FaceOf: Dr. Shadi Fouad Khawandanah, Saudi businessman

Dr. Shadi Fouad Khawandanah
Updated 12 December 2018
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FaceOf: Dr. Shadi Fouad Khawandanah, Saudi businessman

Dr. Shadi Fouad Khawandanah is a Saudi businessman and chairman of  Special Direction, a business consultancy house. 

Special Direction was established in 2007 by a group of local and international business consultants from various backgrounds. This team of professionals has been providing businesspeople with world-class consultancy, HR services, and training programs for the last 11 years to improve companies’ performances, and employees’ lives. 

Dr. Khawandanah has prolific experience in the world of business. He has set up more than several successful companies in the Middle East and Europe and is a board member of numerous organizations. 

He is an executive member of the board and the president of the Corporate Responsibility Committee at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC-SA), Saudi Arabia. 

Dr. Khawandanah holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran. He also holds an MBA degree in corporate management from the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Alexandria, Egypt.  He holds a Ph.D. in organizational leadership, and he is certified in strategic management from Harvard University in the US. 

In his career, Dr. Khawandanah has received several awards and titles. He is also a recipient of the King Khalid Award For Responsible Competitiveness in December 2015.

During the 5th annual alumni conference organized by the US mission in Saudi Arabia, Jeffrey Willey, cultural affairs officer at the US Consulate praised Dr. Khawandanah, for his key role in organizing the event, which attracted about 125 alumni from Jeddah, Riyadh and Dhahran.

The event was held at the Jeddah Youth Hub with Saudi graduates of US schools, colleges, universities and visitor programs taking part in interactive sessions and workshops.


Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

Updated 18 June 2019
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Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

JEDDAH: The Jeddah Season festival has provided a wide range of seasonal employment opportunities for young Saudi men and women, helping them gain experience and prepare them to enter the job market.

More than 5,000 young Saudis are working around the clock, each in his or her field, to manage the festival’s activities.

The festival aims to highlight development opportunities in Saudi Arabia, introduce the Kingdom as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, support the government’s efforts to empower Saudi youths, support local small and medium enterprises, develop Jeddah’s tourism sector and provide volunteer opportunities.

Jeddah Season, which began on June 8 and runs until July 18, has attracted thousands of visitors of all ages through its 150 local and international events and activities.

It is being held at five sites: King Abdullah Sports City, Al-Hamra Corniche, the Jeddah Waterfront, Obhur and Historic Jeddah (Al-Balad), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jeddah Season offers a wide range of tourism, entertainment and cultural events and activities, and sheds light on the city’s status as the Kingdom’s tourism capital. Most of its events are being held for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

Jeddah Season is in line with the Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to advance the welfare of Saudi society, diversify local development opportunities, improve the Kingdom’s contribution to arts and culture, and create job opportunities for Saudi youths.