Added on 06/01/2013
Comedian , fashion designer , Jeddah , Saudi Arabia , SMS , Twitter , Women , Women's issues , YouTube
AHMED AL OMRAN: The American comedienne Chelsea Handler has stirred up a hornet’s nest of indignation in Saudi Arabia
Added on 04/12/2012
Oil , President , Riyadh , Saudi Arabia
AHMED AL OMRAN: It was supposed to be a model to inspire the development of modern Riyadh. So what’s gone wrong with Riyadh’s Diplomatic Quarter?
Added on 19/11/2012
Beirut , Chicago , Dammam , Ghazi al-Gosaibi , Literature , Riyadh , Saudi Arabia , Saudi government , United States
AHMED AL OMRAN: Her book caused an inevitable furore when it first appeared. So why haven’t we heard more from Raja Al Sanea?
Added on 17/11/2012
America , Dar Al-Hekma College , David Cameron , Education , Hillary Clinton , Jeddah , King Abdulaziz University , London , Nasser al-Omar , Prime Minister , Saudi Arabia , Saudi Gazette , Saudi government , Secretary of State , Social networking , Twitter , UN Court , United Kingdom , United States , US embassy , Women , Women's issues
AHMED AL OMRAN: It seems to have become a regular stop for foreign dignitaries visiting the Kingdom. But that hasn’t stopped conservatives offence-ometer going off the scale
Added on 30/06/2012
AHMED AL OMRAN: The recently appointed Saudi Interior Minister, Prince Ahmed, published a letter many years ago which is still instructive
Added on 27/06/2012
Abdullah , Al Watan , Eman Al-Nafjan , London , Maryland , Middle East , Norah Al-Faiz , Saudi Arabia , Shura Council , Twitter , United Kingdom , United States , Women's issues
AHMED AL OMRAN: The controversy surrounding Norah Al Faiz’s wearing of the niqab seems endless. What’s the significance?
Added on 18/06/2012
Abdullah , Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice , Islam , Justice Minister , President , Salman bin Abdulaziz , Saudi Arabia
AHMED AL OMRAN: The new President of the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice has his work cut out.
Added on 26/05/2012
Abdulaziz Khoja , Al Watan , guard , Jeddah , Journalism , Journalist , Mainstream media , Minister of Information , Saudi Arabia , Saudi Journalists Association , Sultan Al Bazie
AHMED AL OMRAN: New regulations that are coming into force in Saudi Arabia mean increased oversight of their work
Added on 20/02/2012
Al-Hayat , Islam , Muttawa , Nasser al-Omar , National Guard , prominent human rights lawyer , Religious Police , Saudi Arabia , Saudi court , Sharia court , United States
AHMED AL OMRAN: A new force is making itself felt at social events in the Kingdom The mohtasbeen are an unofficial muttawaeen who have a clear agenda.
Added on 06/02/2012
Al-Hayat , Board of Grievances , Grievances , Manal Al Sharif , prominent human rights lawyer , Saudi Arabia , UN Court , Women , Women's issues
AHMED AL OMRAN: It’s all been a bit quiet recently on the women-drivers front. There has, though, been an interesting development this week.
Added on 06/01/2012
Abdul Aziz Khoja , Activist , Al Qaeda , Al Watan , Cairo , Democracy , Marriott Hotel , minister of information and culture , Ministry of Culture and Information , Paris , Riyadh , Saleh Al-Shehi , Saudi Arabia , Social Media , Twitter , Women , Women's issues
AHMED AL OMRAN: The fallout from the ‘Marriott Foyer Incident’ continues. Is such debate an unnecessary diversion from the real issues facing the Kingdom?
Added on 01/09/2011
Abdullah , Eid Al- Fitr , Ghazi al-Gosaibi , Jeddah , Jeddah consulate , Ministry of Culture and Information , Ramadan , Saudi Arabia , The US ambassador , United States , US embassy , Wikileaks
SAUDI JEANS: A weekend spent in the company of Hurricane Irene allowed me plenty of time to sift through the latest release of Wikileaks cables on Saudi Arabia.
Added on 04/08/2011
Al-Hayat , Amnesty , Crown Prince , London , Mohammed Fahad Al-Qahtani , proposed law , Saudi Arabia , Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association , Saudi embassy in London , Shoura Council , Social Media , Twitter
AHMED AL-OMRAN: A leaked draft of a proposed, new anti-terror law has been leaked to Amnesty International. A predictable storm has erupted.
Added on 12/01/2011
Algeria , Egypt , Employment , Gaza , Jordan , Lebanon , Middle East , Mohamed Bouazizi , Morocco , Social Media , Stanford University , Tunisia , Unemployment , United States Agency for International Development , West Bank , Yemen , Youth
AHMED AL OMRAN: Identity, lack of economic opportunity, freedom of expression – these are just some of the issues facing young people throughout the Arab World.
Added on 02/01/2011
Abdulaziz Khoja , Censorship , Editor-in-Chief , Media law , Mobile Phones , National Day , New Year's Day , Online media , Saudi Arabia
AHMED AL OMRAN: The wording may be clunky but the intent is clear. The Ministry of Culture and Information is looking to extend its control.
Added on 07/12/2010
Facebook , Internet , Local media , Riyadh , Saudi Arabia , Shoura , Shoura Council , Twitter
AHMED AL-OMRAN: The arrest of Mohammed al-Abdulkarim, a Saudi law professor, has unleashed a fierce debate among the Kingdom’s social media community, and revealed why Twitter is such a phenomena in the Kingdom.
Added on 28/11/2010
Abdulaziz Khoja , Al Watan , Cartoonist , Dubai , Entrepreneur , Fouad al-Farhan , graphic designer , Jeddah , Middle East , minister of information and culture , Real Estate , Saudi Arabia , Social Media , Social networking , Twitter , Umm Al-Qura University
AHMED AL-OMRAN: Twitter’s swept the world but has it made serious inroads into Saudi Arabia? Yes! And here’s my personal ‘Top Ten’ countdown of the Kingdom’s leading Twitter users.
Added on 12/10/2010
Media outlets , Ministry of Culture and Information , Saudi Arabia
When MOCI, after 3 years of stagnation, finally decided to grant licenses for new radio stations, the average price was around SR50 million…