FaceOf: Princess Haifa Al-Faisal, founder of the Zahra Breast Cancer Association

Social activist Princess Haifa Al-Faisal
Updated 22 October 2018
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FaceOf: Princess Haifa Al-Faisal, founder of the Zahra Breast Cancer Association

  • Zahra Breast Cancer Association's goal is to increase and spread awareness among women across Saudi Arabia for early detection, prevention and treatment of breast cancer

Princess Haifa Al-Faisal is the founder and chairwoman of the Zahra Breast Cancer Association and a social activist. 

The Zahra Breast Cancer Association was established in 2007. Princess Haifa is also a member of the founders’ council and the trustees’ council of Effat University for females in Jeddah. She is a member of the board of trustees at King Faisal Foundation and the board of directors of ADHD organization “Ishraq.”

In addition, she was the president of the Mosaic Club for wives of ambassadors in Washington for 10 years between 1995 and 2005.

She was born in 1950. Princess Haifa is the daughter of late King Faisal, and the wife of Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the former director general of the Saudi Intelligence Agency. 

The goal of Zahra Breast Cancer Association goal is to increase and spread awareness among women across Saudi Arabia for early detection, prevention and treatment of breast cancer. The association also cooperates with women diagnosed with breast cancer on a step-by-step basis for treatment and ultimate recovery.

The association is a member of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), Gulf Union Against Cancer, and the coalition of non-governmental organizations for combating cancer in the Eastern Mediterranean countries.

Princess Haifa Al-Faisal participated in the“Walk for Her” initiative on Friday, a marathon, which aimed at raising awareness about the early detection of breast cancer. A number of volunteers including Samer Ibrahim Kurdi, chairman of the Sunbulah Group took part in the event.

Princess Haifa praised the initiative saying, “The slogan ‘Walk for Her’... reflects the value of social responsibility programs.” 


‘I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi Arabia for years’: Akon tells Asharqiah crowd

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‘I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi Arabia for years’: Akon tells Asharqiah crowd

  • “First thing tomorrow morning, I’m headed to Makkah to perform Umrah” Akon said 
  • He entertained the crowd with some of his most popular hits at the Asharqiah Music Festival

DAMMAM: American rapper Akon captivated a packed crowd at the Asharqiah Music Festival on Friday, opening up the second night of musical festivities at Sharqiah Season with a special shout-out to Saudi Arabia.

“You have no idea, I’ve been waiting to get to Saudi for years, man,” Akon said, before launching into his song, “Gunshot.” Later, he told the crowd: “I’m seeing a tremendous change in Saudi Arabia here tonight."

At 8 p.m., under a bright moon on a beautifully cool night, Akon began his set, delighting fans who had spent over 10 minutes chanting his name in anticipation of his arrival.

He entertained the crowd with some of his most popular hits, including “Smack That,” “Mr. Lonely” and “Sorry: Blame It On Me.” And he wrapped things up with “I love you, Saudi... thank you for making me feel at home."

Backstage before the concert, Akon told Arab News how excited he was to be in Saudi Arabia for the first time. He was especially excited to visit one Saudi city in particular.

“First thing tomorrow morning, I’m headed to Makkah to perform Umrah.”