Philatelic society to honor 82

Updated 16 September 2014
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Philatelic society to honor 82

The Saudi Philatelic & Numismatics Society (SPNS) marked its 50th anniversary at its headquarters in the Saudi capital on Saturday and announced that it will honor 82 individuals and newspapers for their support.
“They will be honored in fitting ceremonies during the celebration of the Saudi National Day on Sept. 23 at the King Fahd Cultural Center,” Usamah M. Al-Kurdi, SPNS chairman, said. The awarding ceremony will be attended by Riyadh Gov. Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and Minister of Culture and Information Abdulaziz Khoja.
Al-Kurdi added that the founders of the society of 50 years will also be honored. “There are 30 names on the list and we’re searching for others,” he said.
One of the founding members, Abdalla Ibrahim Almukrin, now 80 years old, attended the 50th founding anniversary celebration. Almukrin, who used to work at the post office, is also a member of the Voice of America Stamp Club.
Al-Kurdi added that the society’s board members for the last 50 years and those currently serving on the board will also be honored as a token of gratitude for their service to the society.
Al-Kurdi said that a new show entitled “Bank notes and stamp collectors,” will be held during the Saudi National Day celebration. “We hope to organize two lectures — one on bank notes and the other on Saudi stamps,” he said.
The SPNS is scheduled to honor participants, Saudis and non-Saudis who received medals from the organizers of international exhibitions including the Federation of Stamp Collectors and the Asian Federation of Stamp Collectors, on Sept. 24.
Al-Kurdi said that the SPNS aims to create a good environment where hobbyists can meet for various activities related to stamp collection, bank notes and old coins.
“We have a lot of these activities in SPNS’s branches in Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah, Dammam, Al-Ahsa and Jazan in addition to the headquarters in the Saudi capital,” he said. He added that as part of its strategy, SPNS has weekly gatherings for members, a separate one for female members and a third for numismatics collectors.
Al-Kurdi added that SPNS also gives attention to the development of the members’ capabilities and that there are various activities in this regard. One activity is organizing local events for professional collectors, another for beginners and still another for the young hobbyists or enthusiasts. Al-Kurdi added that the different kinds of activities for collectors of stamps, coins and bank notes are rated at three levels. The Society was founded by Ibrahim Milibary in 1964. The original founders were A. Katooah, H. Nori, Sadiq Jamal, H. Abbas, Ismael Attar, Hassan Qari, Faisal Ajhori, Ibrahim Tabil, Omar Bukhar, Ismael Shafi, Turki Khokair, and Mohammad Safdar.


Saudi businesswomen eye greater role in the economy with end to driving ban

The end of the driving ban is expected to help bring an economic windfall for Saudi women. (Shutterstock)
Updated 23 June 2018
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Saudi businesswomen eye greater role in the economy with end to driving ban

  • The historic move is a huge step forward for businesswomen in the Saudi Arabia, says businesswoman
  • A recent survey by the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce indicated that transportation was a major concern holding Saudi women back from joining the labor market

The end of the driving ban will boost women’s financial power and allow them to play a bigger role in economic and social diversification in line with Vision 2030, prominent businesswomen said on Friday.

Hind Khalid Al-Zahid was the first Saudi woman designated as an executive director — for Dammam Airport Company — and also heads the Businesswomen Center at the Eastern Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry. 

She sees the historic move as a huge step forward for businesswomen in the Kingdom.

“Women being allowed to drive is very important; of course this will help a lot in sustainable development as the lifting of the ban on women driving came as a wonderful opportunity to increase women’s participation in the workforce,” she told Arab News on Friday, ahead of the end of the ban on Sunday.

She added that women in the job market are under-represented; they make up to 22 percent of the national workforce of about six million according to official estimates. Lifting the ban will help to take women’s representation in the workforce to 30 percent by 2030, she said.

“This is not just the right thing to do for women’s emancipation, but also an essential step in economic and social development as part of the reforms,” she said.

She said that there were different obstacles in increasing women’s participation in the workforce and other productive activities, and the driving ban was one of them. It was a strategic issue that needed to be addressed on a priority basis. With the issue resolved, it would help immensely in giving Saudi women better representation as they would help to diversify the Saudi economy and society.

She said that women could contribute hugely to the workforce and labor market as half of Saudi human resources were female, and unless allowed to excel in different sectors it would not be possible to do better, mainly because of restricted mobility.

A recent survey by the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce indicated that transportation was a major concern holding Saudi women back from joining the labor market.

Nouf Ibrahim, a businesswoman in Riyadh, said: “It will surely boost female economic participation and help increase women’s representation in the workforce immensely. It will also help to reduce the overall national unemployment rate as most of the unemployed are women and many of them are eligible as university graduates.”

She echoed the opinion that the move would help to bring an economic windfall for Saudi women, making it easier for them to work and do business, and thus play a bigger and better role that would help economic and social diversification in line with Saudi Vision 2030.

“Being able to drive from Sunday onwards after the ban is lifted will be a wonderful experience. Earlier we were dependent on a male family member and house driver to take us to workplace, to the shopping center, school or other required places for some work, now we can drive and that will allow active participation in productive work,” Sulafa Hakami, a Saudi woman working as the digital communication manager with an American MNC in Riyadh, told Arab News.

“Saudi women can now share effectively the bigger and better responsibilities,” she said.