Latest graduates set to become global ambassadors for Saudi Arabia

The second group of graduates from the Salam Program. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 04 September 2019
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Latest graduates set to become global ambassadors for Saudi Arabia

  • The scheme aims to develop the personal skills of trainees so that they can confidently speak on behalf of their country at conferences, seminars and meetings throughout the world

RIYADH: A second group of graduates are set to become ambassadors for Saudi Arabia around the world after completing a special training program.
Students who completed the latest round of the Salam Program for Cultural Communication will represent the Kingdom at international forums as part of an initiative to raise the country’s global profile.
The scheme aims to develop the personal skills of trainees so that they can confidently speak on behalf of their country at conferences, seminars and meetings throughout the world.
Through a series of courses and workshops, the students are provided with the necessary knowledge and information to carry out the objectives of the project on an international stage.
Rawan Al-Qarni joined the program in order to be able to represent the Kingdom at international forums, and said it had developed her capabilities in a number of fields. These included how to deal with controversial media campaigns against the Kingdom, learning the rules of etiquette and international protocol, and public speaking techniques for the effective and clear delivery of messages.
Another student of the program, Fahd Al-Abdul Aziz, said that he hoped to use his new skills to promote the true image of the Kingdom and spread the spirit of global, cultural, and inter-religious communication.

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The scheme aims to develop the personal skills of trainees so that they can confidently speak on behalf of their country at conferences, seminars and meetings throughout the world.

He added that the program had been particularly helpful in giving him the opportunity to interact with officials and experts in the fields of communication, public relations, international protocol, and intercultural communication.
He recommended that any young person wishing to serve their country should join similar programs to enhance their personal skills and capabilities to influence others.
Rana Al-Awni said it had been a “great honor” to take part in the training initiative which she said had given her a range of new personal skills to represent the Kingdom. In addition, she had benefitted from the expertise of lecturers, and from a wide variety of visits organized as part of the program.
Omar Al-Shammari said he joined the program to develop his personal skills, noting that the workshops and courses had helped to achieve his aims.
He added that the young people taking part in the program would now be able to confidently represent the Kingdom at events around the globe and become top ambassadors for their country.


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

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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.