Saudi CEO funds Rhodes grant

The Rhodes Trust selects creative young leaders with a commitment to serving others.
Updated 15 April 2018
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Saudi CEO funds Rhodes grant

A new Rhodes scholarship has been announced in partnership with Saudi entrepreneur Mohammed Al-Agil and the Kingdom’s Ministry of Education.

Saudi students aged 19-25 will be eligible for the annual scholarship when applications open later this year.

The Rhodes Trust, based in Oxford, is hoping for a diverse set of applicants from around the Kingdom. Eligibility criteria will be published at www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/apply.

Al-Agil, co-founder of Jarir Bookstores and chairman of Jarir Marketing Co., is funding the annual Rhodes scholarship for Saudi Arabia.

The Rhodes Trust, the international scholarship program established at Oxford University in 1903, selects creative young leaders with a commitment to serving others. 

Charles Conn, CEO of the Rhodes Trust, said: “I am extremely pleased to announce another scholarship to add to the diverse annual cohort of courageous young leaders. Our mission will be to find those exceptional Saudi students a platform to explore their full potential as they prepare to make an impact on the world.

“The introduction of this scholarship comes at a time when the Kingdom is at the forefront of major economic and social transformations in line with Vision 2030. I look forward to welcoming our new scholar to Rhodes House in October 2019, and witnessing our community becoming increasingly more diverse.”

Al-Agil said: “I have benefited enormously from my education and the opportunities I have received from my country, and I believe that endowing a Rhodes scholarship to Saudi postgraduate students is a small gesture to pay back my fellow citizens.”

Jasir Alherbish, the Saudi Ministry of Education’s deputy for scholarships affairs, said: “We are excited about our collaboration with the Rhodes Trust and so keen about opening new horizons for our bright youngsters. It is yet one more excellent venue to be added to the Saudi distinguished scholarships. Thanks to Mohammed Al-Agil and the Rhodes Trust, as well as our team at the ministry, for making it happen.”


Al-Habtoor receives members of Dubai Police’s Esaad

Updated 15 January 2019
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Al-Habtoor receives members of Dubai Police’s Esaad

Khalaf Al-Habtoor, founding chairman of the Al-Habtoor Group, received a delegation from the Dubai Police Esaad Program Committee at the Al-Habtoor Group head office on Monday. Mona Al-Ameri, head of the happiness committee, Dubai Police, thanked Al-Habtoor for his continuous support for the Dubai Police employee happiness initiative and presented the Al-Habtoor Group chairman, and Vice Chairman and CEO Mohammed Al-Habtoor with their personalized Esaad cards.

Dubai Police representatives included Masoud Ibrahim Alhammad, Khalid Alsuwaidi, Ahmed bin Ghafan, Ibrahim Alblooshi, Salah Amin, Mohammed Shoaib Albalooshi, Gaafar Salim, Sayed Ibrahim, Abdullah Haidarah, Hasan Saleh, Thureya Balhoul, Waheeda Abbas, Waheeda Abdulqadir, Mariyam Saeed Abdulhakeem, Khalil Ibrahim Ali and Mahmood Ibrahim. Also present was Abdul Salam Marzooqi, director of UAE affairs and community relations, Al-Habtoor Group.

Khalaf Al-Habtoor said: “I am happy to collaborate with the Dubai Police in their Esaad program and be able to show our men and women in the Dubai Police corps our appreciation for their commitment to our safety.

“Dubai’s appeal as an investment haven is in its stability, and that is largely due to the safety and security the Dubai Police provides. I commend them for their continued service to our community.”

Al-Habtoor called for the private sector to work closely with the public sector and commended the Esaad program committee for their efforts to reward employees for their performance, commitment and dedication to the job. 

Al-Ameri, head of the happiness committee, thanked Al-Habtoor for the warm welcome and gave a detailed brief about the Esaad card and its uses across various sectors including: Education, tourism, hospitality, aviation, entertainment and leisure, real estate and retail.

She said: “The Esaad card is trusted by the civil servants in Dubai and the UAE. The number of Esaad cardholders is currently at 108,498 employees from 128 governmental and semi-governmental departments.”

Al-Ameri commended the Al-Habtoor Group for its continuous support for community activities, noting that the Esaad program is an innovative program designed to achieve happiness in the community.

Al-Habtoor Group joined the Esaad program in October 2017 offering Dubai Police staff extended benefits and discounts at Habtoor Hospitality and Real Estate properties, including hotels, restaurant, leisure and entertainment facilities in the UAE and abroad. Dubai Police staff are offered a 50 percent discount at Al-Habtoor Group hotels in Dubai and internationally, as well as a 20 percent reduction at the group’s leisure and entertainment facilities. It also includes special rates on the new apartments at Al-Habtoor City Residence Collection.