Dr. Sami bin Abdullah Al-Obaidi, chairman of the Council of Saudi Chambers

Dr. Sami bin Abdullah Al-Obaidi
Updated 05 July 2019

Dr. Sami bin Abdullah Al-Obaidi, chairman of the Council of Saudi Chambers

Dr. Sami bin Abdullah Al-Obaidi has been the chairman of the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) since June 2018. Prior to his appointment, Al-Obaidi was the vice president of the CSC.

On Thursday, Al-Obaidi held a meeting with the secretary-general and executive chairman of the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce (ABCC), Bandar Reda, and the president of the ABCC board of directors, Baroness Simon, as well as officials of the British Arab Chamber.

During the meeting, Al-Obaidi, who is currently visiting Britain, stressed the importance of investment partnerships and holding meetings between Saudi and British businessmen in order to invest in the promising opportunities of the two countries and to double the percentage of their trade. The meeting also discussed the outcomes of the Arab-British Economic Forum held on Wednesday.

Al-Obaidi is also the chairman of the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Taif and a member of the board of directors of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage since 2017.

The CSC is the official federation for the 28 Saudi Chambers. It was formed by royal decree in March 1980, and headquartered in Riyadh.

The key role of the CSC is to serve the common interests of the Saudi Chambers, support the development of the private sector and enhance its role in national development.


Hana Abdullah Alomair, Saudi film director

Updated 30 May 2020

Hana Abdullah Alomair, Saudi film director

Hana Abdullah Alomair is the director of Netflix’s first Saudi thriller original series, titled “Whispers,” which is due to begin streaming in 190 countries on June 11. 

A Saudi writer, filmmaker, and movie critic, Alomair won the Silver Palm Tree Award for best script at the Saudi Film Competition in 2008.

She gained a bachelor’s degree in Arabic-English translation from King Saud University in 1992 and four years later a master’s degree in the same field of study from Heriot-Watt University, in Scotland.

Her documentary “Beyond Words” was screened during the Gulf Film Festival in 2019 and was selected for the main competition in this year’s Muscat International Film Festival.

A member of the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts, she has worked as a head writer in writing workshops for several TV series. She was a jury member at the Saudi Film Festival held by Rotana in 2013. Her second
flick, “The Complaint,” was selected in the main competition of Tessa’s Festival for Asian and African Films in Morocco in 2014 and it won the Golden Palm
Tree Award for best short fiction film in the Saudi Film Competition in 2015.

In 2016, Alomair, together with Hind Al-Fahhad, scooped the prize for best script for the short film “Peddlers” at the King Fahd Center Short Film Competition.

She recently published a book about the Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa, and in 2017 wrote a play called “Qat Oqat.”

Last year, she wrote and directed her latest short film “Swan Song,” which won the Golden Palm Tree Award for best actor in the Saudi Film Festival.