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.


FaceOf: Mohammed bin Suleiman Al-Mesher, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Cameroon

Updated 22 min 46 sec ago
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FaceOf: Mohammed bin Suleiman Al-Mesher, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Cameroon

Mohammed bin Suleiman Al-Mesher has been serving as Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the Republic of Cameroon since 2013. 

Al-Mesher has served at several Saudi embassies around the world. He has also served as the charge d’affairs in Venezuela and Brunei between 2001 and 2003.

He was appointed the charge d’affairs in Gabon in 2011.

Al-Mesher has attended several regional and local conferences and forum covering various topics including combatting terrorism. 

He also represented the Kingdom at UN’s 54th session in New York in January 2000 and at the 13th summit of the Arab League held in Riyadh. 

He was also a member of the administrative management inter-ministerial committee to open information offices in Egypt, America, Japan, France and Germany. Al-Mesher was also part of a team assigned to assess the performance of the Kingdom’s information offices worldwide. 

Al-Mesher holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in diplomatic science from the Diplomatic Studies Institute in Riyadh. 

On Saturday, he attended the inauguration ceremony of a Grand Mosque in Cameroon’s Marwa city with other Saudi personalities. The 2,700-square-meter mosque, which was funded by Saudi Arabia, can accommodate 5,000 worshippers, including 400 women in a separate prayer hall.

Another Saudi-funded project, a new extension to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Islamic Center, was also opened on Thursday. It includes nine classrooms, an auditorium, a women’s prayer hall, a large canteen, and the center’s newly renovated mosque.