FaceOf: Maysan Mamoun, founder of COdesign Arabia

Updated 20 October 2018
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FaceOf: Maysan Mamoun, founder of COdesign Arabia

Maysan Mamoun is the founder of COdesign Arabia, a professional design studio that focuses on a design approach that engages, connects and involves communities in the creative process through participation. Mamoun is also a member of the Royal Architectural Institute Of Canada. 

Mamoun attained a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Effat University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 2009, a master’s degree in architecture from Carlton University in Ottawa, Canada in 2013, an executive degree from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, US in 2015, a post-professional master’s in architecture from McGill University in Montreal, Canada in 2016. 

Her previous work includes working as an intern architect at Saudi Diyar Consulting from June 2008-July 2008, intern architect at MOK Architects from November 2009-February 2010 and creative director at Moreyat.

She participated at the Tasmeem Fair, organized by the Saudi Art Council, and presented her work “The Abode,’’ derived from our limited perception of time and place, and is basically a space that represents both tangible and abstract materials, providing a harmonious understanding of our existential experience.

“The idea that I want to deliver here is the meaning of life unlimited — ‘Donia’ —  and the infinite ‘hereafter,’ through two materials, wax and ice. I wanted to form the shape of wax based on the ice to resemble the meaning of good deeds in life and how they last.’’


Put pressure on Houthis to comply with Stockholm Agreement, Saudi envoy urges UN 

Updated 24 January 2019
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Put pressure on Houthis to comply with Stockholm Agreement, Saudi envoy urges UN 

  • Prince Khalid says Houthis have repeatedly violated the agreement signed in Sweden last year
  • Despite the agreement, Houthis have launched drone attacks, shelled Saudi border towns and launched a ballistic missile towards KSA

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s envoy to the US urged the United Nations on Thursday to take the Houthi militia to task for “reneging on their commitments” under the Stockholm Agreement on Yemen.
“The Stockholm Agreement between Yemeni parties is being violated repeatedly by the Houthis,” Prince Khalid bin Salman said in a series of tweets.
He said the Yemeni government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and the Saudi-led Coalition that is backing it have been implementing their obligation under the agreement.
Signed last December in Stockholm, Sweden, the agreement is an important first step for sustainable peace and offers hope for millions of Yemenis.
“(But) it takes two sides to make it work, so far, the Iran-backed Houthi militia seems determined to uphold the misery and suffering of the brotherly Yemeni people,” Prince Khalid said.
“Not only did the Houthis refuse to implement the Stockholm agreement, which they signed to, but they also went beyond that and continued their armed assault including drone attacks, the shelling of residential neighborhoods & launching a ballistic missile towards KSA,” he tweeted.
He also pointed to the attack on Jan. 17 that targeted a UN convoy in Yemen's port city of Hodeidah, which was blamed on Houthis.
"The Iran-backed militia displayed its contempt for peace by attempting to target a UN convoy, this is a reminder that we are dealing with a lawless militia that does not care about peace or the fate of millions of Yemenis," the envoy said.
He said the UN should "name the party that failed to uphold basic confidence building measures leading up to the Stockholm agreement, and clearly identify who is responsible for the attack on the armored vehicle that was carrying chief UN monitor Patrick Cammaert."