrest coronavirus curfew violator after posting haircut video

  • Saudi prosecutor warned of legal consequences earlier
  • Violators could be fined up to $796,880 and jailed for up to 5 years

DUBAI: Saudi police arrested a man in Al-Qassim who violated coronavirus regulations by bringing a barber into his home, state news agency SPA reported.
Videos circulating on social media showed the man as he asked a barber to come into his house after authorities temporarily closed down barber shops and salons to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The Saudi public prosecutor has previously warned that anyone posting content on social media, including photos or videos showing curfew violations, or the flouting of any rules enforced to prevent the spread of COVID-19 face prosecution.
In a message posted on Twitter, the bureau said that perpetrators will be charged under Article Six of the Information Crime Prevention Law, which carries a punishment of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $796,880. 
The punishment will be applied to violators but informers will not be questioned, it added.