Now watch Yemen war on Snapchat

Updated 05 December 2015

Now watch Yemen war on Snapchat

RIYADH: Until now the traditional way of the military communicating with the media has been through press conferences. But the military seems to have recognized the importance of social media in this information age and has opened its doors to it.
Majid Al-Sabah, a regular user of Snapchat, surprised his followers by visiting the command and control center in Riyadh. He clicked photos from all corners of the war operations room to transmit details of the ongoing war in Yemen.
On Snapchat, Al-Sabah transmitted details of operations from the command center of the allies to over a million of his followers spread all across the Arab world. He showed sites of officers of the countries of the coalition and photos of flags of the UAE, Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar.
He was given access to the operations planning department of the allies to transmit details of work being done to his followers through an interview with officers on the spot.
He also informed his followers on Snapchat about the bombing from a Scud missile platform at the time he was visiting the command and control headquarters of the alliance in Riyadh.
Al-Sabah's coverage of the Saudi-led operations in Yemen is being seen as the first such coverage in a military headquarters for reporting to a wide follower base on Snapchat.
Twitterati have lauded the coverage of Al-Sabah on Snapchat and described his coverage as bold and a highly courageous act which also reflected professionalism.


Fahad Al-Azzam, assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Saudi Ministry of Health

Updated 14 August 2020

Fahad Al-Azzam, assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Saudi Ministry of Health

Fahad Al-Azzam has been the assistant deputy minister for empowerment at the Ministry of Health since September 2019.
He has also been the general manager for enterprise at the ministry’s project management office since July 2016, where he developed and implemented a standard set of project management processes and models, and built the framework and updated it to account for developments and best practices.
It was announced on Monday that Al-Azzam’s role as assistant deputy minister for empowerment has been extended for another year.
Al-Azzam obtained a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, in 2007. He studied abroad in the US, obtaining a master’s degree in engineering and technology management from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut, in 2014.
Prior to his current position, Al-Azzam worked as a cooperative trainee at the Saudi Electricity Co. between May and October 2006.
At the Advanced Electronics Co., he worked as an assistant field service engineer between July 2007 and May 2009, and technical support and field service engineer between May 2009 and December 2010.
At the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, he worked as senior electrical engineer at their radiation safety department between January 2011 and February 2015.
He developed a safety program for exporting and importing electronics devices to and from Saudi Arabia and worked at controlling the risk resulting from the use of radiation-emitting devices. He also worked there as a project manager at their project management office between February 2015 and July 2016.