Alf Hewar initiative launched to inspire Saudi youth

Nadeem Bakhsh and Sebastian Stricker at the Alf Hewar launch in Riyadh. (AN photo by Iqbal Hossain)
Updated 22 February 2017

Alf Hewar initiative launched to inspire Saudi youth

RIYADH: Alf Hewar, which means “a thousand dialogues,” was launched in Riyadh on Monday night with the aim of inspiring Saudi youth and creating a positive impact on society.
It is the latest initiative from Alf Khair, a social enterprise founded in 2013 by Princess Reema bint Bandar.
Abeer Al-Fouti, chief operating officer at Alf Khair, said Alf Hewar will be a forum where local and international entrepreneurs are brought together to inspire others.
“Our latest initiative Alf Hewar... is aimed at inspiring a generation through dialogue,” she said.
Each speaker invited to the forum will share with the audience their personal story, struggles and accomplishments.
The first topic of discussion was on apps and design, featuring two successful developers, the Saudi-based Nadeem Bakhsh and Sebastian Stricker from Germany.
Bakhsh established the UXBERT Usability Lab in 2013 with the goal of building a one-of-a-kind digital research, design and engineering team. Its clients now include Saudi Telecom Co. (STC), Aramco and Accenture.
Stricker is the founder of ShareTheMeal, a crowdfunding app to fight global hunger through the UN World Food Program. With a tap of their smartphones users can donate $0.50, the global average cost of feeding one person for one day.
This was the first of four Alf Hewar talks taking place in 2017. Future talks will be held on concepts in the food and beverage industry, the role of sport in shaping the economy and society, and film in Saudi Arabia.

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

Updated 53 min 26 sec ago

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

  • Saudi Arabia has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies, king says
  • Kingdom also welcomed US decision to return Iran's Fordow nuclear facility to its sanctions list

RIYADH: Iran should abandon its expansionist ideology that has only “harmed” its own people, Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Wednesday, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic.

A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people,” the king told the consultative Shoura Council.

“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”

A satellite image from Sept. 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Washington's decision to return the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran to the sanctions list. 

Washington said on Monday that it will no longer waive sanctions related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site. 

“The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero ... There is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier this week.