Ammar A. Al-Khudairy, board chairman of the newly formed bank following the merger of NCB and Samba

Ammar A. Al-Khudairy
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Updated 13 October 2020

Ammar A. Al-Khudairy, board chairman of the newly formed bank following the merger of NCB and Samba

Ammar A. Al-Khudairy is the board chairman of the newly formed bank following the merger of the National Commercial Bank and Samba Financial Group.
Before the merger, he had been working with the Samba group as its chairman since January 2019.
Al-Khudairy held key leadership positions in various Saudi financial institutions such as Riyad Bank, United Saudi Bank, and Banque Saudi Fransi.
With over 30 years of experience in the financial sector, he is considered an expert in corporate banking, project finance, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and asset management. Al-Khudairy has been the managing director and executive partner at Amwal AlKhaleej Investment Co. since 2004. He has been a board member of various public and private organizations such as Almarai Co., Saudi Real Estate Development Fund, Arabian Shield Insurance Co., Fawaz Abdulaziz Alhokair Co., Real Estate Development Co., Zohoor Alreef Co., National Automotive Co., Al-Tayyar Travel Group, Savola, Kingdom Holding, Herfy and Economic Cities Authority. He has been serving as deputy chairman of Saudi Pharmaceutical Industries & Medical Appliances Corp. since 2019. Al-Khudairy is also the director of the Dubai-based Amwal Capital Partners Ltd. and the UAE-based Samba Financial Group.
He also served as board chairman at the Allianz Saudi Fransi for Insurance, Goldman Sachs Saudi Arabia, and Morgan Stanley, Saudi Arabia.
Al-Khudairy obtained a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in engineering administration at George Washington University in the US.

 


Shara Art Fair brings together Saudi artists

Updated 25 November 2020

Shara Art Fair brings together Saudi artists

  • With the global pandemic closing art galleries and canceling live events, artists took a hit like many other workers

JEDDAH: The Saudi Art Council brought together a wide range of local artists after the months-long lockdown for the 6th Shara Art Fair, which was recently launched in Jeddah at the council’s headquarters.

With the global pandemic closing art galleries and canceling live events, artists took a hit like many other workers. The Shara Art Fair, however, allowed artists from all across the country to exhibit their talents in seven art galleries.

The participating galleries included Athr Gallery, Hafez Gallery, 6th Sense Art, Noor Gallery, Tasami Creative Lab, BHAC, and Visual Stations.

Heba Abed, a visual artist and painter, said that her life during the pandemic was a combination of “watching TV, eating, and painting.”

Inspired by her surroundings, Abed’s artwork was a collection of one hundred paintings that exhibit the emotions she felt during the hundred days of quarantine.

“Some of the paintings express the feelings I had while in quarantine, while others are inspired by fairy tales because there was a lot of time for our minds to wander while we were stuck at home,” she told Arab News. 

Heba Abed

She added: “I would sometimes paint more than one painting a day during the lockdown. While we were all bored, I decided to practice the thing I loved most. I found inspiration in my life, in society and in everything that happened around me.”

Artist Elham Dawsari, on the other hand, used the 1990s as inspiration for her artwork, “Nefa,” which means a spacious place with few to no walls. The installation, featuring clay women set over acrylic boxes with mirrors inside, is meant to symbolize the women’s untold stories.

“The idea behind the piece was to represent the lives of the women in the 90s,” she said.

Cutouts hang from the ceiling of the gallery around the art, which according to Dawsari, symbolize the urban landscaping at the time and the style of the houses.

HIGHLIGHTS

• The Shara Art Fair allowed artists from all across the country to exhibit their talents in seven art galleries.

• The participating galleries included Athr Gallery, Hafez Gallery, 6th Sense Art, Noor Gallery, Tasami Creative Lab, BHAC, and Visual Stations.

“They also show how those designs imposed themselves on our lives,” she said. “They show certain aspects of society and how we behaved and how our bodies looked because of the limited space we had to walk around in; they were fuller but also more muscular because of all the hard work the women used to do.”

The clay figures of the women are based on Dawsari’s memory and the collective memory of her family.

Another piece featured large wooden dolls perched on a table. As time passed, the artist painted more dolls. The founder of Dar Malak, Malak Masallati, was the designer and director of the project and expressed the hope that her wooden dolls would become the next “Saudi Wooden Dolls.”

“I wanted to create wooden dolls that represent our country and its culture and that could become an icon. I called the project ‘Nasana’,” she told Arab News.

Dar Malak worked with designers and artisans to translate the idea of Masallati into actual objects.

Masallati worked with a wood factory that handled the woodturning and scaling for her.

“I did my research on the proportions of the human body, using examples of different bodies to create the variety you see here,” she added.