FaceOf: Abdallah Yahya Al-Mouallimi, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UN

Abdallah Yahya Al-Mouallimi
Updated 24 May 2018
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FaceOf: Abdallah Yahya Al-Mouallimi, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UN

  • Al-Mouallimi received his B.Sc. degree in chemical engineering from Oregon State University and earned a master’s degree in management from Stanford University
  • Al-Mouallimi has a distinguished track record, having held senior government and executive positions over the past 30 years

Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, 65, is Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the UN.

Al-Mouallimi received his B.Sc. degree in chemical engineering from Oregon State University and earned a master’s degree in management from Stanford University. 

Along with his responsibilities with the UN, Al-Mouallimi is the president at Dar Al-Mouallimi Consulting. 

He is also an adviser at the Olayan Group and has been chairman at HBG Holdings Limited since November 2006.

On Tuesday, Al-Mouallimi and Khalid Al-Sharif, the consul-general of the Kingdom in New York, held an iftar (breaking-fast) ceremony on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan. The ambassador welcomed all, praying and wishing for prosperity and dignity for Arab and Islamic nations. 

Al-Mouallimi affirmed that the perpetrators of violent acts against civilians in Gaza would not escape accountability, demanding punishment for those who do not recognize their responsibility for the murders and violent acts committed by snipers in Gaza, as well as the explosive barrels and chemical weapons being used in Syria.

Al-Mouallimi has a distinguished track record, having held senior government and executive positions over the past 30 years. He was a managing director of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Saudi Arabia, a board member of the Saudi National Commercial Bank, vice-chairman of Olayan Financing Company from 1991 to 1998, and a board member of Saudi Telecom.

He has also served at the highest levels of Saudi government, most notably when he was appointed to the Majlis Al-Shoura, or the National Consultative Council, from 1997 to 2001.

Al-Mouallimi was appointed by royal decree to the position of mayor of Jeddah where he served with distinction until 2005. He has been chairman of Rasmala PLC (formerly the European Islamic Investment Bank PLC) since December 2011.


First Saudi woman presents main news bulletin on Saudia TV

Updated 21 September 2018
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First Saudi woman presents main news bulletin on Saudia TV

JEDDAH: Weam Al-Dakheel has become the first woman to anchor the main evening news bulletin on Saudi Arabia’s main national TV station.
Al-Dakheel presented the news alongside Omar Al-Nashwan on Thursday on Saudia TV channel.
Saudis took to Twitter to celebrate her achievement and the new milestone for Saudi women.
Writer Rayan Al-Jidani said: “Her performance was distinctive in terms of concentration, presence and clear articulation. I wish her more success in her career in media with the national channel @saudiatv.”
Television broadcaster Wael Rafeeq said: “Today, we are very pleased with this great development and quantum leap that the national television is undergoing.”
“It is beautiful to see our national channel in this honorable image. I hope this level of dedication at work is maintained, and developments continue being executed,” Twitter user @abukhaled2030 said.
@aliya_m1khan tweeted: “She is a champion. Such a strong and confident character, a great example.”

Al-Dakheel previously worked for CNBC Arabia and was an intern at Dar Al Hayat Newspaper.
Women have presented the news on other Saudi channels like Al-Ekhbariya for several years.
Their increasing profile in Saudi Arabia’s media comes amid the sweeping social reforms brought in by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, including the lifting of the ban on women drivers.