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RIYADH: MBC Group inaugurated its new headquarters in Riyadh on Sunday night, attended by numerous actors, journalists and the area’s most outstanding media personalities.

The brand new headquarters marks the group’s transfer from the United Arab Emirates to its “homeland” Saudi Arabia – a long-awaited dream of the chairman of the board, Waleed bin Ibrahim Al-Ibrahim.

“Now we have carried this dream with us since we first launched in 1991, regardless that we thought it was a dream that was removed from coming true,” mentioned Al-Ibrahim.

(AN photograph by Bashir Saleh)

The Kingdom’s initiative, “the sensible management and assist of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman,” and assist and funding in tradition, innovation, media and leisure have in the end helped flip this dream round. In actuality, he added.

Al-Ibrahim started the ceremony with a speech that highlighted the group’s achievements and the management that contributed to its improvement.

“We’re working with full willpower to make MBC Group one of many foremost worldwide media organizations on the planet,” he mentioned.

Waleed Al Ibrahim, MBC Group Chairman (AN Photograph by Bashir Saleh)

MBC Group has a longstanding dedication to native packages. With the headquarters relocating to the state, the corporate now goals to additional broaden its tasks and productions.

He defined: “With the strategic companions we now have fashioned to realize this aim, within the years to return we’ll see international tasks that inform tales from the historical past and tradition of the Arab world impressed by the slogan of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman : ‘Ambition as excessive because the sky’.

Through the ceremony, the group highlighted a few of their productions filmed within the Kingdom, together with “The Workplace”, “The Rise of the Witches” and “Desert Warrior”.

Sam Barnett, MBC Group CEO (AN Photograph by Bashir Saleh)

The group additionally outlined a few of their newest tasks, that are launching within the Kingdom, together with “Saudi Idol” and the radio channel Loud FM, which can characteristic worldwide music.

Al-Ibrahim thanked the UAE authorities and its individuals for his or her assist in the course of the group’s time in Dubai. He mentioned the shifting of headquarters is “shifting from one home to a different”.

A number of outstanding figures attended the occasion, together with Ibrahim al-Hajjaj, a Saudi actor and comic who starred in MBC’s “Rush” and “Minho Waladna”.

Al-Hajjaj advised Arab Information: “It means there’s an MBC in Riyadh on the planet. I’m thrilled, and I hope it’ll generate extra expertise and extra individuals will come right here.”

MBC Group initially launched MBC 1 in London in 1991. In 2002, it moved its headquarters to Dubai Media Metropolis UAE.

The group at the moment has over 17 TV channels together with MBC 1, MBC 2 and MBC Max together with two FM radio stations.

It goals to broaden manufacturing sooner or later, with greater than 80 new titles to be produced in Saudi Arabia.

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