Understanding the rise of Saudi Arabia’s brand value

  • LONDON: With Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Saudi Vision 2030 plan well underway, the country’s own brand value has been steadily rising through the ranks.  Just this year, the kingdom’s brand value moved up the list to rank 19, with an increase of 8 percent from $662.3 billion...
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Lights, camera, action: Hollywood eyes Saudi Arabia’s desert landscapes as Kingdom boosts entertainment investment

  • LONDON: With Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s Vision 2030 less than 10 years away, the Kingdom is set to invest $64 billion in its entertainment industry as part of its campaign to diversify the economy and reduce its reliance on oil. As the Kingdom’s desert has proved attractive to H...
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Saudi companies among winners of KAUST ‘Shaping the Future of Media’ challenge

  • RIYADH: The three winners of the “Shaping the Future of Media” challenge organized by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology were announced on Thursday, according to the Saudi Press Agency. Held in partnership with Asbar World Forum, the competition, which had a grand prize of...
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MBC to close office in Lebanon and relocate to Saudi Arabia

  • LONDON: Saudi-owned broadcaster MBC Group announced on Wednesday that it plans to shut its office in Beirut “soon” and relocate to Riyadh. The company said the reason for the move is a push by authorities in the Kingdom to relocate all state-owned media and broadcasting companies to Saudi Ara...
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We will not see his like again: Saudi royal tribute to British journalist Roger Harrison

  • RIYADH: In a heartfelt tribute to former Arab News staffer Roger Harrison, who has died on the Spanish island of Mallorca at the age of 75, Prince Sultan bin Salman, the first Arab and Muslim astronaut, said that the journalist’s love of Saudi Arabia and its people was obvious in all that he di...
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Remembering Roger Harrison: He loved the Kingdom, and Saudis loved him back in equal measure

  • JEDDAH: Roger Harrison, who has died on the Spanish island of Mallorca at the age of 75, was a man of more than one career and many talents — among them an event organizer, a writer and photographer, a jeweler and gemologist, a lecturer and raconteur. Here at Arab News, where he was a senior...
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Disgraced BBC religion editor asked Pakistani PM if he was ‘ashamed’ to be Muslim after 9/11

  • LONDON: The BBC’s former religion editor Martin Bashir asked Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan if he was “ashamed of being a Muslim” after the 9/11 terror attacks. Khan revealed in his autobiography that he was “shocked” by Bashir’s line of questioning when he was contacted after the traged...
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Outage highlights how vital Facebook has become worldwide

  • NEW YORK: The six-hour outage at Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp was a headache for many casual users but far more serious for the millions of people worldwide who rely on the social media sites to run their businesses or communicate with relatives, fellow parents, teachers or neighbors. When...
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Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp partly reconnecting after nearly six-hour outage

  • The massive global outage that plunged Facebook, its Instagram and WhatsApp platforms and many people who rely heavily on these services — including Facebook’s own workforce — into chaos Monday is gradually dissipating. Facebook said late Monday that it’s been working to restore access to its ...
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Spotify celebrates Saudi National Day with patriotic playlist

  • DUBAI: Music and podcast streaming platform Spotify is celebrating Saudi Arabia’s 91st National Day through music by releasing a special playlist. Its “Ana El Saudi” playlist brings together some of the finest male and female voices to pay homage to Saudis through a rich selection of 94 patri...
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