AboutHer.com spotlights Saudi Arabian women

AboutHer.com addresses the important role of Saudi women in the Kingdom. (Shutterstock)
Updated 15 May 2018
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AboutHer.com spotlights Saudi Arabian women

RIYADH: As Saudi Arabia continues to work toward realizing its Vision 2030 objectives, a key part of which is to provide women with more support, mobility, and economic opportunities, the online portal AboutHer.com has been covering stories highlighting the various roles and realities of women in the Kingdom that often go unmentioned, with the ultimate aim of broadening the narrative of Saudi women in the media.
This year has been a period of development and monumental changes as Saudi women continue to break boundaries, set new standards, and pave the way for others to pursue their dreams. From more women filling top leadership positions, to others taking on the forces of nature to put Saudi Arabia on the map, this has been a groundbreaking phase for the Kingdom spearheaded by its women.

 

To date, a number of Saudi women have been appointed by royal decree to top leading roles this year, making them perhaps some of the most powerful women in the Kingdom.
Samar bint Mazin Saleh made history this week by becoming the commercial attaché at the Saudi Commercial Attache’s Office in Tokyo; another landmark appointment was made as Nouf Abdullah Al-Rakan became the executive director of the Saudi Arabian Federation for Cyber Security, Programming and Drones (SAFCSP); Dr. Tamador Al-Rammah was named Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Development earlier this year; and Professor Kawther bint Mousa Al-Arbash was appointed a member of the board of trustees of the King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue.
Mariam Hamidaddin became the first Saudi Arabian woman to ski the last degree to the geographic North Pole.
Mariam Hamed Fardous went on to set the record as the first woman from Saudi Arabia — and the third woman worldwide — to dive in the North Pole.
From sports, to style, to government, AboutHer.com addresses the contributions and important role of Saudi women in the Kingdom’s advancement and journey toward modernization.

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This year has been a period of development and monumental changes as Saudi women continue to break boundaries, set new standards, and pave the way for others to pursue their dreams.


Majlis culture brings a little Saudi warmth to freezing Davos

At a five-star hotel in Davos, the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority has sponsored a prominent display proclaiming ‘The future-forward economy — Invest Saudi.’ (AN photo)
Updated 23 January 2019
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Majlis culture brings a little Saudi warmth to freezing Davos

  • The Misk Pavilion is one of the many signs of the Kingdom’s enthusiastic involvement in the world’s biggest gathering of political, business and thought leaders

DAVOS: From the sub-zero temperatures of the icy Davos Promenade you are ushered through a glass door into the warmth of a desert majlis, with works by young Saudi artists on the walls and traditional Arabian delicacies being served. It is quite a culture shock.

The Davos majlis is the work of the Misk Global Forum (MGF), the international arm of the organization founded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to promote youth empowerment. 

The Misk Pavilion is one of the many signs of the Kingdom’s enthusiastic involvement in the world’s biggest gathering of political, business and thought leaders.

“The Kingdom’s participation in WEF 2019 highlights its role in developing the regional and global economy, and reflects the nation’s continuing ambition for sustainable development,” said Bader Al-Asaker, head of the crown prince’s private office and chairman of the Misk Initiatives Center. 

The Saudi delegation’s HQ overlooks the main congress hall, inside the Davos security cordon. 

At a nearby five-star hotel, the Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority has sponsored a prominent display proclaiming: “The future-forward economy — Invest Saudi.” 

This is the second year Misk has been prominent at Davos. As well as the majlis, its pavilion offers visitors the chance to immerse themselves in modern Saudi art via a virtual reality tour of the work of four young artists.

Misk is organizing daily events there, building up to a power breakfast with leading executives on Friday on the theme of youth empowerment.

“In an age of profound economic disruption, we regard young people as the problem-solvers, not a problem to be solved,” said MGF executive manager Shaima Hamidaddin.

“We’re holding interactive discussions on how to empower young people to be the architects of the future economy, not the tenants of it.”