King Salman receives Cypriot president

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Updated 04 January 2018

King Salman receives Cypriot president

RIYADH: Saudi King Salman held talks at Al-Yamamah Palace with President Nicos Anastasiades of Cyprus, currently on a visit to the Kingdom.
During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations between the two countries and ways of enhancing them, in addition to reviewing the latest regional developments.
King Salman and President Anastasiades then witnessed a joint ceremony to sign an agreement, an executive program and a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Cyprus.
An agreement was signed to avoid double taxation on income and to prevent tax evasion. It was co-signed by Saudi Minister of Finance Mohammed Al-Jadaan and Cyprus’ Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides.
The executive program was co-signed between the Kingdom’s General Authority of Civil Aviation and the Cypriot Ministry of Transport.
The memorandum of understanding was related to political consultations between the Saudi and Cypriot foreign ministries. It was co-signed by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Nizar Madani and Kasoulides.
The ceremony was attended by a number of princes, ministers, civil and military officials and the Saudi ambassador to Greece and Cyprus.
King Salman also held a luncheon in honor of the visiting president and his accompanying delegation.

TheFace: Dr. Lama S. Taher, the successful fashion designer whose one dream was not enough

Dr. Lama S. Taher (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 20 April 2018

TheFace: Dr. Lama S. Taher, the successful fashion designer whose one dream was not enough

  • Lacking in financial assistance but armed with grit, perseverance and passion, a young Saudi woman fashion designer launches her own brand while pursuing further studies, and succeed in both

I was born and raised in Riyadh and moved to London in 2004 to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree, followed by a Master’s degree in Mental Health.

Eight years ago, when I started on my Ph.D. in Psychology, I felt compelled to go into fashion design. Armed with grit, perseverance and passion, I took the plunge and launched my own brand, LUM, in May 2010.

I had no financial assistance and no fancy business plans — but I believed in it. No one else did, except my older sister who stood by me.

In spite of its humble beginning, the brand was well-received in the Kingdom and the Gulf region. But my father, a physician, was not convinced. I placed a bet with him, vowing to make substantial sales and revenue within one month. On July 1, 2013, I won that bet, making him my number one supporter.  In 2016, I achieved my academic dream, obtaining a Ph.D. in psychology at City University London.  

But it was not easy. Enduring sleepless nights and homesickness, I persevered to meet high academic demands. Meanwhile, the LUM business continued to flourish.

People asked why a successful fashion designer would pursue a doctorate in psychology. I was constantly asked to pick one — but my heart was in one and my mind was in another. 

Few believed I could achieve both. At times, I too doubted myself.

Today, I am an assistant professor at Dar Al Hekma University in Jeddah, supervising award-winning researchers. I am also a Saudi designer and manager of a successful fashion brand sold in the GCC, New York and Los Angeles.  I share my story to empower women to pursue their dreams, to believe in themselves, to fight for what they want.

People still ask: “Why both?” 

I reply, smiling: “Because one dream was not enough.”