Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi, Saudi writer, journalist and media expert

Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi
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Updated 29 September 2020

Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi, Saudi writer, journalist and media expert

  • Al-Harthi holds a master’s degree in international journalism from City, University of London and a bachelor’s degree in architecture

Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi is a Saudi writer, journalist and media expert with more than 20 years of experience.

He is the group editor-in-chief of Arrajol, Sayidaty and AboutHer, owned by the Saudi Research and Marketing Group.

Al-Harthi holds a master’s degree in international journalism from City, University of London and a bachelor’s degree in architecture.

He began his career at the London-based Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper before joining the English-language newspaper Arab News as a reporter, in addition to being a visiting journalist for the London-based Financial Times.

He was then transferred to Al-Eqtisadiah newspaper, where he rose to the position of editor-in-chief. In 1997, Al-Harthi was appointed editor-in-chief of the London-based Arrajol magazine. In 2002, Al-Harthi received the Gulf Excellence Award in recognition of the magazine’s success and wide circulation.

In 2004, he was appointed editor-in-chief of the London-based Sayidaty and Al-Jamila magazines. A year following his appointment, he relocated the headquarters of both magazines to Dubai.

From 2013 to 2016, Al-Harthi also served as the editor-in-chief of Arab News. He launched the Arab News Dialogue Forum project, which hosts seminars designed to facilitate the discussion of current affairs by officials and diplomats.

In 2014, Al-Harthi won the Media Innovation Award in Beirut for his achievements in the field of print, visual and digital media.

The following year, Al-Harthi launched his talk show “Bidoun Shak” (Without Doubt) on MBC, and took on the role of presenter.

In November 2016, he was elected to the board of directors of the Saudi Journalists Association.

In June 2019, World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers in the UK elected Al-Harthi as a member of its board. In July 2019, he was appointed as chairman of the first Saudi Media Forum held in November 2019. He is also the chairman of the Saudi Media Awards.

Al-Harthi is also a founding member of the Young Arab Leaders Forum in the Davos Middle East conference, a member of the Gulf/2000 project at Columbia University in New York, and a former member of the National Union of Journalists in the UK.

He also regularly writes political articles in Asharq Al-Awsat and Al-Bayan newspapers, and has a weekly column in Sayidaty magazine, on top of a monthly column in Arrajol magazine.

Al-Harthi has also launched numerous corporate social responsibility initiatives that dealt with social and humanitarian issues, such as La Lizawaj Al-Kaserat (against child brides), a campaign against child marriage in the Arab world.

He also launched Baader bel Khair (initiate goodness), a campaign recognizing other community and humanitarian initiatives and creating awareness of volunteerism in society.

Another campaign launched by Al-Harthi was Khali Soutek Masmou Mish Makmou (let your voice be heard not taken away from you). It tackled domestic violence and encouraged women facing abuse to speak up.


Saudi ministry announces quarantine rules for foreign pilgrims

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Saudi ministry announces quarantine rules for foreign pilgrims

  • The official delivered these details at a virtual workshop on Monday

MAKKAH: People arriving in Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah are not supposed to wear Ihram on their arrival, as they have to undergo a three-day quarantine in their hotels, said Dr. Amr Al-Maddah, chief planning and strategy officer at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.

He said at the end of their hotel stay, their respective Umrah companies will transport them to the nearest “Miqat” to don Ihram and continue with their rituals.

In the third phase of Umrah resumption, which begins on Nov.1, pilgrims from around the world will be allowed to enter the Kingdom. Some 20,000 pilgrims — residents and visitors — can perform rituals daily amid strict social distancing measures.

Al-Maddah said the Saudi Center for Disease Prevention and Control (Weqaya) is monitoring the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic situation in every country to help inform the relevant authorities before Umrah arrivals.

The official delivered these details at a virtual workshop on Monday.

He said the Eatmarna app has been downloaded around 3 million times and more than 1.4 million people have applied for permits, with over 1 million being issued for Umrah and prayers in the Grand Mosque.

Al-Maddah said in case of a hike in infections, authorities may limit the number of pilgrims at any point.

He said full medical insurance is mandatory to ensure adequate health care for pilgrims in case of COVID-19 infection or any other health issues.

Al-Maddah said Weqaya will determine which countries can send pilgrims depending on the number of infections. He reassured that Umrah companies will be provided with regular updates.