Who’s Who: Bernard Roux, CEO of Thales in Saudi Arabia and Central Asia

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Updated 25 November 2023
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Who’s Who: Bernard Roux, CEO of Thales in Saudi Arabia and Central Asia

Bernard Roux

Bernard Roux has been the CEO of Thales in Saudi Arabia and Central Asia since September 2023. He is also chairman of Thales Regional Company and a board member of SAMI Thales Electronic Systems.

Thales Group is a French multinational that designs, develops and manufactures electrical systems, devices, and equipment for the aerospace, defense, transportation and security sectors.

Roux leads the growth for Thales across the region, working with key partners in the Kingdom to support Saudi Vision 2030, while also supporting the group’s expanding reach in Central Asia from the Riyadh headquarters.

He is responsible for overseeing the company’s growth across Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan.

Previously, Roux was vice chairman and CEO of Thales Emarat Technologies for four years.

He was also CEO and board member of Thales Advanced Solution Joint Venture in the UAE and prior to taking up his present position, Roux was CEO of Thales in the UAE for seven years.

Roux joined Thales in February 2008 as the deputy sales director for defense radars and command and control centers business covering France and NATO. In 2011, he became sales director for defense and security covering China, Hong Kong and Mongolia, and in September 2014, he became Thales’ country director for Afghanistan, Bahrain, Kuwait and Pakistan.

Roux began his career in 2003 with EADS Defense and Security as a program manager for unmanned air vehicles.

Roux received a master’s degree in 2004 from CentraleSupelec Engineering school. He also holds an MBA from HEC, and a postgraduate diploma in electronics from Orsay-Paris XI University.
 

 


Saudi Arabia launches Madak competition to inspire Arab youth in space sciences

The Madak competition aims to enhance the culture of research and innovation and inspire generations.
The Madak competition aims to enhance the culture of research and innovation and inspire generations.
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Saudi Arabia launches Madak competition to inspire Arab youth in space sciences

The Madak competition aims to enhance the culture of research and innovation and inspire generations.
  • Called “Space Madak,” the competition is aimed at students in the Arab world between the ages of 6 and 18
  • Winning entries will have the opportunity to journey to the International Space Station by the fourth quarter of 2024

RIYADH: The Madak competition, which was launched on Sunday by the Saudi Space Agency, aims to enhance the culture of research and innovation and inspire generations to engage in the space sciences.

Called “Space Madak,” the competition is aimed at students in the Arab world between the ages of 6 and 18. The winning entries will have the opportunity to journey to the International Space Station by the fourth quarter of 2024.

The competition comprises three tracks: the arts track targets students aged 6 to 11, the botany track from 12 to 14, and the engineering track from 15 to 18.

Supervised by Rayana Barnawi, the first female Saudi astronaut, who conducted 14 experiments aboard the ISS, the competition is a collaboration between the Misk Foundation and the Ilmi Science Discovery & Innovation Center.

Barnawi said the competition is a “unique opportunity for students in the Arab world to participate in a journey of discovery and innovation,” and will expand the horizons of young and ambitious generations while stimulating their creativity.

The objective of the competition is to cultivate skills and abilities among students in the Arab world and motivate them to explore the wonders of space.

It aims to enhance students’ critical and analytical thinking skills through the presentation of an experiment focused on studying the impact of the microgravity environment on plant growth.

The competition also aims to boost problem-solving skills by tasking participants with designing scientific experiments within a microgravity environment.

SSA CEO Mohammed Al-Tamimi said that the competition was open to all students in the Arab world, enabling them to explore a new horizon in space science and enhance their scientific skills to help enrich the space arena with pioneering contributions.

He added that Saudi Arabia, a leader in the space field, reaffirmed its commitment to stimulating creativity and excellence in the domain, both regionally and internationally.

Registration for the competition is open until April 30 at https://ssa.gov.sa/en/initiative/?path=/initiatives-1/madak-competition/

Established in 2018, the SSA was created to bolster the Kingdom’s standing as a leading regional and international center in the field of space. Its primary objectives revolve around space science and exploration, creating new opportunities within the industry while nurturing local talent to foster growth and advancement for the benefit of the nation and humanity.


Over 6m worshippers flock to Prophet’s Mosque in one week

People walk in the courtyard of the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah. (File/SPA)
People walk in the courtyard of the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah. (File/SPA)
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Over 6m worshippers flock to Prophet’s Mosque in one week

People walk in the courtyard of the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah. (File/SPA)
  • The statistics issued by the authority showed that 647,790 individuals visited the tomb of Prophet Muhammad
  • Additionally, 298,397 visitors performed prayers at Al-Rawdah Al-Sharifa

RIYADH: The General Authority for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque announced that the latter welcomed a total of 6,000,247 visitors last week, an achievement facilitated by high-quality services that enabled the crowds to perform their prayers smoothly, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

The statistics issued by the authority showed that 647,790 individuals visited the tomb of Prophet Muhammad. Additionally, 298,397 visitors performed prayers at Al-Rawdah Al-Sharifa, following organizational procedures that regulated crowd movement and designated specific prayer times for both men and women.

The authority also reported that 16,506 elderly people and individuals with disabilities were able to use electric carts provided to ease their access to the Prophet’s Mosque, while 114,532 visitors benefited from guidance services, which assisted them in navigating the various exhibitions, museums, and other areas. A total of 147,735 visitors benefited from translation services, and 12,205 sought information at the Prophet's Mosque’s library.

More than 5,400 people visited exhibitions and museums, while 30,140 used transportation services. Additionally, 146,429 gifts — including copies of the Qur’an, umbrellas, prayer mats, incense burners, flowers and sweets — were offered to visitors.

Over 160,000 bottles of Zamzam water were supplied to visitors, and 142,007 iftar meals were distributed in corridors of the mosque designated for people who had been fasting.


Ukrainian envoy praises Saudi Arabia’s ongoing aid efforts

Ambassador of Ukraine to Saudi Arabia Anatolii Petrenko   hosts an exhibition to showcase the resilience of the Ukrainian people
Ambassador of Ukraine to Saudi Arabia Anatolii Petrenko hosts an exhibition to showcase the resilience of the Ukrainian people
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Ukrainian envoy praises Saudi Arabia’s ongoing aid efforts

Ambassador of Ukraine to Saudi Arabia Anatolii Petrenko   hosts an exhibition to showcase the resilience of the Ukrainian people
  • Ukrainian Embassy in Riyadh hosts exhibition on defending homeland

RIYADH: Ambassador of Ukraine to Saudi Arabia Anatolii Petrenko extended his gratitude to the Kingdom for providing “vital” humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine as the Russia-Ukraine conflict entered its third year.

“The help of the Saudi people has been absolutely vital … and I reiterate it on every occasion to deliver a message of gratitude to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and all Saudi people for their generosity and kindness being extended to the Ukrainian people these difficult days,” Petrenko told Arab News.

On Feb. 15, the Saudi aid agency KSrelief initiated a humanitarian mission to deliver essential aid to the people of Ukraine, with flights operating from King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh to Rzeszow Airport, located near the Poland-Ukraine border.

“We have the next plane tomorrow and this is going to be tremendously important for people who are displaced in central and southern regions of Ukraine,” the ambassador said.

On Friday, KSrelief’s ninth cargo plane departed from King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, carrying 80 tons of relief materials, including generators and baby food canisters.

“This is an impressive logistical operation — 18 planes with so many appliances, generators, baby foodstuff, all currently being delivered to Ukraine literally as we speak,” Petrenko said.

“For us, this is a matter of principle that Saudi Arabia always supports Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty in accordance with international law, in accordance with key principles of the UN charter, and at the same time the Kingdom provides vital humanitarian assistance.”

Ambassador of Ukraine to Saudi Arabia Anatolii Petrenko   hosts an exhibition to showcase the resilience of the Ukrainian people in defending their lands. (Supplied)

The ambassador emphasized that the two countries continue to uphold their economic cooperation, adding that Ukrainian companies are entering Saudi markets, and Saudi companies are still operating successfully in Ukraine.

“This is impressive, and we join our efforts in moving forward with a peace formula, which is the plan to reestablish lost peace in Ukraine,” he explained.

On Sunday, the Ukrainian Embassy hosted an exhibition to showcase the resilience and determination of the Ukrainian people in defending their lands.

“On Feb. 24, two years ago, everyone in Ukraine was shocked; no one could believe it happened, but immediately, every Ukrainian realized that we had to stand up and fight otherwise we would vanish as a nation,” the envoy said.

“Our exhibition here is to showcase how we fight, how we are supported by our friends and the international community, and how we gradually build our domestic defense industry,” Petrenko added.

The ambassador delivered a speech at the exhibition along with the Ukrainian Defense Attache Col. Roman Muzychenko.

“Saudi Arabia, our host nation, consistently supports Ukraine in accordance with the key principles of the UN charter,” the ambassador highlighted during his speech.

“This exhibition is to show the resilience of the Ukrainian people and (our) determination to protect our own lands, to secure a future for Ukrainian generations, and to defend our choice of life and foreign policy,” he added.

The ambassador explained that the exhibition showcases the support Ukrainians are receiving, how they are fighting, and how they are developing their capacities. It highlights that “Ukrainians will not compromise on their national security interests in any way,” he added.

Petrenko concluded the interview with Arab News with a final message, stating: “Ukraine wants peace, but that peace must be just and lasting and in accordance with international law and every Ukrainian is more than focused and more than determined to continue to defend the country … remembering that this is our future and this is in our hands.”


Saudi king, crown prince congratulate Kuwait’s emir on National Day

Saudi king, crown prince congratulate Kuwait’s emir on National Day
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Saudi king, crown prince congratulate Kuwait’s emir on National Day

Saudi king, crown prince congratulate Kuwait’s emir on National Day

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent on Sunday a congratulatory telegram to Sheikh Mishal Al-Sabah, emir of Kuwait, on the occasion of his country’s National Day.

King Salman and the crown prince wished the emir and the people of Kuwait good health and happiness.

Kuwait celebrated its 63rd National Day and its 33rd Liberation Day from Iraq.  

Buildings around the country were covered in lights in the colours of Kuwait’s flag. 


Two Saudi planes deliver trucks, forklifts to support Egyptian relief efforts for Gaza

Two Saudi planes deliver trucks, forklifts to support Egyptian relief efforts for Gaza
Updated 25 February 2024
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Two Saudi planes deliver trucks, forklifts to support Egyptian relief efforts for Gaza

Two Saudi planes deliver trucks, forklifts to support Egyptian relief efforts for Gaza
  • KSrelief teams also continued food distribution efforts in crisis-affected Lebanon and Sudan

RIYADH: Two Saudi aid planes, carrying trucks and forklifts to help relief efforts for Gaza, arrived in Egypt’s El-Arish International Airport, state news agency SPA reported.

The two trucks and forklifts were delivered to the Egyptian Red Crescent to facilitate the loading and transportation of aid arriving at El-Arish for the people of Gaza.

The aid marked the 39th and 40th Saudi relief planes dispatched by aid agency KSrelief since the launch of a national campaign in Saudi Arabia in November last year to support the Palestinian people in Gaza.

Israel’s intense bombardment on Gaza since Oct. 7 has killed almost 30,000 Palestinians and displaced about 2.4 million people.

“This comes within the framework of the historical role of the Kingdom, known for its longstanding commitment to standing by needy and affected countries and peoples around the world in various crises and challenges they face,” KSrelief said in a statement.

Meanwhile, KSrelief teams continued food distribution efforts in crisis-affected Lebanon and Sudan.

Syrian and Palestinian refugees, as well as the host community in northern Lebanon, receive bread daily. (Supplied)

A total of 25,000 bags of bread are being distributed daily among Syrian and Palestinian refugees, as well as the host community in northern Lebanon, as part of Al-Amal Charitable Bakery project, in Akkar Governorate and Al-Minieh District.

In Sudan, 2,570 beneficiaries in El-Suki locality of Sennar State received 641 food baskets as part of the Food Security Support Project.