Khaled Al Maeena

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Khaled Al Maeena
Residence Jeddah
Nationality Saudi Arabian
Alma mater University of Karachi
Occupation Journalist, columnist and editor-in-chief
Spouse(s) Samar Fatany
Children Dania, Hassan, Lina, Yasser and Sara
Parent(s) Abdulrahim Almaeena
Website Official website

Khaled Al Maeena is a veteran Saudi journalist, commentator,[1] businessman and the former editor-in-chief of the Saudi Gazette. He is regarded as a liberal.[2]

Education[edit]

Al Meena received his education in different countries, including the United States, Britain and Pakistan.[3] He attended the St. Patrick's College in Karachi and graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Karachi.[4]

Career[edit]

Al Maeena began his career in 1972, joining the Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) as an intern. He worked at several positions in the airline including as chief editor of Saudi World.[1] In 1982, he became the editor-in-chief of Arab News. Al Maeena was one of four journalists to cover the resumption of diplomatic ties between Saudi Arabia and Russia in 1990.[5] He left his post in 1993, becoming the CEO of the Saudi Public Relations Company (SPRC),[6] a position he held for five years. He returned to the top editor's post at Arab News in 1998 and held the post until October 2011.[1]

He was appointed editor-in-chief of Saudi Gazette on 2 April 2012.[7] His term ended in February 2014 and he was succeeded by Somayya Jabarti in the post.[8] Almaeena occasionally contributes commentary columns for Gulf News, Al Eqtisadiah, Times of Oman, Asian Age, The China Post,[5] Asharq Al-Awsat, Al Madina and Urdu News.[9] He was also a Saudi television news anchor, talk show host, radio announcer and lecturer.[6] Khaled Almaeena also serves as a Member of Advisory Board for Gulf at TAIB Bank.[10]

Relations[edit]

Al Maeena was reported to be close to King Fahd and King Abdullah. He is also considered to have close relations with the new king, Salman.[9]

Jeddah floods[edit]

As a resident of Jeddah, Al Maeena wrote a letter to Khaled Al Faisal, governor of Makkah after the catastrophic 2009 Jeddah floods. The letter was published in Arab News where he was editor-in-chief.[11]

Awards[edit]

Al Maeena was honored with the third highest civilian award Sitara-e-Pakistan in 2008 by the Pakistan government.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Speakers". IPRA GC. 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  2. ^ James Drummond (25 September 2011). "Saudi king says women will be given vote". FT. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Our Writers - Jeddah based". Arab News. Archived from the original on 19 November 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Sitara-i-Imtiaz conferred on Saudi journalist". Dawn. 22 January 2009. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "About K. Almaeena". Khalid Almaeena. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "LAS Speaker Series hosts Dr. Khaled Almaeena". Carnegie Mellon, Qatar. 20 March 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Al-Faiz new editor in chief of Arab News". SRPC. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Saudi woman becomes Kingdom's first female newspaper editor". Asharq Al Awsat. Riyadh. 17 February 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2015. 
  9. ^ a b K.T. Rajasingham (10 October 2011). "Khaled A. Almaeena - the bastion of modern Saudi Arabia". Asian Tribune. Retrieved 11 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Taib Bank". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "Letter to Makkah Governor". SUSRIS. 19 December 2009. Retrieved 11 May 2012.