Shoura Council Speaker meets newly appointed Saudi ambassadors

Updated 24 April 2019

Shoura Council Speaker meets newly appointed Saudi ambassadors

  • Al-Sheikh congratulated the ambassadors on their appointment, and underlined the importance of the council in the governing of the country and in establishing links with parliaments around the world

RIYADH: Saudi Shoura Council Speaker Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh said on Tuesday the newly appointed Saudi ambassadors have a central role in strengthening ties with the Kingdom’s partners.

Al-Sheikh welcomed ambassadors to the US, Indonesia, Georgia and Cameroon to the council headquarters in Riyadh.

He congratulated the ambassadors on their appointment, and underlined the importance of the council in the governing of the country and in establishing links with parliaments around the world.

The envoys said they recognized the role of the council in strengthening ties between the Kingdom and other countries through mutual visits and parliamentary friendship committees.

Al-Sheikh also highlighted the Shoura Council’s role in national decision-making and parliamentary diplomacy.

The Shoura Council speaker is scheduled to visit Pakistan today. He has been invited by Pakistan’s Senate Chairman Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani to further the bilateral relationship between the two countries and boost cooperation in the fields of trade and investment, according to a statement issued by the chairman Senate’s office.

“The visit is a continuation of the Parliamentary linkage firmed up by a visit of chairman senate of Pakistan to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia last year,” the statement added.

During the visit, the visiting Saudi official will hold meetings with Pakistan's top civil and military leadership including President Dr. Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chairman Sanjrani, Speaker of the National Assembly Asad Qaiser and army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Other than the high profile engagements, the delegation will also be given guided tours to Pakistan Ordnance Factory, Ministry of Planning, Development and Reforms, and Ministry of Ports and Shipping at the Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services on where officials will brief the visiting delegation on China Pakistan Economic Corridor and the development work and future prospects of Gwadar respectively.


TheFace: Deema Al-Jaafari, Saudi entrepreneur

Updated 2 min 54 sec ago

TheFace: Deema Al-Jaafari, Saudi entrepreneur

  • I truly believe that if you set limits to your abilities you will never be able to exceed them
  • I founded Teak Woodwork in Alkhobar which has extended its services to cities including Jeddah and Riyadh

For nine years, I was the only child in my family. My father was a very independent, strong character and I learned a lot from him.

Having started from zero, he taught me to work hard, seek perfection and always believe that anything was possible if you set your mind to it. 

My mother was very easy going and encouraging. She really believed in me and was always supportive. There was a balance at home for me with these two different characters.

Some people might think that being an only child for quite some time, I was spoiled and dependent. But that was never the case and I have an amazing relationship with my little sister Maha; she is my best friend.

My father works in pharmaceuticals and is chairman of the board of directors at Al-Dawaa Medical Services.

My mother was a schoolteacher before entering the world of business, and my sister is a chemical engineer. Though we are a very diverse family, we all have an appreciation for art which is evident in our household. My mother is an artist and art collector too.

I do not have a role model; there are many people I look up to in the business world and in my social life. 

I studied software engineering and worked in that field for almost a year, but although I learnt a lot I wanted more from my career. Software engineering made me think and solve problems in a different way and it played a major role in how I operate in the field of business.

I worked at Al-Dawaa for almost two years and found that I was more attracted to business and marketing than the technical side of things. That is when I decided to take on the family business, Waleed Al-Jaafari Establishment.

I run PIECES, a retail store I founded in Alkhobar in 2012 and later opened a branch in Riyadh in 2014. Now, we are working to make it an online business too.

I noticed that there was a demand in the Kingdom for custom-made furniture, and although some stores offered the service there was little choice. So, I decided to provide high-quality furniture made in Saudi Arabia.

In 2015 I founded Teak Woodwork in Alkhobar which has extended its services to cities including Jeddah and Riyadh. My father has other branches dealing with different fields, but I opted to run the retail store and woodwork services. 

I truly believe that if you set limits to your abilities you will never be able to exceed them. Once you realize that there are no limits, all doors will open for you.