Saeed Al-Malki, Saudi Arabia’s cultural attache to Spain

Saeed Al-Malki
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Updated 12 November 2020

Saeed Al-Malki, Saudi Arabia’s cultural attache to Spain

Saeed Al-Malki was recently appointed as Saudi Arabia’s cultural attache to Spain, the second time that he has held this position.
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Arabic language and literature from King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) in 1998, and received his master’s in Al-Andalus literature from Umm Al-Qura University in 2002.
He traveled to Spain to pursue a secondary master’s in the same major from the University of Santiago de Compostela in 2004. Three years later, he obtained his doctorate there in the same major. In 2016, he pursued another master’s degree, in project management, from EAE Business School in Madrid.
Al-Malki has worked as a lecturer in Al-Andalus literature at KAU, and in 2008 he was assigned to lead the cultural committee and supervise the IT unit in the university’s Faculty of Arts. He was also chairman of the General Cultural Committee of the Deanship of Student Affairs at the university between 2009 and 2011.
Beginning in 2010 he headed the Department of Arabic Language and Literature for two years, and was the supervisor of the Future Leaders Preparation Program in 2012 and 2013.
Al-Malki worked as a part-time consultant at the Research and Consulting Institute from 2010 to 2013. He also consulted part-time at KAU’s Vice-Presidency for Business and Knowledge Creativity between 2011 and 2014.
He served as vice-president of the Literary Cultural Club in Jeddah from 2012 to 2014, and was a member of the board of directors of KAU’s Tourism Institute in 2013 and 2014. He was appointed the Kingdom’s cultural attache to Spain in 2014, a position he held until 2016, and to which he was recently reappointed.
In between, Al-Malki served for three years as the University of Bisha’s vice-dean of educational affairs, and acting vice-dean of development and quality deanship.


On the go with Saudi Arabia’s first professionally trained cycling club

Doves Ride is Saudi Arabia’s first professional cycling team, licensed both locally and internationally. (Supplied)
Updated 30 November 2020

On the go with Saudi Arabia’s first professionally trained cycling club

  • Saudi Arabia’s female population is enjoying the new wave of opportunities to live a healthy lifestyle

RIYADH: As sports and other activities continue to gain popularity in Saudi Arabia, residents are seeking out exciting ways to get moving.
The Kingdom’s female population are enjoying the new wave of opportunities that have been made available to them in recent years to live a healthy lifestyle.
Hiking, outdoor yoga and football are all popular choices, but one less familiar pastime on the increase is cycling.
Events such as the annual Saudi Tour and the General Sports Authority’s highly successful all-women’s cycling race in Jeddah in 2018 have fostered a growing interest in the sport.
Studies have shown that cycling improves overall health, more specifically improving mental health, strengthening the immune system, promoting weight loss, reducing heart disease and cancer and more.
Riding a bike can be one of the easiest forms of returning to fitness when you are bouncing back from an injury or illness.

Doves Ride organizes rides for all levels, from the gentle trails suitable for beginners to the more challenging routes for hardened cyclists. The group offers lessons that can help any beginner ride a bike safely. (Supplied)

A group of bike enthusiasts from Riyadh intend to spread the word and make people more aware of the healthy advantages of cycling and the joy that can be had on the back of a bicycle.
Doves Ride is Saudi Arabia’s first professional cycling team, licensed both locally and internationally. Shahd Alturki, Doves Ride’s founder and a professional cycling trainer, spoke to Arab News about why she set up the team.

HIGHLIGHTS

• A group of bike enthusiasts from Riyadh intend to spread the word and make people more aware of the healthy advantages of cycling and the joy that can be had on the back of a bicycle.

• Doves Ride is Saudi Arabia’s first professional cycling team, licensed both locally and internationally.

• Riding a bike can be one of the easiest forms of returning to fitness when you are bouncing back from an injury or illness.

“I founded Doves Ride to create an environment for women and families where they could get into sports,” Alturki said.
Based in Riyadh, Doves Ride’s goal is to create an environment where Saudis can discover what biking is like and meet others with similar interests.
“The idea was to create a team that would motivate Saudi society to start biking, and to raise awareness in general about sport and movement. We also wanted to help teach Saudis to cycle by creating a program to teach people in all categories,” she said.
Doves Ride organizes rides for all levels, from the gentle trails suitable for beginners to the more challenging routes for hardened cyclists.
“We welcome participants at any level, whether they are looking for a long-term membership or just to try it out,” said Alturki.
She also spoke about the benefits of the sport and hopes to encourage people to try it out for themselves.
“Biking is more than just a fun sport; it raises your fitness levels and can also boost your mental health,” she said.
For the more hesitant, Alturki reassures them that she is well-equipped to train them and get them on the path to biking like a pro.
“We have bike-riding lessons for zero-experience learners, licensed by the British Cycling Federation. Children, men and women are all welcome to take them. These lessons can help any beginner ride a bike safely, and teaches them all the necessary skills and basics,” she said.
Doves Ride can be contacted via their Twitter or Instagram accounts, @dovesride.