Dr. Afnan bint Abdullah Al-Shuaiby, Director General of international Relations at the Ministry of Culture

Updated 24 May 2019
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Dr. Afnan bint Abdullah Al-Shuaiby, Director General of international Relations at the Ministry of Culture

Dr. Afnan bint Abdullah Al-Shuaiby was appointed Director General of International Relations at the Ministry of Culture early this year.

Before her role at the ministry, Al-Shuaiby worked in business. She is a member of the board of directors of the London-based Arab International Women’s Forum.

Previously, Al-Shuaibi was the secretary-general and CEO of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) in London, where she was the first woman to assume this position. Al-Shuaibi served as CEO of the ABCC for 11 years, between 2007 and 2018.

Prior to this, she was an adviser to the president of the US-Saudi Arabian Business Council in Washington D.C. between 1998 and 2007.

Al-Shuaiby holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from King Saud University in Riyadh, a master’s degree in educational administration from the American University in Washington D.C., and a Ph.D. in leadership administration from George Washington University.

Recently, Al-Shuaiby met Dr. Khaled Manzlawi, deputy permanent representative of Saudi Arabia to the UN, during her representation of the Saudi delegation participating in a meeting of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. Manzlawi praised the efforts being exerted by the Ministry of Culture to highlight the Kingdom’s rich cultural heritage and traditions. They reviewed the ministry’s vision and programs aimed at developing the Saudi cultural and heritage sector.


13,230 families benefit from ‘Sakani’ program in Saudi Arabia

More than 157,000 families benefited from the program during 2018. (SPA)
Updated 17 June 2019
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13,230 families benefit from ‘Sakani’ program in Saudi Arabia

  • More than 157,000 families benefited from the program during 2018

RIYADH: The Ministry of Housing’s “Sakani” program has helped 13,230 families registered on its Real Estate Development Fund list with housing options and finance solutions during May.
This includes 5,835 families who live in their own homes, bringing the total number of families benefiting from the program in different regions of the Kingdom since the start of the year to 68,195.
The Sakani program announced the names of beneficiaries and their national ID numbers through the link https://sakani-names.housing.sa or via the program portal.
More than 157,000 families benefited from the program during 2018.
Ministry of Housing spokesman Saif Al-Suwailem said that Sakani continues to provide its services to beneficiaries according to their needs and abilities. The ministry is keen to provide better services in line with the “Eskan” program, one of the Saudi Vision 2030 initiatives that aims to raise the proportion of residential ownership to 70 percent by 2030.
As part of Sakani’s efforts to provide suitable housing options, the program began to implement 53 new housing projects in different regions of the Kingdom, characterized by affordable prices for a large segment of citizens registered on the lists of the Ministry of Housing.
Al-Suwailem said that the ministry was keen to find solutions for Saudi families that help them to own the right home for them. SPA Riyadh