FaceOf: Dr. Heidi Alaudeen Alaskary, managing director at  Saudi General Sports Authority

Updated 05 December 2018
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FaceOf: Dr. Heidi Alaudeen Alaskary, managing director at  Saudi General Sports Authority

Dr. Heidi Alaudeen Alaskary has been the managing director for diversity and inclusion and partnerships, planning and development at the General Sports Authority since December 2017.

A delegation of Saudi athletes, led by Princess Reema bint Bandar, is visiting the UAE as the countdown to the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi began on Tuesday.

“We are very excited about our participation next March,”Alaskary said.

Alaskary obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech-language pathology with a minor in psychology from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, US, between 1990 and 1994.  She did her Ph.D. in speech-language pathology with a minor in linguistics from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, US, in 2000.

Alaskary began her career as a consultant at King Fahd Medical City where she established a communications and swallowing disorders department in the rehabilitation hospital. 

She later joined the King Saud University (KSU) as an assistant professor in speech-language pathology and remained associated with KSU from 2001 to 2005. During the same period, she simultaneously served as an associate executive director for research and development at Prince Salman Center for Disability Research in Riyadh.

Alaskary also served as a deputy executive director for research at King Salman Center for Disability Research (KSCDR) from 2005 to 2012. From 2009 to 2010, she worked as a lecturer in the Ministry of Social Affairs’ autism diploma program. She was promoted as the director of research affairs in 2012 and later became the director of  the Persons with Disabilities Employment Program (Tawafuq). She remained associated with Tawafuq until 2017.


Saudi air defenses shoot down missiles heading for Makkah and Jeddah

Updated 20 May 2019
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Saudi air defenses shoot down missiles heading for Makkah and Jeddah

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces on Monday shot down two ballistic missiles heading towards Jeddah and Makkah, Al-Arabiya reported Monday, citing eyewitnesses.

The report said the missiles were shot down near Taif, just 50 kilometers from Makkah.

Al-Arabiya said Saudi authorities are expected to issue a formal statement later.

Houthi militants in Yemen have fired dozens of missiles at targets in Saudi Arabia.

In 2016 and 2017 the Arab Coalition supporting the Yemeni government said the militia had launched a missile towards Makkah.