Princess Reema bint Bandar: Walking in her father’s footsteps

This combination picture shows Prince Bandar bin Sultan (left) at his office in the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington D.C. 35 years ago, and his daughter, Princess Reema bint Bandar, on her assumption of the post on July 4, 2019. (Supplied photo)
Updated 18 July 2019

Princess Reema bint Bandar: Walking in her father’s footsteps

  • Sworn in as Saudi Arabia's top diplomat to the US on April 16, Princess Reema is the Kingdom's first female ambassador
  • Some 35 years earlier, her father performed the same oath, holding the prestigious post from 1984-2005

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the US, Princess Reema bint Bandar, caused a stir on social media after an image of her standing in her new office in Washington DC became public, taken in the same office as was occupied by her father, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, 35 years ago.

The prince had a similar portrait taken of himself when he was appointed ambassador, and many Twitter and Instagram users reposted the two images side by side. Some commented on how the newly appointed ambassador was “walking in her father’s footsteps” with one adding “like father, like daughter.” Young Saudis continued to repost the images with messages of good luck, as the ambassador started her new role. 

Prominent Saudi writer Hussein Shobokshi wrote: “Her father’s daughter … Ambassador Rima bint Bandar bin Sultan.”

 


Oman resumes issuance of work visas, tourist visas still on hold

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Oman resumes issuance of work visas, tourist visas still on hold

  • Visa permits are valid for 15 months from the date of issuance
  • Revenues of three to five-star hotels in the Sultanate fell 60.2 percent as of end-October

DUBAI: Individuals who have been cleared by Oman’s Ministry of Labor can now apply for work visas online, daily Times of Oman reported.
“Non-Omani workers and housemaid visas can be applied for electronically. Applications can be submitted either through the Royal Oman Police website, or through Sanad offices. At the moment, however, applications for tourism visas are still suspended,” the daily quoted an unnamed senior Royal Oman Police official.
Visa permits are valid for 15 months from the date of issuance, hence, those who received them but were unable to process their visa applications due to the COVID-19 pandemic can now do so, Times of Oman added.
As for those without a permit yet, “the ministry is working on providing permission to apply for work visas,” the daily quoted an official from the Ministry of Labor.
Meanwhile, revenues of three to five-star hotels in the Sultanate fell 60.2 percent as of end-October to $18.38 million from $46.2 million of the same period last year.
Hotel occupancy rate dropped by 53.9 percent in the first 10 months of 2020 to 646,841 guests, down from 1.4 million during the same time last year, Oman Times reported.