Organization of Islamic Cooperation appoints new officials in different groups

Updated 07 May 2018
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Organization of Islamic Cooperation appoints new officials in different groups

RIYADH: The Council of Foreign Ministers of the member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Sunday decided to appoint Yousif Mohammed Al-Dhubaeyi as the assistant secretary-general for political affairs. He is a senior official of the Saudi Foreign Ministry.

The OIC at its 45th session held in Bangladesh capital Dhaka to appoint Ambassador Samir Bakr Diab, a Palestinian official, as the assistant secretary-general for Palestine and Al-Quds affairs. Ambassador Tariq Bakheet, Ambassador Askar Mussinov, Ambassador Ahmad Ssengendo and Ambassador Musa Kulaklikaya have been appointed as assistant secretaries-general at various positions. 

On the first day of the meeting, Ambassador Bakheet from Sudan was elected the assistant secretary- general for cultural, family and humanitarian affairs in the Arab group. 

Ambassador Mussinov of the Republic of Kazakhstan was appointed as assistant secretary-general for science and technology affairs within the Asian group, Ambassador Ssengendo of Uganda as assistant secretary- general for economic affairs and Ambassador Kulaklikaya of Turkey as OIC assistant secretary- general for financial and administrative affairs. 


Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

Updated 23 March 2019
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Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

  • Princess Jamila’s camel will compete in a race marking the conclusion of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival
  • King Salman will attend the grand finale of the 46-day event

JEDDAH: A camel owned by a woman will compete in an official race in Saudi Arabia for the first time, a senior figure in the sport said on Friday.

Fahd bin Hithleen, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Camel Club and the newly appointed president of the International Camel Organization (ICO), said the race is part of the closing day of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival on the outskirts of Riyadh, which began on Feb. 5 and ends on March 23.

“The camel race will end this Saturday with the participation of the first female in camel racing,” Hithleen said on his official Twitter account. “I congratulate Princess Jamila Bint Abdulmajeed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz for breaking into the camel world and wish her all the success.”

The festival finale will take place in the presence of King Salman.

Princess Jamila said that camel racing is no longer exclusively the preserve of men, as the ongoing reforms in the country continue to empower Saudi women and open up new opportunities for them across the Kingdom.

The Kingdom established the ICO, the first global group of its kind for camels, on Thursday with the participation of representatives from 96 countries. Riyadh was chosen as the location for its headquarters and Hithleen was appointed to serve a five-year term as its first president.