TheFace: Saudi entrepreneur Waad Abunayyan

Waad Abunayyan at her house in Alkhobar. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 03 October 2018

TheFace: Saudi entrepreneur Waad Abunayyan

  • After completing her marketing degree, Waad decided not to start work in the family business and instead set out to follow her dreams

JEDDAH: Waad Abunayyan Smile, believe in yourself, work hard for success, be yourself and do not try to be someone else. Draw from your experiences as you develop as a person along the way with love and passion, believing that you deserve it. That is the philosophy of Abunayyan, a Saudi entrepreneur who works for a global manufacturing company ITT Industrial Products.

“I was born in America but my family moved around a lot due to the nature of my father’s work in the air defense sector,” she said. “I was raised to be self-reliant and take responsibility for my endeavors and decisions, to accept the consequences and overcome the obstacles they may create, and as a result, I am ambitious, stubborn and persevere to reach the goals that I believe in.”

Abunayyan graduated in marketing from King Faisal University in 2009. She also holds a diploma in planning and creating identity, business leadership, and a certificate in waste-recycling management.

After graduation she decided not to start work in the family business (Digital phones and Communication Systems Co.), instead setting out to follow her dreams.

“Yes, it was a difficult decision but risks must be taken if you want to achieve your dreams, and my dreams have become a reality for me,” she said.

“I am a board member and founding partner in Abdulaziz Saud Abunayyan Trading Establishment (AWFR), a family-owned waste food-recycling company, the owner of EuroMENA Bridge SL of Recycling Solution, a jewelry designer in collaboration with Torches.

 “This might seem strange to many women but I was thinking outside the box in our culture and decided I want to promote the idea of ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.’ Waste is an important issue for our society, the economy and the environment, and I decided that my immediate and future goals will be to make a difference. My new dream is to be a partner in clean waste insulation plant and to be in a leading position to serve the Kingdom and to boost our economy.”

“Love what you do and know that there is no so-called ‘right or wrong,’” she said. “There is nothing to hinder you. Go about your life in a creative fashion and live it to the full, treating friends, family and everyone you encounter with love and respect.” 

Saudi king, crown prince condole with Khashoggi’s family and relatives

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Saudi king, crown prince condole with Khashoggi’s family and relatives

  • King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman talked with the son of the late journalist on Sunday

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have extended their condolences to the family and relatives of the late journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi Press Agency reported early Monday.
King Salman expressed his deepest sympathy in a telephone call Sunday to Salah Jamal Khashoggi, the son of the 59-year-old journalist, who died in Istanbul early this month.
The crown prince also condoled with Salah Jamal Khashoggi by phone, the SPA said.
Khashoggi's son thanked the king and the crown prince, the report added. 

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir earlier said that the death of Khashoggi was the result of a “rogue operation” by people acting beyond the scope of their authority.