Queen Elizabeth knights ALJ chief

Updated 28 October 2014
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Queen Elizabeth knights ALJ chief

Saudi businessman Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel has been awarded an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth for his philanthropic activities and developing arts and culture in the United Kingdom, the British Embassy in Riyadh announced Monday.
Jameel has supported job creation and poverty alleviation initiatives in the Middle East and globally. He is chairman of Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (ALJCI), which supports numerous programs to address unemployment issues, enables research for poverty alleviation, and provides education and training opportunities across the Arab world.
Jameel has played a significant role in a project to restore the Islamic Gallery housed in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. ALJCI also founded the Jameel Prize in partnership with the Victoria & Albert Museum. Awarded every two years, the prize is given to up-and-coming artists and designers inspired by Islamic traditions of art, craft and design.
In addition, Jameel has worked with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to establish the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and the Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab (J-WAFS). The overarching goal of both organizations is to utilize scientific methodology and inform government policy to improve lives worldwide.
John Jenkins, the British ambassador, congratulated Jameel on the award. “Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel’s association with the UK began many years ago. His business successes are well documented, as are his philanthropic activities. This award is in recognition of his contributions to strengthen the role of the arts and culture in society and his work with the UK’s Victoria & Albert Museum is one example of his strong contribution in this area. I congratulate him on this well-deserved honor.”
Jameel said: “I am deeply humbled that Her Majesty the Queen would see fit to bestow this honor upon me. This award is a great honor for my family and me, and also reflects the hard work and support of the hundreds of ALJCI team members who run the numerous programs that help make such a difference.
"I would also like to thank the many partners that we work with across the globe, including MIT, and particularly the Victoria & Albert Museum for their support in preserving and promoting Islamic arts and culture.”
Honorary knighthoods are awarded by the queen, on the advice of the foreign secretary, to those who have made an important contribution to British interests.


Saudi communications minister receives youngest Saudi female journalist

Updated 19 July 2018
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Saudi communications minister receives youngest Saudi female journalist

RIYADH: Saudi Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Abdullah Al-Sawah stressed the Kingdom's need to discover and support local talent.
He said that the ministry has paid increasing attention to technical talents, which has been represented through the organization of several events, the latest of which was the "Hackathon Digital Machines."
The event was aimed at creating a conducive environment to develop the capabilities of the digital youth and invest in their creative potential to maximize returns.
Al-Sawah noted that the event also aimed at "harnessing their abilities to develop the digital transformation process," calling for intensified and unified efforts in order to invest in Saudi talents for the benefit of the nation.
The minister was speaking during a meeting with Marian Taher Saleh, the youngest Saudi female journalist, alongside with her father.
Al-Sawah praised the role of her family, who have been supporting her from the beginning till she was able to enter the media field, expressing his appreciation for her media achievements.
For his part, Saleh's father expressed his gratitude and appreciation to the minister for his hospitality, appreciation and encouragement for his daughter.