Saudi man stranded in Tabuk desert for six days rescued by security

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Police and volunteers at the rescue site. (Photo courtesy: Okaz)
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Hosam Al-Salmi (Photo courtesy: Okaz)
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Resident Volunteers who aided in locating Hosam Al-Salmi. (Photo courtesy: Okaz)
Updated 14 February 2018
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Saudi man stranded in Tabuk desert for six days rescued by security

TABUK: A young Saudi man stranded in the desert for six days has been found by security officials in Tabuk, northwestern Saudi Arabia.
The man, Hosam Al Salmi, drove his own car from Makkah on Thursday toward Tabuk. The distance, slightly more than 1,000 kilometers, should have taken him around 10 hours by car.
However, he contacted his family on Saturday to inform them that he was stranded after he took a wrong turn through the desert and got lost, according to the Saudi Okaz newspaper.
He managed to call security authorities to request help and remained at a hilltop awaiting rescue, briefly before communication with him had been entirely lost by Monday.
He was lost in the desert until authorities and a rescue group managed to find him on Tuesday evening, the newspaper said. Salmi was sent to hospital to ensure his health condition was stable.
His friends and relatives were actively searching for him through Twitter, by creating the hashtag “Searching_for_Hossam_in_Tabuk_desert”.


TheFace: Khaloud K. Almansour, Saudi diplomat

Khaloud K. Almansour. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
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TheFace: Khaloud K. Almansour, Saudi diplomat

  • She managed and oversaw partnership projects of more than SR83 million ($22.12 million) with national, regional, and international corporates
  • Almansour has supervised a number of strategic partnerships across sectors and is a strong operations professional with a master of science focused on political science and government

Khaloud K. Almansour is a diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Saudi Arabia, and also managing director of Lion Entertainment. She is experienced in the field of partnership management with a proven history of success in the communication management industry. 

She managed and oversaw partnership projects of more than SR83 million ($22.12 million) with national, regional, and international corporates. 

She has supervised a number of strategic partnerships across sectors and is a strong operations professional with a master of science focused on political science and government.

“Keep your head high, and look straight, scan the area, and move forward with confidence,” Almansour has advised.

“Every battle is a challenge to discover a new aspect of your personality. You do not know your limits until you test them, and for every move, you’ve got to be strategic.

“Thus, I identify with horse races — to create a great partnership with the horse and reach the end of the race, you must put your best qualities forward. Patience, good communication, and trust are the three words in the bible of life by which to grow and prosper with your stakeholders.”