Head of Saudi entertainment authority relieved of position

Ahmad Al-Khatib
Updated 19 June 2018

Head of Saudi entertainment authority relieved of position

  • Al-Khatib was appointed as chairman of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority in 2016
  • The report did not elaborate on why Khatib was dismissed or who would be replacing him

JEDDAH: The head of entertainment in Saudi Arabia, Ahmad Al-Khatib, was removed from his post on Monday, according to state-news channel Al-Ekhbariya, citing a royal decree.

Al-Khatib was appointed as chairman of the Saudi General Entertainment Authority in 2016, and had previously been minister of health. He also served as an adviser to the royal court.

The report did not elaborate on why Khatib was dismissed or who would be replacing him. It did not mention the status of his other positions.

The General Entertainment Authority was established to organize, develop, and lead the entertainment sector to provide exciting entertainment options, and tailor experiences to the needs of people from all walks of life across Saudi Arabia.

Al-Khatib was also appointed as chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) in October 2017.


The Hajjana: heritage of Saudi Arabia’s camel riding border patrol honored

Updated 30 October 2020

The Hajjana: heritage of Saudi Arabia’s camel riding border patrol honored

The Hajjana — fearless camel riders who patrolled the Kingdom’s borders — helped pave the way for the establishment of the modern Saudi state.
Their story goes back almost 90 years when a Hajjana border patrol was established during the reign of King Abdul Aziz in 1933.
After the Kingdom’s founder reclaimed Al-Ahsa, he ordered sea and land patrols to be carried out to tighten security in the region’s border areas.
Patrols were led by camel riders, so a military sector was formed at that time known as Hajjana. Its name was derived from their means of transport — camels.
Now, nine decades later, the Camel Club has established the Royal Hajjana to commemorate the group’s distinguished cultural heritage.
Since its creation in April, the Royal Hajjana has been preparing to take part in official reception ceremonies for King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s guests as well as national festivals sponsored by the king and crown prince.
It will also perform in Saudi heritage shows and represent the Kingdom in local and international camel festivals.
Hajjana officers became famous throughout the country after acquiring their name from the “hejin,” or camel. They protected the Kingdom’s residents from the south of the Empty Quarter to north of the Nafud Desert.
One of the founding king’s priorities was to provide security and protect the nation’s borders, so the Border Guard was among the first military sectors created.
The Coast Guard’s budget also included allocations for Hajjana officers, known as the Hajjana patrol commanders, whose role was part of the Frontier Corps.
Patrols continued to operate in southern regions until recently. However, the memory of the Hajjana remains fresh in the minds of the Kingdom’s border guards.