Houthis urged to abide by cease-fire

Updated 12 May 2015
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Houthis urged to abide by cease-fire

Ministers on Monday praised Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman for setting up a humanitarian and relief center in Riyadh that would coordinate all aid for the Yemeni people.
The king will open the center, named after him, and lay the foundation of the center’s permanent headquarters on Wednesday.
In a statement after the weekly Cabinet meeting chaired by the king, Minister of Culture and Information Adel Al-Toraifi said the move reflects the monarch’s commitment to ease the suffering of the people.
Al-Toraifi said the ministers also urged the rebels to abide by the five-day cease-fire proposed by Saudi Arabia, to ease the flow of aid into the country. There was also an appeal to the international community to step up their relief efforts in the country.
Al-Toraifi said King Salman thanked fellow GCC leaders for their support at the 15th Consultative Meeting last week in Riyadh, which was aimed at ensuring security and stability in the region.
He welcomed the participation of French President Francois Hollande as the first guest of honor at the GCC gathering, which marked France’s increasing “active and positive role” in the Middle East, said Al-Toraifi.
The king also briefed the Council of Ministers on his talks with King Abdallah of Jordan, Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou and US Secretary of State John Kerry. He said the US supported the Kingdom’s moves to ensure peace in the region, said Al-Toraifi.
Al-Toraifi said the Cabinet condemned the attacks on Najran and Jizan by Houthis that targeted homes, farms, schools and service facilities. The ministers were adamant that the Saudi armed forces would eliminate these attacks.


TheFace: Deena Al-Faris, founder of Qamrah fashion brand

Deena Al-Faris (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 19 July 2018
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TheFace: Deena Al-Faris, founder of Qamrah fashion brand

  • My story began with a loving and inspirational entrepreneur father who believed in me, and nourished my ambitions through the provision of education and unique experiences

Being a co-founder of the first Saudi caviar farm was not enough. I launched my Qamrah fashion brand to reach out to women and help them rise up with self-confidence.

My story began with a loving and inspirational entrepreneur father who believed in me, and nourished my ambitions through the provision of education and unique experiences.

Like most ambitious women, I wanted to be everything at the same time. I studied business and went on to earn a master’s degree in international law, majoring in women’s rights. I am now married to a supportive, loving husband and blessed with two sons.

At a young age, I co-founded the Al-Faris sturgeon fish farm and Caviar Court factory. I proved that women can break the glass ceiling in a male-dominated field, and earned a chief executive position during a time when that was not as acceptable as it is now.

One of the most significant challenges I faced was to cross the trading borders and export Saudi caviar to Russia. Overcoming international bureaucracies and coming up with a persuasive strategy is a unique experience that I shall never forget. It has certainly put us on the map.

A few years ago, I realized I needed to move out of my comfort zone and do more with my true passion, focusing on elevating the aspirations and executive presence of women. So, I created a platform and fashion brand through Qamrah World to empower women to find their purpose and pursue their dreams.

I remind myself and all women to own our aspirations, believe in our power to live up to our potential with confidence, and enjoy the purposeful world. We are ready to embrace ambition.