FaceOf: Saud Al-Qahtani, Saudi Royal Court adviser

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Time: June 23, 2018

JEDDAH: Saud Al-Qahtani is an adviser to the Royal Court, as well as the supervisor general of the Center for Studies and Information Affairs in Saudi Arabia.
He addressed Qatar’s manipulation of BeIN Sports on Friday, confirming that the Kingdom is taking appropriate legal measures against the Doha-owned station due to its incorporation of politics during the broadcast of the World Cup Saudi matches.
Born in Riyadh on June 7, 1978, Al-Qahtani completed his schooling in Riyadh and was a distinguished student, among the top ten in the Riyadh region.
He received his bachelor’s degree in law from King Saud University, then joined the officer training course in the Royal Saudi Air Force and graduated with honors with the rank of sergeant.
He was later promoted to the rank of captain before he pursued a master’s degree with honors in criminal justice from Naif Arab University for Security Sciences (NAUSS).
He holds several certificates in law and administration, and has been an opinion writer for many Saudi and Arab newspapers and magazines.
He is considered one of the most influential figures on the Saudi Twitter scene.
In 2003, he was assigned as a legal adviser to the secretariat to then Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, and by 2004 he became the secretariat’s media director.
In 2008, he served as the director general of media monitoring and analysis for the Royal Court.
In 2012, he became an adviser to the Royal Court and was given the rank of a minister in 2015.
Al-Qahtani is also a member of the board of directors for institutes such as King Abdul Aziz University, the Misk Foundation, Misk Schools, the Royal Commission for Al-Ula, and the Saudi Union for Cyber Security and Programming. He is also an honorary member of Al-Hilal football club.

This article was first published in Arab News

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