King Salman honors winners of King Khalid Awards

King Salman arrives at a ceremony to honor winners of King Khaled Award for the year 2017 in Riyadh on Monday evening. (SPA)
Updated 13 December 2017
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King Salman honors winners of King Khalid Awards

RIYADH: King Salman on Monday evening honored the winners of the King Khalid Award for 2017.
King Salman distributed prizes to the winners of this year’s awards in three categories: Partners for development, excellence for non-profit organizations, and responsible competitiveness.
Sami Al-Harbi was awarded first prize in the “Partners for Development” category for his “Achieve Their Hope” initiative, a voluntary group started in 2014 to support cancer warriors of different nationalities and age groups in the Kingdom, morally, psychologically and socially. It works to achieve their wishes, meet their needs, and enhance psychological and social aspects for them. Abdullah Al-Hawas received the second prize in the same category for the “Kan Yama” initiative, a voluntary group that began in 2009, which aims to simplify and instill values and knowledge in children between four and 12 years. It is presented in an interesting and enjoyable way through the implementation of programs, interactive activities and useful skills workshops.
Yazid Al-Shadoukhy collected third prize for the “Path Change” initiative of the Clinic 1 group. Launched in 2015, this initiative is based on a group of qualified specialists in 10 different medical disciplines. It aims to provide free medical consultations to low-income families of all nationalities.
The chairman of the board of directors of Al-Mawaddah Society for Family Development in Makkah, Faisal Al-Samanoudi, was awarded first prize in the “Excellence for Non-Profit Organizations” category for modern management practices and the clarity of Al-Mawaddah Society’s strategy, as well as the existence of integrated management systems for the board of directors and governance regulations.
The executive director of the Osraty Charity for Family Development in Madinah, Abdul Razzaq Makhdoom, was awarded second prize in this category. The award was given for excellence in administrative work and use of technology in a professional and distinctive way, and for adopting a clear vision in the measurement of performance.
The chairman of the board of directors of Al-Kawthar Health Charity Society of Asir, Dr. Jubran Al-Qahtani, secured third place.
In the “Responsible Competitiveness” category, and to encourage private sector enterprises to adopt pioneering practices in the area of responsible competitiveness, King Salman awarded four facilities characterized by their adoption of sustainable development practices and social responsibility, and integrating these practices into their strategies.
Arabian Drilling Company won first place and the award was presented to Ali Al-Ghamdi, managing director of administrative affairs.
The Saudi Arabian Mining Co. (Maaden) came second and the award was presented to Khalid Al-Madifar, chairman of the board of directors. Third place was shared between Middle East Paper Company (MEPCO) and Special Direction — Business Consultancy House.


We have a story to share with the Saudi people, says new US official in Riyadh

Cultural and educational exchange programs between Saudi Arabia and the United States help build stronger ties. (AN photo)
Updated 19 September 2018
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We have a story to share with the Saudi people, says new US official in Riyadh

  • We have a story to tell and a story to share in Saudi Arabia with the Saudi people. We are pleased that so many Saudis want to study in the United States: US Public Affairs Counselor in KSA

RIYADH: Cultural and educational exchange programs between Saudi Arabia and the United States “help build stronger ties between the two countries and bring them closer together,” according to Brian Shott, the new US Public Affairs Counselor in Saudi Arabia.

Speaking at a reception to welcome him at the US embassy in Riyadh on September 18, he said: “One of the main things we do is we try to share aspects of the United States and of American culture, but we also learn from Saudis and Saudi culture.” 

In her opening speech, the embassy’s Deputy Chief of Mission Martina Strong also highlighted the enduring relationship between the two countries, saying: “Tonight is a celebration, a celebration of a friendship that has extended over many, many decades.”

Shott, who previously served in Morocco, Cairo and Baghdad, will be in Saudi Arabia for the next two years, during which he will promote educational and cultural exchanges.

“There are some real opportunities here and we have been fortunate enough to be able take advantage of partnerships with Saudi organizations and Saudi agencies, whether it is the General Authority for Culture or the Ministry of Education,” he said.

“We have a story to tell and a story to share in Saudi Arabia with the Saudi people. We are pleased that so many Saudis want to study in the United States.”

Meanwhile, the reception also served as a farewell to Robin Yeager, the cultural attache in Riyadh. She said that it had been a “very dynamic time to be in Saudi Arabia. It has been a pleasure and an honor to be here at a time when I get to know first-hand the future that Saudis are trying to build.”

The night that women were were given the right to drive, she said she went out and saw the “thrill on their faces.” To assist with empowerment and other progressive policies, embassy staff work on social issues and provide leadership training for women’s groups, she said.

“It is beautiful because they take something that an American expert talks to them about and they turn it into the Saudi way to approach it,” she added. “It’s not that we are changing things; it’s that we are giving them tools, so they can build what they want to build.”