Ayman Al-Fallaj, CEO of THIQAH Business Services

Ayman Al-Fallaj
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Updated 03 July 2020

Ayman Al-Fallaj, CEO of THIQAH Business Services

Ayman Al-Fallaj has been the chief executive officer of THIQAH Business Services since 2017. Between 2012 and 2017, he was chief financial officer of the corporation, which is a leading provider of smart solutions and creative services for the business sector in Saudi Arabia.

He has also been a board member of the Saudi Venture Capital Co. and the Saudi Mass Participation Federation since 2018, and the Bayan Credit Bureau since 2016.

Al-Fallaj gained a master’s degree in finance from the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, in the Irish capital Dublin.

Prior to his current position, he worked in investment banking at Greensea Capital, in London between 2011 and 2012, and was a senior planning financial analysis manager at Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) from 2012 to 2013.

The Entrustment and Liquidation Center (Infath) and THIQAH Business Services recently signed an agreement to adopt the electronic auction platform for Thiqa, an approved sales channel for the sales agents to whom the center assigns liquidation projects. The accord was signed by Al-Fallaj and the CEO of Infath, Turki Al-Khalaif.

Electronic auctions are an effective way to enhance competitiveness and transparency in sales and liquidations, and provide better reach to the public, which contributes to preserving the value of the assets to be sold, the speed of completion of sales, and the return of rights to their owners.

In return, the agreement will regulate the technical requirements and rules of sale of the electronic platform to achieve a high standard of governance associated with monitoring operations, while reducing manipulation or fraud, ensuring adherence to the center’s supervisory rules and procedures, and enabling good sales agents to raise business standards and output quality.


Uthman Taha: ‘I wish the verses about heaven would never end’

Taha is the official calligrapher of the Qur’an at the King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur’an in Madinah. The 86-year-old is still in the recovery phase, his wife said, and has been advised to rest and to avoid stress. (Supplied)
Updated 15 August 2020

Uthman Taha: ‘I wish the verses about heaven would never end’

  • The Syrian Qur’an writer, regarded as one of the world’s finest calligraphers, is on the road to recovery following his recent hospital admission

MAKKAH: Syrian calligrapher Uthman Taha is in good health and recovering at home after a 13-day stay in a hospital where he was treated for what he and his wife initially suspected to be the novel coronavirus COVID-19, although he ultimately tested negative for the virus.

Taha is the official calligrapher of the Qur’an at the King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur’an in Madinah. His wife, Fatimah Umm Al-Nour, said Taha had a chest infection during his stay at the hospital and stressed that he had been “careful and took all the precautionary measures” and that he had not left the house for five months before his hospital visit.
The 86-year-old calligrapher is still in the recovery phase, his wife said, and has been advised to rest and to avoid stress. She praised his doctors, who have consistently checked in with the couple since Taha returned home, and added that she has tested negative for COVID-19 too.
Taha is regarded as one of the most skilled calligraphers in the Arab world. Al-Nour told Arab News that he continues to practice calligraphy daily.
Taha, who has written the Qur’an 12 times at the King Fahd Complex, was born in 1934 and attended school in Aleppo. His father was also a skilled calligrapher, who used the Ruq’ah script, and Taha studied with several of Syria’s finest calligraphers including Mohammed Al-Mawlawi, Mohammed Al-Khatib, Hussein Al-Turki, and Ibrahim Al-Rifai.
When he moved to Damascus for university, Taha began to learn other scripts, including Thuluth, Naskh (in which he is now considered a master), and Farsi. He received his calligraphy certificate from master calligrapher Hamed Al-Amadi in 1973.
He arrived in Saudi Arabia in 1988, and began work as a calligrapher at the King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur’an in Madinah. He writes the Qur’an in the Ottoman script, and copies of his work have been distributed throughout the Islamic world.
What makes Taha’s work unique is that each page of the Qur’an that he writes concludes at the end of a verse. The secret, he explains, is to simplify the words — which is the origin of the Kufic script in which the Qur’an has been written since the days of Prophet Muhammad’s companions — keeping the letters close to one another.
Taha spent years perfecting his technique of evenly distributing the words in every line so that the space between the lettering is consistent throughout every page of every book, which means eliminating many of the script combinations that make such consistency difficult.
He explained to Arab News that when he is working on his Qur’an calligraphy he is transported: “When I begin writing the Holy Qur’an, I resort to solitude to allow myself to be invested in the verses and their interpretation, forgetting about the world around me,” he said. “I wish the verses about Jannah (heaven) would never end, and my hand trembles when I write the verses about Jahannam (hell).”