KAUST, Nesma Holding open Thuwal Embroidery Center

The embroidery center in Thuwal was opened under the patronage of Prince Badr bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, deputy governor of Makkah region.
Updated 24 April 2019

KAUST, Nesma Holding open Thuwal Embroidery Center

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and Nesma Holding celebrated the opening of an embroidery center in Thuwal under the patronage of Prince Badr bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, deputy governor of Makkah region.

The Thuwal Embroidery Center is the result of the strategic partnership and mutual collaboration between the two entities, which aims to create opportunities for women in the area.

“At KAUST, we are committed to giving back to Thuwal by enhancing the lives of the local community. We strive to contribute to creating job opportunities and empowering the women of Thuwal. The Thuwal Embroidery Center is a living example of how our strategic partnerships and social responsibility go hand in hand,” said Dr. Tony Chan, president of KAUST.

The project aims to serve and enhance the standard of living in Thuwal and the neighboring villages, as part of KAUST and Nesma Holding’s commitment to social responsibility.

“We’re delighted that the agreement signed by Nesma and KAUST has become a reality and that 50 women from Thuwal and neighboring villages can now reap the benefits of meaningful employment,” said Noura Saleh Alturki, vice president, Nesma Holding.

The center will be run by 50 female employees. They are specialists in sewing and embroidery, in addition to management, storage and logistics and will be able to develop their skills while being supported with transport, childcare and education assistance. The center will produce polo shirts, uniforms and custom-made designed embroidery for KAUST and other corporate and individual clients.

“One of the best ways to improve local economies is to empower people. The Thuwal Embroidery Center in a primary example of KAUST’s many efforts to support our neighbors and drive economic growth,” said Dr. Najah Al-Ashry, senior associate to the president of KAUST for strategic national advancement.

Role of Indian engineers in KSA lauded at IEF meet

Updated 17 July 2019

Role of Indian engineers in KSA lauded at IEF meet

Indian Engineers Forum (IEF) Jeddah Chapter recently held its 13th annual general meeting at Hotel Ramada Continental.

Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia Dr. Ausaf Sayeed graced the event as chief guest and Consul General of India Noor Rahman Sheikh was guest of honor. IEF President Mohammed Sayeeduddin presided over the function.

Expressing appreciation for the activities of the forum, Ambassador Dr. Sayeed recalled its foundation in 2016 during his tenure as consul general of India in Jeddah.

He lauded Sayeeduddin, Amir Khan, Shuja Sheriff and other members and engineers for the activities of the forum and their contribution to the development of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Sayeed highlighted scarcity of water as an acute problem in the world in general and in India in particular. He shared his experience of interacting with engineers in the US, who developed a water condensation machine to extract water from humid air.

Consul General Noor Rahman Sheikh applauded IEF for its services to the engineering community in Saudi Arabia. He highlighted how the excellence of Indian engineers in each sector has impacted society. 

“Our zeal to be the best in whatever we do was demonstrated during last year’s Hajj. The mobile app developed by the Consul General of India is going to help the 200,000 pilgrims expected to come this year,” he said.

Amir Khan, founder and chairman of IEF, said IEF provides a platform for networking, career advancement, community service, and technology exchange. He urged Indian engineers to play a vital role in the development of Saudi Arabia, which he said would help strengthen the relations between India and the Kingdom.

Sayeeduddin thanked Dr. Sayeed for his support in the foundation of IEF. He announced that, having served as founding president for the last 13 years, he is now stepping down and the new president, unanimously elected, will be Khan Mustafa.

Nadeem Ahmed Ali, executive member of IEF, delivered a presentation on digital disruption.

Syed Nasir Khursheed, IEF general secretary, conducted the program.

Indian real estate advisory firm/ institutional channel partner 360 Realtors LLP participated in the event and were the main sponsors. A presentation covering major construction, residential and commercial projects in India was made by S. K. Vivek Kumar, head of international sales, 360 Realtors. Amit Hariyal also delivered a presentation on residential projects across the Indian cities of Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune. 

Abdul Rahman, general manager of TA Infra Projects, expressed happiness to be part of the IEF.

Khader Memon made a presentation titled “Special Investment Plan.”

The chief guest, guest of honor and sponsors were presented mementoes as a token of appreciation by the IEF president and executive committee. This was followed by the release of the annual magazine of the forum, Spectrum 2019, edited by Muazzam Sayeed.

A lively session of quiz was conducted by Munnawar Amafh. 

The event was attended by a number of guests from across the Kingdom, including Abdul Haseeb Hazari, Danish Ghafoor, Siadat Ali Khan, Shameem Kausar and Ahmed Omais.

The program started with a recitation of the Holy Qur’an by Talha Khan. Ashraf Nawaz Qureshi, IEF treasurer, welcomed the guests.

IEF Vice President Abu Bakar Sherkhan introduced the chief guest while Mohammed Shoebuddin, IEF chief coordinator, presented a vote of thanks.