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Khaled Al Maeena

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


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]


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 continued until October 2011.[1]
He was appointed editor-in-chief of Saudi Gazette on 2 April 2012.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9]


Al Maeena is a veteran Arabian journalist. He is reported to be close to King Fahd and King Abdullah. He is also considered to have close relations with then-Riyadh governor Prince Salman. The late Ahmad Ibn Salman was very fond of him. The other sons of Prince Salman including Faisal bin Salman had also close relations with him.[8]

Jeddah floods

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.[10]


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