British Council announces finalists for 2019 Study UK Alumni Awards

The award received over 1,200 applications from international UK alumni in a record 120 countries, representing more than 140 higher education institutions. (Supplied)
Updated 12 February 2019
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British Council announces finalists for 2019 Study UK Alumni Awards

  • The three award winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by British Ambassador Simon Collis in Riyadh on March 11

JEDDAH: The British Council and British Embassy in Riyadh announced the nine finalists for the Study UK Alumni Awards 2019 on Monday.
The finalists were selected for their outstanding achievements as business professionals, entrepreneurs and community leaders, and for their important contributions to strengthening collaborative ties between the UK and Saudi Arabia.
The three award winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by British Ambassador Simon Collis in Riyadh on March 11.
“I am delighted to announce the finalists for the Study UK Alumni Awards 2019, which is in its fourth year in Saudi Arabia,” Collis said. “This award honors the achievements of outstanding Saudi women and men who studied at British universities, and are now using their UK education to make a positive impact towards realizing their nation’s vision.
“My congratulations to all our finalists, in the professional, entrepreneurial, and social impact categories.”
The award received over 1,200 applications from international UK alumni in a record 120 countries, representing more than 140 higher education institutions.
The British Council’s Saudi Arabia director, Amir Ramzan, said: “The Study UK Alumni Awards provide a platform for highlighting and showcasing wonderful local talent with a UK education. Their stories are varied and inspirational and allow us to appreciate their country and their contributions to Saudi Arabia.”
The finalists for the Professional Achievement Award are Prof. Faris Al-Enzi, who is a graduate of Imperial College London, Dr. Fahad Al-Naim, a graduate of the University of Manchester and Brunel University, and Dr. Waleed Al-Salem, who graduated from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.
The finalists for the Social Impact Award, for alumni who have made an exceptional contribution to creating positive social change, are Dr. Taghreed Al-Saraj, who attended University College London, Dr. Jouharah Abalkhail of the University of Hull, and Dr. Shaihana Almatrrouk, who also attended Manchester.
The finalists of the Entrepreneurial Award, meanwhile, are Dr. Mazin Al-Zaidi, who studied at the University of Warwick, Osamah Al-Awwam, of London Metropolitan University, and Mai Al-Athel, who attended the University of the Arts, London.


Saudi Arabia plays host to major Indonesian tourism campaign

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Saudi Arabia plays host to major Indonesian tourism campaign

  • More than 165,000 Saudis visited the Southeast Asian country in 2018, and officials there are aiming to increase that number to 200,000 as part of a global visitor target of 20 million for this year
  • Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, with more than 17,000 islands famed for their beaches, wildlife and natural beauty

JEDDAH: Tourism chiefs have been taking part in a major five-day Saudi campaign to help promote Indonesia as a top international holiday destination.
More than 165,000 Saudis visited the Southeast Asian country in 2018, and officials there are aiming to increase that number to 200,000 as part of a global visitor target of 20 million for this year.
From Feb. 11-15, the Indonesian Tourism Ministry has been working with its Consulate General in Jeddah to run a series of events in the Kingdom in a bid to boost the country’s tourist attractions.
Seventeen agencies representing Indonesia’s hotel, airline and travel industries participated in a business get-together with local Saudi tour operators, and around 70 prominent media figures were invited to the Pullman Hotel in Jeddah for a day of briefings on key Indonesian visitor destinations.
The last three days of the promotional program saw the Tourism Ministry and officials from top local destinations, take part in the Jeddah International Travel and Tourism Exhibition (JTTX), held at the Hilton Hotel.
Indonesia was one of the main sponsors of the event which has now been running for nine years.
Mohamad Hery Saripudin, the consul-general of Indonesia in Jeddah, said numerous innovative promotional breakthroughs had been made toward attracting more Saudi tourists to his country.
Indonesia is the world’s largest archipelago, with more than 17,000 islands famed for their beaches, wildlife and natural beauty.
Garuda, the national airline of Indonesia, has helped with the running of familiarization trips for journalists to several tourist hotspots, and other initiatives have seen free Indonesian language courses being offered to Saudis and expatriates.
R. Sigit Witjaksono, the director of tourism marketing for South and Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa, said Indonesia aimed to play host to 20 million visitors from throughout the world during 2019.
He noted that Indonesia welcomed 165,862 Saudi visitors in 2018, the highest total of any country in the Middle East.
As well as its natural delights, Indonesia is Islam-friendly, having thousands of mosques and offering products which are Shariah-compliant.