Saudi female entrepreneur wins Shell global prize

Ghazael Aldossary
Updated 21 November 2017
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Saudi female entrepreneur wins Shell global prize

A Saudi entrepreneur from the petrochemical industry, Ghazael Aldossary, has won the merit prize at Shell LiveWIRE’s “Top Ten Innovators” global competition, which highlights and rewards LiveWIRE businesses that demonstrate excellence in innovation.
Through Ghazael’s company, Oriental Promises Trading, she connects large manufacturers to waste materials which can be repurposed for their needs, reducing the volume of industrial waste going to landfills and saving on the environmental impact from creating new materials. Specializing in the recycling of polycarbonate materials, the company’s innovative process converts polycarbonate waste back to its raw material form, closing the loop on a high-demand product.
Ghazael was the first female Saudi entrepreneur to operate in the recycled industrial waste sector, and was the only winner from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region in the competition.
“Top Ten Innovators” is a worldwide competition open to the alumni of Shell Intilaaqah, the MENA version of Shell LiveWIRE, a Royal Dutch Shell Social Investment Programme which operates in 15 countries, supporting young entrepreneurs.
Shell Intilaaqah supports business development in countries where Shell operates. In Saudi Arabia, the Shell Intilaaqah program helps entrepreneurs to start their own businesses, turning their ideas into sustainable sources of income to create jobs and stimulate local economic growth in the Kingdom. The program provides business skills training and workshops; business startup grants and awards; and links entrepreneurs to opportunities in sectors that contribute to the local economy. The program also helps to facilitate access to finance, incubation, business acceleration, access to markets, technology and mentoring.
Andrew Crowe, country chairman at Shell Saudi Arabia, said: “Shell is keen to continue contributing to achieving Saudi Vision 2030. Shell Intilaaqah helps Saudi entrepreneurs set up businesses, create jobs, and generate sources of income for communities by helping to find innovative solutions to economic challenges.”
Aldossary said: “As a Saudi woman I am humbled and proud to be chosen as one of the ‘Top Ten Innovators’ global award winners. I would like to thank Shell for their support to Oriental Promises in the past years, which led to this achievement.” The shortlisted businesses from the competition were judged by an international panel of business leaders.


Dhaka-bound passengers from Jeddah reach home

Updated 24 May 2018
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Dhaka-bound passengers from Jeddah reach home

  • All 141 passengers and 10 crew members onboard were evacuated safely, and were cared for by the airline’s ground operations team and airport personnel.
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), the national flag carrier of the Kingdom, greeted passengers returning to Dhaka following a brief stay in Jeddah due to an irregular occurrence on one of its aircraft.
Flight SV3818 operating from Madinah to Dhaka on Monday diverted to Jeddah for an emergency landing due to nose gear malfunction, which became apparent mid-flight. The aircraft was an Airbus A330-200, wet-leased to Saudia.
All 141 passengers and 10 crew members onboard were evacuated safely, and were cared for by the airline’s ground operations team and airport personnel.
Upon concluding all safety and health checks, the passengers were cleared to fly the next day. The Saudia ground operations team conducted all formalities and clearances in order for the guests to fly to Dhaka at 7:30 p.m. Jeddah local time on Tuesday.
Greeting the guests at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah prior to departure was Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, along with representatives from the airline, civil aviation authority and crew.
“Saudia thanks the onboard crew, General Authority of Civil Aviation, and King Abdul Aziz International Airport control for providing their cohesive, full support and cooperation during the event,” the airline said in a statement.
The flight arrived in Dhaka at 4:48 a.m. Dhaka time on Wednesday where they were met by the Saudia country manager and the station staff.
Currently in its 73rd year of operations, Saudia is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO).
The airline currently flies to 90 destinations across four continents with a fleet of 147 narrow and widebody aircraft.
At the 2017 Skytrax Awards held at the Paris Air Show, Saudia was awarded the “World’s Most Improved Airline” of the year.