Turki Al-Sheikh

Turki Al-Sheikh
تركي آل الشيخ
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Press conference of Turki Al-Sheikh in the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos with the U.D. Almería shirt
Turki Al-Sheikh
Arabic: تركي بن عبد المحسن بن عبد اللطيف آل الشيخ

(1981-08-04) August 4, 1981 (age 41)
EducationBachelor Security Studies from King Fahd Security College

Turki bin Abdul Mohsen bin Abdul Latif Al Al-Sheikh (Arabic: تركي بن عبد المحسن بن عبد اللطيف آل الشيخ; born August 4, 1981),[1] is a Saudi adviser at the Royal Court under the rank of Minister and the current Chairman of General Authority for Entertainment.[2][3]

Education and career

Al-Sheikh graduated from King Fahad Security College in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in Security Sciences.[2] He then worked in several government sectors including the Interior Ministry, the Emirate of Riyadh and the office of the Defense Minister and the Crown Prince.[2] He was appointed an adviser to the royal court in 2015 and later, in 2017, he was promoted to be a royal advisor with the rank of minister.[2]

In September 2017, a royal decree was issued to appoint him as the new chairman of the General Sports Authority.[4] In December 2018, he was appointed as chairman of the General Authority for Entertainment.[5]


Al-Sheikh is Chairman of the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation (ISSF),[6][7] and previously Honorary President of Al-Taawoun in Buraidah. He used to be the owner of the Egyptian club Pyramids FC from 2018 to 2019.[8][9] On 2 August 2019, he became the owner of UD Almería, replacing Alfonso García Gabarrón.[10] He named Mohamed El Assy as general director of the club.[11] In December 2020, Al-Sheikh became the honorary president of the Sudanese club Al-Hilal.[12]


In addition to his official and honorary career, Turki Al-Sheikh was known for his artistic writing, and his lyrics were enriched by a number of Arab artists.[13] He was married to Egyptian singer Amal Maher,[14] who is now rumoured to have been missing for months; with more rumours alleging that Al-Sheikh has kept her in a detention centre to slowly and brutally torture her, so as to punish Maher for filing a lawsuit of assault against him. [15]

The story started an outrage on Egyptian social media following the brutal murder of a Mansoura University student, Naira Ashraf,[16] after which a picture of Maher was posted on her Facebook account, with a suspicious slew of news outlets began citing it as proof that Maher is living her life normally. However, many are alleging this is an old picture, and that the records will only be set straight if Maher appears on live video, which she still has not.


Madawi al-Rasheed noted about Sheikh: "Sheikh is revealing himself to be much like the other coterie of aides that the crown prince has ushered in to lead his many new initiatives"[...] "We now have Sheikh, mixing entertainment with the vulgarity of the new Saudi nationalism. His portfolio is to entertain Saudis, but he is doing it with bad taste, excessive hype and populist propaganda."[17]


  • The most influential Arab sports personality of the year 2017 at the 12th Dubai International Sports Conference.[2][18][19]
  • The Arab Sports Personality Award in Mohammed bin Rashid Award of the year 2018.[20][21]
  • The Arab Sport Culture Award of 2017.[22]


  1. ^ "وكقت تركي بن آل الشيخ ومحب للفن". Al Arabiya (in Arabic). 1 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e "FaceOf: Turki Al-Alshaikh, Saudi General Sports Authority chairman". Arab News. 2018-06-11. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  3. ^ "Turki al-Sheikh: From cultural activism to head of Saudi Entertainment Authority". english.alarabiya.net. 27 December 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  4. ^ "Turki Al-Asheikh new head of General Sport Authority". Saudigazette. 2017-09-06. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  5. ^ "King Salman reshuffles Cabinet, Assaf new foreign minister". Saudigazette. 2018-12-27. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  6. ^ "Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation | ISSF holds its 10TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY". Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  7. ^ "بأمر الملك سلمان ... تركي آل الشيخ رئيساً لهيئة الرياضة السعودية". aawsat.com (in Arabic). 6 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Egyptian football revolution to take Africa by storm". ESPN.com. 2018-07-04. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  9. ^ "UAE businessman Salem Al Shamsi acquires Egyptian football team Pyramids FC". The National. 6 July 2019.
  10. ^ Góngora, Rafa; Miralles, Carlos (2 August 2019). "Turki Al-Sheikh ya es el dueño del Almería". La Voz de Almería (in Spanish). Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Su excelencia Turki Al-Sheikh, nuevo propietario de la UD Almería". Unión Deportiva Almería (in Spanish). 2 August 2019. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  12. ^ "Turki Al-Sheikh is honorary president of the Sudanese Al-Hilal club – Erm News". saudi24news.com. 28 December 2020.
  13. ^ "من هو تركي آل الشيخ رئيس هيئة الرياضة الجديد؟". akhbaar24. 6 September 2017.
  14. ^ "Amal Maher exasperated Turki Al-Sheikh with this news, which surprised everyone! – A nation is tweeting out of tune". primetimezone.com. 13 April 2021.
  15. ^ "آمال ماهر تتهم تركي آل الشيخ بالاعتداء عليها أمام منزلها". 19 March 2018.
  16. ^ "Egypt Shocked by Brutal Murder of Student in Broad Daylight".
  17. ^ Will feminism be a crime in Mohammed bin Salman's Saudi Arabia?, 15 November 2019, Madawi al-Rasheed, Middle East Eye
  18. ^ "Ahmed bin Mohammed attends 12th Dubai International Sports Conference". wam. 28 December 2017. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  19. ^ "Turki Al Al-Sheikh Wins Award of the Most Influential Figure in the Arab Football 2017". Saudi Press Agency. 2017. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  20. ^ "Turki Al–Sheikh named Arab Sports Personality". Saudigazette. 2018-11-26. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  21. ^ "Al-Sheikh Wins Arab Sport Personality Award in Mohammed bin Rashid Award". Naaju. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
  22. ^ "آل الشيخ يفوز بجائزة "شخصية الثقافة الرياضية"". www.alarabiya.net. Retrieved 2019-03-16.
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