1,000 arrive in Jeddah on Japanese Peace Boat

Updated 25 April 2013

1,000 arrive in Jeddah on Japanese Peace Boat

The Japanese “Peace Boat” arrived in Jeddah yesterday, carrying 1,000 passengers, including a number of Hiroshima survivors.
They were received by Nizar Madani, state minister for foreign affairs, and a number of Saudi officials.
The Peace Boat is a nonprofit nongovernmental organization based in Tokyo concerned mainly with promoting world peace, human rights, equality, sustainable development and environment protection.
It has already made 100 trips since it was first launched in 1983 as an Asian initiative that later expanded to other areas.
Jun Yoshida, the Japanese consul general, said the Peace Boat shows Japan’s determination to spread peace across the world. He said his country has been watching events in the Middle East and seeks to find lasting, peaceful solutions that will guarantee stability in the region.
This is the boat’s second visit to Saudi Arabia and has provided Japanese people the opportunity to become acquainted with Saudi culture and the country’s historic sites.
At Saudi stalls at the harbor, Japanese passengers can buy various souvenirs and handmade objects created by Saudi families and craftsmen.
They can also visit a “desert camp” that can accommodate 1,000 people, which features folk shows and cultural performances.
Visitors can also go to the tower at Jeddah Islamic Port, where 150 people will be chosen to listen to lectures on Saudi Arabia’s role in world peace and the promotion of dialogue among various countries.
Passengers will be given English language pamphlets about Saudi Arabia and receive copies of a book entitled “Voice of change.” Another book, entitled “Islam’s Position on Terrorism and Extremism,” will also be distributed.


Saudi Arabia’s first female CEO makes Forbes 100 most powerful women

Updated 13 December 2019

Saudi Arabia’s first female CEO makes Forbes 100 most powerful women

Saudi Arabia’s first female CEO is named in Forbes 100 most powerful women in the world for a second time.

Rania Nashar, Samba Financial Group CEO, was ranked 97th in the list that also included 16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg.

The list also included the United Arab Emirates’ Raja Easa Al-Gurg ranked at 84. The Emirati, who is a Board Member of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was also featured in the list in 2017.

The top 10 in the list included German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Christine Lagarde, who was newly appointed president of the European Central Bank.