Badr Zuhair Fayez is a Saudi chef and businessman with an extensive history of working in the food and beverage industry.
Fayez was recently appointed as a board member of the Culinary Arts Authority headed by chef Mayada Badr.
He was selected by Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan.
Fayez has contributed to the establishment of several creative businesses in the food industry in Saudi Arabia and abroad.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts and an MBA in marketing from the College of Culinary Arts at the Johnson & Wales University, Rhode Island. He also holds a degree from Le Cordon Bleu institute in basic cuisine.
Fayez gained experience abroad with an internship at the Grand Hotel in Vienna, by working as a pastry chef in Italy, and through spending time shadowing chefs during a culinary expedition in Southeast Asia.
He then returned to his home town Jeddah, aiming to introduce revolutionary concepts to the local food industry, and opened multiple restaurants and a bakery there.
In March this year, he partnered with Adlah Al-Sharhan, a celebrity chef from Kuwait, to launch Bowlila in Los Angeles, US.
Bowlila is a brand built around chickpeas as a healthy and low-carb protein, introducing a new bowl concept that taps into the plant-based, low carb fast-food movement.
Fayez is a partner and CEO of Badr Fayez Catering Co. and Midwam Edutainment. Both are based in Jeddah. His catering company’s focus is to develop an innovative perception of food and elevate Saudi cuisine.
He is also a member of the international advisory board at the Saudi Culinary Academy.
Fayez has made many appearances on live cooking shows and is former Top Chef, Master Chef Arabia judge.
His latest appearances were on the “Dabbir Aklek” show, which is the Arabic version of a BBC action-adventure cooking contest titled “No Kitchen Required,” in 2018.
The series takes five prominent chefs from the Arab world out of their comfort zones and drops them into remote areas around the world where they have to work together with locals to hunt, gather and cook meals using traditional methods.
Saudi Arabia’s first philosophy journal breaks new ground
Philosophers from outside the Arab world contributed to the first issue, specifically from Germany and the US
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JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s first philosophy journal has been issued, with its editor-in-chief saying that the country was witnessing a “tangible philosophical renaissance.”
The Saudi Journal of Philosophical Studies (SJPS) was launched by the cultural platform Mana, which was set up two years ago.
According to its editor in chief, Sarah Al-Rajhi, the principal aim of the journal was to help researchers in the Kingdom, the Arab world and the West to publish their work without any financial cost and in line with accurate scientific standards.
“Philosophy indicates the position of knowledge within any culture,” she told Arab News. “It is no secret that Saudi Arabia is currently witnessing a tangible philosophical renaissance that should have culminated in the launch of a refereed academic philosophical journal. At Mana, we aim to train researchers in philosophical writing and create a kind of accumulation in this regard. We do this on our online platform, and more systematically in our peer-reviewed journal.”
She said that the SJPS advisory board included 12 leading thinkers and philosophers from the Arab world and the West, and that this number was appropriate because each member represented an orientation and school of thought.
The scholars were chosen on the basis of precise criteria, the most important of which were their research, their recognition by the scientific research community, their “abundant philosophical production” and their geographical distribution.
The advisory board includes members from Saudi Arabia, the US, Australia, the UK, Senegal, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Algeria.
Al-Rajhi said that the SJPS had received a large number of research papers in different languages from many countries since its launch.
“We subjected this research to close referees as the journal has a list of highly qualified referees. We apologized to some researchers whose research did not meet the required publishing standards, and we provided them with the referees’ reports that include important notes and instructions in order to help them address the deficiencies in their research and develop them.”
• The Saudi Journal of Philosophical Studies (SJPS) was launched by the cultural platform Mana, which was set up two years ago.
• The SJPS advisory board includes 12 leading thinkers and philosophers from the Arab world and the West.
• Among the open access articles are a paper from the US-Lebanese philosopher Raja Halwani.
• Another article is from Mohamed Mohamed Madian, philosophy professor at the University of Cairo.
Philosophers from outside the Arab world contributed to the first issue, specifically from Germany and the US.
The first edition of the SJPS was applauded by elite cultural figures and entities, including Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan. He tweeted the issue announcement, adding: “Such a great step to enrich Saudi philosophical content.”
Al-Rajhi, in turn, expressed her gratitude for the support that the Saudi cultural community received from the ministry.
“With your continuing encouragement and support to the knowledge and cultural movement in Saudi Arabia, the future will even be brighter with more and more steps,” she replied.
She said that some of the journal’s articles were free to access for readers on the Mana platform and that issues would also be sent to Saudi and Arab universities.
Al-Rajhi, who is the co-founder of Mana, said the journal could contribute to strengthening the Kingdom’s philosophical movement and that the encouragement of academic publishing in the field of philosophy was the pinnacle of this movement.
“To write a philosophical paper in a systematic way that adheres to the accuracy and academic standards in writing, and for the scientific community to read what you write, is a great thing and a beginning that can be both built and expanded upon. Moreover, we believe that the international character of the SJPS allows Saudi researchers to learn about the research output of their colleagues around the world.”
Al-Rajhi explained what distinguished the SJPS from other Arab and international refereed journals. It did not just present research papers, but a variety of content.
“This content included an introductory essay on a philosophical topic, an introductory essay about a philosopher, an introduction to a research project, translations of two valuable texts from English into Arabic, and finally a statistical analysis of the publications of the most important international publishing houses in the second half of 2020.”
She said there was a clear philosophical activity in Saudi Arabia that nobody could ignore and that it was part of the country’s general cultural activity, adding that had it not been for the “official institutions’ support of this activity, it would not have appeared this way.”
The next desired step within the Saudi philosophy community was to teach the subject in the country’s universities as an independent academic discipline, she said.
“We have tried to create a kind of intersection between philosophy and academia, and we are hopeful that it will be a step that paves the way toward establishing the first departments of philosophical studies in Saudi universities.”
Among the open access articles are a paper from the US-Lebanese philosopher Raja Halwani, who is a philosophy professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
In his abstract for the “Virtue of Integrity,” Halwani writes there is a powerful argument that integrity is not a virtue because it would be a redundant virtue, or what he calls the “redundancy objection.”
He said that integrity was usually tested when the agent was under pressure or tempted to act against their values. A virtuous person was someone who had virtues, including wisdom, and was able to act properly whenever the situation called for it.
Another article is from Mohamed Mohamed Madian, philosophy professor at the University of Cairo’s Faculty of Art.
He discusses Cornel Ronald West, a prominent left-wing African-American thinker, and his writing focuses on three levels expressing the West’s philosophy: Prophetic pragmatism, the philosopher’s concept of democracy, and the problem of racial discrimination.
Saudi Arabia's crown prince receives call from Qatar emir
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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call from the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad, Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.
During the call, Sheikh Tamim congratulated the crown prince on the advent of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Prince Mohammed also exchanged well wishes on the occasion.
Saudi Arabia confirms 8 COVID-19 deaths, 951 new cases
The Kingdom said 608 patients recovered in past 24 hours
The highest number of cases were recorded in Riyadh with 389
Updated 13 April 2021
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia recorded eight new COVID-19 related deaths on Monday, raising the total number of fatalities to 6,773.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 951 new confirmed cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 400,228 people have now contracted the disease.
Of the total number of cases, 8,820 remain active and 962 in critical condition.
According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with 389, followed by Makkah with 212, the Eastern Province with 144, Asir recorded 38 and Madinah confirmed 32 cases.
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The ministry also announced that 608 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 361,813.
The ministry renewed its call on the public to adhere to the measures and abide by instructions.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 137 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 2.95 million.
Kalshat thanked the Kingdom for its continuous support to his country and people
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RIYADH: Saudi Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Al-Jaber, who is also the chief of the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen (SDRPY), signed an agreement with Yemeni Electricity Minister Anwar Mohammed Kalshat, to supply oil derivates to operate more than 80 power stations in Yemen in collaboration with the country’s government.
The Saudi oil derivates grant worth $422 million will help support Yemen’s economy and develop the country’s infrastructure.
Kalshat thanked the Kingdom for its continuous support to his country and people. Al-Jaber said the grant aims to support the Yemeni government overcome energy crisis and create job opportunities.
Who’s Who: Dr. Motaz Abdulrahman Alsolaim, general manager of innovation and entrepreneurship at the Saudi Ministry of Education
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Dr. Motaz Abdulrahman Alsolaim was recently appointed general manager of innovation and entrepreneurship at the Saudi Ministry of Education. He has also been an assistant professor of finance management and entrepreneurship at Majmaah University since 2019.
Alsolaim graduated with a bachelor’s degree in financial management and marketing from Western Kentucky University in the US, and studied for a Master of Business Administration at Swansea University in the UK. He obtained a doctorate in entrepreneurship and startups from the University of Brighton, also in the UK. During his studies he launched several startups in the US, the UK and Saudi Arabia.
After receiving his doctorate, Alsolaim worked for parts of last year and this year as a senior consultant for innovation and entrepreneurship at Masarat Consulting, and with Palladium in Riyadh as a project lead adviser.
He is a member of a number of international professional organizations, including the British Academy of Management, the UK-based Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and the Financial Management Association in the US. He is a key member and representative of the Saudi Ministry of Education as part of its Global Entrepreneurship Monitor team.
Alsolaim founded educational services company Aim Big in 2017, and served as financial manager for security services company Seyaj in 2011 and 2012. Prior to this he provided finance and marketing analysis at US-based Keller Williams Realty.
He received the Best Scientific Research Award at the International Conference on Social Entrepreneurship and Enterprises in Madrid, and the Award of Scientific Excellence from the Saudi ambassador in the UK.