Adhlal’s Majlis brings together design community at Hayy Jameel

Special Adhlal’s Majlis brings together design community at Hayy Jameel
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Adhlal, in collaboration with Saudia Airline, organized a meetup for designers at Hayy Jameel Jeddah. (AN Photo/Mohammed Almanea)
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Adhlal, in collaboration with Saudia Airline, organized a meetup for designers at Hayy Jameel Jeddah. (AN Photo/Mohammed Almanea)
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Founder and CEO of Adhlal Princess Nourah Al-Faisal. (AN Photo/Mohammed Almanea)
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Group Chief Marketing Officer Saudia Airline Khaled Tash. (AN Photo/Mohammed Almanea)
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Updated 13 December 2023
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Adhlal’s Majlis brings together design community at Hayy Jameel

Adhlal’s Majlis brings together design community at Hayy Jameel
  • Event is part of Adhlal’s broader Majlis gatherings initiative, which aims to improve relationships and knowledge among Saudi Arabia’s design community
  • Adhlal is a key player in fostering the continued growth of the Saudi design community and offers evidence and research-based services

JEDDAH: In its commitment to fostering the growth and development of the emerging Saudi design community, Adhlal organized a meetup for designers at Hayy Jameel Jeddah in collaboration with Saudia airline.

The event is part of Adhlal’s broader Majlis gatherings initiative, which aims to improve relationships and knowledge among Saudi Arabia’s design community’s members in different cities.

Adhlal is a key player in fostering the continued growth of the Saudi design community and offers evidence and research-based services.

The Adhlal Majlis events provide a forum for professionals, experts and students from various design fields to interact and share knowledge, which in turn enhances Saudi Arabia’s thriving design industry.

Founder and CEO Princess Nourah Al-Faisal emphasized the importance of gaining experience for emerging talents and understanding the various stakeholders in the design ecosystem.

She told Arab News: “At Adhlal, we are trying to connect the dots between the design community, students and potential employers, facilitating early-stage connections that enable students to develop their talents and transition seamlessly into the job market.”

The collaboration with Saudia airline reflects Adhlal’s commitment to delivering the best to designers, manufacturers, government entities and professional bodies.

Khaled Tash, group chief marketing officer at Saudia, highlighted the significance of design in enhancing the customer experience.

He told Arab News: “There are endless opportunities for design to improve and enrich this customer journey, from trip preparation to the in-flight experience.”

Tash emphasized that the collaboration aims to go beyond brainstorming, with a focus on implementing the best ideas into the market. The goal is to benefit designers, Saudia as an airline and, most importantly, the customers so they can enjoy an enhanced and memorable travel experience.

“We are very keen on making sure that this is not just a brainstorming platform … we want to make sure that there is a process that takes the best of these ideas and implements them in the market so that they can actually be beneficial … for the designer, for us as an airline, but most importantly beneficial for the customers and the travelers who will have a better experience and who will in enjoy their flights better and hopefully have lasting memories from their trips,” he said.

Among the attendees was Moataz Al-Karidmi, a Saudi industrial designer and educator at Effat University.

Al-Karidmi shared his positive experience with Adhlal, highlighting the impact of the Saudi Cup competition on his life: “Winning the first prize for designing trophies for the Red Sea category opened doors for me,” he said, “Exposure for industrial and product designers is very important and that is why am attending today’s Majlis.”

Al-Karidmi praised Adhlal’s current efforts. “What Adhlal is doing now is exposing us more to the better,” he said. “So, as you can see, we’re doing Majlis all around Saudi, and that’s why I’m showing up to most of them because I want to support the community.”


Saudi, Iraq officials meet to discuss border security

Saudi, Iraq officials meet to discuss border security
Updated 22 May 2024
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Saudi, Iraq officials meet to discuss border security

Saudi, Iraq officials meet to discuss border security

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and Iraq officials have been meeting in Baghdad to discuss border-security issues, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

Maj. Gen. Shayie bin Salem Al-Wadaani, director-general of Saudi Arabia’s Border Guards, led the Kingdom’s delegation at Iraq’s Ministry of Interior headquarters.

During the meeting, the officials discussed ways to enhance security cooperation, the SPA reported.


Saudi crown prince reassures nation about king’s health during Cabinet meeting

Saudi crown prince reassures nation about king’s health during Cabinet meeting
Updated 22 May 2024
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Saudi crown prince reassures nation about king’s health during Cabinet meeting

Saudi crown prince reassures nation about king’s health during Cabinet meeting
  • King Salman is undergoing treatment for lung inflammation
  • Crown prince briefed council on outcomes of Arab League Summit

RIYADH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman made reassuring comments about King Salman’s health during a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Saudi Press Agency reported.

The king underwent medical tests at royal clinics at Al-Salam Palace on Sunday after he suffered from a high temperature and joint pain, SPA said. 

He was diagnosed with lung inflammation and prescribed a course of antibiotics as treatement at the palace in Jeddah.

The crown prince also briefed the council on the outcomes of the Arab League Summit, emphasizing the Kingdom's commitment to Arab issues, joint action development, regional security enhancement, and defending Arab interests.

Minister of Information Salman bin Youssef Al-Dosari stated after the session that the council discussed recent state activities, particularly efforts to strengthen regional and international cooperation.

The council affirmed the Kingdom's commitment to international cooperation in combating money laundering, terrorist financing, and corruption.

The Saudi cabinet also granted authority to the Minister of Energy, Prince Abdulaziz Bin Salman, to finalize a memorandum of understanding with Pakistan on energy cooperation. 

The cabinet also approved the Kingdom's accession to an international agreement on wetlands of international importance, particularly as habitats for waterbirds.


Saudi, Japanese culture ministers discuss cooperation

Saudi, Japanese culture ministers discuss cooperation
Updated 22 May 2024
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Saudi, Japanese culture ministers discuss cooperation

Saudi, Japanese culture ministers discuss cooperation

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Farhan met in Tokyo on Tuesday his Japanese counterpart Masahito Moriyama.

The pair discussed enhancing cultural cooperation between the two countries within the Saudi-Japan Vision 2030.

Prince Badr said the Kingdom’s participation in Expo 2025 Osaka will offer opportunities to learn about the Saudi culture, history, and future vision.

Moriyama thanked Prince Badr for the Saudi ministry’s efforts in opening new horizons to enhance cultural exchange between the two countries.


Saudi deputy foreign minister offers condolences to Iran over death of president

Saudi deputy foreign minister offers condolences to Iran over death of president
Updated 22 May 2024
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Saudi deputy foreign minister offers condolences to Iran over death of president

Saudi deputy foreign minister offers condolences to Iran over death of president
  • Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian died on Sunday when their helicopter crashed in dense fog

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s deputy minister of foreign affairs, Waleed Elkhereiji, on Tuesday offered condolences and sympathy to Iran following the deaths of President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in a helicopter crash.

Elkhereiji delivered the message, on behalf of Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, to the Iranian ambassador to the Kingdom, Alireza Enayatiat, at the nation’s embassy in Riyadh, the Saudi foreign ministry said. He was accompanied by Abdulmajeed Al-Samari, the deputy minister for protocol affairs, who similarly expressed his condolences.

The Iranian president, foreign minister and six other people were killed on Sunday when the helicopter they were traveling in crashed amid dense fog in mountainous terrain near the border with Azerbaijan.


Saudi Arabia, Japan leaders exchange views in video summit meeting

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio held a productive video meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday. (SPA)
Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio held a productive video meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 22 May 2024
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Saudi Arabia, Japan leaders exchange views in video summit meeting

Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio held a productive video meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Tuesday. (SPA)
  • The crown prince expressed his desire to visit Japan as soon as possible to further strengthen ties with Japan
  • Kishida expressed his wishes for King Salman’s early recovery

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio held a productive video meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the prime minister of Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday.
Kishida offered his best wishes for King Salman’s health, a gesture that was appreciated by the crown prince.
The crown prince expressed his desire to visit Japan as soon as possible to further strengthen ties with Japan. Kishida expressed his wishes for King Salman’s early recovery and said that he was also looking forward to strengthening the strategic partnership between Japan and Saudi Arabia, according to the foreign ministry in Tokyo.
As the two countries approach the 70th anniversary of their diplomatic relations, the Japanese prime minister expressed his desire to work even more closely with Saudi Arabia. He emphasized the shared goal of realizing peace and stability in the Middle East, a sentiment that was echoed by the crown prince. The leaders agreed to establish a “strategic partnership council” chaired by them to further strengthen bilateral relations.
Kishida expressed gratitude for Saudi Arabia’s stable supply of crude oil to Japan over the years. He also expressed his anticipation for Saudi Arabia to continue playing a leading role in stabilizing the global oil market, including through production increases, a sentiment that was appreciated by the crown prince.
Kishida added that he would like to cooperate in establishing a global supply chain for clean energy, such as hydrogen and ammonia, and promote cooperation in the field of mineral resources while using Japanese technology under the “lighthouse initiative” agreed between the two countries in July last year.
The crown prince said that Saudi Arabia would like to cooperate with Japan in various areas, including clean energy, and the Kingdom remained committed to providing a stable supply of crude oil to Japan.
Kishida expressed interest in creating business opportunities in Saudi Arabia, and making direct investments in Japan in a wide range of fields, including construction, power transmission, hydrogen, digital fields, information and communications technology, space, health, medicine, food and agriculture.
He also said that he would like to work together to achieve an early realization of the Japan-GCC free trade agreement. This agreement, once implemented, will significantly boost trade and investment between Japan and the GCC countries, creating new business opportunities and fostering economic growth. Negotiations are scheduled to resume soon.
The crown prince said that he welcomed the resumption of negotiations for the Japan-GCC free trade agreement and cooperation with Japan in fields beyond energy.
On peace and security, Kishida explained Japan’s diplomatic efforts and contributions in Gaza, including humanitarian aid and diplomatic initiatives. The crown prince said that he envisioned continued cooperation with Japan on diplomatic efforts to realize peace and stability, appreciating Japan’s active role in the region.
Kishida said that he would be pleased to hand over the symbolic “torch” of the expo to Saudi Arabia following Expo 2025 in Osaka-Kansai. This act symbolizes the continuation of the spirit of international cooperation and cultural exchange. He added that he would like to encourage cultural exchanges in entertainment, tourism, academia and football.
The crown prince said that Japan was an outstanding country in terms of culture and that he sought to strengthen cooperation with Japan in this area.
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