FaceOf: Aseel Al-Hamad, board member of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation

Aseel Al-Hamad
Updated 24 June 2018
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FaceOf: Aseel Al-Hamad, board member of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation

  • Al-Hamad is an interior design engineer graduate, painter and businesswoman who followed her dream about Ferrari cars
  • Al-Hamad is also a member of the Ferrari Owners’ Club in Saudi Arabia

Aseel Al-Hamad, the first Saudi woman board member at the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF) and the first Saudi woman to own a Ferrari, is confident that allowing women to drive will have created a positive reflection of Saudi Arabia around the world.
Al-Hamad was appointed as a board member of SAMF in December 2017. She also works as the sports cars section manager at Rose Auto Magazine, the first ladies’ auto magazine in the Middle East.
Al-Hamad is an interior design engineer graduate, painter and businesswoman who followed her dream about Ferrari cars. She owns a successfully run design company called IDegree Design.
She received her bachelor’s degree in interior design from Prince Sultan University in 2009 and did a short interior design course at University of the Arts London in 2013. Al-Hamad is doing her master’s in business administration at Al-Faisal University.
PR Arabia awarded Al-Hamad in February 2018 for her efforts in educating Saudi women on motorsports and driving safely. She was also selected as the jury member of the 6th edition of PR Arabia Auto Awards in Saudi Arabia.
She has won many prizes in drawing and painting competitions. In 2000, Al-Hamad won first prize for the Art Painting Competition in Riyadh, followed by another one the following year, for L’art Pur.
Al-Hamad is also a member of the Ferrari Owners’ Club in Saudi Arabia, the International Automobile Federation and the Saudi Council of Engineers. She believes that the new generation is talented and full of new business ideas.
Earlier, speaking to Arab News, she said: “I was so pleased by the decision, just like any other Saudi woman, and I was assured that my decision to buy the car of my dreams was the best decision to make. I am so happy because I will drive in the Kingdom.”


Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

Updated 26 June 2019
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Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

  • 40 works by Edvard Munch go on display for first time in Middle East

DHAHRAN: A dynamic Saudi cultural center is to showcase the works of one of the world’s most famous painters in an exhibition-first for the Middle East.

Forty pieces by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, best known for his iconic “The Scream” painting, will go on public display at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).

The special exhibition, titled “Landscapes of the Soul,” is the latest in a series of high-profile cultural events to be staged at the showpiece Dhahran museum.

Developed by Saudi Aramco with the aim of stimulating knowledge, creativity and cross-cultural engagement, Ithra’s theater, museum, exhibition hall and art gallery complex forms a key part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan to promote culture and entertainment.

The Munch exhibition, which runs until Sept. 3, portrays the artist’s personal life experiences of misery, love, despair, loneliness and reflections of the soul, through his distinctive works.

“It is such an honor to host and introduce to Saudi Arabia, and indeed, the Middle East, the work of the world-renowned artist Edvard Munch,” Rania Biltagi, Ithra’s head of communications and partnership, told Arab News.

Munch’s (1863-1944) original exhibition has been located in Oslo, Norway since 1963, and the Saudi display is being staged in Ithra’s Great Hall in partnership with the Munch Museum in Norway.

As well as a lithograph version of his most famous painting “The Scream,” other works on show will include “Summer Night. The Voice,” 1894, “Self-Portrait,” 1895, and “The Sick Child,” 1896.

“A moment that stood out from the opening was when speaking to a couple visiting the exhibit, they mentioned that they were Norwegian and working in Saudi,” Biltagi said. “They explained that they had never had the chance to visit the Munch Museum in their homeland and what an unexpected pleasure it was to be able to see Munch’s work in Saudi.”

Biltagi added that the event epitomized the aim of Ithra in providing a platform to bring together cultures as well as people.

The center, featured in Time magazine’s list of the world’s top 100 places to visit, is a pioneer on the Kingdom’s culture and arts scene, organizing a variety of events, performances, programs and experiences to suit all ages and backgrounds. Previous exhibitions have included a focus on Saudi contemporary art, Leonardo da Vinci, and installations symbolizing creativity and innovation.