TheFace: Ohoud Alhaqbani, Saudi educator

Ohoud Alhaqbani with her husband, Sultan, and their twin daughters. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 06 September 2019

TheFace: Ohoud Alhaqbani, Saudi educator

  • Overseeing young professionals in the field, I am overwhelmed by the abundance of talent and hard work before me

Ohoud Alhaqbani I am the eldest of five siblings, and my mother’s only child. I am also a wife, and the mother of beautiful twins. My mother raised me by herself, and her main value in life is education and work.
I attribute my success to her — a magnificent woman, the strongest most pure-hearted woman I know. She is my idol and the reason I am where I am today. Through her determination, she taught me that I can chase my dreams and make them come true. Through her gentleness, she taught me what pure love is and how to project it. I simply grew up looking up to her, hoping that one day I could be half the woman she is.
Since I was young I knew what my passion was and what career path I wanted to pursue. I knew that I wanted to be in education, and I studied special education at King Saud University before gaining a master’s degree in teaching people with autism through the Arabian Gulf University in Bahrain’s program for intellectual disability and autism.
During my studies, my mother was my number one supporter. She encouraged me to give back to society and help kids and parents improve their lives. Therefore, when I came back I worked with kids with autism and trained their parents.
Currently, I am the head of the early intervention unit at the Mohammed bin Salman Autism Center at Prince Sultan Medical City. Overseeing young professionals in the field, I am overwhelmed by the abundance of talent and hard work before me. With hard work comes success, and in the future I see myself obtaining my doctorate, contributing to the advancement of my field and, one day, owning my own clinic.
Sultan, my husband, has been nothing but supportive of my journey. While I’m drowning in all sorts of obligations in my life, he has been by my side, a true partner that stepped in whenever he felt I needed it. I am thankful to him and I am where I am today because of his support.
Most importantly, what fuels my passion today are my two lovely daughters. Wanting to set a good example in both their personal and professional lives, my achievements are directed toward inspiring them and providing for them, and their future brothers and sisters.
 


US Consulate General in Dhahran celebrates 244 years of independence, 75 years of US-Saudi partnership

Updated 20 February 2020

US Consulate General in Dhahran celebrates 244 years of independence, 75 years of US-Saudi partnership

  • Consul General Rachna Korhonen: I want to say thank you to the amazing people of Sharqiya who remind me every day how warm, wonderful, welcoming, hospitable, and kind Saudis are
  • Although US Independence Day is July 4, the consulate traditionally celebrates the occasion in the spring due to the pleasant weather this time of the year

DHAHRAN: The US Consulate General in Dhahran hosted its 2020 National Day reception on Feb. 19 to celebrate 244 years of American Independence, and the 75th anniversary of the historic meeting between US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Saudi King Abdul Aziz aboard the USS Quincy.

Consul General Rachna Korhonen and her husband Juha Korhonen welcomed the deputy governor of the Eastern Province, Khalid Al-Battal, and deputy governor of Alkhobar, Abdullah bin Ali Al-Seef, as the guests of honor.

Although US Independence Day is July 4, the consulate traditionally celebrates the occasion in the spring due to the pleasant weather this time of the year.

“Seventy-five years ago, two great leaders met aboard the USS Quincy. President Franklin Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz met to chart the future of our bilateral ties. This first encounter between a US president and a Saudi King laid the foundation for the broad strategic partnership the US and Saudi Arabia share today. Beyond partnership, President Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz forged a personal friendship that is at the heart of the strong ties our two countries share today,” said Korhonen.

She added: “As the first woman to be consul general here, it has been an exciting journey for me. I arrived to Dhahran in August 2017, to a country undergoing remarkable changes.  Vision 2030 has opened new possibilities, tourism opportunities are growing, women are driving and attending sporting events. I have said this many times and it is still true: I have the best job in the best place at the best time.

“Most of all, I want to say thank you to the amazing people of Sharqiya (Eastern Province) who remind me every day how warm, wonderful, welcoming, hospitable, and kind Saudis are. I have made friendships that I know are going to last me a lifetime. When I leave here this summer, I will certainly leave a piece of my heart here but I also plan to take a little piece of your heart with me.”