Hasan Al-Zahrani, executive director at Saudi Aramco

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Updated 17 January 2021

Hasan Al-Zahrani, executive director at Saudi Aramco

Hasan Al-Zahrani has been the executive director of power systems at Saudi Aramco since December.

Al-Zahrani received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. He also obtained a master’s degree from the University of Hull, and his Ph.D. in engineering management from Dublin City University.

Al-Zahrani, former president and CEO of Luberef, a Saudi Aramco-Jadwa joint venture whose main line of business is to produce and market base oil locally and globally, has been working for Aramco since 1980. Most of his services were in upstream and downstream, facility planning and central engineering.

He progressed to become president of Luberef, a position he held from 2012 to 2015. Before that, he had been the general manager of the company’s downstream project management department. Over several years, he led the consulting services department, considered the technical think tank in several engineering disciplines serving all surface production facilities.

He also served as head of his company’s facilities planning department, which is responsible for planning and developing capital investment programs. Moreover, he has served as manager of production facilities at various onshore and offshore oil and gas fields.

Al-Zahrani believes that a chairperson should be a thought leader, and that they should have the skills of strategy formulation, and be able to make decisions with the minimum data available. He added, in an interview with the GCC Board Directors Institute’s channel (GBDI), that a true leader should also be capable of analyzing data.


Saudi fashions ‘tell the world a story’

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Saudi fashions ‘tell the world a story’

  • Eye-catching traditional pieces that women wear on key occasions highlight the Kingdom’s diverse heritage

MAKKAH: With Saudi Arabia’s diverse and colorful cultural traditions, fashion serves as a medium where foreigners and citizens can meet.
Fashion has always been an important part of how people define themselves and others, and Saudi Arabia’s traditional clothing is no different.
Those who watched the Saudi Cup horse race coverage would have noticed that many racegoers, including foreigners living in the Kingdom, donned eye-catching pieces from the Kingdom’s regions, while others made sure they showed off traditional fashion items

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For almost 12 years, Brandi Janow has made Saudi Arabia her home. Janow, who calls herself an “American Saudi,” caught the eye of photographers at the Saudi Cup with her striking red hair and gold coin headpiece while wearing a farwa (heavy overcoat) featuring a Sadu piece, or traditional embroidery of the region, on her coat lapels.
Janow told Arab News that she felt welcome and comfortable since moving to the Kingdom, and dressed according to the traditions of the land.
“The fashion scene was remarkable at the Saudi Cup. I am going to dub it the ‘Met Gala’ of Saudi Arabia in future. Saudi Arabia has such an old fashion heritage, so it was wonderful to be able to take a trip through history and to tell the world a story,” she said.

Saudi Arabia has changed immensely since 2009, and that is something I have appreciated witnessing.

Brandi Janow

“As a history lover, this is probably one of the best places that I can be to see so many remarkable sights with my own eyes,” she added.
Celebrating Saudi Arabia’s heritage, fashionable guests appeared in pieces that highlighted the Kingdom’s diverse heritage, including intricately embroidered daglahs for men and the heavily embellished zaboon worn by the women of Hijaz.
Janow calls Saudi Arabia her home and is “happy my journey brought me here.”

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• For almost 12 years, Brandi Janow has made Saudi Arabia her home. Janow, who calls herself an ‘American Saudi,’ caught the eye of photographers at the Saudi Cup with her striking red hair and gold coin headpiece while wearing a farwa (heavy overcoat) featuring a Sadu piece, or traditional embroidery of the region, on her coat lapels.  

• Janow told Arab News that she felt welcome and comfortable since moving to the Kingdom, and dressed according to the traditions of the land. She calls Saudi Arabia her home and is ‘happy my journey brought me here.’

The private sector worker is also the program director for art, culture, media and entertainment at the American Chamber of Commerce in the Kingdom and also manages Smuug, a small business where she designs and sells products based on her illustrations

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“Before I came to Saudi Arabia I had never traveled outside North America, so I was quite excited to see a new place. I cannot say that I ever experienced culture shock, but I was in awe of how different the country was from my own. It is really beautiful how big the world is, and how different (and the same) we all are,” she said.
“Saudi Arabia has changed immensely since 2009, and that is something I have appreciated witnessing. I really think that humanity cannot prosper without change, growth and evolution.
“This is the natural way of life. As someone who works in the creative industry, it has been such a pleasure to watch the blossoming of talent,” said Janow.


Who’s Who: May Mohammed Al-Rashed, College of Nursing dean at King Saud University

Updated 27 February 2021

Who’s Who: May Mohammed Al-Rashed, College of Nursing dean at King Saud University

The service of May Mohammed Al-Rashed, who has been dean of the College of Nursing at King Saud University (KSU) since 2018, was recently extended for two more years.

Al-Rashed received a bachelor’s degree in clinical laboratory sciences from the College of Applied Medical Sciences (CAMS) in 1996 from KSU.

Six years later, she was awarded a master’s degree in clinical laboratory sciences, majoring in biochemistry, from the same college.

In 2014, she obtained her Ph.D. in molecular genetics from University College London (UCL), UK.

Al-Rashed has served as deputy of the clinical laboratory sciences department at CAMS. She has also been an assistant professor at the clinical laboratory sciences department in CAMS. From 2008 to 2009, she was the deputy of the dental health department at CAMS.

Prior to that, Al-Rashed worked as a lecturer in the clinical laboratory sciences department at CAMS, where she taught clinical biochemistry, the inborn error of metabolism, clinical enzymology, scientific writing and research methodology, from 2002 to 208.

For five years beginning in 1997, she served as a medical technologist in the clinical laboratory sciences department at CAMS; teaching practical laboratory skills and techniques, preparing reagents and design experiments for basic and advanced biochemistry courses.

Between 1996 and 1997, she served her internship at the Riyadh-based King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center (KFSH&RC).

She is an expert in molecular genetics techniques including DNA extraction, PCR, cloning, DNA sequencing, homozygosity mapping and next-generation sequencing.


KSU and Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property sign exchange deal

Updated 27 February 2021

KSU and Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property sign exchange deal

RIYADH: King Saud University (KSU) and the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property (SAIP) have signed a memorandum of cooperation and mutual understanding to support the academic alliance to carry out research and development in the fields of intellectual property, information management, and data exchange so that the research serves as the reference and legal umbrella for all future projects the two parties seek to implement, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported on Saturday.

The MoC was co-signed by KSU President Dr. Badran bin Abdulrahman Al-Omar and SAIP CEO Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohammed Al-Suwailem.

The signing of the MoC comes based on the principle of joint and continuous cooperation between KSU and the government sector in the Kingdom. This move also reflects belief in the importance of intellectual property rights for enabling universities and scientific research institutions to protect and enforce these rights.

Under this MoC, the two parties will cooperate in studies and research specialized in intellectual property policies and systems in accordance with the best practices and regional and global methodologies, the scientific and practical applications of the results of these studies, exchanging advice and experiences in the field of emerging technologies and the applications of digital environment and artificial intelligence, training and developing human resources in this promising field, and contributing to the investment in and the employment of intellectual property rights to achieve economic and social development in the Kingdom.

In addition, the two parties, under the MoC, will prepare and design academic and training curricula in the fields of intellectual property in order to enrich the local and Arab knowledge content on intellectual property issues.

KSU is a local and regional pioneer in the field of intellectual property rights, in general, and patents, in particular, owing to the role of the Entrepreneurship Institute, which is supervised by Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Al-Harkan. KSU has over 1,450 patents and is among the best 100 universities in the world for the seventh year in a row, the last of which was 2020, in terms of the number of patents granted.

KSU is the largest depositary of patents – compared with the universities of the world – for the Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property, with over 450 patents. This highlights the accuracy of the scientific methodology adopted by the KSU administration to care for the fields of intellectual property for the university’s employees and develop it at the scientific and practical levels in accordance with the best international practices.

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Arab states reject US report on Khashoggi murder, ‘infringement of Saudi Arabian sovereignty’

Updated 28 February 2021

Arab states reject US report on Khashoggi murder, ‘infringement of Saudi Arabian sovereignty’

  • Arab Parliament stresses pivotal role that the Kingdom plays in consolidating security in the Arab region
  • Pakistan voice support for Saudi Arabia over US Khashoggi report

RIYADH: Arab countries and groups expressed their support on Saturday for Saudi Arabia’s rejection of a report to the US Congress on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Bahrain’s Shoura Council affirmed “the prominent and pivotal role played by Saudi Arabia, under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to lay down the foundations of regional and global security and peace.”

Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry said it rejected anything that infringed the sovereignty of Saudi Arabia. The council also praised diplomatic efforts exerted by Saudi Arabia through its foreign diplomacy in the region and the world, Bahrain News Agency (BNA) reported.

The UAE expressed its confidence in and support for the Saudi judiciary, and the Kingdom’s commitment to enforcing the law with transparency and integrity and to holding those responsible for the murder to account. It affirmed its solidarity with Saudi Arabia in its efforts to maintain stability and security in the region and its key role in maintaining moderation in the Arab world.

The UAE rejected any attempts to exploit the Khashoggi case or interfere in Saudi internal affairs, the ministry said.

Kuwait’s Foreign Ministry stressed the important role played by the Kingdom in supporting moderation and denouncing extremism. It categorically rejected any attempts to infringe Saudi sovereignty.

Oman’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also expressed solidarity with the Kingdom, and said it appreciated the efforts and actions of the competent judicial authorities in the Kingdom.

Oman’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also expressed the Sultanate's solidarity with the Kingdom, saying it appreciated the efforts and actions of the competent judicial authorities in the Kingdom regarding the case and its outcome.

The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation rejected “the incorrect conclusions” in the US report, which was “devoid of any conclusive evidence.” It also rejected attempts to infringe on the Kingdom’s sovereignty, insult its leadership and compromise the independence of its judiciary.

It expressed support for all judicial measures that were taken against the perpetrators of the murder who were brought to justice.

The Muslim World League (MWL) also affirmed its full support for Saudi Arabia’s statement.

MWL secretary-general Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa said the league rejects the conclusions of the report and affirmed the confidence of the Muslim world, led by Saudi Arabia, in all measures taken by the Kingdom.

Al-Issa added that the league rejects any interference that affects the Kingdom’s sovereignty. The Arab Parliament affirmed its support for the Saudi statement and expressed its categorical rejection of any infringement of the sovereignty of the Kingdom and the independence of its judiciary.

The parliament stressed the pivotal role that the Kingdom plays in consolidating security and stability in the Arab region and the Middle East and its policy of supporting international peace.

The Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Dr. Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajjraf, affirmed his appreciation for the pivotal role the Kingdom plays in enhancing regional and international security and peace, and its great role in combating terrorism and supporting the efforts of the international community in this regard.

Al-Hajraf said the report is nothing more than an opinion that is devoid of any conclusive evidence. He expressed his support for any measures that the Kingdom takes in order to preserve its rights and support its role in promoting a culture of moderation.

Yemen also rejected everything that might affect the sovereignty of the Kingdom and the independence of its judiciary.

Pakistan's foreign ministry said it had noted that the Saudi government termed Khashoggi’s murder as an “abhorrent crime” and a “flagrant violation of the Kingdom’s laws and values.”
“The Saudi government has further underlined that it took all possible measures within its legal system to ensure that the individuals responsible were properly investigated, convicted and sentenced and that justice was served. Pakistan recognizes Saudi efforts in this regard and expresses solidarity with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” the ministry said in a statement. 
“Pakistan underscores adherence to the rule of law, respect for national sovereignty, and protection and promotion of human rights by all states, in accordance with their respective constitutional frameworks and international obligations,” it added.

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COVID-19 cases force closure of 10 mosques

Updated 27 February 2021

COVID-19 cases force closure of 10 mosques

  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 368,011
  • Ministry reports 338 new cases, 320 recoveries, 5 deaths

JEDDAH: Saudi health officials have sought to reassure people over the interval between COVID-19 vaccinations as the Kingdom steps up its inoculation program with an increase in the number of vaccine centers.
Responding to questions on social media about the time period between the respective shots, the ministry said that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has three to six weeks between jabs, while the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot has eight to 12 weeks. More than 630,000 people have been vaccinated so far.
The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance on Saturday temporarily shut down 10 mosques in five regions after 12 cases of coronavirus were confirmed among worshippers.
Virus cases have led to 168 mosques being shut temporarily in the past 20 days, with 153 reopening after precautionary measures were completed.
A total of 338 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, meaning 377,061 people have now contracted the disease.

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377,061 Total cases

368,011 Recoveries

6,488 Deaths

There were 2,562 active cases, 475 of them critical.
The ministry recorded 320 new recoveries, taking the total to 368,011 while five new deaths were reported, raising the toll to 6,488.
Saudi Arabia’s recovery rate stands at 97.59 percent.
Almost 13.5 million PCR tests have been conducted in the Kingdom since the beginning of the pandemic, with 39,707 carried out in the past 24 hours.

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