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.


Saudi Arabia, South Korea reach agreement on visas

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Riyadh on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 16 January 2019
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Saudi Arabia, South Korea reach agreement on visas

  • Cabinet OKs air transport pact with Indonesia

JEDDAH: The Saudi Cabinet met to discuss a series of national and global developments on Tuesday, in a session chaired by King Salman.

At the forefront of the agenda was the escalation in tensions between Israel and Hamas along the Gaza border, and the continuing encroachment on Palestinian land by Israeli settlers in the West Bank. The Cabinet responded by demanding that the UN Security Council intervene. King Salman also relayed to ministers the outcome of his talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, which covered many regional issues.

The minister of media, Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah, announced that after reviewing proposals from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a decision from the Shoura Council, a memorandum of understanding between the government and the Republic of Korea on granting visit visas had been agreed upon.

The Cabinet approved the amendment of the air agreement on regular air transport between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.

The Cabinet, meanwhile, praised the progress of the 2025 Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development Program, aimed at enhancing farming techniques by promoting sustainable water and renewable energy sources.

They also discussed the framework in Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program 2020 for building a sustainable renewable energy sector, reiterating aims to lead global renewable energy developments over the next decade, and create projects such as the wind-powered plant at Dumat Al-Jandal, as part of the King Salman Renewable Energy Initiative.

In a statement, though, Al-Shabanah said: “The Cabinet discussed the announcement made by the minister of energy, industry and mineral resources about the Kingdom’s oil and gas reserves, which highlighted the importance of Saudi Arabia as a secure source of oil supplies in the long term.”

He added, in closing, the Cabinet’s praise for the efforts of Saudi security forces in the tracking and arrest of seven people in Qatif, which foiled a planned terrorist attack.