JEDDAH: Nail Amed Al-Jubeir is Saudi Arabia’s ambassador-designate to Ireland. He was sworn in on April 17 during a ceremony attended by King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace. Last Thursday, he presented his credentials to Ireland’s President Michael Higgins.
The Irish leader expressed the wish of his country to see more cooperation with Saudi Arabia in the political, economic, cultural and educational arenas.
Before his recent appointment, Al-Jubeir was the director of the information office at the Saudi Embassy in Washington, D.C.
He joined Saudi Arabia’s foreign service in 1997 and served in the office of the assistant minister for political affairs in Riyadh until he was moved to the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington.
Al-Jubeir was born near Riyadh on March 24, 1963, and was educated in Germany, the Middle East and the US.
He received his bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degree in international affairs from the American University’s School of International Service in Washington in 1985 and 1987, respectively.
Before joining Saudi Arabia’s foreign service, Al-Jubeir worked as a Capitol Hill correspondent for the Saudi daily newspaper Al-Jazirah, covering the 1984 US presidential elections and analyzing US policy in the Middle East.
In 1989, he joined the information office in Washington as a senior information officer. He later became a senior research analyst.
During the 1990 Gulf War, Al-Jubeir helped establish a media center in Dhahran during the Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm campaigns.