Al Arabiya set for extensive World Economic Forum coverage

Al Arabiya’s Senior Business Presenter Lara Habib and Business Reporter Layan Odeh talk about their preparations

For most of the year, the Swiss village of Davos is fairly quiet much like any other Alpine ski resorts destination.

But for three days, Davos grabs the world’s attention as hundreds of diplomats, business moguls, and media professions descend to discuss the latest developments during the World Economic Forum.

Al Arabiya has covered the forum for many years running, and this time is no different.

Under the forum’s official theme of "responsive and responsible leadership", Al Arabiya is set to host a panel discussion on “The Future of Arab Economies” which will see Senior Business Presenter Lara Habib moderate the discussion between Tunisia’s Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, Egypt’s Minister of Trade and Industry Tarek Kabil, Founder of Blockchain Peter Smith and ‎Group CEO at Saudi Telecom Company Khaled H. Biyari. This panel is scheduled to take place on Wednesday.

“The region has one of the highest youth unemployment so the technical revolution is bringing automation and jobs will eventually be replaced by robots. But on the other side, new jobs will also be created but the youth will need to be prepared,” Habib told Al Arabiya English before heading off to Davos.

This year’s forum will also be important for Al Arabiya’s viewers as a panel will be dedicated on Saudi Vision 2030. The panel on Thursday will include Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih, Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan and Minister of Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qassabi.

Mobile video packages

While at Davos, Habib – in her second trip to Davos – is set to interview regional and international business leaders and experts as the forum looks to answering the question on how countries tackle the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which continues to drive the convergence of technologies that blur the lines between physical, digital and biological systems.

Along with Habib, Al Arabiya’s coverage of the event will also be handled by business reporter Layan Odeh who will be producing reports using mobile technology and increasing the network’s coverage on social media.

Odeh says a lot of work has been put into preparing for the upcoming three-day coverage.

“While we have already prepared reports before our arrival, we’ll also be producing reports, be them live or not, while we are on the ground. We’ll be doing shooting video packages using our mobile phones as well so it’ll be interesting for our viewers watching interested to know more about what is happening in Davos,” Odeh said.

The freezing weather

While diplomats and business leaders will be the focal subjects of the three-day event, both Habib and Odeh hope to catch interesting celebrities – from Shakira to – scheduled to appear at the forum.

But one other thing will be one bother reporter’s minds: the weather.

The last time Habib covering the forum, the coldest the thermostat reached was -5°C. This time around, Davos is projected to reach a minimum weather of -19°C.

“The last time my hand was shivering from the cold while I was interviewing a guest and it was only -5°C. I hope I’ve prepared enough to brace the freezing weather this year!” she said.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:50 - GMT 06:50