Who’s Who: Faisal Al-Maghlooth, general director of Made in Saudi program 

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Updated 20 January 2022

Who’s Who: Faisal Al-Maghlooth, general director of Made in Saudi program 

Who’s Who: Faisal Al-Maghlooth, general director of Made in Saudi program 

Faisal Al-Maghlooth has been the general director of the Saudi Export Development Authority’s Made in Saudi program since July.

The initiative, aimed at locally and globally promoting national products and services, was launched to support Saudi Arabia’s national high-quality products and reinforce their competitiveness.

Al-Maghlooth, an experienced digital media strategist with a background in leading company marketing campaigns, is also the spokesman for, and a member of, Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s digital media committee.

He started his career in 2010 as a senior sales executive at the Saudi Basic Industries Corp., where he was responsible for agricultural nutrient sales, after-sales support, and drafting marketing reports. He also provided recommendations to improve clients’ services and revenue generation capabilities.

Two years later, he became a sales executive with SABIC South Africa where he closely worked with an international client base from the African continent.

Through his ownership of Meraki, a digital content service provider, and his position as its digital marketing manager, he gained experience working across digital platforms and managing marketing campaigns, including major government-to-public campaigns and initiatives.

His digital strategy skills came into focus as he monitored competitors’ activities and played a significant role in strategizing, planning, and analyzing social media campaigns.

In 2018, he began his journey with mass media campaigns at the STC Channels as manager of external communications. He utilized multiple media channels to implement print, broadcast, digital, and face-to-face communication strategies on behalf of the company. He then moved on to become a director at Mobily, where he was responsible for the telecom firm’s digital content.

Al-Maghlooth dedicated his social media presence to promoting the national product, which led to him taking up his current job with the Made in Saudi program, where he is developing a unified national industrial brand.

For four consecutive years from 2013, he was listed on Twitter among the top 50 most influential Saudis, and he has also served as head of digital communications and production at the Zakat, Tax, and Customs Authority.

He gained a bachelor’s degree in technical marketing from Weber State University, in the US, in 2007, and a master’s degree in business administration from Oklahoma City University in 2009.


Visitors to Kaaba Kiswa complex, Grand Mosque library can rate satisfaction using QR codes

Visitors to Kaaba Kiswa complex, Grand Mosque library can rate satisfaction using QR codes
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Visitors to Kaaba Kiswa complex, Grand Mosque library can rate satisfaction using QR codes

Visitors to Kaaba Kiswa complex, Grand Mosque library can rate satisfaction using QR codes

RIYADH: Visitors to institutions affiliated with the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques can now rate their satisfaction using QR code panels.

People visiting the King Abdulaziz Complex for Holy Kaaba Kiswa and the Grand Mosque’s library can simply scan the QR codes displayed to rate their visitor experience.

The QR code panels at the complex and library will help rate visitor experiences in six languages through a special website supervised by an agency at the presidency measuring performance, quality, and institutional excellence.

The satisfaction ratings will help improve visitors’ experiences.


Experts from 29 nations gather in Jeddah for international sports sciences conference

Experts from 29 nations gather in Jeddah for international sports sciences conference
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Experts from 29 nations gather in Jeddah for international sports sciences conference

Experts from 29 nations gather in Jeddah for international sports sciences conference
  • ‘This conference is a novel idea, especially since Saudi Arabia has been recently bidding to be at the forefront of the developed world and sports,’ said Adnan Al-Humaidan, the university’s president
  • Delegates will discuss a number of topics, including sports governance, women’s sports, digital transformation, and ways in which sport can attract investment and support the economy

JEDDAH: Academics, researchers, specialists and lecturers from 19 countries gathered at the University of Jeddah on May 18 for the start of Sports Sciences: Economy, Health, Lifestyle, which is said to be the first international conference of its kind.

The two-day event, held under the patronage of the minister of education, began with a welcome speech by Adnan Al-Humaidan, the president of the university.

“This conference is a novel idea, especially since Saudi Arabia has been recently bidding to be at the forefront of the developed world and sports,” he said.

He said that the decision of the university to organize the conference reflects the aim of the Kingdom to be an international leader in sports sciences, to help contribute to achieving the goals of the nation’s Vision 2030 development and diversification plan.

Delegates will discuss a number of topics during the conference, including the relationships between sports, health and the quality of life program as part of Vision 2030, and the issue of governance in sport and its role in tackling corruption within sporting organizations.

The event will also explore women’s sports, the use of artificial intelligence and the digital transformation of the sports industry, and the role of sport in generating financial and human investments and supporting the national economy, and the contributions of software and technology to the development of sports.

Princess Reema bint Bandar, the Saudi ambassador to the US and a member of the International Olympic Committee, delivered a keynote speech during the first session of the opening day, which was devoted to a discussion of the experiences of Saudi, Arab and international women in sport. 

Speaking via video link, she said: “Saudi women are making tremendous strides in the world of sports, starting with individual participation and progressing to official representation in regional and international competitions. And I am proud to see them right now in every sport and holding top positions in the various local sports federations.

“Today, sport emerges as an important component of the socioeconomic development of a country. Therefore women must be part of that development, not only to be athletes but also to seek other top positions in sports.

“As women increasingly participate in sport and occupy more leadership roles within the sporting sector, they influence the meaning of sport and the place of women in it.”

Other speakers during the opening session included Maha Juffali, president of the Saudi Special Olympics Federation, and Lina Al-Maeena, a pioneer of women’s sports in Saudi Arabia who broke new ground 18 years ago when she founded the Jeddah United women’s basketball team.

Other sessions considered the role of the sports media in promoting the adoption of a more healthy lifestyle, and how best to benefit from international and Arab experiences in the field of sports sciences.


Makkah Governor awards ISEF 2022 winning students

Makkah Governor awards ISEF 2022 winning students
Updated 18 May 2022

Makkah Governor awards ISEF 2022 winning students

Makkah Governor awards ISEF 2022 winning students
  • The winning students expressed their thanks and appreciation to Prince Khaled for his gesture
  • This year’s ISEF exhibition attracted more than 2,000 students from public education systems in over 85 countries

JEDDAH: The Governor of Makkah region, Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, has honored successful students from Makkah and Jeddah who attended a science fair in the US earlier this month.
Prince Khalid congratulated three winning students who took prizes at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), which was held from May 7 to 13.
The Governor and adviser to King Salman congratulated the students, stressing the importance of striving for success that contributes to the nation’s continued renaissance.
Student Mawaddah Omar, hailing from Makkah, won third place in social and behavioral sciences, Youssef Khoja, from Jeddah, won a special award in embedded systems, and Rafaa Qanash won fourth place in engineering technologies.
The winning students expressed their thanks and appreciation to Prince Khaled for his gesture, which they said had a profound impact on them, motivating them to exert more effort and showcase more Saudi achievements in international scientific forums.
The Saudi Embassy in the US tweeted: “Congratulations to our young #Saudi scientists Represented by @mawhiba and @tc_mohe, the student delegation won 6 awards at #ISEF2022, the second time this record is achieved in the Kingdom’s 16th year of participation.”
This year’s ISEF exhibition attracted more than 2,000 students from public education systems in over 85 countries.
The Saudi Center for International Communication tweeted: “Saudi students made history with an impressive success at the Regeneron International Scientific and Engineering Fair 2022 in Georgia, #USA. KSA has won 22 major awards, meaning 62 percent of the total number of prizes. #ISEF_2022.”
ISEF 2022 marks the Kingdom’s 16th consecutive participation in the forum, which has been part of an annual program organized by the Mawhiba Foundation since 2007.
Saudi students have won 83 prizes at ISEF events, including 53 major prizes and 30 special prizes. Mawhiba also presented special annual international prizes in the competition for students from 20 countries.


Japanese delegation visits KSrelief headquarters in Riyadh

Japanese delegation visits KSrelief headquarters in Riyadh
Updated 18 May 2022

Japanese delegation visits KSrelief headquarters in Riyadh

Japanese delegation visits KSrelief headquarters in Riyadh
  • Yemen, Palestine, and Syria benefitted the most from KSrelief projects
  • The Japanese delegates praised the big role that KSrelief plays in supporting needy people around the world

RIYADH: A diplomatic delegation from Japan visited the headquarters of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center in Riyadh on Wednesday.

The delegates watched a presentation detailing humanitarian and aid projects carried out by KSrelief, which amount to 1,997 schemes across 83 countries in cooperation with 175 international, regional, and local partners.

The country that benefited the most was Yemen, where 702 projects with a total value exceeding $4 billion were carried out, followed by Palestine with 107 projects worth $369 million, and Syria with 702 projects worth $327 million.

The projects provided food, health, educational, and shelter aid.

The delegates also learned about the center’s various qualitative programs including the rehabilitation of recruited children, the Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance, and projects providing prosthetic limbs.

The Japanese delegates praised the big role that KSrelief plays in supporting needy people around the world.


Norway’s relations with Saudi Arabia ‘excellent, growing’: Envoy at national day ceremony

Norway’s relations with Saudi Arabia ‘excellent, growing’: Envoy at national day ceremony
Updated 18 May 2022

Norway’s relations with Saudi Arabia ‘excellent, growing’: Envoy at national day ceremony

Norway’s relations with Saudi Arabia ‘excellent, growing’: Envoy at national day ceremony
  • The envoy made his comments during a ceremony at the Norwegian Embassy to mark his country’s Constitution Day
  • Thomas Lid Ball: ‘Our bilateral relations are growing; Norway has enjoyed excellent relations with the Kingdom since they were officially established back in 1961’

RIYADH: The Norwegian ambassador to Saudi Arabia hailed relations between the two countries as the Scandinavian nation on Tuesday celebrated its national day.

And Thomas Lid Ball predicted that the long-established bonds would only strengthen over the coming years.

The envoy made his comments during a ceremony at the Norwegian Embassy to mark his country’s Constitution Day, an event attended by a number of guests including Saudi government officials, business leaders, and Riyadh Mayor Prince Faisal bin Abdulaziz who was present on behalf of Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar.

In a speech, the Norwegian diplomat said: “Our bilateral relations are growing. Norway has enjoyed excellent relations with the Kingdom since they were officially established back in 1961.

“To all Saudi brothers and sisters who are here today, I would like to say that we greatly appreciate our long-standing bilateral relations with Saudi Arabia. As a Norway ambassador, I would like to further those relations in the years to come.

“One key dimension of Norway’s engagement in Saudi Arabia and vice versa is fuel production. What Saudi Arabia and Norway have in common, is that we are producing oil and gas. Of course, Norway is small in comparison to Saudi Arabia.

“We also have a common political commitment to cut emissions and to achieve carbon neutrality by making energy production greener, through new technologies.

“For example, carbon capture and storage by investing in renewables, in hydrogen, and protecting our marine resources, producing sustainable seafood, and breeding maritime industries by aiming for green technologies and carbon neutrality to act in all sectors. And there is no time to lose in this field. We must accelerate our efforts.

“People in the Middle East feel impacted by climate change already. I believe that the public awareness around this issue will only grow as this region is hosting the next two climate summits,” he added.

He pointed out that the business community and industries across many sectors had key roles to play in bringing forward the technologies to know-how and the implementation capacity that was required for the green transition.

The envoy noted that Norway’s constitution, from 1814, was one of the oldest in the world and when signed on May 17 of that year marked the beginning of a modern sovereign and democratic country, laying the foundations for a parliament, power sharing, and civil rights.

He said: “This year, unfortunately, our national day happens at a time of war in Europe. Millions of innocent civilians need protection and lifestyle-saving assistance. The wide-ranging consequences of Russia having provoked an awful attack on Ukraine has been felt throughout the world, not least in Yemen, and other countries where many people are vulnerable to price rises.

“Rarely on our Constitution Day, has it been more essential to emphasize the rights of every sovereign nation to determine its own future and to stress the critical importance of international law and the UN Charter,” he added.

“On our national day, we also honor the Kingdom of Norway, our royal family,” he said, before reading out an email from the Norwegian king and queen conveying a message of peace, harmony, and best wishes.