Dr. Shabab Al-Ghamdi, secretary-general of the Council of Cooperative Health Insurance

Dr. Shabab Al-Ghamdi
Updated 11 September 2019
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Dr. Shabab Al-Ghamdi, secretary-general of the Council of Cooperative Health Insurance

Dr. Shabab Al-Ghamdi has been secretary-general of the Council of Cooperative Health Insurance since January 2019.

Previously, he was general manager of the Medical Services Purchasing Department at the Ministry of Health between 2017 and 2018. He worked as an adviser to the ministry between 2016 and 2017.

Al-Ghamdi spent more than 16 years working at Saudi Aramco’s medical section in various positions, such as medical director of the Saudi Aramco Medical Services Organization.

He began his career in Aramco in 1998 as a physician in the city of Dhahran. He was a family physician and quality improvement physician from 2002 to 2005.

Al-Ghamdi holds a bachelor’s degree in medicine, specializing in surgery, from King Saud University.

He received the ACPE accreditation from the American College of Physician Executives. He completed his Family Medicine Residency Program, and was certified as a family physician by Canada’s College of Family Physicians in 2002.

Recently, a delegation from the Council of Cooperative Health Insurance visited the Department of Health in Abu Dhabi to discuss ways to enhance cooperation.

Al-Ghamdi said the visit was part of the council’s strategy to develop the health insurance system in the private sector.


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.