Saudi Shoura Council speaker meets senior Bahraini officials to strengthen joint parliamentary work

Speaker of the Saudi Shoura Council Sheikh Abdullah Al-Asheikh meets Fawzia Zainal, speaker of the Bahraini Council of Representatives, in Manama. (SPA)
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Speaker of the Saudi Shoura Council Sheikh Abdullah Al-Asheikh meets Fawzia Zainal, speaker of the Bahraini Council of Representatives, in Manama. (SPA)
Speaker of the Saudi Shoura Council Sheikh Abdullah Al-Asheikh meets Fawzia Zainal, speaker of the Bahraini Council of Representatives, in Manama. (SPA)
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Speaker of the Saudi Shoura Council Sheikh Abdullah Al-Asheikh meets Fawzia Zainal, speaker of the Bahraini Council of Representatives, in Manama. (SPA)
Speaker of the Saudi Shoura Council Sheikh Abdullah Al-Asheikh meets Fawzia Zainal, speaker of the Bahraini Council of Representatives, in Manama. (SPA)
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Speaker of the Saudi Shoura Council Sheikh Abdullah Al-Asheikh meets Fawzia Zainal, speaker of the Bahraini Council of Representatives, in Manama. (SPA)
Speaker of the Saudi Shoura Council Sheikh Abdullah Al-Asheikh meets Fawzia Zainal, speaker of the Bahraini Council of Representatives, in Manama. (SPA)
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Speaker of the Saudi Shoura Council Sheikh Abdullah Al-Asheikh meets Fawzia Zainal, speaker of the Bahraini Council of Representatives, in Manama. (SPA)
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Updated 04 January 2022

Saudi Shoura Council speaker meets senior Bahraini officials to strengthen joint parliamentary work

Saudi Shoura Council speaker meets senior Bahraini officials to strengthen joint parliamentary work
  • Sheikh Abdullah Al-Asheikh held talks with Bahraini crown prince and speaker of the Council of Representatives

RIYADH: Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad on Monday praised the historical relations that unite his country and Saudi Arabia during a meeting with the Speaker of the Saudi Shoura Council, Sheikh Abdullah Al-Asheikh.
The Saudi official arrived in Manama on Sunday, as part of an official visit at the invitation of Fawzia Zainal, speaker of the Bahraini Council of Representatives, to strengthen joint parliamentary work between the two countries.
Al-Asheikh thanked the Bahraini crown prince for his interest and keenness to consolidate joint cooperation between the two countries at all levels, and praised the efforts made by the Saudi-Bahraini Coordination Council, headed by Prince Salman and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Press Agency reported.
During his visit, he also held talks with Zainal, where she praised the steady growth and progress in bilateral relations and said the two countries are a model of cohesion and solidarity in the face of various circumstances and challenges.
She added that Saudi Arabia “represents a safety valve for regional stability, an impenetrable dam, a center of strategic depth, and a global force that is becoming more firmly established day by day.”
Zainal praised the Kingdom’s humanitarian role and its support for the interests of Arab and Islamic nations.
She said that Saudi Arabia remains Bahrain’s largest trading partner, due to the distinguished economic cooperation and the huge trade exchange, especially in light of the work of the Saudi-Bahraini Coordination Council, which plays an important and strategic role in developing aspects of cooperation.
Al-Asheikh thanked Zainal for the invitation and said his visit and the discussions that take place are an opportunity to strengthen joint parliamentary work and coordinate positions and views.
He stressed the importance of effective communication and mutual visits between the two councils in opening wider and broader horizons of joint action.


4,291 Saudi health security trainees graduate   

4,291 Saudi health security trainees graduate   
Updated 11 August 2022

4,291 Saudi health security trainees graduate   

4,291 Saudi health security trainees graduate   

RIYADH: A fourth group of health security trainees graduated from the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties in a virtual ceremony on Wednesday. 

A total of 4,291 male and female graduates will join the job market. 

Dr. Aws Al-Shamsan, secretary-general of the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, said that health security plays an important role in improving healthcare services.

The program includes practical and theoretical training for three months, in addition to two weeks of field training in one of the health sectors, allowing trainees to benefit from hands-on experience.

Health security graduates receive a diploma allowing them to work in the Kingdom’s health sector.


Umbrellas raise Makkah pilgrims’ spirits

Umbrellas raise Makkah pilgrims’ spirits
Updated 11 August 2022

Umbrellas raise Makkah pilgrims’ spirits

Umbrellas raise Makkah pilgrims’ spirits

JEDDAH: Pilgrims sheltering from heavy rain in Makkah on Tuesday received a helping hand when the General Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques handed out umbrellas to visitors at the Grand Mosque.

Khaled bin Fahd Al-Shalwi, assistant for the general president for social, voluntary and humanitarian services agency, said that the “Umbrella of Mu’tamer” initiative is part of a range of services designed to help visitors perform their rituals. 

Programs and services come under the direction of the President for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, who strives to provide a safe environment to allow visitors to the Grand Mosque to complete their rituals with ease, he added. 

According to the presidency’s website, the presidency has also employed more than 200 supervisors, 4,000 female and male workers, and utilized more than 500 items of equipment to deal with the rain at the Grand Mosque through its environmental protection agency. 

Ahmed bin Omar Bilaamash, assistant to the general president for services and achievement of the environmental protection agency, said that prayer areas, entrances and exits, and the mataf — the circumambulation space around the Kaaba — are equipped to handle the rainfall. 


Jeddah to host 2nd Saudi International Maritime Forum in November

Jeddah to host 2nd Saudi International Maritime Forum in November
Updated 10 August 2022

Jeddah to host 2nd Saudi International Maritime Forum in November

Jeddah to host 2nd Saudi International Maritime Forum in November
  • Event will be attended by experts in maritime security from around the world
  • The event was a continuation of the Kingdom’s contribution to promoting international peace and security

RIYADH: The 2nd Saudi International Maritime Forum will be held in Jeddah from November 15-17.
Organized by the Royal Saudi Naval Forces and held under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the event aims to provide a platform for the exchange of views on how best to ensure maritime safety in a rapidly changing global environment.
Titled “Protecting Marine Units and Vital Coastal Sites Against the Threat of Unmanned Systems,” the forum will highlight the threat of such systems and present ways in which they can be dealt with.
Thanking the crown prince for his sponsorship of the event, RSNF Commander Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Ghufaili said it would also discuss the role individual nations and international organizations have to play in maintaining maritime security.
The event was a continuation of the Kingdom’s contribution to promoting international peace and security, he added.
“It also aims to enhance the role of the RSNF in cooperation with marine environment authorities at the national level, and what naval forces of brotherly and friendly countries are doing to support regional and international efforts, ensure the safety of maritime traffic and contribute to sustaining the global economy,” Al-Ghufaili said.
Military specialists and experts from the fields of technology, industry and academia will take part in a series of workshops during the forum, which will also be attended by representatives from government ministries and organizations and international corporations.
The event will also provide a platform for companies from around the world to display their latest equipment, technologies and systems related to maritime security.


Who’s Who: Hassan Al-Jeshi, CEO of an asset management firm Malaz Capital

Who’s Who: Hassan Al-Jeshi, CEO of an asset management firm Malaz Capital
Updated 11 August 2022

Who’s Who: Hassan Al-Jeshi, CEO of an asset management firm Malaz Capital

Who’s Who: Hassan Al-Jeshi, CEO of an asset management firm Malaz Capital

Hassan Al-Jeshi was appointed CEO of Malaz Capital in July this year.

Malaz Capital is an asset management firm operating under the regulations of the Capital Market Authority of Saudi Arabia.

The company obtained its CMA license in 2010, and is authorized to carry out asset management, dealing as principal and custody services in the Kingdom.

Prior to joining Malaz Capital, Al-Jeshi held several leadership positions in leading investment institutions and a group of national and international banks, including head of equity capital markets at Saudi National Bank Capital in 2021, the investment arm of SNB.

He worked at Samba Financial Group, holding two different positions including assistant general manager from 2017, and head of investment banking from 2020 at Samba Capital, the group’s investment arm.

From 2013-17, Al-Jeshi worked as group head of corporate finance at Alistithmar Capital, the investment arm of The Saudi Investment Bank.

In 2012, he worked in energy and infrastructure investment banking at Taylor-DeJongh, Washington, DC.

Al-Jeshi has extensive professional experience in the field of investment and capital markets locally, regionally, and internationally, where he has led through his positions multiple landmark and significant investment transactions.

At Samba he managed and oversaw the full cycle of investment banking deal-related activities, including deal origination, client management, building financial models, performing valuation, transaction structuring, and preparing to offer documents, reviewing transaction agreements and more.

During his early career, Al-Jeshi also worked as a business consultant to a number of small and medium enterprises at start-up and growth stages in areas related to preliminary feasibility study assessment, capital budgeting, valuation, and fundraising.

Al-Jeshi holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals which he received in 2005, and in 2013 he earned a master’s degree in finance from George Washington University in the US.


Saudi envoy to UN in Geneva, UNHCR chief discuss stronger cooperation

Saudi envoy to UN in Geneva, UNHCR chief discuss stronger cooperation
Updated 11 August 2022

Saudi envoy to UN in Geneva, UNHCR chief discuss stronger cooperation

Saudi envoy to UN in Geneva, UNHCR chief discuss stronger cooperation

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Abdulmohsen Majed bin Khothaila, met with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi on Wednesday.

The pair reviewed a number of important issues and discussed ways to enhance cooperation with the agency.

Earlier, Khothaila met with the permanent representative of the Republic of Djibouti to the UN, Ambassador Kadra Ahmed Hassan.

During the meeting they discussed issues of common interest within the framework of international organizations.