Jeddah’s American school to build new campus

Updated 20 May 2014

Jeddah’s American school to build new campus

The American International School-Jeddah (AISJ) plans to build a new campus to accommodate 1,700 students.
The announcement was made at the headquarters of Zuhair Fayez Partnership, the project's architects. The project would be completed by 2017.
Monti Hallberg, superintendent of the AISJ, kicked off the groundbreaking ceremony and thanked all those involved in the project.
Lance Jones, president of the school's board of trustees, said the new campus would facilitate learning.
Anne Casper, the US consul general, who was also present, praised officials for helping to improve the school.
Casper said it was an honor to have Zuhair Fayez, chief executive officer of Zuhair Fayez Partnership, to build the new school campus.
“This school has become an academic home to students from over 40 different countries, which imbues the school with diversity,” said Casper in her speech. “This is a wonderful characteristic that is at the heart of American society and which we consider to be one of our national strengths.”
Fayez assured the audience that the project would be a remarkable facility and an outstanding civic area because it would encompass the school and the American consulate.
Fayez complimented the school's board and staff for moving in the right direction. He also thanked his staff.
The school gave Casper a token of appreciation.
After the speeches, the officials moved outside for the groundbreaking and unveiling of the cornerstone.
Also present at the event were officials from the Ministry of Education, board members, staff and parents.

Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

Updated 23 March 2019

Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

  • Princess Jamila’s camel will compete in a race marking the conclusion of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival
  • King Salman will attend the grand finale of the 46-day event

JEDDAH: A camel owned by a woman will compete in an official race in Saudi Arabia for the first time, a senior figure in the sport said on Friday.

Fahd bin Hithleen, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Camel Club and the newly appointed president of the International Camel Organization (ICO), said the race is part of the closing day of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival on the outskirts of Riyadh, which began on Feb. 5 and ends on March 23.

“The camel race will end this Saturday with the participation of the first female in camel racing,” Hithleen said on his official Twitter account. “I congratulate Princess Jamila Bint Abdulmajeed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz for breaking into the camel world and wish her all the success.”

The festival finale will take place in the presence of King Salman.

Princess Jamila said that camel racing is no longer exclusively the preserve of men, as the ongoing reforms in the country continue to empower Saudi women and open up new opportunities for them across the Kingdom.

The Kingdom established the ICO, the first global group of its kind for camels, on Thursday with the participation of representatives from 96 countries. Riyadh was chosen as the location for its headquarters and Hithleen was appointed to serve a five-year term as its first president.