Saudi broadcaster

Broadcaster and Columnist

As former Head of the English Service and Chief Broadcaster at Jeddah Radio Station, Samar hosted many cultural, religious and current events program over a period of 30 years. Through her work Samar has made significant contributions in social awareness campaigns and participated in global interfaith dialogue events.

Author of several books including Saudi Perceptions and Western MisconceptionsSaudi Women Towards a New Era, and Saudi Reforms and Challenges, Modernizing Saudi Arabia.

In her work Fatany has addressed the threat of extremism, and highlighted the new era of empowered women in her society. She has also covered the many challenges facing Saudi Arabia as well as the ongoing reform movement in the desert Kingdom.

Fatany is an active member of several local organizations, including the Committee for International Trade, CIT, Riyadh, and the Committee for International Relations, IRC, and the Committee for Youth Forums of the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs promoting youth diplomacy and supporting youth initiatives in Saudi Arabia today.

She is currently a broadcaster at Radio Jeddah and a writer and columnist for the Saudi Gazette.

BASED IN: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

LANGUAGES: English and Arabic.


Eradicating a Distorted ‘Jihadist’ Ideology
The World is Watching, Saudi Modernization: A Conversation with Samar Fatany
Women in Saudi Arabia’s Shura Council, what next?


Journalism in Saudi Arabia, ABC RN, January 2015