AboutHer.com spotlights Saudi Arabian women

AboutHer.com addresses the important role of Saudi women in the Kingdom. (Shutterstock)
Updated 15 May 2018
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AboutHer.com spotlights Saudi Arabian women

RIYADH: As Saudi Arabia continues to work toward realizing its Vision 2030 objectives, a key part of which is to provide women with more support, mobility, and economic opportunities, the online portal AboutHer.com has been covering stories highlighting the various roles and realities of women in the Kingdom that often go unmentioned, with the ultimate aim of broadening the narrative of Saudi women in the media.
This year has been a period of development and monumental changes as Saudi women continue to break boundaries, set new standards, and pave the way for others to pursue their dreams. From more women filling top leadership positions, to others taking on the forces of nature to put Saudi Arabia on the map, this has been a groundbreaking phase for the Kingdom spearheaded by its women.

 

To date, a number of Saudi women have been appointed by royal decree to top leading roles this year, making them perhaps some of the most powerful women in the Kingdom.
Samar bint Mazin Saleh made history this week by becoming the commercial attaché at the Saudi Commercial Attache’s Office in Tokyo; another landmark appointment was made as Nouf Abdullah Al-Rakan became the executive director of the Saudi Arabian Federation for Cyber Security, Programming and Drones (SAFCSP); Dr. Tamador Al-Rammah was named Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Development earlier this year; and Professor Kawther bint Mousa Al-Arbash was appointed a member of the board of trustees of the King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue.
Mariam Hamidaddin became the first Saudi Arabian woman to ski the last degree to the geographic North Pole.
Mariam Hamed Fardous went on to set the record as the first woman from Saudi Arabia — and the third woman worldwide — to dive in the North Pole.
From sports, to style, to government, AboutHer.com addresses the contributions and important role of Saudi women in the Kingdom’s advancement and journey toward modernization.

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This year has been a period of development and monumental changes as Saudi women continue to break boundaries, set new standards, and pave the way for others to pursue their dreams.


FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

Ahmad Al-Khatib
Updated 27 May 2018
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FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

  • Saudi Arabian Military Industries aims to aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products

JEDDAH: Ahmad Al-Khatib was appointed the chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) in October 2017. 

He also holds the posts of chairman of the board of directors of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) since 2016; chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Fund for Development; adviser to the general secretariat of the Cabinet; adviser to the minister of defense; and adviser to the court of the crown prince.

Al-Khatib inaugurated on Friday the new facilities of the Aircraft Accessories and Components Company (AACC) at its new headquarters at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah during a ceremony under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

SAMI aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products and become one of the top 25 global companies in the field of military industries.

“Our goal is to localize more than 50 percent of the Kingdom’s military spending by 2030,” said the crown prince in his earlier statement.

Al-Khatib is a former adviser to the royal court, was the minister of health between 2014 and 2016, and served as the chairman for the Saudi stock company established in 2006, Jadwa Investment.

Al-Khatib has 23 years of experience in banking. In 1992 he joined the Bank of Riyad, working in various departments for 11 years and helping to establish the customer investment department. 

In 2003, Al-Khatib joined SABB Bank and participated in the establishment of Islamic Banking (Amanah). He then became the bank’s general manager.