Social programs focus on developing society

Updated 30 November 2012
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Social programs focus on developing society

Nonprofit organization Weam recently held a four-day social programs event in Alkhobar with the support of Abdullah Al-Subaie Charity.
Weam Chairperson Muhammad Abdul Rahman Al-Abdul Qader said: “The organization is keen to continue with the prepared plans in order to develop society and awareness among families.”
Salman Al-Shumrani, human development consultant, said in his lecture that 42 percent of the Saudi society suffer from consumerism. According to him, some families just amuse themselves by buying consumer goods since the Kingdom is going through a period of security and prosperity.
The reason everyone is consuming, Al-Shumrani said, is that society is not interested in taking advantage of available money to spend it on something necessary.
More than 1,600 people attended Al-Shumrani’s lecture. Some said they were happy to learn new facts about financial planning and the result of saving money.
Unfortunately, said Al-Shumrani, there is no financial planning course in our school curriculum to teach people how to manage their finances. “Even people who are well-educated sometimes have no knowledge of financial planning.
“Three quarters of family problems are financial. Families have no idea of how to spend their money properly.” He said Weam, through its programs, was working to help people realize the importance of financial planning, so that they would have a settled life.
Among other lectures was one about marital harmony by Adel Al-Qanim. He discussed couples’ emotions and how they should manage their relationship to have a harmonious life. He also indicated that couples should not take each other's mistakes take seriously. He said everyone should be optimistic.
Al-Qanim said the family counseling offices established by a number of social organizations in the Kingdom had helped people to properly consult and discuss issues before things go wrong. Putting emphasis on Islamic principles, he advised people to deal with each other with love and tolerance as well as cooperation while being honest with each other.
Khalid Al-Halibi, chairperson of family development in Al-Hasa, said in his program that successful families owed their success to dialogues and open-minded discussions as well as plans.
Psychiatrist Maysara Taher said that schools should be the model to lead youngsters as they grow up, and teachers have the responsibility to guide students through good manners and modern dialogues. Teachers should also encourage students to feel confident when they talk to their parents.


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.