Saudi e-portal for empowerment of women gets global recognition

Updated 07 June 2012
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Saudi e-portal for empowerment of women gets global recognition

A Riyadh-based e-portal recently set up for women empowerment in the Middle East won first place in a competition organized by the United Nations and the International Labor Organization (ILO) through the Youth Employment Network.
Glowork.net, which placed first in the UN contest, is the Kingdom’s portal for recruitment of women workers in the Kingdom.
Khalid Alkhudair, Glowork’s founder, told Arab News that this was a great honor for the Kingdom and also honored the efforts of those responsible for setting up the website, which enabled a large number of women to find jobs through the portal.
“The award is considered one of the prestigious awards in the areas of networking and job creation at a global level. This is the first time a Saudi organization was bestowed with such an honor,” Alkhudair said.
Since its launch last year, Glowork has helped create over 2,500 vacancies for women through its portal. It also provides a solution for virtual offices, which helps organizations hire woman from home and actively monitor them as they carry out the most complicated of tasks such as call center and telesales work.
The virtual office solution helps create opportunities for those in rural areas, promotes the hiring of those with special needs and fits perfectly with Saudi culture and tradition, he said, adding the majority of women have expressed their appreciation for such a solution.
Glowork also positioned itself as a women empowerment movement by partnering with all universities throughout the Kingdom to educate women on what is expected when entering the job market, how to prepare a CV and how to face an interview.
"Over 40 organizations participated in the competition which was based on public votes and the judges’ assessment. Glowork scored a remarkable 25/25 from the judges and 200 votes from the community was enough to secure the top spot.”
Glowork was formed by young Saudi talents who believed in women empowerment. It was a self-funded initiative that has now been recognized as one of the best practices worldwide when it comes to promoting gender equality in the workplace.
“There have been calls from several countries in the region seeking our expertise to adapt the Glowork concept,” Alkhudair noted .
He thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and Labor Minister Adel Fakeih for the initiative and interest taken to empower women in the Saudi society. He said the government’s regulations allowed the private sector to find the right solutions to empower women and to implement such programs within the cultural and traditional framework.
“We are so proud not because of the award, but because we are Saudis who are showing the world that women have their equal place in the community and this is just the start,” he noted.
Glowork is based in Riyadh and is founded by a group of young Saudi philanthropists like Khalid Alkhudair, Jamal Al-Mansour, Khaled Al-Saleh and Muna Abusulayman.
It is a project which has the blessings of the Labor Minister Adel Fakeih, he added.


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.