Turki bin Abdullah Aldakhil
(born 2 July 1973) is a Saudi
diplomat and journalist, and the current Saudi ambassador to the United Arab Emirates
. He is the former General Manager of Al Arabiya
Television News Network in Dubai
, the owner of Al Mesbar Studies and Research Centre and Madarek Publishing House in Dubai, and was previously a political correspondent for Radio MBC FM in Dubai and Radio Monte Carlo in Saudi Arabia. In February 2019, Al-Dakheel took the oath to become ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Aldakhil has served an aide to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman
, and intelligence reports suggest that he discussed luring Washington Post
columnist Jamal Khashoggi
to Saudi Arabia prior to the journalist's assassination by Saudi agents in October 2018.
Aldakhil's career in journalism began in 1989. As a media specialist, he is known throughout the region and world as a TV anchor for Al-Arabiya News Channel's award-winning talk-show Edaat (إضاءات), and as a regular contributor to a number of leading newspapers.
From 1997 to 1998, Aldakhil worked as a political correspondent for Radio Monte Carlo
in Saudi Arabia. In 1999, he worked as a political correspondent for MBC FM
. In 2003, he joined MBC
, and then Al-Arabiya in that same year.
Aldakhil contributed to the establishment of the UK
-based Elaph Arabic
-language news portal as well as to the Al-Arabiya channel and its website, where he worked as general site administrator until 2007.
He has written numerous books. Notable among them is Memoirs of a Previously Obese Man
(ذكريات سمين سابق ), which chronicles his struggle to lose weight
On January 31, 2015, MBC Group's Chairman Sheikh Waleed Al-Ibrahim announced the appointment of Turki Aldakhil as the new General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel. Aldakhil left his job at Al Arabiya in January 2019, reportedly in preparation to become the next Saudi Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates
Aldakhil was reportedly involved in discussions with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman
regarding the assassination
of Washington Post
journalist Jamal Khashoggi
. Intercepted communications with the Crown Prince suggest that in September 2017 Aldakhil proposed offering Khashoggi a job at Al Arabiya as an attempt to lure the journalist back to Saudi Arabia.
The Crown Prince suggested that the proposal was far-fetched.
In 2007, 2010 and 2011, Arabian Business
magazine named Aldakhil among the most influential Arab figures. In November 2012, it ranked him 29th of the world's 100 most powerful Saudis.
In 2014, Aldakhil received the America Abroad Media annual award for his role in supporting civil society and human rights and advancing women's role in society in Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf
- ^ "Al Dakheel appointed Saudi ambassador to UAE". gulfnews.com. Retrieved 12 February 2019.
- ^ a b c Mazzetti, Mark (7 February 2019). "Year Before Killing, Saudi Prince Told Aide He Would Use 'a Bullet' on Jamal Khashoggi". The New York Times.
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