Dr. Fatima Al-Hamlan, Saudi scientist and assistant professor

Dr. Fatima Al-Hamlan
Updated 30 March 2019
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Dr. Fatima Al-Hamlan, Saudi scientist and assistant professor

Dr. Fatima Al-Hamlan is a scientist and assistant professor at the Department of Infection and Immunity at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh. 

She joined the center as a post-doctorate fellow and global clinical scholar in June 2013, and remained in that position until March 2016. She became a research scientist and head of the Scientific Information Office in April 2016.

Al-Hamlan’s focus is on conducting women’s health research, and promoting the health and well-being of Saudi females.

Her research experience relates to pregnancy, mortality, parturition, blood pressure, diabetes, and sexual behavior as risk factors for the human papillomavirus infection.

She has been a founding member and vice president of the Riyadh-based Rofaida Women’s Health Organization since 2016. 

Al-Hamlan has received awards for her scientific contributions to her field of specialization, and for being an accomplished woman. 

They include the Women Pioneers in Health Sciences Research Award in 2018, and the Sayadati Young Saudi Scientist Award in 2015.

She holds a master’s degree in population genetics from Washington State University, and a Ph.D. in microbiology, molecular biology and biochemistry from the University of Idaho. 

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Al-Hamlan told Arab News: “Women have made strides in many fields in a short time. This has raised our expectations ... We want more and consider it our right.”


Spectacular shows celebrate Saudi National Day in style

Updated 21 September 2019

Spectacular shows celebrate Saudi National Day in style

  • Public will be treated to festivals, concerts and firework displays

RIYADH: With the celebrations for Saudi Arabia’s National Day is in full swing this weekend, there is no shortage of events taking place across the Kingdom.

Among the most interesting and spectacular are three international shows being staged in Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam, including a special performance by the world-famous Cirque du Soleil.

“Tariq Al-Himma” will take the audience on a unique and extraordinary artistic journey through the past, present and future of Saudi Arabia, in a show filled with national pride. You can catch the hour-long performance at the Green Halls in Riyadh from September 21 to 23, starting at 9:30 p.m. each night. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Al-Hamra Corniche in Jeddah is the location for “Star Island” on September 23 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thousands of fireworks will paint the sky with dazzling colors, accompanied by sounds, light effects and laser beams.

The world’s most popular circus show, Cirque du Soleil, presents a specially created hour-long show for Saudi National Day at the Dhahran Expo in Dammam. Featuring 40 artists performing a variety of acrobatic routines, the show begins at 9 p.m. each night until September 23.

The season of events marking the celebration of the Kingdom’s National Day, which falls on September 23, includes more than 40 entertainment, cultural and sporting events and activities across the country. They include festivals, concerts, firework displays, youth forums and public celebrations.