Who’s Who: Fahad Alhagbani, co-founder and CEO of Armah Sports Co.

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Updated 13 May 2024
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Who’s Who: Fahad Alhagbani, co-founder and CEO of Armah Sports Co.

Fahad Alhagbani

Fahad Alhagbani is vice chair and CEO at Armah Sports Co. where, since January 2019, he has been responsible for guiding the organization toward innovation in the fitness industry.

He co-founded Fitness Time in 2006, and by 2018, under his leadership, it had grown from one club to the largest chain in the Middle East and the 15th worldwide with 150 clubs. He was its CEO between 2015 and 2018.

After a successful IPO (initial public offering) for Fitness Time on the Saudi Stock Exchange in September 2018, he launched Armah Sports Co, reinventing fitness with the “Smart Clubs” concept to transform the market.

In November 2023, Alhagbani led the IPO for Armah Sports, setting a precedent in the fitness industry by launching two fitness chains and taking them public with only a five-year window between the two IPOs.

He has been a board member at Al-Hilal Saudi Football Club since July 2023, a member of the Saudi Olympic and Paralympic for Women in Sports Committee since June 2023, and a member of REX Roundtables for Executives since 2017, a worldwide group of 17 fitness club owners and CEOs who meet regularly to exchange insights, evaluate business performance, and discuss future industry disruptions.

With more than 25 years in the fitness industry, Alhagbani’s interest lies in creating social impact, championing healthy living, and advocating for social responsibility.

He is invested in exploring innovations and leading programs focused on development and transition within the sector.

His career in the fitness industry began in 1996, starting from a receptionist position at Body Masters, which was founded by his brother Abdulmohsen Alhagbani, and advancing to become the director of operations.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer and IT administration and management from King Saud University. He is currently pursuing an executive MBA from HEC Paris, specializing in board governance.

 


Basking in blessings: Pakistanis among celebrities sharing joy ahead of Hajj

Basking in blessings: Pakistanis among celebrities sharing joy ahead of Hajj
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Basking in blessings: Pakistanis among celebrities sharing joy ahead of Hajj

Basking in blessings: Pakistanis among celebrities sharing joy ahead of Hajj
  • High-profile figures performing Hajj this year include former Indian professional tennis player and doubles world No. 1 Sania Mirza
  • Malaysia-based public orator Zakir Abdul Karim Naik, Pakistani TV host Nida Yasir and Pakistani actress Reema Khan also performing Hajj

RIYADH: Every year Muslims from across the world gather in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah ahead of the Hajj pilgrimage, a once-in-a-lifetime spiritual journey for many.

With Hajj beginning on Friday, June 14, pilgrims will congregate in the tent city of Mina, near Makkah.

Among the worshippers will be celebrities taking time out of their busy schedules to connect with their faith.

High-profile figures performing Hajj this year include former Indian professional tennis player and doubles world No. 1 Sania Mirza; UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev; New Zealand heavyweight boxer and former professional rugby player Sonny Bill Williams; Malaysia-based Indian Islamic public orator Zakir Abdul Karim Naik; Pakistani television host and former actress Nida Yasir; and Pakistani actress, film director and producer Reema Khan.

Mirza took to social media to express her hopes and preparations for this “transformative experience,” one of the five pillars of Islam.

In a message on X, she sought “forgiveness for any wrongdoings and shortcomings,” saying that her heart is “filled with gratitude for this chance to seek redemption and spiritual renewal.”

She added: “I pray that Allah accepts my prayers and guides me on this blessed path. I am deeply fortunate and feel immensely grateful. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I embark on this journey of a lifetime. I hope to come back as a better human being with a humble heart and stronger Imaan.”

Mirza will be accompanied by her sister Anam, a fashion curator, entrepreneur and vlogger, and Anam’s Indian cricketer husband Mohammad Asaduddin, son of cricketing legend Mohammad Azharuddin.

Taking to Instagram, Anam wrote: “As I embark on the most significant journey of my life, the pilgrimage to Hajj, I wanted to share a few words with you. This journey is not just a physical one, but a deeply spiritual experience that I’ve been preparing for, both in heart and mind. It’s a time for reflection, repentance, and renewal of faith.”

Makhachev, just days after defeating Dustin Poirier in their UFC title clash, said that he and his family are heading to Makkah to perform Hajj.

Hasib Noor, a scholar with Islamic Relief UK, posted a photo with the fighter on X, writing: “In Madinah — The City of True Humanly Brotherly Love. Allah uses him for the benefit of Islam & Muslims, guides others through him.”

Sonny Bill Williams posted a video message on X with the caption: “I’ve been invited to perform Hajj, Alhamdullilah.”

Williams is only the second person to represent New Zealand in rugby union after first playing for the country in rugby league, and is one of only 43 players to have won the Rugby World Cup twice.

Naik, the founder and president of the Islamic Research Foundation and Peace TV, praised the Hajj arrangements.

In a message posted on X on Tuesday, he said that his family were invited by Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, Saudi Arabia’s Hajj minister.

It added: “Dr. Zakir Naik landed in Jeddah this morning. Alhamdulillaah 3 officials were there to receive him. On entering the VIP lounge he completed immigration & came out of the airport in less than a minute. Never did Dr. Zakir Naik experience such a fast and prompt service in his life & that too during Hajj.”

Pakistani television host Nida Yasir wrote on Instagram as she departed for Saudi Arabia: “Duaon me yaad rakheaga (remember me in prayers). Leaving for Hajj. Kaha suna mauf (Apologies for any wrongdoings).”

Pakistani television host Nida Yasir embarking on Hajj. (Supplied)

Pakistani actress Reema Khan was in Madinah ahead of Hajj.

Sharing a picture of herself on Instagram, she wrote: “Allhumdullilah arrived in Madinah on Friday morning.”


KKIA launches new route from Riyadh to Sarajevo

KKIA launches new route from Riyadh to Sarajevo
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KKIA launches new route from Riyadh to Sarajevo

KKIA launches new route from Riyadh to Sarajevo
  • Partnership with Saudi airline flyadeal will see seven weekly flights between the two cities, using an Airbus A320

RIYADH: King Khalid International Airport has announced that direct flights between Riyadh and the Bosnian capital Sarajevo will begin this month.

A partnership with Saudi airline flyadeal will see seven weekly flights between the two cities, using an Airbus A320. This could see 1,302 passengers traveling the route each week.

Ayman AboAbah, CEO of Riyadh Airports Company, which manages and operated KKIA, said: “flyadeal’s launch of this new route between Riyadh and Sarajevo supports the objectives of the Saudi Aviation Strategy, as it adds to Riyadh’s international destinations as well as its current role as the most attractive tourist, cultural, sports and entertainment destination in the region. We at RAC are targeting more international destinations to connect with Riyadh, by air in the future.”

Steven Greenway, flyadeal’s CEO, said: “flyadeal looks forward to serving our exciting summer destinations, returning to seven popular hotspots in Europe, central Asia and Egypt, with our first new route of the season launched between Riyadh and Sarajevo in Bosnia Herzegovina.”


Saudi Arabia participates in the Global Event for Defense and Security Eurosatory 2024

Saudi Arabia participates in the Global Event for Defense and Security Eurosatory 2024
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Saudi Arabia participates in the Global Event for Defense and Security Eurosatory 2024

Saudi Arabia participates in the Global Event for Defense and Security Eurosatory 2024

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is set to participate in the Global event for Defense and security Eurosatory 2024 in Paris on June 17. 
The General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI) is collaborating with the Saudi government to help organize the Kingdom’s participation in the event, which will continue until June 21.
The Saudi pavilion will include participants from the Ministry of Investment, the General Authority for Defense Development and other national institutions specializing in military industries.  
The Kingdom’s participation in Eurosatory aims to boost its position in international forums and focus on welcoming investors worldwide to the military industries sector. 
Saudi Arabia’s efforts to develop research and innovation in the military industries will be highlighted at the event. 
As part of Saudi Vision 2030, the Kingdom aims to develop national military industries capabilities, and localize this sector by over 50% by 2030.


Basking in blessings: Celebrities share their joy ahead of Hajj

Basking in blessings: Celebrities share their joy ahead of Hajj
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Basking in blessings: Celebrities share their joy ahead of Hajj

Basking in blessings: Celebrities share their joy ahead of Hajj
  • High-profile pilgrims join the millions embarking on the spiritual journey

RIYADH: Every year Muslims from across the world gather in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah ahead of the Hajj pilgrimage, a once-in-a-lifetime spiritual journey for many.

With Hajj beginning on Friday, June 14, pilgrims will congregate in the tent city of Mina, near Makkah.

Among the worshippers will be celebrities taking time out of their busy schedules to connect with their faith.

High-profile figures performing Hajj this year include former Indian professional tennis player and doubles world No. 1 Sania Mirza; UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev; New Zealand heavyweight boxer and former professional rugby player Sonny Bill Williams; Malaysia-based Indian Islamic public orator Zakir Abdul Karim Naik; Pakistani television host and former actress Nida Yasir; and Pakistani actress, film director and producer Reema Khan.

Mirza took to social media to express her hopes and preparations for this “transformative experience,” one of the five pillars of Islam.

In a message on X, she sought “forgiveness for any wrongdoings and shortcomings,” saying that her heart is “filled with gratitude for this chance to seek redemption and spiritual renewal.”

She added: “I pray that Allah accepts my prayers and guides me on this blessed path. I am deeply fortunate and feel immensely grateful. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I embark on this journey of a lifetime. I hope to come back as a better human being with a humble heart and stronger Imaan.”

Mirza will be accompanied by her sister Anam, a fashion curator, entrepreneur and vlogger, and Anam’s Indian cricketer husband Mohammad Asaduddin, son of cricketing legend Mohammad Azharuddin.

Taking to Instagram, Anam wrote: “As I embark on the most significant journey of my life, the pilgrimage to Hajj, I wanted to share a few words with you. This journey is not just a physical one, but a deeply spiritual experience that I’ve been preparing for, both in heart and mind. It’s a time for reflection, repentance, and renewal of faith.”

Makhachev, just days after defeating Dustin Poirier in their UFC title clash, said that he and his family are heading to Makkah to perform Hajj.

Hasib Noor, a scholar with Islamic Relief UK, posted a photo with the fighter on X, writing: “In Madinah — The City of True Humanly Brotherly Love. Allah uses him for the benefit of Islam & Muslims, guides others through him.”

Sonny Bill Williams posted a video message on X with the caption: “I’ve been invited to perform Hajj, Alhamdullilah.”

Williams is only the second person to represent New Zealand in rugby union after first playing for the country in rugby league, and is one of only 43 players to have won the Rugby World Cup twice.

Naik, the founder and president of the Islamic Research Foundation and Peace TV, praised the Hajj arrangements.

In a message posted on X on Tuesday, he said that his family were invited by Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, Saudi Arabia’s Hajj minister.

It added: “Dr. Zakir Naik landed in Jeddah this morning. Alhamdulillaah 3 officials were there to receive him. On entering the VIP lounge he completed immigration & came out of the airport in less than a minute. Never did Dr. Zakir Naik experience such a fast and prompt service in his life & that too during Hajj.”

Pakistani television host Nida Yasir wrote on Instagram as she departed for Saudi Arabia: “Duaon me yaad rakheaga (remember me in prayers). Leaving for Hajj. Kaha suna mauf (Apologies for any wrongdoings).”

Pakistani actress Reema Khan was in Madinah ahead of Hajj.

Sharing a picture of herself on Instagram, she wrote: “Allhumdullilah arrived in Madinah on Friday morning.”


Riyadh doctors working remotely save Jordan pilgrim from stroke in Madinah

Riyadh doctors working remotely save Jordan pilgrim from stroke in Madinah
Updated 13 June 2024
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Riyadh doctors working remotely save Jordan pilgrim from stroke in Madinah

Riyadh doctors working remotely save Jordan pilgrim from stroke in Madinah
  • The pilgrim, who has a history of chronic illness, was treated at the Madinah General Hospital

RIYADH: Doctors working remotely from Riyadh helped a 72-year-old Jordanian pilgrim in Madinah survive a stroke this week, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday.

The medical team specializing in telestroke medicine is affiliated with the Seha Virtual Hospital in Riyadh, the SPA reported.

The pilgrim, who has a history of chronic illness, was treated at the Madinah General Hospital.

In a joint effort, doctors from the Ministry of Health, the Seha Virtual Hospital, and the Madinah General Hospital located a brain clot and performed a cerebral catheterization procedure.

The pilgrim is recovering, the SPA said.

A total of 5,466 volunteers, in over 16 locations in Madinah and Makkah, are helping with first aid and emergency care for Hajj pilgrims this year.