TheFace: Alanoud Al-Rammah, general manager of International Advertising Co.

Alanoud Al-Rammah. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 03 May 2019

TheFace: Alanoud Al-Rammah, general manager of International Advertising Co.

Alanoud Al-Rammah I am the general manager of Al-Rammah International Advertising Co. (ADMEX).

I am the second daughter in my family, and have four sisters and one brother. I was born in Alkhobar, and my family is my biggest source of support and encouragement.

My role model in life is my mother and in work it is my father — Allah bless them. My father is the main supporter in my field, followed by my brother Naif who supports me in everything at work, from counseling to generating ideas.

My elder sister Nouf is married and lives in Kuwait. She regularly keeps up with my work and is constantly supporting me. My younger sister Mounira and my youngest twin sisters Sara and Noura are always there when I need them.

I am a member of the board of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Eastern Province, having been appointed by the Minister of Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qassabi in 2018.

I started my journey with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry from 2002 until today, acquiring different positions and joining different committees such as the Hospitality and Entertainment Committee, and the Young Business Women Committee, which I was the president of, operating under the Prince Sultan Fund for Women’s Development. The committee focused on empowering women.

I have also been a board member of the Saudi Society for Quality since 2015 and I have been the current head of their business sector since 2018.  I joined the Council of Saudi Chambers as a member of the coordinating council for women’s empowerment this year, and I have been a member of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage since 2018, and became a member of the advisory board of Dhahran Exhibitions in the same year.

In 2017, I headed the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the Eastern Province’s first delegation of the Young Business Women’s Committee in Spain.

I hold a diploma in Management Information Systems (MIS) from King Faisal University, which I attained in 2003. I started over by attaining a bachelor’s of science in Information Technology (IT) from the University of Phoenix in 2010, and pursued my Exhibition Management Degree (EMD) from the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) in 2014. 

I established ADMEX while I was still in high school in 1999. ADMEX consists of three departments: Event management, advertising, and training and workshops. 

I started working at Saudi Aramco in 2002 while I was still pursuing my diploma from King Faisal University. I worked in the IT department for two years, and for another two years in the human resources department. I left Saudi Aramco in 2006 to dedicate myself to the family business. 

I have been a board member of Al-Rammah International Holding Co., which is also a family business, since 2006. Al-Rammah International Holding Co. includes a number of companies in fields such as food, information technology, organization and management of events, a training institute in various disciplines, a financial consulting company and a construction company. • AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj


US court orders Iran to pay $879m to 1996 Khobar bombing survivors

Updated 10 July 2020

US court orders Iran to pay $879m to 1996 Khobar bombing survivors

  • The court ruled that the Iranian government directed and provided material for the attack
  • The Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia were housing US forces when it was bombed in 1996

JEDDAH: A US federal court has held Iran responsible for the 1996 bombing of the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia where US forces were housed, and ordered it to pay $879 million to survivors.

The Khobar Towers was a housing complex in the eastern city of Alkhobar, near the Abdulaziz Air Base and Saudi Aramco’s headquarters in Dhahran, that housed American servicemen working on Operation Southern Watch.

A truck bomb was detonated on June 25, 1996, near an eight-story building of the housing complex. It killed 19 US Air Force personnel and a Saudi national, wounding 498 others.

The court ruled that the Iranian government directed and provided material support to Hezbollah who detonated the 5,000-pound truck bomb, a Chicago law firm press release said. The attackers reportedly smuggled the explosives used in the attack from Lebanon.

A Saudi political analyst and international relations scholar said that imposing monetary fines was insufficient.

“One can understand monetary fines in the case of their ‘accidental’ shooting down of a civilian aircraft recently, but in these terrorist bombings, there should be a military response,” Dr. Hamdan Al-Shehri told Arab News. “A response that should be a deterrent. A response that should stop Iran from committing such acts of terror. Iran should not be allowed to get away by merely paying a couple of million dollars.” 

He said that this attack was not the only one that had been carried out by Iran and its militias. “They have been responsible for many such bombings and assassinations. We know how they assassinated former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri. They are yet to be punished for that heinous crime.”

He said there was no doubt about the direct involvement of Iran in that bombing. “It is good to know that the US court has confirmed what we knew all along and it is good that Iran has been finally held accountable.” 

Harvard scholar and Iranian affairs expert Majid Rafizadeh said: “This is further evidence that Iran is a major state sponsor of terrorism, a destabilizing force, and is engaged in financial, political and military support for militias and designated terrorist groups across the Middle East and in the West, with the aim of exporting its extremist ideals through terror, expanding its influence and achieving its hegemonic ambitions.”


 

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The lawsuit was brought under the terrorism exception of the US Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act by the 14 injured US airmen and 21 of their immediate family members.

The defendants in the case were listed as the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security.

“We will continue to seek to hold the Government of Iran accountable for this terrorist attack as long as is necessary,” said Adora Sauer, the lead attorney of MM LAW LLC.

US District Judge Beryl A. Howell found the defendants liable and awarded the plaintiffs $132 million for pain and suffering, as well as prejudgment interest, for a total compensatory damage award of $747 million and $132 million for punitive damages.

 


The court also said the plaintiffs were eligible for partial payments from the US Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund, which compensates American victims of acts of international terrorism with funds obtained from fines and forfeitures levied against companies caught illegally laundering money for sanctioned countries and persons.

The attorneys also intend to pursue enforcement of the judgments through litigation intended to seize Iranian assets.

“The physical and psychological toll on our families has been extremely high, but this judgment is welcome news,” said Glenn Christie, a retired Air Force staff sergeant crew chief who was severely injured in the bombing. “More than 20 years on, we want the world to remember the evil that Iran did at the Khobar Towers. Through the work of our attorneys, we intend to do just that.” 

According to John Urquhart of the Urquhart Law Firm, which also represents the bombing victims, the explosion had taken “so much from their minds and bodies” on the day of the attack and every day and night since then. “They can now live with that balance justice provides,” he said.