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Ahmed Al Omran
Journalist. Saudi Arabia correspondent for _Financial Times_. Former Knight-Bagehot Fellow. Previously worked for NYT, WSJ and NPR. Columbia Journalism School alum.
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“You are not creative and then create something, you become creative by working on something, creativity is a byproduct of work.”

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My latest: How Saudi-owned MBC is outplaying Netflix to dominate the Middle East streaming market.

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“And since America is also a place that admires ambition and hustle, this fosters a culture of performative intellectual display, be that in a TV studio or at a dinner party.”

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Saudi Arabia says 1,301 people died in this year’s hajj. 83% of them were unlicensed pilgrims who walked long distances under direct sunlight without shelter or rest as temperatures rose to nearly 50°C.

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“Sony defined how we listen to music and watch television at home. It pushed the boundaries in video gaming. All along, the company has continued to reinvent itself for nearly a century. There is no other technology company that has remained a household name the way Sony has.”

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“After years of capture, digital distribution is returning to open formats like email and even the nascent world of the fediverse with its interesting potential for new delivery options…”

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It’s time we added full credit pages to books like we do for films.

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Saudi Arabia is seeking a larger share of a shrinking pie at a time when many other countries are also seeking increased FDI to meet their development needs.

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Rule number one: Only ever leave voice notes for someone you are confident likes you.

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Saudi Aramco’s VC fund invests in China effort to create rival to OpenAI.

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Saudi Arabia is selling roughly $12 billion worth of shares in its national oil company Aramco, as the kingdom seeks further capital for its sovereign wealth fund.

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Saudi Arabia rejects US request to deploy troops in Gaza. Egypt, UAE and Morocco are considering the idea.

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My latest: Saudi Vision 2030 faces a reality check at it reaches its midway point, with tough choices to be made about mega-projects amid fast approaching self-imposed deadlines.

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Many Saudis grumble about government spending on foreign consultants, complain that ministries and authorities are now simply “RFP machines.” Consultants are aware of local criticism, but say the government is getting their money’s worth.

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BlackRock signs a deal with the Saudi Arabia to open a multi-class investment firm in Riyadh, anchored by a $5 billion mandate from the PIF. The goal is to attract additional overseas capital to the kingdom.

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You don’t have to be a “content creator” to have a website.

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“Video podcasts are the worst of both worlds. They’re not as good as actual video content designed to be consumed exclusively as video and they’re inferior to audio-only podcasts.”

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I have been using Kagi instead of Google for a few months now and pretty happy with it too.

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“The great argument for democracy is not that it will produce good rule, but that it will prevent terrible rule, which is the worst thing societies can have, except for the absence of rule — in other words, anarchy.” —Martin Wolf

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My latest: Saudi officials fear the brutal images emerging from the shattered Gaza Strip will radicalise their young population, and disrupt plans for economic and social reforms.

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The US still stuck in its blue bubbles vs green bubbles debate? Rest of the world runs on WhatsApp.

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“We weren’t designed to have the output of all of human history at our fingertips, nor to be contactable at all times — but that is the situation we now find ourselves in, and it’s both a great privilege and a damned curse.”

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Earlier this month I shared my media diet here.

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Cathay Pacific to relaunch passenger flights between Hong Kong and Riyadh in Q4 as HK government seeks stronger trade and investment links with Saudi Arabia.

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Saudi dairy giant Almarai plans to spend $4.8 billion over the next five years to boost food security and supply chains. PIF owns 16% of the company.

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@manton I originally had issues with the root domain and wanted to try the subdomain, but it looks like I have managed to fix it. Thanks!

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@manton does that work for subdomains too? Because I tried for my microblog at blog.alomran.me and got an error BlueSky error message: “External handle did not resolve to DID”