No. 57

Saudi Media: Change and Evolution

  • 10 February 2020

The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) in Abu Dhabi has launched a symposium series titled ‘Arab Media 2020’. The series will see an elite group of Arab media professionals discuss key media strategies and practices, exploring their impact on Arab societies. It will also examine the implications of these strategies, regionally and globally, in light of ongoing regional challenges. The series is part of the ECSSR’s efforts to enrich its academic and scholarly output, as a major regional platform for the exchange of ideas and perspectives on a variety of issues. The Center has organized over 1,000 events, including lectures, conferences and symposia. It has hosted heads of state, intellectuals, scholars and academics.

Within this framework, the ECSSR convenes a host of distinguished Saudi media professionals and editors-in-chief to discuss Saudi media in light of ongoing change and evolution. The symposium plans to explore the current Saudi experience in developing its media.



9:30 Registration
Welcoming Remarks
10:00 H.E. Prof. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi

Director General, Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, United Arab Emirates

Keynote Address
10:10 H.E. Turki bin Abdullah Al-Dakhil

Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the United Arab Emirates

10:30 Break
Panel Chair Mr. Morad Al-Blooshi

Acting Director of the UAE Federation Library,  Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, United Arab Emirates

Saudi Media’s Role in Light of Saudi Vision 2030
10:40 Mr. Ali Al-Alyani

Editor-in-Chief and Host, Al Arabiya TV Channel,  Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Perceptions of Saudi Arabia: Past, Present and Future
11:00 Mr. Saud Al-Rayes

Editor-in-Chief, Saudi and Gulf Editions, Al-Hayat Newspaper, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The Importance of Media Awareness Amid Societal Change in Saudi Arabia
11:20 Mr. Zaid bin Kami

Assistant Editor-in-Chief of Asharq Al-Awsat International Newspaper, United Kingdom

Saudi Media’s Portrayal of Other Cultures
11:40 Mr. Mohammed Al-Harthi

General Supervisor of the Saudi Media Forum, Editor-in-Chief of Sayidaty and Arrajol magazines,  Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

12:00 Discussion
12:20 End of Symposium Proceedings


Monday 10 February 2020

10:00 am - 12:20 pm