KSA regrets Yemen talks failure

Updated 25 June 2015

KSA regrets Yemen talks failure

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has expressed its deep sorrow over the failure of Geneva talks to reach an agreement on Yemen while appreciating UN efforts to implement Security Council Resolution 2216.
The Council of Ministers on Monday, chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, praised the positive cooperation shown by the legitimate Yemeni government with global efforts to alleviate the suffering of its people.
The Cabinet welcomed the final communiqué issued by OIC foreign ministers following their extraordinary meeting in Jeddah on Yemen, stressing the Kingdom’s support for all efforts to end the Yemeni crisis and its rejection of any foreign intervention in Yemen’s affairs without a request from the country’s legitimate government.
The Cabinet also commended the king’s message to the nation on the occasion of Ramadan, urging citizens to keep away from extremism and sectarianism.
It thanked the king for his assertion that confidence in Saudi citizens is limitless and that there will be no leniency for negligence and that anyone breaching security, religious and national solid principles would be held accountable.
Monday’s Cabinet meeting was briefed on the outcome of the landmark visit by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Russia and his meetings with President Vladimir Putin and other senior Russian officials.
The Cabinet hailed the strength of relations between the two countries and the Kingdom’s desire to deepen its cooperation with Russia in all fields with the aim of serving the interests of the two friendly peoples and enhancing security and stability in the region.

Hana Abdullah Alomair, Saudi film director

Updated 30 May 2020

Hana Abdullah Alomair, Saudi film director

Hana Abdullah Alomair is the director of Netflix’s first Saudi thriller original series, titled “Whispers,” which is due to begin streaming in 190 countries on June 11. 

A Saudi writer, filmmaker, and movie critic, Alomair won the Silver Palm Tree Award for best script at the Saudi Film Competition in 2008.

She gained a bachelor’s degree in Arabic-English translation from King Saud University in 1992 and four years later a master’s degree in the same field of study from Heriot-Watt University, in Scotland.

Her documentary “Beyond Words” was screened during the Gulf Film Festival in 2019 and was selected for the main competition in this year’s Muscat International Film Festival.

A member of the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts, she has worked as a head writer in writing workshops for several TV series. She was a jury member at the Saudi Film Festival held by Rotana in 2013. Her second
flick, “The Complaint,” was selected in the main competition of Tessa’s Festival for Asian and African Films in Morocco in 2014 and it won the Golden Palm
Tree Award for best short fiction film in the Saudi Film Competition in 2015.

In 2016, Alomair, together with Hind Al-Fahhad, scooped the prize for best script for the short film “Peddlers” at the King Fahd Center Short Film Competition.

She recently published a book about the Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa, and in 2017 wrote a play called “Qat Oqat.”

Last year, she wrote and directed her latest short film “Swan Song,” which won the Golden Palm Tree Award for best actor in the Saudi Film Festival.