Anti-harassment laws 'urgent need'

Updated 12 August 2015
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Anti-harassment laws 'urgent need'

JEDDAH: Shoura Council members and law experts have called for the immediate adoption of anti-harassment regulations.
According to a local media report, Lubna bint Abdul Rahman Al-Ansari, a member of the Shoura Council, said: “The issue of harassment is prevalent in all societies. However, the negative effects of harassment need strict laws to bring the criminals to book.”
She said: “I was one of the eight members who submitted an anti-harassment proposal at a Shoura Council meeting, but it was rejected. Harassment does not take place only at work; women have been harassed in markets and parks. There is a need to understand the various dimensions of harassment and adopt tougher measures to curb this menace."
Maimona Mirza, an educationist, said: “There are statistics which clearly reveal that the rate of harassment against women has gone up. This affects all women, those who cover their faces and those who do not.”
She added: “There are many reasons for this obnoxious behavior; one of them is the lack of education among young people who busy themselves harassing women. The other reason is the delayed age of marriage for both genders.”
Speaking to Arab News, Suhaila Zainul Abideen of the National Society for Human Rights, said that NSHR has tried to play a positive and supportive role in the society’s quest to adopt anti-harassment regulations. “At NSHR, we monitors harassment cases and prod victims to report such cases to government agencies for remedial action.”


FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

Ahmad Al-Khatib
Updated 27 May 2018
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FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

  • Saudi Arabian Military Industries aims to aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products

JEDDAH: Ahmad Al-Khatib was appointed the chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) in October 2017. 

He also holds the posts of chairman of the board of directors of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) since 2016; chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Fund for Development; adviser to the general secretariat of the Cabinet; adviser to the minister of defense; and adviser to the court of the crown prince.

Al-Khatib inaugurated on Friday the new facilities of the Aircraft Accessories and Components Company (AACC) at its new headquarters at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah during a ceremony under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

SAMI aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products and become one of the top 25 global companies in the field of military industries.

“Our goal is to localize more than 50 percent of the Kingdom’s military spending by 2030,” said the crown prince in his earlier statement.

Al-Khatib is a former adviser to the royal court, was the minister of health between 2014 and 2016, and served as the chairman for the Saudi stock company established in 2006, Jadwa Investment.

Al-Khatib has 23 years of experience in banking. In 1992 he joined the Bank of Riyad, working in various departments for 11 years and helping to establish the customer investment department. 

In 2003, Al-Khatib joined SABB Bank and participated in the establishment of Islamic Banking (Amanah). He then became the bank’s general manager.