TheFace: Samira Khalid Al-Ghamdi, clinical psychologist and TV presenter

Samira Khalid Al-Ghamdi. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 14 September 2018
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TheFace: Samira Khalid Al-Ghamdi, clinical psychologist and TV presenter

  • Al-Ghamdi says her main goal in life is to see that every child gets their right to a safe and secure home and a healthy environment
  • Al-Ghamdi does her bit by dedicating her free time to community service and charitable foundations, specifically those dealing with children and family abuse

As a clinical psychologist, TV presenter, media specialist and member of the protection committee in the Saudi Ministry of Health, Samira Khalid Al-Ghamdi wears several hats.

A single mother with three children — 26-year-old Abdul Malik who is an economics major, 23-year-old Jummar, a dentistry graduate; and 19-year-old Jana who is studying pharmacology — Al-Ghamdi says her main goal in life is to see that every child gets their right to a safe and secure home and a healthy environment.

As the founder and chairman of Hemaya — Saudi Arabia’s first anti-bullying foundation — she does her bit by dedicating her free time to community service and charitable foundations, specifically those dealing with children and family abuse.

This is when she is not presenting news on several TV channels in Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Her hobbies include traveling and exploring different countries, something that resulted from her love for history, which she considers to be the foundation of every culture.

She says her only dream now is to live a simple life — one that is devoid of technology — on a farm with her three Pomeranian house dogs. 


Saudi Arabia's King Salman holds talks with Iraq President Barham Salih

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman holds talks with Iraq President Barham Salih

  • The king hosted a lunch and "discussed regional developments" with Saleh
  • An Iraqi official said Saleh was on an overnight visit at the invitation of King Salman

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received Iraq's new President Barham Saleh on Sunday on his first official visit to the Kingdom.

The king hosted a lunch and "discussed regional developments" with Saleh, the official Saudi Press Agency said, after the Iraqi leader's arrival in Riyadh following a visit to Iran.

An Iraqi official said Saleh was on an overnight visit at the invitation of King Salman.

There have been several visits in recent months between the two countries as Iraq seeks closer ties with Saudi Arabia as it look to rebuild after the defeat of Daesh.

In October 2017, Saudi Arabian budget airline flynas made the first commercial flight from Riyadh to Baghdad in 27 years.

Saudi Arabia is keen to develop strong relations with Baghdad to counter Iranian influence in Iraq.