Mr. Bean lookalike is a big draw

Updated 18 October 2014
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Mr. Bean lookalike is a big draw

With almost the same features as that of the well-known British comedian Mr. Bean, Ibrahim Sulaiman Suwailem from Turkey receives his customers with a welcoming smile at a Lebanese restaurant in Jeddah.
Suwailem, who has been working at the restaurant for the last 22 years, is known to the restaurant customers as Mr. Bean. He is a Turkish delight with a difference.
“Everybody wants to take a photo with me, whether they are children or adults,” said Ibrahim. “My photo is now on various social networks,” he added.
Besides being Mr. Bean’s look-alike, another point of interest for Saudis is his middle name, Suwailem.
“I am very happy with my work here bringing smiles on faces,” he told Arab News.
He has no plans of returning to Turkey. “My life is too attached to Saudi Arabia,” he said.
He said during Eid, lots of customers are drawn to the restaurant to have a photo taken with him. “I really look forward to meeting them and feel happy to see their happiness,” he said.


TheFace: Saudi entrepreneur Samar Alhashim

Samar Alhashim. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 32 min 30 sec ago
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TheFace: Saudi entrepreneur Samar Alhashim

  • She found her passion in business administration and economics, and chose to pursue this interest as another degree
  • Alhashim’s future plans are to continue promoting physical and social well-being to the country’s citizens

Samar Alhashim’s success story started in the Eastern Province where she was born and raised. There, she graduated with an English literature degree, and started her adventure by moving to the US in 1993 as a newlywed. 

She found her passion in business administration and economics, and chose to pursue this interest as another degree. At Philadelphia University she studied for an MBA degree with a minor in international business. 

Returning to the Eastern Province, Alhashim decided to open her first business, a fusion of a tea lounge and art gallery in 2007. Due to the high demand for her concept, she decided to expand her small business into the capital city of Riyadh. The business flourished and became a central hub for many families and art lovers. 

In addition to her restaurant business, Alhashim established a new concept, one almost foreign to Saudi society at the time. “My Saudi Wellness,” a venture targeted at a healthy lifestyle in the Saudi community, was well underway. 

Today, with her strong commitment to introducing healthy living and fitness to Saudi society, as well as support from the Vision 2030 plan in the Kingdom, Alhashim’s future plans are to continue promoting physical and social well-being to the country’s citizens.