Anif bin Ahmed Abanmi, president of Saudi Post

Anif bin Ahmed Abanmi
Updated 06 June 2019

Anif bin Ahmed Abanmi, president of Saudi Post

Anif bin Ahmed Abanmi has been the president of Saudi Post since December 2018. He has also been the vice president of Saudi Telecom Co. (STC) for the operations sector since March 2018.

Abanmi attained his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1998, and his master’s degree in electrical engineering from the same university in 2000.

He completed his executive courses; financial affairs program from INSEAD, France in 2015 and digital business leadership from Columbia University in 2017.

Abanmi’s previous work experience at STC includes working as the director of the technical sales department from 2004 to 2008, as director of planning, performance and business development from 2008 to 2010, and as member of the executive committee and member of the audit committee of the STC Channels from 2017 to 2018.

Saudi Post employees recently came up with the idea of delivering postal items to customers before the Eid prayer, especially as some parcels included Eid-related items.

Abanami said that planning and cooperation between employees was the most important factor in achieving the goal. The missions were discharged by a group of young leaders who have worked as one team overcoming time constraints, Abanmi said.

He noted that future development plans include infrastructure investment in active postal logistic services in distribution, handling, techniques and tools that would increase the effectiveness of the system.

Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

Updated 26 June 2019

Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

  • 40 works by Edvard Munch go on display for first time in Middle East

DHAHRAN: A dynamic Saudi cultural center is to showcase the works of one of the world’s most famous painters in an exhibition-first for the Middle East.

Forty pieces by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, best known for his iconic “The Scream” painting, will go on public display at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).

The special exhibition, titled “Landscapes of the Soul,” is the latest in a series of high-profile cultural events to be staged at the showpiece exhibition in Dhahran.

Developed by Saudi Aramco with the aim of stimulating knowledge, creativity and cross-cultural engagement, Ithra’s theater, museum, exhibition hall and art gallery complex forms a key part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan to promote culture and entertainment.

The Munch exhibition, which runs until Sept. 3, portrays the artist’s personal life experiences of misery, love, despair, loneliness and reflections of the soul, through his distinctive works.

“It is such an honor to host and introduce to Saudi Arabia, and indeed, the Middle East, the work of the world-renowned artist Edvard Munch,” Rania Biltagi, Ithra’s head of communications and partnership, told Arab News.

Munch’s (1863-1944) original exhibition has been located in Oslo, Norway since 1963, and the Saudi display is being staged in Ithra’s Great Hall in partnership with the Munch Museum in Norway.

As well as a lithograph version of his most famous painting “The Scream,” other works on show will include “Summer Night. The Voice,” 1894, “Self-Portrait,” 1895, and “The Sick Child,” 1896.

“A moment that stood out from the opening was when speaking to a couple visiting the exhibit, they mentioned that they were Norwegian and working in Saudi,” Biltagi said. “They explained that they had never had the chance to visit the Munch Museum in their homeland and what an unexpected pleasure it was to be able to see Munch’s work in Saudi.”

Biltagi added that the event epitomized the aim of Ithra in providing a platform to bring together cultures as well as people.

The center, featured in Time magazine’s list of the world’s top 100 places to visit, is a pioneer on the Kingdom’s culture and arts scene, organizing a variety of events, performances, programs and experiences to suit all ages and backgrounds. Previous exhibitions have included a focus on Saudi contemporary art, Leonardo da Vinci, and installations symbolizing creativity and innovation.