Female Saudi lawyers lead the way with specialist training

Updated 26 January 2018
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Female Saudi lawyers lead the way with specialist training

RIYADH: An innovative legal training program for women lawyers is being conducted by the Prince Sultan University (PSU) School of Law and the American Bar Association to help enhance understanding of the law in Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Ibrahim Al-Hudaithy, dean of the PSU School of Law, told Arab News that 25 female law graduates and trainees from the university were attending lectures by four American lawyers.
“This is the first time this kind of legal training program is being conducted for female law graduates, as well as trainees, in Saudi Arabia,” he said.
The four-week training program, which ends on Feb. 15, is presented in English and has drawn interest from trainees as well as law practitioners in the Kingdom.
Al-Hudaithy, who received his doctorate degree in law from Durham University in the UK, said the PSU School of Law was the first academic institution to offer this kind of training to its female law graduates.
Khalil Aljehani, managing partner in a Riyadh-based law firm, praised the program, saying: “The legal training will enhance trainees’ knowledge of law gained from the classroom as well as from their practice so that they become better advocates or litigators in the future.
“In fact, the training is just one of the things that should be undertaken by the trainees if they want to succeed in the legal profession. If they intend to be general practitioners, they should also attend law seminars where they can learn the latest trends in the different branches of law, such as corporate and maritime,” he said.


Where We Are Going Today: Workout studio aims to empower Saudi women

Updated 27 April 2018
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Where We Are Going Today: Workout studio aims to empower Saudi women

  • Studio55 is about empowering women to be more in all aspects of life. It’s more than just an exercise
  • It combines spinning with yoga, pilates, TRX, zumba, core fitness and strength training all in one session

Studio55 is a boutique chain for women in Saudi Arabia with a workout studio that features a complete cross-training approach to fitness and well-being. 

It has two branches, one in Alkhobar, established in June 2015, and one in Jeddah, set up in October 2017. 

Al-Batool Baroom, Studio55’s commercial director, said that the studio’s particular approach combined spinning with yoga, pilates, TRX, zumba, core fitness and strength training all in one session.

“It is offered to all our members under one roof through our four workout zones: Ride55, Fitness55, Focus55 and Fusion55.” 

The studio also keeps track of members’ workouts through a software program called Performance IQ. 

It sends the member their workout performance statistics by email at the end of the class and stores the data on their studio profile. 

The information includes their average heart-rate, calories burnt, average RPM (in spinning classes), time and distance.

“Studio55 is about empowering women to be more in all aspects of life. It’s more than just an exercise. We work on awareness, education and community events alongside our workouts and fitness engagement,” Baroom said.

“Every now and then we invite inspiring role-models to come and give an open talk at the studio, as well as prominent instructors to give classes. Some of our guests have included Princess Reema, Raha Moharrak, Dina Al-Tayeb, Manal Rostom, Nelly Attar and Hala Alhamrani.” 

Fatima Batook, founder of Studio55, encouraged women to visit the studio to help to change their lives for the better.

“Women should come to us to be more, to get inspired by our trainers and live their lives to their full potential, achieving not only health and fitness goals but personal life goals,” she said.