Saudi FM meets newly appointed GCC Secretary-General

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets newly appointed GCC Secretary-General Dr. Nayef bin Falah Al-Hajjraf in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Updated 06 February 2020

Saudi FM meets newly appointed GCC Secretary-General

  • Sarkozy described Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 as a “vision for the future”

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan met Dr. Nayef bin Falah Al-Hajjraf, newly appointed secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council, in Riyadh on Wednesday.
The meeting was attended by the foreign ministry’s undersecretary for multilateral international affairs, Abdulrahman bin Ibrahim Al-Rassi.
Also on Wednesday, Prince Faisal met Qahtan Taha Khalaf, Iraq’s ambassador to the Kingdom, in Riyadh to discuss bilateral relations between the two countries and developments in Iraq.
The meeting was attended by Saeed bin Othman Suwaied, director-general of the Foreign Ministry’s General Department of the Arab States.
Prince Faisal also met former French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is taking part in the Global Cybersecurity Forum in Riyadh.
Sarkozy described the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 as a “vision for the future.”
He also highlighted the importance of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s initiatives to protecting children in the cyberworld and empower women in the field of cybersecurity.


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.