Colombo provides home to distressed Saudi expat

Updated 17 March 2014
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Colombo provides home to distressed Saudi expat

The Sri Lankan government has decided to help a distressed Sri Lankan worker by providing him a Rs500,000 house in his home country.
Twenty-nine-year-old Ruwan Chamara Herath lost his leg in an accident while driving his sponsor's vehicle in the Kingdom.
“Foreign Employment Promotion and Welfare Minister Dilan Perera agreed to provide Herath with a house back home,” Kifaya Ifthikar, a Riyadh-based social worker who was tending to Herath’s case, told Arab News on Saturday.
Ifthikar, who met Perera during her recent visit to the island, said the minister was very sympathetic toward his plight.
Herath left the Kingdom with a cash compensation of SR25,000 upon intervention by the Sri Lankan Consulate, as the sponsor, according to Herath, wanted to forcibly repatriate him against his will without giving him proper compensation. “The SR5,000 that the sponsor had promised me is worth my 3 months’ wages and allowances,” he said.
A senior official from the Sri Lankan Consulate in Jeddah said the mission raised the compensation sum to SR25,000 with the sponsor.
“We are happy that we worked out a reasonable compensation upon mutual agreement between the sponsor and the employee,” he said.


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

Deena Al-Faris (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
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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.