Adel Al Toraifi

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Adel Al Toraifi
الدكتور عادل الطريفي وزير الثقافة والإعلام في المملكة العربية السعودية.jpg
Minister of Information and Culture
In office
29 January 2015 – 22 April 2017
Prime Minister Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Succeeded by Awwad Alawwad
Personal details
Born 1979 (age 38–39)
Nationality Saudi Arabian
Alma mater Kingston University
London School of Economics

Adel Al Toraifi (Arabic: عادل الطريفي) (born 1979) is a Saudi journalist and a specialist in Middle Eastern affairs, focusing on Saudi-Iranian relations and foreign policy decision making in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf.[1] He was the minister of culture and information of Saudi Arabia from January 2015 to April 2017.

Early life and education[edit]

Al Toraifi was born in 1979.[2] He received a master's degree in international conflict in 2008 from Kingston University, London.[3] He finished his PhD studies in international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2012.[3] The title of his thesis is "The Rise and Demise of Saudi-Iranian Rapprochement (1997 – 2009)".[4]


Al Toraifi began his journalism career at the beginning of the 2000s as an opinion writer and commentator for many Arabic and foreign newspapers. He published weekly political opinions in Al Riyadh newspaper.[3] He also wrote for Al Watan in 2003. Then he began to write weekly for the opinion pages of Asharq Al-Awsat.[3] In 2010, he became editor-in-chief of The Majalla.[3] In addition to this post, he began to serve as the deputy editor-in-chief for Asharq Al-Awsat in July 2012.[5]

Al Toraifi was named as the chief editor of Asharq Al-Awsat on 11 December 2012 with effect from 1 January 2013, and he replaced Tariq Alhomayed.[3] He also holds his post as editor-in-chief of The Majalla.[3][6]

One of his main achievements as the editor-in-chief of The Majalla was the launching of the digital version of the magazine in Arabic, English and Persian. On 1 July 2014 he left the post of editor in chief of Asharq Al-Awsat.[7]

Al Toraifi then joined the Al Arabiya television news channel as deputy general manager.[8] On 22 November 2014, he was appointed general manager of Al Arabiya News Channel, replacing Abdulrahman Al Rashed in the post.[8]

On 29 January 2015 Al Toraifi was appointed minister of culture and information of Saudi Arabia.[9][10] His term ended on 22 April 2017 when Awwad Alawwad was named as the minister of culture and information.[11]


  1. ^ Adel Al Toraifi (4 October 2012). "Sulzberger's lessons: Reflections on the legacy of a famed newspaperman". Asharq Al Awsat. Archived from the original on 23 November 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  2. ^ Ben Flanagan (30 May 2013). "In conversation with editor-in-chief Adel Al Toraifi". Al Arabiya. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Al Toraifi New Editor-in-chief of Asharq Al Awsat". Asharq Al Awsat. 11 December 2012. Archived from the original on 11 December 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Adel Al Toraifi". Arabian Business. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Adel Al Toraifi appointed Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Asharq Al Awsat". The Majalla. 4 July 2012. Archived from the original on 6 October 2012. Retrieved 14 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Who we are". SRMG. Archived from the original on 24 March 2014. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Adel Al Toraifi". Arabian Business. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Dr. Adel Altoraifi appointed new GM at Al Arabiya News Channel". Al Arabiya. 22 November 2014. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  9. ^ "Massive Cabinet shake-up". Arab News. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  10. ^ Nick Vivarelli (2 February 2015). "New Saudi King Appoints Young Liberal Journo as Culture and Information Minister". Variety. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "Saudi Royal decree announces new appointments, restores benefits to government employees". Arab News. 23 April 2017. Retrieved 23 April 2017.