Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Assiri attains star status

Brig. Gen. Ahmed Al-Assiri. (SPA)
Updated 09 October 2016
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Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Assiri attains star status

Writers — expats and Saudis — have been coming up with articles on Brig. Gen. Ahmad Al-Assiri, consultant in the office of the Defense Ministry and spokesman for Operation Decisive Storm, which ended Tuesday.
Well-known Saudi TV host and Islamic scholar Mohsin Shaikh Al-Hassan has written a biography in Arabic of Al-Assiri who was also involved in the 1990-1991 Gulf War but in a different capacity.
According to Al-Hassan, Al-Assiri was a French language translator at the time and was called the “Shadow Man.”
“He speaks fluent French and English which greatly impressed television viewers,” Al-Hassan said.
As spokesman, Al-Hassan added: “Al-Assiri brings to mind Brig. Gen. Ahmed Al-Rabian, spokesman for the 1990-1991 Gulf War.”
“Many people ask me ‘Who is this Al-Assiri who has become a media superstar?’ That’s why I thought of writing a short biography of him,” Al-Hassan said.
The biography’s working title is “The Media Superstar.”
“He graduated from Saint-Cyr military college in France, which was established by Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802,” Al-Hassan said.
He added that Al-Assiri also received a master’s degree in military science from a college in Saudi Arabia and earned another master’s degree in France.
“He earned a third master’s degree in strategic science. He has also received military training at different institutions like Sandhurst Military Academy in the UK and West Point Military Academy in the US,” he said.
Al-Hassan added that Al-Assiri has received awards from different countries like France, Kuwait, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, in addition to medals received in his current position.
“For all his achievements, all Saudis love Al-Assiri,” Al-Hassan said.
He added that Al-Assiri comes from the village of Mohaiyel in Asir region.


Women pit themselves against male drivers in Saudi Arabia’s Formula E race

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Women pit themselves against male drivers in Saudi Arabia’s Formula E race

  • The Rookie Test will take place on December 16 at the newly transformed ancient site into Formula E race track
  • The list consists of a varied group of up-and-coming talent along with well-known faces

DUBAI: Women drivers will compete against male counterparts in Formula E’s “Rookie Test” for up and coming drivers after the inaugural Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix race on December 15.

The Rookie Test will take place on December 16 at the newly transformed ancient site into Formula E race track, the Kingdom’s General sports authority said.

Female drivers will line up against male rivals on the grid to take part in the official in-season test for the forthcoming season of the FIA ABB Formula E Championship.

The list consists of a varied group of up-and-coming talent along with well-known faces, including the first Emirati female racing driver, Amna Al-Qubaisi.

Al-Qubaisi has had a steep progression in her career so far, starting karting aged 13, and going on to win the UAE Rotax Max Challenge Championship before more recently competing in Formula 4 with Prema Theodore Racing.

“I'm very proud to be representing women in general and Arabian women in particular. This test drive is another stepping-stone towards my dream of a professional career in motorsports and thanks to the continuous support of Kaspersky Lab, this dream will eventually come true,” Al-Qubaisi said.

Saudi Princess Haifa bint Mohammed bin Saud, Secretary General of the organizing committee for the race, said: “Through the increased participation in and hosting of world-class sports within Vision 2030, we want to inspire the young people of Saudi Arabia towards greater achievement and taking an active role in every part of life.”