US business delegation visits Saudi chamber of commerce

The chamber’s logistics chief added that the Kingdom currently owned 13 international and 14 domestic airports. (SPA)
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Updated 09 December 2019

US business delegation visits Saudi chamber of commerce

  • Al-Jabri noted the strong links between the Kingdom and the US and the depth of the two countries’ trade and economic relations

DAMMAM: An American commercial delegation, headed by CEO of the US-Saudi Arabian Business Council (USSABC) Del Roosevelt, visited the Eastern Province (Asharqia) Chamber of Commerce.

The delegation met with Bandar bin Rafie Al-Jabri, chamber board member and head of its logistics committee, in the presence of Abdul Hakim Al-Khaldi, chamber board chairman, Najeeb Al-Saihati, a board member, Abdul Rahman Al-Wabil, the chamber’s secretary-general, Abdullah Jum’a, head of the Saudi side of the USSABC, and Rachna Kurhonen, the American consul in Dhahran.

Al-Jabri noted the strong links between the Kingdom and the US and the depth of the two countries’ trade and economic relations. He pointed out that the Kingdom was witnessing a major economic and industrial boom as it kept pace with global developments in the logistical sector in order to achieve the goals of the Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan.

The chamber’s logistics chief added that the Kingdom currently owned 13 international and 14 domestic airports, at which the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) was responsible for safety, operations and navigation services.

A number of new airports were also being built, he said, such as King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah and Neom Bay Airport in the north of the country. It was expected that the Red Sea Airport, designed to serve 1 million passengers annually, will start operating by 2022.

Roosevelt said that the main goal of the meeting was to search for promising investment opportunities and feasible projects offered by the most prominent manufacturers operating in the airports’ sector. Moreover, there were great commercial opportunities in the Saudi aviation industry, he added.

Meanwhile, Jum’a said that the USSABC had played an important role in developing and expanding trade cooperation between American and Saudi companies since its establishment in 1993.
 


Hana Abdullah Alomair, Saudi film director

Updated 30 May 2020

Hana Abdullah Alomair, Saudi film director

Hana Abdullah Alomair is the director of Netflix’s first Saudi thriller original series, titled “Whispers,” which is due to begin streaming in 190 countries on June 11. 

A Saudi writer, filmmaker, and movie critic, Alomair won the Silver Palm Tree Award for best script at the Saudi Film Competition in 2008.

She gained a bachelor’s degree in Arabic-English translation from King Saud University in 1992 and four years later a master’s degree in the same field of study from Heriot-Watt University, in Scotland.

Her documentary “Beyond Words” was screened during the Gulf Film Festival in 2019 and was selected for the main competition in this year’s Muscat International Film Festival.

A member of the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts, she has worked as a head writer in writing workshops for several TV series. She was a jury member at the Saudi Film Festival held by Rotana in 2013. Her second
flick, “The Complaint,” was selected in the main competition of Tessa’s Festival for Asian and African Films in Morocco in 2014 and it won the Golden Palm
Tree Award for best short fiction film in the Saudi Film Competition in 2015.

In 2016, Alomair, together with Hind Al-Fahhad, scooped the prize for best script for the short film “Peddlers” at the King Fahd Center Short Film Competition.

She recently published a book about the Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa, and in 2017 wrote a play called “Qat Oqat.”

Last year, she wrote and directed her latest short film “Swan Song,” which won the Golden Palm Tree Award for best actor in the Saudi Film Festival.