FaceOf: Khalid Al-Abdullatif, Saudi Shoura Council member

Saudi Shoura Council member Khalid Al-Abdullatif
Updated 21 September 2018

FaceOf: Khalid Al-Abdullatif, Saudi Shoura Council member

JEDDAH: Khalid Al-Abdullatif has been a Saudi Shoura Council member since December 2016.

Australian House of Representatives Speaker Tony Smith and Senator Scott Ryan received a delegation of the Shoura Council-formed Saudi-Australian Friendship Committee, headed by Al-Abdullatif, on Wednesday.

The delegation was joined by the ambassador to Saudi Arabia in Australia Mus’aed Ibrahim Al-Saleem, Australian officials and Australian members of the Saudi-Australian Friendship Committee.

The delegation also met with Australia’s minister of trade and tourism, members of the foreign affairs and trade committee, to discuss bilateral relations between the two nations.

Al-Abdullatif was born in 1962 in Riyadh. He began his studies at Um Al-Qura University in Makkah in 1984, and later pursued a master’s degree in macroeconomics at Western Illinois University in the US.

He began his career as an economic specialist and analyst at the Ministry of Finance and National Economy (now known as the Public Investment Fund) from 1984 to 1993. Al-Abdullatif then became the Shoura Council’s director of its economic and financial committee until 1998. 

He served for 11 years at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs as director general. He was promoted to become the ministry’s endowment affairs assistant undersecretary before becoming undersecretary in 2010, and has been serving in this post since.

He sits on many director’s boards due to his role as a representative of the Endowments Supreme Council. These include: Makkah Construction & Development Co., Sahara Petrochemicals, and the National TriGeneration CHP Co.

Hollywood star Cuba Gooding Jr. shares career at Saudi Film Festival

Updated 49 min 5 sec ago

Hollywood star Cuba Gooding Jr. shares career at Saudi Film Festival

  • He said he hopes to support Saudi filmmakers through his recently launched production company
  • The festival, at Ithra, is part of the Sharqiah Season in the Eastern Province

DHAHRAN: Oscar-winning actor Cuba Gooding Jr. talked about his experiences in Hollywood, and the challenges he has faced during his career, when he appeared on Monday night at the fifth Saudi Film Festival, which is part of the Sharqiah Season in the Eastern Province.
Known for his roles in movies such as “Men of Honor”, “A Few Good Men” and “American Crime Story,” among others, he has appeared in more than 85 films during a 30-year career on screen and stage. He won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in the 1996 film “Jerry Maguire,” alongside Tom Cruise and Renee Zellweger.
Gooding Jr. arrived for the event, at the King Abdul Aziz World Center for Culture (Ithra), accompanied by Claudine De Niro, the estranged wife of actor Robert De Niro’s son, Raphael. They were greeted by renowned Saudi film producer and Hollywood businessman Mohammed Al-Turki.
Gooding Jr. spoke to the audience at Ithra for almost 60 minutes about his long career and the challenges and pitfalls he had experienced on the road to success in the film industry. He also offered some advice to anyone interested in following in his footsteps.
“No one prepares you for success,” he said. “That’s why you see a lot of actors that star in movies, then disappear. Or you see athletes that make a $100 million and then they disappear, too. They weren’t ready for it.
“You have to envision yourself standing on that stage, holding an Oscar over your head, saying, ‘This is for the Middle-East’. You have to envision the script that you will write and envision being on that stage, holding that Oscar.
“People asked me after I won that Academy Award if I ever thought I would be on that stage. I always said, ‘Not in a million years.’ But that’s a lie. You have to envision yourself on that stage, winning that award, so that when you succeed it will feel normal, not like it’s something special, so that you can do it again.”
The actor also said that he intends to support filmmakers from Saudi Arabia and other countries through his recently launched production company.
Asked if he had any projects planned in the region, and Saudi Arabia in particular, he said: “I do, actually. I have a couple of things. I don’t want to give it away but let’s just say that there is a lot of great literature that I’ve read, a lot of different books, including Arabian Nights. It’s hard to talk about the things in development because you don’t want to give it away but there is definitely something in development.”