Shoura names four women as vice chairs

Updated 05 February 2014

Shoura names four women as vice chairs

The Shoura Council has appointed four women as vice chairpersons of committees.
They are Haya Al-Munea for the Social Affairs, Family and Youth Committee, Zainab Abu Taleb for the Cultural and Information Affairs Committee, Huda Al-Hulaisi for the Foreign Affairs Committee and Muna Al-Mushait for the Health Affairs and Environment Committee.
The council also approved a high council for Saudi youth to supervise the implementation of the strategy it had approved earlier at the session.
The council approved the annual reshuffle of 13 committees and named several new chairmen and vice chairpersons.
The council named Ibrahim Al-Ibrahim chairman and Faleh Al-Sugier vice chairman of the Islamic and Judicial Affairs Committee; Abdulaziz Al-Hadlaq chairman of the Social Affairs, Family and Youths Committee; Muhammad Al-Naji chairman and Ata Al-Sebti vice chairman of the Management and Human Resources Committee; Saleh Al-Husaini chairman and Fahad Al-Enizi vice chairman of the Economic Affairs and Energy Committee; Saud Al-Subaie chairman and Nawwaf Al-Fagham vice chairman of the Security Affairs Committee; and Prince Khaled Al-Saud chairman and Meshal Al-Sulami vice chairman of the Educational Affairs and Scientific Research Committee.
It also appointed Rashed Al-Kathiri chairman of the Cultural and Information Affairs Committee; Khidr Al-Qurashi chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee; Huhsen Al-Hazmi chairman of the Health Affairs and Environment Committee; Saad Mariq chairman and Husam Al-Anqari vice chairman of the Financial Affairs Committee; Muhammad Al-Mutairi chairman and Ali Al-Tukhais vice chairman of the Housing, Water and Public Services Committee; Sadoun Al-Sadoun chairman and Jibreel Oraishi vice chairman of the Transport, Communication and Information Technology Committee; Abdullah Al-Dhufairi chairman and Naser Al-Shahrani vice chairman of the Human Rights and Petitions Committee.


US Consulate General in Dhahran celebrates 244 years of independence, 75 years of US-Saudi partnership

Updated 20 February 2020

US Consulate General in Dhahran celebrates 244 years of independence, 75 years of US-Saudi partnership

  • Consul General Rachna Korhonen: I want to say thank you to the amazing people of Sharqiya who remind me every day how warm, wonderful, welcoming, hospitable, and kind Saudis are
  • Although US Independence Day is July 4, the consulate traditionally celebrates the occasion in the spring due to the pleasant weather this time of the year

DHAHRAN: The US Consulate General in Dhahran hosted its 2020 National Day reception on Feb. 19 to celebrate 244 years of American Independence, and the 75th anniversary of the historic meeting between US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Saudi King Abdul Aziz aboard the USS Quincy.

Consul General Rachna Korhonen and her husband Juha Korhonen welcomed the deputy governor of the Eastern Province, Khalid Al-Battal, and deputy governor of Alkhobar, Abdullah bin Ali Al-Seef, as the guests of honor.

Although US Independence Day is July 4, the consulate traditionally celebrates the occasion in the spring due to the pleasant weather this time of the year.

“Seventy-five years ago, two great leaders met aboard the USS Quincy. President Franklin Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz met to chart the future of our bilateral ties. This first encounter between a US president and a Saudi King laid the foundation for the broad strategic partnership the US and Saudi Arabia share today. Beyond partnership, President Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz forged a personal friendship that is at the heart of the strong ties our two countries share today,” said Korhonen.

She added: “As the first woman to be consul general here, it has been an exciting journey for me. I arrived to Dhahran in August 2017, to a country undergoing remarkable changes.  Vision 2030 has opened new possibilities, tourism opportunities are growing, women are driving and attending sporting events. I have said this many times and it is still true: I have the best job in the best place at the best time.

“Most of all, I want to say thank you to the amazing people of Sharqiya (Eastern Province) who remind me every day how warm, wonderful, welcoming, hospitable, and kind Saudis are. I have made friendships that I know are going to last me a lifetime. When I leave here this summer, I will certainly leave a piece of my heart here but I also plan to take a little piece of your heart with me.”