Pakistan community in Riyadh raises issue of high family visa fee

Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan, Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki and Pakistani Ambassador Khan Hasham Bin Saddique discussed matters of mutual interest. (Supplied photo)
Updated 31 August 2018
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Pakistan community in Riyadh raises issue of high family visa fee

  • Saudi Ambassador Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki visits the Pakistani Embassy in Riyadh
  • Pakistani Ambassador Khan Hasham Bin Saddique thanked him for the courtesy visit

RIYADH: Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan, Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki, visited the Pakistani Embassy in Riyadh on Friday. Ambassador Khan Hasham Bin Saddique welcomed his guest and thanked him for the courtesy visit.

The ambassadors discussed matters of mutual interest and reiterated their commitment to play a role in further strengthening ties.

The ambassadors visited the newly constructed consular hall of the embassy and Al-Malki was briefed on details of consular services and facilities. The ambassador appreciated the standard of the services and the ambiance of the consular hall.

Applicants present in the consular hall, especially Pakistani expatriates, were happy to find the Saudi ambassador among themselves. They expressed their gratitude for the royal family and people of Saudi Arabia.

The Pakistani community also shared with the ambassadors some of the problems faced by them, most importantly high family visa fees charged by the Saudi Embassy in Pakistan.

Both ambassadors vowed to play an active role in addressing all community issues.

Al-Malki thanked people for their contribution in the development of the Kingdom over the years.


FaceOf:  Weam Al-Dakheel, Saudi Broadcasting Authority operations manager for TV

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FaceOf:  Weam Al-Dakheel, Saudi Broadcasting Authority operations manager for TV

JEDDAH: Weam Al-Dakheel is a Saudi Arabian journalist who has been operations manager for Saudi TV at the Saudi Broadcasting Authority since January 2018. 

Previously, she worked as a news presenter at Al-Arab News Channel, based in Bahrain, for two years and eight months between 2014 and 2017. 

She also worked as a TV reporter for CNBC Arabia between September 2012 and November 2013. Her journey in media started with an internship at Dar Al-Hayat newspaper office in Beirut, Lebanon. She worked there between 2010 and 2011. 

Al-Dakheel graduated from the Lebanese American University in 2011. She holds a BA degree in journalism and speaks three languages: Arabic, English, and French. 

In 2017, she earned a diploma in gender in development and humanitarian assistance from the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World. 

In addition, she received TV presentation courses at Focus Academy for Training and Media Development, and Al Jazeera Media Training and Development Center. 

Although women have presented the news on Saudi news channels such as Al-Ekhbariya for several years, Al-Dakheel has made history by becoming the first woman to anchor the main news bulletin on the Saudi national TV channel. 

Her name was trending on Twitter in Saudi Arabia on Friday. Saudis went on Twitter to celebrate her achievement and the new milestone for Saudi women.