Al-Ikhbariyah Channel to be privatized

Updated 04 April 2016

Al-Ikhbariyah Channel to be privatized

RIYADH: Culture and Information Minister Dr. Adel Al-Toraifi, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), chaired the 8th meeting of the board in the presence of its members at his office in Riyadh on Sunday.
At the outset, Al-Toraifi delivered a speech in which he welcomed all the members, hoping that the board’s meetings would result in the agency’s progress and development.
Abdullah bin Fahd Al-Hussein, the president of Saudi Press Agency and vice chairman of the board of directors, briefed the board on the most important achievements during the last period and reviewed the agenda.
The board discussed topics on its agenda and took a number of decisions, where it approved the entry of the Saudi Press Agency as a partner with Radio and Television Commission in the establishment of Al-Ikhbariyah Channel Company according to the procedures and regulations.

The board approved SPA’s closing account for the fiscal year 1436/1437 AH and authorized the SPA president or his deputy to complete the discussion between the SPA and a number of regional and international news agencies, and sign memorandums of cooperation with them.


Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

Updated 06 December 2019

Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has become a leader in the field of archaeological research in the past five years, a major exhibition in Rome was told.

Abdullah Al-Zahrani, director-general of archaeological research and studies at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, said that 44 international archaeological missions had been carried out this year in the Kingdom.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the “Roads of Arabia: Masterpieces of Antiquities in Saudi Arabia Across the Ages” exhibition, which opened at the National Museum of Rome on Nov. 26.

The groundbreaking exhibition was inaugurated by Saudi Minister of Culture Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan and Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities Dario Franceschini.

Al-Zahrani said that the Kingdom “has become one of the most advanced countries in terms of archaeological disclosures.”

“Recent discoveries by local and international missions have highlighted the Kingdom’s historical status and cultural depth as the cradle of the beginnings of human civilizations,” he said.

Archaeological discoveries continue to “instil the civilized dimension of the Kingdom,” he said.

“The religious, political, economic and cultural stature that Saudi Arabia enjoys is an extension of its long cultural heritage, in addition to its distinctive geographical position as a bridge and hub of cultural interaction between East and West that made it a meeting point for international land and sea trade routes throughout all ages,” he added.