Relatives unaware of Al-Khalidi’s ‘release’

Updated 14 August 2012

Relatives unaware of Al-Khalidi’s ‘release’

Family sources have contradicted reports of the release of the Saudi diplomat Abdullah Al-Khalidi. Media reports of his release have been circulating since Sunday morning.
Al-Khalidi, Saudi deputy consul, was kidnapped in south Yemen by Al-Qaeda militants about four months ago. The kidnappers asked for millions in ransom and the release of Al-Qaeda linked women jailed in Saudi Arabia.
"The family members have neither any knowledge of the release of Al-Khalidi nor have any official intimation about his whereabouts," said a member of the Al-Khalidi family here yesterday, who preferred to remain anonymous.
"The family members have read the reports that the efforts to secure the release of Al-Khalidi backed by Saudi and Yemeni governments have failed again after the mediators bargained possibly for a higher ransom or some demands not known to us", said another family member.
Senior officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs opted to remain silent on the issue Sunday night when asked about the possible release of the kidnapped diplomat.
"A tribal mediator said they were about to reach an agreement on Aug. 12 but the talks failed on the issue of ransom amount," said a report published by Yemen Observer yesterday. The report said that upon this release, Al-Khalidi was to accompany President Hadi in his trip to Saudi Arabia.


TheFace: Deema Al-Jaafari, Saudi entrepreneur

Updated 24 January 2020

TheFace: Deema Al-Jaafari, Saudi entrepreneur

  • I truly believe that if you set limits to your abilities you will never be able to exceed them
  • I founded Teak Woodwork in Alkhobar which has extended its services to cities including Jeddah and Riyadh

For nine years, I was the only child in my family. My father was a very independent, strong character and I learned a lot from him.

Having started from zero, he taught me to work hard, seek perfection and always believe that anything was possible if you set your mind to it. 

My mother was very easy going and encouraging. She really believed in me and was always supportive. There was a balance at home for me with these two different characters.

Some people might think that being an only child for quite some time, I was spoiled and dependent. But that was never the case and I have an amazing relationship with my little sister Maha; she is my best friend.

My father works in pharmaceuticals and is chairman of the board of directors at Al-Dawaa Medical Services.

My mother was a schoolteacher before entering the world of business, and my sister is a chemical engineer. Though we are a very diverse family, we all have an appreciation for art which is evident in our household. My mother is an artist and art collector too.

I do not have a role model; there are many people I look up to in the business world and in my social life. 

I studied software engineering and worked in that field for almost a year, but although I learnt a lot I wanted more from my career. Software engineering made me think and solve problems in a different way and it played a major role in how I operate in the field of business.

I worked at Al-Dawaa for almost two years and found that I was more attracted to business and marketing than the technical side of things. That is when I decided to take on the family business, Waleed Al-Jaafari Establishment.

I run PIECES, a retail store I founded in Alkhobar in 2012 and later opened a branch in Riyadh in 2014. Now, we are working to make it an online business too.

I noticed that there was a demand in the Kingdom for custom-made furniture, and although some stores offered the service there was little choice. So, I decided to provide high-quality furniture made in Saudi Arabia.

In 2015 I founded Teak Woodwork in Alkhobar which has extended its services to cities including Jeddah and Riyadh. My father has other branches dealing with different fields, but I opted to run the retail store and woodwork services. 

I truly believe that if you set limits to your abilities you will never be able to exceed them. Once you realize that there are no limits, all doors will open for you.