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.


AI technology to dominate Saudi Arabia’s jobs, says futurist

Ian Khan
Updated 4 min 58 sec ago

AI technology to dominate Saudi Arabia’s jobs, says futurist

  • The summit is part of Saudi Arabia’s plan to become a leader in AI technology and drive discussions and partnerships between local and international stakeholders in the AI field

RIYADH: Artificial intelligence (AI) technology will take over most blue- and white-collar jobs in Saudi Arabia’s offices, factories and even hospitals, a top futurist told a forum in Riyadh.
Ian Khan was speaking at the the Futuristic Advancement Forum, which explored the latest technological trends being incorporated into the workplace to lift training and employee performance.
Khan, who is an emerging technology expert, said that the Kingdom was working to advance itself on a global level but that everything had to happen inside the country.
“The youth have to be empowered, people need to see where they are going, there has to be a vision,” he told delegates. He also spoke about how Saudi Arabia was heading into an era where AI technology would take over a majority of blue- and white-collar jobs in offices, factories and hospitals.
“Their jobs are going to be automated … In March, Saudi Arabia is organizing the world’s largest artificial intelligence conference right here in Riyadh. The Kingdom is also pushing toward this direction because AI creates a lot of actions and does other things for us generally.”
The Global AI Summit, organized by the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority, will bring together stakeholders from the public sector, academia and the private sector. The summit is part of Saudi Arabia’s plan to become a leader in AI technology and drive discussions and partnerships between local and international stakeholders in the AI field.
Khan said there were three types of technology that people should learn about and see how they affected lives and businesses. The first was blockchain technology as it brought a lot of peace of mind. “It brings a lot of satisfaction and a lot of trust to the equation to the challenge that you have in your business, in your organization and that’s what blockchain is all about,” he explained. The second was machine learning that had the ability to provide some sense of freedom from everyday tasks that could easily be done by AI, while the third type was to know and understand more about 5G technology. Khan described it as “a fair technology that makes everything connect together. It’s the glue that binds everything together … it’s a life-changer.”

Other speakers at the event include global and local entrepreneurs, experts and technology specialists such as Dr. Elsa Sotiriadis, author and bio futurist, Dr. Mounira Jamjoom, who is CEO of Emkan Education and the Aanaab e-learning platform, and Sami Al-Hussayen, who is co-founder of RWAQ.org.
Rajaa Moumena, who is founder and CEO of the Future Institute, which is the official sponsor for the event, opened the forum. “Investing, building and developing humans is the best investment for the present and the future,” she said. “To improve thinking, work and ability, to be in the ranks of the developed world.”
She added that success stories always began with a vision and that the most successful visions were built on the youth. Young people were considered to be one of Saudi Arabia’s strengths and they were at the heart of the country’s Vision 2030 reform plan, which was also the inspiration behind the forum and its aim to create a hub for knowledge sharing and ideas exchange on training trends, Moumena said.