TheFace: Ruthana Hadhrawi, Saudi entrepreneur

Ruthana Hadhrawi. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 12 October 2018

TheFace: Ruthana Hadhrawi, Saudi entrepreneur

  • Hadhrawi is a founder and director of Tana’s Touch Tablescapes and Design
  • I’ve always believed that some of the great businesses are born from genuine passions: Hadhrawi

Ruthana Hadhrawi is a founder and director of Tana’s Touch Tablescapes and Design. It is a luxurious tabletop rentals and design company. The company offers all that is needed to equip a table for intimate dinner events, formal dinners, business meetings or even casual gatherings.

Hadhrawi holds a master’s degree in business administration from Alfaisal University, where she was honored with the title of “Top Team Leader in the Class of 2015” by the College of Business.

“I’ve always believed that some of the great businesses are born from genuine passions,” said Hadhrawi. “I have an inherent passion for warm, hospitable and welcoming table styling.

“It is known that the most outstanding feature of Arab society is the generosity and hospitality. We take hospitality very seriously, using every opportunity to honor our guests to the best of our abilities.”

As time passes in the fast-paced modern world, she said it was time to come up with a new way of practicing hospitality, one that honors and accommodates guests’ preferences while controlling portion sizes, hence reducing food waste.

“Therefore, to combine modernity and tradition, Tana’s Touch was created, where quality comes before quantity,” she said. “Creating memories rather than settings. Making the dining experience exceptional and extraordinary each time.

“This October, our message is ‘hope.’ We are lighting candles for hope and with a strong determination to raise the awareness and support for those currently fighting breast cancer.” 

Saudi Arabia says missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead

Updated 20 October 2018

Saudi Arabia says missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead

  • The journalist died after a fistfight at the consulate in Istanbul
  • Deputy intelligence chief, royal court adviser removed from positions, 18 Saudis arrested

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday the death of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying a preliminary investigation indicated he lost his life after a fight at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
“The discussions between Jamal Khashoggi and those he met at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul... devolved into a fistfight, leading to his death,” the Saudi Press Agency said, citing the public prosecutor.
Eighteen Saudis have been arrested in connection with the incident and the investigation is ongoing, the public prosecutor said.
“The Kingdom expresses its deep regret at the painful developments that have taken place and stresses the commitment of the authorities in the Kingdom to bring the facts to the public opinion, to hold all those involved accountable and bring them to justice,” a statement on the SPA said.
Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who lived in the US, disappeared on Oct. 2 after visiting the consulate to complete paperwork related to his divorce.
Deputy intelligence chief Ahmed Al-Asiri was removed from his position and Saud Al-Qahtani from his advisory role at the Royal Court, through royal decrees.
Three other intelligence officials who were also sacked have been named as Mohammad bin Saleh Al-Rumaih, Abdullah bin Khalifa Al-Shaya and Rashad bin Hamed Al-Muhamadi.
King Salman also ordered the creation of a ministerial committee, headed by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to restructure the country’s General Intelligence agency and issue the results of its work within a month.
Members of the committee include the interior and foreign ministers as well as the heads of the General Intelligence and State Security.
A team of Saudi investigators were sent to Istanbul and have been working on the case with Turkish detectives, who entered the consulate on Thursday.
Earlier in the week, Saudi Arabia promised a thorough and transparent investigation into what happened to the journalist in Turkey.