FaceOf: Majed Alnaji, director of operations at the Saudi Climbing Federation

Majed Alnaji
Updated 26 November 2018
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FaceOf: Majed Alnaji, director of operations at the Saudi Climbing Federation

Majed Alnaji is the director of operations at the Saudi Climbing Federation (SCF), which governs all aspects of rock climbing and mountaineering in Saudi Arabia. Alnaji was appointed to this position in June 2018.

He is a civil engineer by qualification. He attended Northeastern University until 2017 and is an avid researcher. 

He is an avid researcher and has worked at the Laboratory for Graphene Research, the Boston University Photonics Center and the Kostas Institute for Homeland Security.

Before joining the SCF, he worked with Careem, the ride-hailing app service, for around one year as a data analytics intern in Alkhobar. 

Alnaji is a dedicated climber, who was also part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Outing Club. 

As part of the university club, he organized monthly weekend-long outdoor trips and conducted first-aid courses and provided climbing enthusiasts with the necessary training and handled equipment inventory.

He is a certified urban and wilderness emergency medical technician (EMT-B) and has undergone guide and rescue training. 

Recently, the SCF hosted the first Mountainfilm festival in Jeddah as part of its world tour. 

Ten short films of various topics including skiing, climbing, nature and running were screened. The documentaries were filmed in great spots for climbing sports around the world in many cities in Spain, France, US, Nepal and Norway.

Alnaji said: “It is really our first big event as a federation as we were founded in January; we started in Asharqiyah and we were in Riyadh last weekend and this is the last show of the tour.”

He added: “We wanted to promote this part of climbing and outer sports in general by opening people’s eyes to possibilities.”

The SCF is working on a number of other initiatives including preparing the first outdoor climbing area “Al-Shafa” outside the city of Taif where 35 climbing tracks have been developed. In addition to that, the “Tanoma’’ area in Al-Abha will be completed for external climbing next week and will be open to receive climbers by next week.

 


Saudi Arabia’s top diplomat: ‘Our security and religion are a red line’

Updated 19 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia’s top diplomat: ‘Our security and religion are a red line’

  • Al-Jubeir's statement comes following last week's attacks on Saudi oil tankers in the Arabian Gul and installations within the Kingdom
  • He accused Iran of committing "countless crimes" including seeking to destabilize the region

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is doing its best to avoid war in the region but stands ready to respond with "all strength and determination" to defend itself from any threat, the Kingdom's top diplomat said on Sunday.

In a news conference, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir accused Iran of committing "countless crimes" including seeking to destabilize the region. He urged the international community to take responsibility to stop the Islamic republic from doing so.

"Our security and religion are a red line," Al-Jubeir said. His statement comes following last week's attacks on Saudi oil tankers in the Arabian Gulf and installations within the Kingdom.

Iran’s foreign minister was quoted by the state-run IRNA news agency on Saturday as saying his country is “not seeking war” even as the chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said Tehran was in a “full-fledged intelligence war with the US.“

The US has ordered bombers and an aircraft carrier to the Arabian Gulf over an unexplained threat they perceive from Iran, raising tensions a year after Trump pulled America out of Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers.

Al-Jubeir said Iranian regime can spare the region the dangers of war by adhering to international laws and covenants, by stopping its interference in the internal affairs of other countries of the region, by stopping its support for terrorist groups and militias, and immediately halting its missile and nuclear weapons programs.

"Saudi Arabia stresses that its hand is always extended to peace and seeks to achieve it, and believes that the peoples of the region, including the Iranian people, have the right to live in security and stability and to move towards development," he said.

"We want peace and stability and we want to focus on the Kingdom's Vision 2030 which will enrich Saudi people’s lives," he added.

Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies Bahrain, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates have repeatedly accused Iran of bankrolling the activities of its proxy Shiite militias such as the Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Houthis in Yemen and various groups in Iraq.

Houthi militias had repeatedly launched ballistic missiles and rockets into civilian targets in Saudi Arabia since a Saudi-led Arab Coalition threw its support behind the government of Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi against the Iran-backed power-grabbers. Last week, they owned responsibility for the drone attacks on two oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia.

Al-Jubeir also urged Qatar, an estranged member of the GCC to stop supporting extremists and terrorists and return to the fold. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt severed trade and diplomatic ties with Qatar in 2017, charging Doha of siding with terror groups that have been destabilizing the region. 

Instead of making amends with its GCC brothers, Qatar sought help from Turkey and Iran in bid to alleviate the impact of the boycott action of the group known as the anti-terror quarter (ATQ).