Majid bin Abdul Rahim bin Salem Al-Ghanmi, deputy minister of labor and social development

Majid bin Abdul Rahim bin Salem Al-Ghanmi
Updated 01 September 2019
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Majid bin Abdul Rahim bin Salem Al-Ghanmi, deputy minister of labor and social development

Majid bin Abdul Rahim bin Salem Al-Ghanmi is the new deputy minister of labor and social development.

King Salman named Al-Ghanmi as deputy minister of labor and social development after relieving Dr. Tamader bint Youssef Al-Rammah from her post.

Al-Ghanmi has 23 years of experience in various international and local organizations, dealing with many fields including information technology, health care, telecommunications, manufacturing, banking services and aviation.

He holds an MBA and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in computer science from King Saud University.

Al-Ghanmi also worked for the Saudi British Bank, where he served as chief operating officer from 2006. 

He held the position of director of general technology and services with the joint venture between the US-based company Computer Associates Software and Xenel from 2004 to 2006. Before that, he was director of integration of electronic services with the Saudi Telecommunications Co. between 2003 and 2004, and CEO of Cerner Projects from 2001 to 2003.

Al-Ghanmi also served as network and database manager for British Air Systems from 1998 to 2001. He was a systems engineer at Lucent Technologies from 1996 to 1998, and the owner, manager and agent of Jeppesen Sanderson, a company owned by Böning, from 1994 to 1996.


King Abdul Aziz lookalike to star in new Saudi Movie 'Born a King'

Updated 19 September 2019

King Abdul Aziz lookalike to star in new Saudi Movie 'Born a King'

  • Rakan Abdulwahid is the 32-year-old Saudi actor who plays King Abdul Aziz
  • The rapper, singer, designer, model and now actor considers himself a 'Saudi ambassador of arts to the US' 

RIYADH: With his long dreadlocked hair, handsome Arabian looks and a quiet disposition, Rakan Abdulwahid is the 32-year-old Saudi actor who plays King Abdul Aziz in “Born a King.”

His family history runs deep with the Al-Saud family. “My great grandfather fought alongside King Abdul Aziz,” Rakan told Arab News.  

His family’s lineage goes back to the days of King Abdulaziz as they are considered the official “Al-Arda” dance performers. They have been performing the pre-war and celebratory dance for over a century, before the founding of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

His uncle, Salah Abdulwahid, is featured in the movie, as the main Al-Arda performer.

The Saudi actor felt a connection to the founder of the Kingdom, not only physically resembling the king, but also embodying his charisma.

Before the shooting of the movie, he began reading up on anything he could get his hands on to learn more about the founder’s personality, to try and pefect his character and do him justice on the big screen.

Born in the US and raised in the Kingdom, and an avid athlete in his youth, he was a soccer player until he broke his hip in a tournament.

 

 

The multitalented actor not only shines through on the big screen, but is a rapper, singer, model and designer. As a lover of the arts in all forms, he believes that culture can build bridges across the world.

He has vowed to represent his country in a positive manner while breaking stereotypes about Saudi Arabia. He also speaks French, English and Spanish fluently.

The actor obtained four degrees in just 7 years, having majored in industrial engineering with a minor in business and math from Northeastern University.

He later continued his education and received his master’s in engineering project management and an MBA certificate in global supply chain management. However, that didn’t stop him from taking law classes at Harvard for a semester.

As a child he would write 300-page stories, cooked passionately and danced with abandonment.

He returned to his homeland to play one of the most influential people in the Kingdom’s history: Its founder King Abdul Aziz.