Meet first female anchor of Saudi Arabia


Jeddah: Weam Al-Dakheel is a Saudi Arabian journalist who has been operations manager for Saudi TV at the Saudi Broadcasting Authority since January 2018. Previously, she worked as a news presenter at Al-Arab News Channel, based in Bahrain, for two years and eight months between 2014 and 2017. Weam Al Dakheel ‘made history’ co-presenting Al Saudiya’s 9.30pm news bulletin on Thursday along with a male colleague.

Weam Al Dakheel, appearing alongside anchor Omar Al Nashwan, presented the news bulletin on the state-owned Saudi TV Channel 1, Khaleej Times reported.”Jumanah AlShami was the first women to present morning newscasts in 2016. Today history repeats itself as¬† Weam Al Dakheel ¬†becomes the presenter of the main nightly newscast, setting a precedent in a historic first for Saudi TV 1,” Saudi TV said on its official Twitter channel.This comes as a part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 reform programme, which aims to diversify the kingdom’s economy away from oil and relax strict rules on gender restrictions.

Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman initiated the lifting of a number of restrictions since last year, particularly the ones on women, in a bid to open up the conservative kingdom country. Earlier in September, Riyadh-based carrier Flynas had announced that it would be recruiting Saudi women as co-pilots and flight attendants for the first time.In June, the Saudi government had lifted a longstanding ban on women driving. Prior to this, the kingdom country was the only nation where females were barred from getting behind the wheel of a car.


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