Faisal bin Abdullah Al-Yemeni, head of Saudi Arabia’s Renewable Energy Project Development Office

Faisal bin Abdullah Al-Yemeni
Updated 11 September 2019

Faisal bin Abdullah Al-Yemeni, head of Saudi Arabia’s Renewable Energy Project Development Office

Faisal bin Abdullah Al-Yemeni has been appointed head of Saudi Arabia’s Renewable Energy Project Development Office (REPDO).

REPDO is the developer of the Kingdom’s 400-megawatt Dumat Al-Jandal on-shore wind energy project, and the 300-megawatt Sakaka solar photovoltaic scheme, both of which will contribute to Saudi Arabia’s target of generating 27.3 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2024 and 58.7 gigawatts by 2030.

Following the success of the Dumat Al-Jandal project, REPDO launched a tendering process earlier this year for six new projects with a combined energy capacity of 1.47 gigawatts. 

Al-Yemeni has more than 15 years’ experience in the energy industry, and was previously the chief executive officer of GCC Assets Investment and Development Co. 

During his career, Al-Yemeni worked at Saudi Aramco as head of power systems support in its investment division and was the oil giant’s international operations chief. He has also held positions across multiple functions in the business industry at Showa Shell and Schlumberger.

Al-Yemeni gained master’s degrees in business management from IMD Business School, in Switzerland, and sustainable electrical power from Brunel University London, and holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran.

As head of REPDO, Al-Yemeni will oversee the Kingdom’s renewable energy program.


Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

Updated 17 November 2019

Arabic anime voice actors prepare for new show at Riyadh expo

  • Waheed Jalal's voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations

RIYADH: Visitors to Riyadh’s first anime expo stopped by the first panel on Saturday unaware that they would be leaving the stage with memories renewed of their favorite voice actors of all time.

Waheed Jalal and Jihad Al-Atrashi will forever live on in the hearts of fans of “Grendizer” and “Treasure Island (Takarajima),” the two shows that introduced the Arab world to anime in the 1970s.

Jalal, whose voice acting as “Treasure Island” antagonist John Silver has captivated generations, expressed how delighted he was to be with the audience.

“I want to thank you and your Kingdom of generosity and culture,” he said.

Al-Atrash, who portrayed Duke Fleed, echoed his sentiments: “You are great people with great values, thank you to the people of the Kingdom that stand next to people of all nations.”

Jalal was touched by the audience’s love and warm welcome, “You guys are the reason we continued this far, without you it wouldn’t have been possible,” he told them.

“We’re persevering to this day because people loved these characters we portrayed so much, our other works pale in comparison,” he added.

Jalal said that the reason “Grendizer” remained with so many people is because of the values and morals depicted in the show, teaching generations to be loyal and loving to their nation and their people.

Artist and creator Ibrahim Al-Lami. (AN photo by Huda Bashatah)

The voice acting pair talked about the importance of speaking in formal Arabic in these shows. Jalal said it’s because “you’re presenting to the entire Arab world.”

Local dialects would be difficult for others to understand, so we must all aspire to perfect our formal Arabic, added Jalal.

Before concluding the talk, a teaser was played of the first Saudi anime “Makkeen” by artist and creator, Ibrahim Al-Lami, who announced that 60 percent of the work was completed through local efforts.

“We’ll introduce a new work that is by our people, written by our people and voiced by our people,” he said to the audience.

The work will feature characters voiced by Jalal and Al-Atrash, who have become symbolic to the Arab anime world. “I told them, this work wouldn’t be complete without you two,” said Lami on his choice of voice actors. “We want these works to see the light of day. We need to provide the new generations with tales of our own,” added Al-Atrash when asked why he wanted to partake in the anime.