Who’s Who: Mohamed A. Al-Hammaad, a vice president of Human Capital and Corporate Services at Intigral

Who’s Who: Mohamed A. Al-Hammaad, a vice president of Human Capital and Corporate Services at Intigral
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Updated 05 October 2021

Who’s Who: Mohamed A. Al-Hammaad, a vice president of Human Capital and Corporate Services at Intigral

Who’s Who: Mohamed A. Al-Hammaad, a vice president of Human Capital and Corporate Services at Intigral

Mohamed A. Al-Hammaad is a vice president of Human Capital and Corporate Services at Intigral, a leading provider of IP video products and billing services in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Al-Hammaad was appointed Intigral’s vice president in March 2020. In his role, he leads the human capital and corporate services department, where he oversees and directs its overall strategy, plans, budgets, operations and performance in line with world-class business standards.

Bringing in more than 15 years of experience in human resources and organizational management before joining Intigral, he has a solid track record of success and expertise in the field, having served at prominent institutions including the Saudi Electricity Company as personnel adviser from June 2005 to January 2008, and procedure analyst from January 2008 to September 2010.

He also worked at the Saudi Telecom Company as a senior HR professional from September 2010 to September 2012, as organization development team leader from September 2012 to September 2016, as organization design director from September 2016 to February 2019, and as consumer HRBP from February 2019 to March 2020.

Owing to his performance in several senior and managerial positions at Saudi Telecom Company for about a decade, he contributed to enhancing the company’s organizational structure and various corporate functions in addition to supporting its business needs.

At the beginning of his career, he served as a personnel adviser before being promoted to procedure analyst in the Saudi Electricity Company, elevating employees’ performance levels and developing a comfortable and inclusive work environment.

Al-Hammaad obtained an MSc in human resource management from Nottingham Trent University, the UK, in 2014.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Northumbria, UK (2004).


Young Saudi Artists exhibition presents contemporary calligraphy works

Young Saudi Artists exhibition presents contemporary calligraphy works
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Young Saudi Artists exhibition presents contemporary calligraphy works

Young Saudi Artists exhibition presents contemporary calligraphy works
  • Artists from across the Kingdom answered the open call for the event and the judging panel selected 19 artists to participate

JEDDAH: The seventh edition of Athr Gallery’s Young Saudi Artists exhibition includes masterpieces by young artists and calligraphers showcasing the wonders of the written form.

The current edition is called “Contemporary Calligraphy” and was curated by Dr. Rawaa Bakhsh. The exhibition falls during the Saudi Ministry of Culture’s Year of Arabic Calligraphy. “We thought it would be appropriate to join the celebration,” Bakhsh told Arab News.

Artists from across the Kingdom answered the open call for the event and the judging panel selected 19 artists to participate. Some already had original works ready to be exhibited, while the others presented their proposals and received help from experts at the gallery to develop and execute their ideas.

Artist Hind Alghamdi carved a wooden wheel-shaped sculpture decorated in Kufic script with the Quranic verse, “Guide us to the straight path,” and was inspired by driving around the Kingdom. “I chose this verse because humans will always be searching for the right path,” Alghamdi said. “This was my first time using this medium and my first time using Kufic script.” 

The seventh edition of Athr Gallery’s Young Saudi Artists exhibition includes masterpieces by young artists and calligraphers. (Supplied)

Another participant, 37-year-old Sama Bahajri, exhibited a piece called “As Promised.” It consists of an embroidered textile that is bright white at the top and becomes progressively darker towards the bottom. The darkness, she explained, represents “evil thoughts,” while her embroidered circles reflect how such thoughts can gather.

“This is a visual interpretation of the verse where God promises Prophet Mohammad that He will protect him against the people who were plotting to kill him,” Bahajri explained to Arab News.

Not all the pieces on display were inspired by Quranic verses. An eye-catching work by Zainab Alshibani titled “1001 Nights” was inspired by anthropomorphic and zoomorphic Arabic scripts. 

The seventh edition of Athr Gallery’s Young Saudi Artists exhibition includes masterpieces by young artists and calligraphers. (Supplied)

The YSA program, which began in 2011, aims to promote Saudi-based artists on the international stage. The program is designed to help young artists conceptualize their work and develop their projects while allowing them to exhibit in a professional context, collaborate with a curator, and expose their work to criticism and the marketplace.

“YSA has had many contemporary artists that are now big names in the art world. Our founders contributed in creating a beautiful batch of contemporary artists that are now internationally known,” Bakhsh said.


Saudi Arabia’s pandemic education platform praised by UN  

Saudi Arabia’s pandemic education platform praised  by UN  
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Saudi Arabia’s pandemic education platform praised by UN  

Saudi Arabia’s pandemic education platform praised  by UN  

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Madrasati education platform has been praised by UNESCO in its most recent publication.

The UN body highlighted its success due to its innovative and operational educational model during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the mid-November report, titled “Learning to Build Back Better Futures For Education: Lessons from educational innovation during the COVID-19 pandemic,” a chapter was dedicated to the Madrasati platform and the Kingdom’s other educational alternatives, such as the satellite broadcasting school and the iEN Enrichment Portal.

It referred to the success of the distance education experience in the Kingdom.

Authored by international researchers and edited by Harvard Education professors Fernando Reimers and Renato Opertti from UNESCO’s International Bureau of Education in Geneva, the report selected the platform for its effective contribution to the continuation of nonstop distance education in Saudi Arabia.

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In the mid-November report, a chapter was dedicated to the Madrasati platform and the Kingdom’s other educational alternatives, such as the satellite broadcasting school and the iEN Enrichment Portal. It also highlighted the strong role of teachers, their level of training, and parents’ satisfaction with the extent to which teachers interacted with their students. 

It described Madrasati as the leading Saudi model, adding that it has achieved global recognition in the education sector.

The chapter also highlighted the strong role of teachers, their level of training, and parents’ satisfaction with the extent to which teachers interacted with their students. 

The section also touched on the Saudi students’ reaction towards e-learning, interaction with their peers and teachers, and the ease of use of the main interface of the Madrasati platform.

The UN report covered the partnership between Madrasati and Microsoft, a solidarity program from the nonprofit sector to support students from low-income families, and the participation of the Ministry of Education with the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology to ensure that students living in remote areas had proper internet access and strengthened services.


Saudi Arabia registers 2 COVID-19 deaths, 24 new infections

Saudi Arabia registers 2 COVID-19 deaths, 24 new infections
Updated 03 December 2021

Saudi Arabia registers 2 COVID-19 deaths, 24 new infections

Saudi Arabia registers 2 COVID-19 deaths, 24 new infections
  • The health ministry says 27 patients have recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia confirmed two new COVID-19 related deaths on Thursday, raising the total number of fatalities to 8,839.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 24 new cases reported in the Kingdom in the previous 24 hours, meaning 549,810 people have now contracted the disease. Of the total number of cases, 42 remain in critical condition.
According to the ministry, the highest number of cases were recorded in the capital Riyadh with seven, followed by Jeddah with four, Madinah confirmed three, and Makkah recorded two cases.


The health ministry also announced that 27 patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 538,966.
Over 47.4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered since the Kingdom’s immunization campaign started. More than 22.4 million people have been fully vaccinated.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected over 264 million people globally and the death toll has reached around 5.24 million.


Plight of Palestinians still a key focus of Saudi foreign policy, says envoy

Plight of Palestinians still a key focus of Saudi foreign policy, says envoy
Updated 02 December 2021

Plight of Palestinians still a key focus of Saudi foreign policy, says envoy

Plight of Palestinians still a key focus of Saudi foreign policy, says envoy
  • Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the UN, was addressing a General Assembly meeting on the Palestinian question
  • ‘Israel’s unilateral measures will lead to a disruption of security and stability, particularly in Palestine but also in the wider Middle East,’ he said

NEW YORK: The Palestinian issue will remain a major focus of Saudi Arabian foreign policy until Palestinians regain their rights and succeed in establishing a state of their own with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital, the Kingdom’s permanent representative to the UN said.

Abdallah Al-Mouallimi also reiterated Riyadh’s rejection and denunciation of the continuing confiscation of Palestinian homes and land by Israel, along with its violation of the sanctity of the Temple Mount and attempts to obliterate its Arab and Islamic identity.

“These aggressive Israeli measures will undermine the chances of peace,” Al-Mouallimi told the UN General Assembly in New York late on Wednesday, during a plenary meeting to discuss the Palestinian question and the situation in the wider Middle East.

“The policy of settlement building and colonial expansion carried out by the occupying Israeli authorities on Palestinian land is liable to destroy the possibility of peaceful coexistence,” he said.

“Israel’s unilateral measures will lead to a disruption of security and stability, particularly in Palestine but also in the wider Middle East.”

The plenary session took place days after the 74th anniversary of resolution 181, which was passed by the General Assembly on Nov. 29, 1947. It called for the partition of Palestine into Arab and Jewish states, with the city of Jerusalem a separate entity to be governed by an international regime.

“More than 75 years have passed since the establishment of the United Nations in 1945,” and for more than 70 years the issue of Palestine has been on its agenda, Al-Mouallimi said. Saudi Arabia’s historical position of support for “the inalienable and legitimate rights of the Palestinian people to self-determination, including (their) right to establish their independent state, with Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital, (in line with) the relevant Security Council resolutions and the Arab Peace Initiative” remains unchanged, he added.

The Saudi envoy once again stressed the need for the international community to live up to its responsibilities and call on Israel to end its occupation of Arab land in Palestine, the Golan and Lebanon.

“It is unfortunate that the Israeli occupation authorities continue to violate the rights of the Palestinian people, and practice the most heinous forms of crimes, (including the use of) excessive force against a defenseless people,” Al-Mouallimi said.

He described Israel’s settlement expansions as “a clear violation and disregard for the international community” and called on that global community to protect the Palestinian people.

Al-Mouallimi thanked the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East for its work, which he said is conducted “despite the dangers and difficult conditions in the Occupied Palestinian Territories as a result of the stifling measures by the occupation authorities.”

He urged UN member states to work together and provide the necessary support for the agency “to carry out its humanitarian work in the occupied territory.”

The Saudi envoy also thanked Ambassador Cheikh Niang, the Senegalese chairman of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, for its latest report on Palestine.

He assured him of the Kingdom’s backing for the report and called on member states to support and adopt a resolution drafted by Dakar, titled “Peaceful Settlement of the Question of Palestine.”


King Salman architecture, urbanism exhibition launches in Riyadh

King Salman architecture, urbanism exhibition launches in Riyadh
Updated 02 December 2021

King Salman architecture, urbanism exhibition launches in Riyadh

King Salman architecture, urbanism exhibition launches in Riyadh
  • The exhibition is an urban vision inspired by the monarch

RIYADH: The Saudi Architecture and Design Commission on Wednesday launched the King Salman Urban Charter for Architecture and Urbanism initiative during a special ceremony at Tuwaiq Palace, in Riyadh.

Government officials, including Deputy Minister of Culture Hamed bin Mohammed Fayez, and the commission’s Chief Executive Officer Sumaya Al-Solaiman, attended the event. The exhibition is an urban vision inspired by the monarch.

Speaking at the launch, Al-Solaiman said: “I extend my deepest thanks and gratitude to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the generous support of the cultural sector in the Kingdom and for drawing a distinctive cultural identity for our country in all our development fields, including the field of architecture, which has received special care that is reflected in urban values.”

King Salman spent more than 50 years as governor of Riyadh where he drove through urbanization schemes while also preserving the authentic cultural identity of the region.

The exhibition opened in Riyadh marked the launch of the King Salman Charter for Architecture and Urbanism which aims to celebrate and promote the national architectural identity of cities throughout the Kingdom.

Other charter launches will take place in the country as part of a traveling exhibition visiting cities including Jeddah, Abha, and Dammam. Each event will highlight the specific architecture of the region and the pivotal role played by King Salman in bringing the concepts to life.

The Riyadh exhibition — open to the public for four weeks — contains many architectural and rehabilitation projects from the capital that won international and local awards. It also takes visitors through a timeline of development of the city beginning with the birth of King Salman in 1935 in a section titled, “Growing Up in The Old Riyadh.”

The stages of urbanization development in Riyadh, including “Accelerated Modernity” in the 1950s with pressure to equip residents with modern architectural amenities, are also showcased along with a section focusing on the steps taken by King Salman to preserve the architectural identity of the capital during the modernization program.

“King Salman chose to draw inspiration from our history and our authentic cultural heritage. In the King Salman urban charter, we extracted the extensive guiding values and reformulated them in a scientific template in order to enrich urban thought, deepen experiences and dialogue, and create local identities,” Al-Solaiman added.

In order to create the charter a major study was conducted on the different types of architecture from various regions in order to capture the authentic urban identity of the Kingdom.