FaceOf: Nail Ahmed Al-Jubeir, KSA’s ambassador-designate to Ireland

Updated 20 May 2018

FaceOf: Nail Ahmed Al-Jubeir, KSA’s ambassador-designate to Ireland

  • Before his recent appointment, Al-Jubeir was the director of the information office at the Saudi Embassy in Washington, D.C.
  • Al-Jubeir used to work as a Capitol Hill correspondent for the Saudi daily newspaper Al-Jazirah.

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.


Climate change inspires prestigious Saudi art exhibition

We hope visitors would be inspired by the works they see, says Hamza Serafi, head of the curatorial committee at the Saudi Art Council. (Photos/Huda Bashatah)
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Climate change inspires prestigious Saudi art exhibition

  • The seventh ‘21,39 Jeddah Arts’ event addresses the global environmental crisis under the title ‘I Love You, Urgently’

JEDDAH: The seventh 21,39 Jeddah Arts is back in town, addressing the global environmental crisis under the title “I Love You, Urgently.” Based at the Saudi Art Council’s hub in Jeddah, it parades the work of local artisits.

Muhammad Hafiz, vice-chairman of Saudi Art Council, emphasized the importance of art in complementing societies, and how it is now being carried out by the state. He said: “This year we’re supported by the Ministry of Culture, who have kindly reached out to support us.”
Maya El Khalil, the curator of “I Love You, Urgently” paid tribute to Frei Otto, the masterful architect who has painstakingly contributed to memorable sights in the Kingdom and has been the inspiration for this year’s concept.
“In our part of the world, for the time being, these concerns (sustainability of the environment) aren’t a priority,” she said during the press conference to launch the exhibition.
 “It was interesting to see the artists go through a long process of research and study, building their awareness of their surroundings,” she said.
Hamza Serafi, head of the curatorial committee at the Saudi Art Council, said that they hoped visitors would be inspired by the works they see.
He thanked the curator for choosing Frei Otto, one of the pioneers of biomimicry — the imitation of nature.
“With that humane concept, the artists started expressing their feelings about how they see nature; some went into architectural forms, filming, music; it’s really diverse,” he said.
Visual artist Marwah Al-Mugait is one of 21 artists who have participated in the main exhibition this year, making her third appearance thanks to the Saudi Art Council.
Al-Mugait’s creation can be sensed upon entry to the cavernous venue, where women’s chants can be heard. Upon inspection, behind a lavish white curtain, a video filmed in Riyadh is playing across a curved wall where a group of women come together in self-expression and self-preservation, before they huddle against an ancient tree and embrace it.
“This year is exceptional because of the theme; I’m so happy and honored to work with Maya El Khalil, who presented the concept of biomimicry,” Al-Mugait told Arab News.

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The exhibition hosts visits from schools organized by the Ministry of Education.

Al-Mugait began to work toward unseen elements to display “multi-layered emotional details” in her work in order to depict the senses rather than what meets the eye. Initially, the Riyadh-based artist felt anxious about applying this new concept to her background in film and performance.
 “Throughout my research, I was driven towards the topic of the defense mechanisms of species, plantations and human beings, specifically Mimosa pudica, which closes in on itself whenever a predator is trying to touch it,” she explained.
Al-Mugait also drew inspiration from the way bees deal with predators who attack their hive, during which they perform a shimmering wave collectively.
As she struggled to translate these mechanical moves into a body language that conveys how humans can defend themselves from inner and outer harm, psychological harm and abuse, she came across Movers in Riyadh, and two of their choreographers helped her shape her performance.
Al-Mugait chose 14 female dancers to depict empowered women, two Jamaican-British and 12 Saudis. “I wanted to trace that power which you cannot see with my camera, along with their interaction with nature. That moment when they hug the tree at the end is similar to the one you would get from a mother.”
During the first week of 21,39 Jeddah Arts, a forum will be held with talks and panel discussions by the curator El Khalil and the artists of “I Love You, Urgently.”
The exhibition is open to the public, and also hosts visits from schools as part of educational trips orchestrated by the Ministry of Education, said Hafiz.
The event will run from January 28 to April 18, with further exhibitions taking place besides “I Love You, Urgently,” including “Architecture of Tomorrow: Frei Otto’s Legacy in Saudi Arabia,” which pays tribute to the inspiration behind this year’s theme, and “Sculpting Spaces — Architectural Desert Dwellings for AlUla”.
The Saudi Art Council is a non-profit initiative founded in 2014 by a number of art enthusiasts, and has been supportive of local artists and art movements in the Kingdom.