Prince Turki bin Talal honored with relief award

Updated 15 March 2013
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Prince Turki bin Talal honored with relief award

Prince Turki bin Talal has been designated as the Arab Personality for Relief Activities for his distinguished service in the field humanitarian service.
The Arab Hospitals Federation awarded the honor to the prince at a meeting in Cairo on Thursday.
The federation, which has a membership of 1,000 hospitals in the Arab world, honored the prince in recognition of the services of his organization called “We Answer to the Call initiative” over the past 10 years. It has been undertaking impressive humanitarian activities in Palestine and Lebanon besides its services to the Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.
The meeting coincided with the meeting of the Council of Arab Health Ministers, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday.
On the occasion of receiving the award, the prince said his initiative went beyond offering relief assistance to building bridges of relations that extend to the sustainable development.
He said the initiative aims to strengthen the principle of helping suffering humanity driven forward by the principle that ‘negligence to help while you can is tantamount to is a betrayal and sin.’
The initiative involves voluntary service of Saudi and Arab volunteers and their supporting partners who believe in the principle of social responsibility. He added that the AGFUND program is in the forefront of their services.
He stressed the need for launching an Arab organization for relief with the approval of international organizations and free from bureaucratic hurdles.
The prince also lamented the poor level of Arab relief assistance which is not enough to deal with calamities compared to the services of united nation’s and international organizations working professionally in this field and stressed the need for a will to make Arabs a dependable force in the world of humanitarian activities.


Kareem Shamma, Qiddiya Investment Co. executive

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Kareem Shamma, Qiddiya Investment Co. executive

  • Shamma has spent decades working in the Gulf Cooperation Council states
  • Shamma holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s in concrete structures from Imperial College London

Kareem Shamma has recently been appointed as the chief development officer of the entertainment, sports and cultural destination of the Qiddiya Investment Co. (QIC).

Qiddiya, which is due to open by the end of 2022, is expected to be the world’s largest entertainment city by 2030. It is located around 40 km from the center of the capital.

Shamma has spent decades working in the Gulf Cooperation Council states, with periods in Bahrain and the UAE, as well as in the UK. He started his professional life in Saudi Arabia, where he spent several years as an engineer working on Riyadh’s ring road network, including the construction of a number of its bridges and underpasses.

Shamma was the CEO of Bawabat Al-Shamal Real Estate Co. WLL (BASREC) in Qatar for seven years, between 2012 and 2019. He was responsible for delivering one of the region’s largest entertainment, hospitality and retail projects at the time.

He was regional director of URS Scott Wilson in Bahrain for two years between 2009 and 2011. He also worked for other companies in Bahrain. Shamma holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s in concrete structures from Imperial College London.

“I spent my early career in the Kingdom developing key infrastructure, as the capital city grew and the Kingdom developed. To come back a second time and work on this extraordinary project is a chance of a lifetime,” Shamma said of his new role.

Qiddiya’s chief administration officer, Abdul Aziz Al-Remaihi, said: “We welcome Kareem back to Riyadh. He has a wealth of experience that will help us to create the capital of entertainment, sports and the arts here in the Kingdom.”