Saudi envoy honors Yemeni artists

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The artists were also introduced to SDRPY projects in various Yemeni governorates. (SPA)
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The artists were also introduced to SDRPY projects in various Yemeni governorates. (SPA)
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The artists were also introduced to SDRPY projects in various Yemeni governorates. (SPA)
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The artists were also introduced to SDRPY projects in various Yemeni governorates. (SPA)
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Updated 30 December 2019

Saudi envoy honors Yemeni artists

RIYADH: Yemeni artists participating in the Happy Yemen Night were honored in a meeting with Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Jabir, the Saudi ambassador to their country and supervisor-general of the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (SDRPY).
They discussed ways to support Yemeni culture at UNESCO. Al-Jabir emphasized the importance of promoting and preserving Yemeni art, and said the country’s civilization always embraced creativity.
He added that the SDRPY is studying a project to restore the Music Institute of Aden as part of the development projects that the program will implement in the governorate.
The artists were introduced to SDRPY projects in various Yemeni governorates. These projects have provided job opportunities, contributed to supporting the economy and improved daily life in Yemen.
Honorary shields were presented to the artists in appreciation of their efforts to promote Yemen’s culture and communicate its voice not only in the Gulf but also the wider Arab world.
The SDRPY participated in the Happy Yemen Night, held on Saturday at Abu Bakr Salem Theater in Riyadh Boulevard as part of Riyadh Season.
The event was an initiative of the General Entertainment Authority to celebrate Yemeni culture and arts. 
Distinguished Yemeni artists and the Yemeni Folklore Dance Group participated in the event, which attracted visitors of all ages from across Saudi Arabia.
The SDRPY’s participation included an exhibition to introduce visitors to development and reconstruction projects that have had a positive impact on all segments of Yemeni society. 
The exhibition included corners for portraits and Arabic calligraphy, in which Yemeni calligraphers participated.
SDRPY employees explained its development and reconstruction efforts, and the types of projects that target vital sectors in various Yemeni governorates.
The exhibition attracted diplomats and visitors interested in Yemeni affairs, including Saudi citizens and Yemeni and Arab residents.
The SDRPY supports seven vital sectors across Yemen — water and dams, energy and power, health, education, agriculture and fisheries, transport, ports and airports, and government buildings — in coordination with the country’s government and local authorities.


Reem A. Alfrayan, executive director of G20 Saudi Secretariat

Reem A. Alfrayan
Updated 20 September 2020

Reem A. Alfrayan, executive director of G20 Saudi Secretariat

  • Alfrayan received a bachelor’s degree in technical education and training, workforce development and education at Ohio State University in 2001

Dr. Reem A. Alfrayan has been the executive director of G20 Saudi Secretariat since January 2019.
Commenting on women’s empowerment in the Kingdom, she recently said on a TV show: “We’ve passed the stage of dreaming; with the help of Vision 2030, they’ve become a reality, we need new dreams now.”
She was the first woman to be appointed as assistant secretary-general at the Council of Saudi Chambers in September 2014.
Alfrayan received a bachelor’s degree in technical education and training, workforce development and education at Ohio State University in 2001.
In 2002, she earned a master’s degree in instructional technologies and media policy, and leadership from the same university.
Alfrayan obtained another master’s degree in educational leadership and organization, policy and leadership at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2013.
She did a Ph.D. in educational leadership and organization from the same university in 2014.
After obtaining her first master’s degree, she joined the Arab Open University as instructional technology unit supervisor at its headquarters in Kuwait in 2003.
Between 2005 and 2006, Alfrayan served as a training specialist with a project launched by the General Authority for Tourism and Antiquities.
She then joined King Abdul Aziz Medical City as an administrative planning and processing development officer.
She also served as general manager of businesswomen’s affairs at the Council of Saudi Chambers from October 2007 to January 2010.
Alfrayan also actively participates in volunteer work.