L’Oreal Paris holds celebration of women’s empowerment in Riyadh

L’Oreal Paris holds celebration of women’s empowerment in Riyadh
L’Oréal Paris, a beauty brand, celebrated Women’s month with a series of strong moments at Boulevard Riyadh City to showcase the brand’s commitment to empowering women on March 21-22. (AN PHOTO: Huda Bashatah)
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Updated 23 March 2022

L’Oreal Paris holds celebration of women’s empowerment in Riyadh

L’Oreal Paris holds celebration of women’s empowerment in Riyadh
  • The private event gathered over 100 female influencers from the region

RIYADH: Global beauty brand L’Oreal Paris celebrated women’s empowerment with a series of activities in Boulevard Riyadh City on Monday and Tuesday.

The private event gathered over 100 female influencers from the region and opened with an impressive projection across 82 screens to display the brand’s manifesto and a “Lessons of Worth” testimonial from its Saudi spokesperson, singer and actress Aseel Omran.

Omran, together with two regional L'Oreal managers, held a panel discussion on women’s empowerment.

Her personal empowerment path, her connection with L'Oreal Paris, and what the company’s famous “Because You’re Worth It” tagline meant to her were all topics of conversation.

“Everything I said in this campaign was genuinely from my heart because, in each one of us as women, we faced that one situation that hurt us the most yet taught us so much and made us stronger,” Omran told the audience, as she expressed her happiness about being a part of the event.

“The slogan is changing its meaning inside me year by year because my perspective of myself is changing as I grow older. At one phase of my life, it was about the number of followers on Instagram, or if a guy tells me I am beautiful. But, honestly, today it is about how I see myself and how I reflect on myself. The real value is what I see in myself when I’m without makeup and with messy hair in my home and I look at myself in the mirror. Do I love myself with my dark circles and messy hair? It’s normal to have pimples, cellulite, and you should value yourself the way you are without filters.”

She also gave people her definition of a strong woman.

“Some people think a strong woman is a woman with a loud voice who curses and walks around being rude to people, but that’s not the real definition of a strong woman to me. She’s not the one being rude to others or wearing a bold outfit. She is the one that has a style in her attitude and can adapt to the changes around her and find what is suitable for her without being rude or mean to others.”

“Lessons of Worth” are testimonials from the brand’s global ambassadors sharing their personal views on the “Because You’re Worth It” tagline.

Maya Ghantous, the manager of L'Oreal’s product division in the MENA region, said the tagline had recently marked its 50th anniversary and was the first in the world to emphasize the importance of self-worth.

It was created in 1971 by Ilon Specht, a 23-year-old female copywriter at the ad agency McCann.

It was revolutionary at the time because of its bold message and it featured a woman's voice. Most advertisements for women's products featured a male voice as it was thought to be more authoritative.

“The slogan is empowering women of all ages and backgrounds to believe in their beauty and sense of worth,” Ghantous added.

The event had other activities like engraving guests' names on products, a corner for introducing L’Oreal products, and a photoshoot booth.


Saudi Arabia participates in UN Ocean Conference for first time

Saudi Arabia participates in UN Ocean Conference for first time
Updated 29 June 2022

Saudi Arabia participates in UN Ocean Conference for first time

Saudi Arabia participates in UN Ocean Conference for first time
  • ‘Blue Saudi’ pavilion sheds light on Kingdom’s efforts in ocean regeneration

JEDDAH: June 28 marked the opening of the Saudi pavilion at the 2022 UN Ocean Conference, which takes place in Lisbon, Portugal, and runs until July 1.

The Saudi pavilion, titled “Blue Saudi,” is aimed at shedding light on the health of the Red Sea and the Kingdom’s leading role in researching its unique habitats and ecosystems, and protecting and regenerating the region.

The 2022 UN Ocean Conference, in its second edition, got underway on June 27 and is co-organized by the governments of Portugal and Kenya.

It aims to inspire a global effort to rebuild marine life, emphasizing the critical role that the oceans play in stabilizing climate systems.

The first edition of the conference was in 2017 and took place at the UN’s headquarters in New York.

This year’s conference theme is “Scaling Up Ocean Action Based on Science and Innovation for the Implementation of Goal 14: Stocktaking, Partnerships, and Solutions.”

According to the UN website, Sustainable Development Goal 14 is about “Life below water” and is one of the 17 SDGs established by the UN in 2015. The official wording is to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development.

In line with the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres stressed the importance of international unity to help oceans and marine life survive. 

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Guterres said in a statement during the opening ceremony of the conference: “The ocean connects us all — sadly we have taken the ocean for granted and today we face what I would call an ocean emergency.”

He added: “We must turn the tide. Global warming is pushing ocean temperatures to record levels, creating fiercer and more frequent storms … Much more needs to be done by all of us together.”

Saudi Arabia has previously announced several key commitments as part of broader ambitions to drive sustainability, including increasing the percentage of marine protected areas to 30 percent of its waters and planting 100 million mangroves by 2030.

Dr. Mohammad Qurban, head of the Saudi delegation to the UN Ocean Conference, said: “Our presence at this globally significant conference demonstrates our commitment to not only taking part in the conversation but sharing the lessons learned about our coastline and oceans.

“The goal is to play a connecting role, bringing together countries who border these waters, to ensure a comprehensive approach to protecting the Red Sea is developed and successfully delivered.”

Qurban, who is also the CEO of the Saudi National Center of Wildlife, said: “Ultimately, the Kingdom hopes to export the scientific learnings discovered and the positive application of innovative solutions, with the rest of the world, as we all unite together to confront some of the biggest challenges facing people and planet today.”

The “Blue Saudi” pavilion showcases many ambitions and ongoing efforts in the field of ocean regeneration.

Since the Red Sea is the world’s warmest and saltiest ocean, and provides a home to extensive coral reef banks and a narrow deep central axis as large in area as the Great Barrier Reef, the Kingdom is highly focused on researching these unique habitats to provide a better understanding of their challenging conditions.

It is also aiming to develop technologies to help expand coral habitats and to enable biodiversity to flourish.

On the opening day, the pavilion hosted an event to facilitate conversations around the role of science and innovation in enabling regenerative development of the Red Sea, and how meaningful partnerships and collaboration, coupled with good governance, are driving positive action in the marine environment.

To register interest and attend the event visit: www.bluesaudi.com


King Salman receives written message from Qatar emir

King Salman receives written message from Qatar emir
Updated 29 June 2022

King Salman receives written message from Qatar emir

King Salman receives written message from Qatar emir
  • Kingdom’s FM and Qatari ambassador to Saudi Arabia discussed bilateral relations and ways of enhancing them

RIYADH: King Salman received a written message from the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani on Wednesday, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The message touched on “brotherly relations” between the two countries and was received by the Kingdom’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan during a meeting with the Qatari ambassador to Saudi Arabia Bandar bin Muhammad Al-Attiyah.

The two officials discussed bilateral relations between their countries and ways of enhancing them in various fields during the meeting in Riyadh.

They also exchanged views on regional and international issues of common interest.


Diplomatic Quarter: Palestinian ambassador praises KSA generosity over decades

Diplomatic Quarter: Palestinian ambassador praises KSA generosity over decades
Updated 29 June 2022

Diplomatic Quarter: Palestinian ambassador praises KSA generosity over decades

Diplomatic Quarter: Palestinian ambassador praises KSA generosity over decades

RIYADH: Palestine’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia has praised the Kingdom for its financial assistance and support over several decades.

Basem Abdullah Al-Agha met Ahmed bin Ali Al-Baiz, assistant supervisor general for operations and programs at the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center, to discuss issues of common interest related to humanitarian affairs.

Al-Agha told Arab News on Wednesday that the talks followed on from previous meetings with KSrelief, and were “an extension of our gratitude to the Kingdom, King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and to the generous Saudi people for their ongoing support and the assistance over decades.”

Support from KSrelief reaches about 80 countries, he said.

The center offered assistance to Palestine’s Ministry of Health during the pandemic, including the provision of vaccines.

“It’s our duty to give our gratitude to the center,” Al-Agha added.

He also expressed hope that further assistance will be provided to meet Palestinians’ health needs, including support for hospitals in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza.

Saudi Arabia remains one of the top providers of financial aid for Palestine.

Between 2000-2018, the Kingdom provided more than $6.4 billion in aid to Palestine, according to the Kingdom’s humanitarian groups.

Khaled Manzlawiy, Saudi Arabia’s deputy permanent representative to the UN, said in May 2020 that the Kingdom is proud to be one of the largest donors to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.

“Knowing the role the agency serves for more than 5 million Palestinian refugees — and because of its belief in the (importance) of the Palestinian cause — the Kingdom has supported UNRWA with more than $1 billion since 1994, which the humanitarian organization described as clear evidence of the Kingdom’s wish to ensure Palestinian refugees enjoy dignity and well-being,” Manzlawiy said during a virtual briefing on the investigations of the Office of Internal Oversight Services and various UNRWA initiatives.

Saudi Arabia on April 27 this year reaffirmed to the UN its stance over Palestine, calling for end to the Israeli occupation, the establishment of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as capital, and the guaranteed right of return for refugees.

Mohammed Al-Ateeq, charge d’affaires of the permanent mission of Saudi Arabia to the UN, highlighted the Kingdom’s position during a UN Security Council session on the Middle East and Palestinian situation.


Dul Hijjah crescent moon sighted; Eid Al-Adha to begin on July 9

Dul Hijjah crescent moon sighted; Eid Al-Adha to begin on July 9
Updated 29 June 2022

Dul Hijjah crescent moon sighted; Eid Al-Adha to begin on July 9

Dul Hijjah crescent moon sighted; Eid Al-Adha to begin on July 9
  • Hajj will start on July 6 and end on July 10, with Arafat Day falling on July 8

RIYADH: Following the sighting of the crescent moon on Wednesday evening, it has been announced that the five-day Eid Al-Adha celebration will begin on July 9. This will be the 10th day of Dul Hijjah, the 12th month of the Islamic Hijri calendar.

The Eid Al-Adha celebrations commemorate the Prophet Ibrahim’s devotion to Allah. As a test of Ibrahim’s commitment to obeying his Lord’s command without question, Allah ordered him to sacrifice his son, Ismail. Ibrahim was willing to do what was asked of him but at the last moment Allah replaced Ismail with a ram. Eid Al-Adha is therefore known as the festival of sacrifice.

Dul Hijjah, which begins this year on June 30, is the month during which the Hajj pilgrimage takes place. Hajj will start on the 7th day of Dul Hijjah (July 6), and end on the 11th day of the month (July 10). Arafat Day falls on the 9th day of Dul Hijjah (July 8).

Pilgrims’ tents at Arafat, as well as accommodation in Mina and Muzdalifah, have been inspected and are fully prepared to receive the guests of God for Hajj, authorities said.

On June 4, Saudi Arabia welcomed the first foreign pilgrims to arrive in the country for Hajj since the start of COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020.

The pilgrims, who flew to Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah from Indonesia, were presented with flowers, dates and Zamzam water.


‘Exciting time’ for renewable energy collaboration between UK and Saudi Arabia, experts tell London forum

‘Exciting time’ for renewable energy collaboration between UK and Saudi Arabia, experts tell London forum
Updated 29 June 2022

‘Exciting time’ for renewable energy collaboration between UK and Saudi Arabia, experts tell London forum

‘Exciting time’ for renewable energy collaboration between UK and Saudi Arabia, experts tell London forum
  • UK-Saudi Renewable Energy Forum on June 28, organized by Saudi British Joint Business Council, brought together Saudi and UK investors and business leaders

LONDON: It is an “exciting time” to be working with Saudi Arabia and “exploring collaboration” in renewable energy, experts said at a joint UK-Saudi panel on Tuesday.

The UK-Saudi Renewable Energy Forum on June 28, organized by the Saudi British Joint Business Council, brought together Saudi and UK investors and business leaders to discuss clean energy programs in both countries and the finance available to support decarbonization and the energy transition.

Attended by a high-level Saudi official delegation, as well as a private sector delegation, the event built on the success of SBJBC’s Sustainable Investment Forum in July last year.

The event followed the recent launch of the Saudi Green and Middle East Green initiatives and the ongoing commitment from both the Saudi and British governments to invest in carbon capture, hydrogen and clean fuels in order to address climate change and meet net-zero emission targets.

“There’s been a strong regulatory evolution [in this field] across the GCC, so I think it’s a really exciting time to be getting involved in Saudi Arabia,” managing partner at Ashurst Middle East David Charlier said.

Orral Nadjari, founder and CEO at Britishvolt, agreed now was the time to be working closely with the Kingdom in the sector.

“We need to localize manufacturing and reinvent outdated supply chains, so we’re very interested in exploring collaboration with Saudi Arabia,” he said.

UK Minister for Investment Lord Grimstone was a key speaker at the event, and he said the global political will to enact change has been visible in recent years.

“We need to see more partnership between our countries. There’s a real desire for change,” he said.

“From hosting COP26 in Glasgow to welcoming key investors to the Global Investment Summit in London, the UK is deeply committed to tackling climate change at all levels.

“Investment is crucial to this, through nurturing technological developments and propelling our economy towards a cleaner, greener future.

“I’m looking forward to working with Saudi Arabia and countries the world over to commit to increasing cooperation in green technology and clean energy to work towards a more sustainable future for all,” he added.

Ahead of the forum, Lord Mayor of the City of London Vincent Keaveny said: “As we pass the halfway point between COP26 and COP27, this forum will be essential for driving progress towards global net-zero. As the world’s largest oil exporter, it’s vital that Saudi Arabia is part of the solution towards tackling climate change.”