Peace without Borders announces first Saudi peace ambassador

Dr. Sumaya Al-Nasser is Saudi Arabia’s first internationally certified female life and career coach. (Social media photo)
Updated 14 June 2018
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Peace without Borders announces first Saudi peace ambassador

  • Peace Without Borders promotes the values of peace, supports sustainable development, monitors violations of human rights of expression and freedom and works on achieving the Millennium Development Goals set by the UN member states.

JEDDAH: The global organization Peace Without Borders has chosen Dr. Sumaya Al-Nasser to be the first Saudi ambassador for peace. She is a distinguished Saudi life coach and businesswoman with long experience in coaching since 2003.

Al-Nasser is Saudi Arabia’s first internationally certified female life and career coach. She has a doctorate in theology, and started to explore and deepen her study of awareness sciences at an early age.

The organization, represented by its chairman Mohamed Al-Arab, contacted Al-Nasser to give her the news. “At first, I was very hesitant and took a long time to make a decision; however, my understanding of the high values of the organization was the main reason why I decided to go through this experience,” Al-Nasser told Arab News.

“I think it is a responsibility rather than an honor,” she added. “It means I have a lot of responsibilities to take in order to deliver and promote the idea of peace and acceptance to everyone I can reach in my community,” she said.

Peace Without Borders promotes the values of peace, supports sustainable development, monitors violations of human rights of expression and freedom and works on achieving the Millennium Development Goals set by the UN member states.

 

Al-Nasser was chosen to be the peace ambassador because of her thoughts and principles of peace, freedom, coexistence, and respect, which she presents through her books, programs, courses and the content she shares through social media. 

Based in Los Angeles, she launched her project Sumaya369, and delivers courses in Arabic to thousands of clients worldwide. She helps her audience to improve inner peace and self-relationships though one-on-one sessions, classes and group seminars, as well as online coaching sessions. She also uses social media for the same purpose and has wide popularity. 

Al-Nasser is the author of three books and many articles in which she encourages readers to have a positive and “aware” way of life and provides them with the right methods to reach that goal. Earlier this year, Al-Nasser launched the first Arabic guided meditation CD, “The Back Door.” 

It features 14 tracks that teach meditation practices, with music written by Jordanian film composer and pianist Ghiya Rushida.

Al-Nasser said: “Peace isn’t just the absence of war and violence, it is the ability to manage conflict positively.

“For this, Peace Without Borders has been doing incredible work around the world, and I’m happy to be a part of the organization and to contribute toward my homeland.”

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Sumaya Al-Nasser is Saudi Arabia’s first internationally certified female life and career coach. She has over 15 years of experience in coaching. She has launched the first-ever Arabic guided meditation CD.


EXCLUSIVE: Saudi singer-songwriter Tamtam releases music video ahead of historic end to driving ban

Updated 22 June 2018
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EXCLUSIVE: Saudi singer-songwriter Tamtam releases music video ahead of historic end to driving ban

  • Singer-songwriter Tamtam has released a music video to coincide with the day her fellow countrywomen make history
  • In an exclusive interview with Arab News, the LA-based musician said she hopes the song inspires women to see that with patience and perseverance anything can happen. 

JEDDAH: With the long-awaited day when Saudi women can finally drive drawing near, a Saudi singer-songwriter based in Los Angeles has written a song to mark the historic occasion.

Called simply “Drive,” Tamtam’s take on the breakthrough reform covers a range of emotions: Happiness, pride and even surprise.

Millions around the world shared the news that Saudi women would be allowed to drive when it was announced last fall, and with all the preparations taking place, the singer wanted to take part in the best way she could. So she wrote the lyrics to a song that mirrored the exciting events ahead.

Tamtam’s release focuses on the themes of freedom, equality and empowerment that she has explored in her music since the start of her career in 2012.

In an exclusive interview with Arab News, the LA-based musician said she hopes the song inspires women to see that with patience and perseverance anything can happen. 

“If I had to use one word to describe the feeling, it would be hope. Women in Saudi are ready to have a bigger voice and become more independent.

“This is a huge step forward for all of us. The country is showing us that they know we are ready, and they are here to support us and help launch us forward,” said Tamtam. 

Her song’s lyrics include the words: “We know what we want, we know it’s our time, let go of past perceptions, tomorrow is mine, we got drive” — suggesting that it’s time to look forward and stop looking back at what once was.

The verse mirrors the narrative many Saudis are sharing with the world, empowered by the dramatic changes Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is accomplishing with Vision 2030 and beyond. 

Tamtam, inspired by the late Michael Jackson, started singing aged 15. She wrote her first single, “Little Girl,” while attending high school in California after her family moved to the US from Riyadh. Her singing and songwriting have been influenced by events around her, always related to current issues with a twist of optimism. 

Whether it’s her strong vocals or hauntingly beautiful voice, Tamtam’s music transcends expectations. This young Saudi is singing and making a name for herself in the City of Angels, and her positive energy is reflected in her music.

As Saudis embrace a host of reforms, Tamtam believes many Westerners are shocked by the news. Yet people forget that Saudi is a relatively young country and more good changes will come, she said. 

“With hope comes more aspirations, dreams, new achievements and positive energy.”

The “Drive” video is uplifting, with playful, artistic imagery, and soulful and empowering vocals. The singer and her friends wear white, representing peace and femininity, and drive a yellow Ford Mustang convertible (Tamtam’s dream car). 

“Whenever I’m in a car, especially if there is traffic or it’s a long drive, I always turn on music to put me in a better mood. Driving is so much more enjoyable with music,” said Tamtam. “I hope that this song will be blasting through car speakers everywhere.” 

So the question is: Will Tamtam get her Saudi license, too?

“Yes, I can’t wait,” is the answer, obviously.