Diriyah, Jewel of the Kingdom: AlAnoud Al-Saud — a rising star at Diriyah Gate Development Authority

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Updated 17 October 2021
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Diriyah, Jewel of the Kingdom: AlAnoud Al-Saud — a rising star at Diriyah Gate Development Authority

RIYADH: AlAnoud K. Al-Saud is the senior community officer at the Diriyah Gate Development Authority. The 24-year-old has a history of leadership roles in project management, making her one of Saudi Arabia’s rising young stars.

Often leading design projects and directing the development and implementation of business and product marketing campaigns at DGDA, AlAnoud has a bright future ahead of her.

Her journey at DGDA began as a marketing intern, quickly learning the ropes and finding herself with a full-time position just four months later. She was then promoted just a year later to the position of senior marketing officer.

In one of the latest DGDA initiatives, known as “Plant Your Land,” AlAnoud finds herself as senior community engagement officer. The upcoming campaign seeks to bring the locals of Diriyah together to afforest their lands, while encouraging good neighborliness and fostering strong relationships within the Diriyah community.

Plant Your Land aims to transform the area of Diriyah, which is widely recognized as the “Jewel of the Kingdom,” into a global hub for Saudi culture and heritage.

AlAnoud said: “I’m passionate about self-development and self-improvement in my personal life. I’m always looking to challenge myself and learn new things. That’s one reason I enjoy working in DGDA; I’ve learned great communication skills, socializing skills, and problem-solving skills that help me in my day-to-day work but also in my personal life in terms of confidence, communication.

“Diriyah is my home and where I came from. It’s definitely a dream come true to be able to work and support the same area my great-grandfathers and country came from. Giving back to my community and being there for them makes me.”

She added: “When I was a kid, I always wanted to be a doctor, that was my dream job, to save people. That’s why I feel satisfied in the community department, where I can change people’s lives by empowering them.”

Holding a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from Alfaisal University, AlAnoud finds herself in a field she was born to excel in.

While studying, AlAnoud worked for three months as Alfaisal University’s external relations coordinator, which led her to work at career expos, take on research and provide materials required for the organization and its partners.

After completing her higher education, AlAnoud undertook several courses, gaining different qualifications to boost her career and her personal development. These included a “She Means Business” certificate from the Misk Foundation, the “Strategy for Content Marketing” from the University of California, Davis, and the “Design Thinking for Innovation” from the University of Virginia.

AlAnoud speaks Arabic, English and French.

In her personal time, AlAnoud enjoyed volunteering at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh for two months in 2019, and participated in renovating classrooms in Morocco with NomuHub the same year.

In 2016, she co-founded her own business called One Plus One, an event planning company, where she spearheaded management and presentations and dealt with clients on a regular basis. One Plus One organized the Formula E VIP gala dinner in 2018, as well as the Salayel Stud for Arabian Horses VIP lunch and the VIP lounge for MDL Beast in 2019.


Saudi, Kosovo officials discuss parliamentary ties

Updated 25 May 2024
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Saudi, Kosovo officials discuss parliamentary ties

RIYADH: The Saudi-Kosovo Parliamentary Friendship Committee, led by Khalid Al-Bawardi, the committee’s chairman and Saudi Shoura Council member, met with Kosovo’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Kreshnik Ahmeti and other officials in Pristina.

Discussions aimed to boost bilateral relations and parliamentary cooperation between the Shoura Council and Kosovo Parliament, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.

Faisal Hifzi, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Albania and non-resident ambassador to Kosovo, Montenegro, and North Macedonia, attended the meeting.

Additionally, the committee met with Podujeva’s Mayor Shpejtim Bulliqi and discussed cooperation in municipal affairs. The mayor praised Saudi Arabia’s environmental conservation efforts.

The Shoura Council delegation also engaged with local companies, reviewing Kosovo’s future projects and discussing opportunities for economic cooperation.


Saudi authorities arrest 17,030 illegals in one week

Updated 25 May 2024
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Saudi authorities arrest 17,030 illegals in one week

RIYADH: Saudi authorities arrested 17,030 people in one week for breaching residency, work and border security regulations, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.

According to an official report, a total of 10,662 people were arrested for violations of residency laws, while 4,147 were held over illegal border crossing attempts, and a further 2,221 for labor-related issues.

The report showed that among the 1,119 people arrested for trying to enter the Kingdom illegally, 71 percent were Ethiopian, 27 percent Yemeni, and 2 percent were of other nationalities.

A further 65 people were caught trying to cross into neighboring countries, and 17 were held for involvement in transporting and harboring violators.

The Saudi Ministry of Interior said that anyone found to be facilitating illegal entry to the Kingdom, including providing transportation and shelter, could face imprisonment for a maximum of 15 years, a fine of up to SR1 million ($260,000), as well as confiscation of vehicles and property.

Suspected violations can be reported on the toll-free number 911 in the Makkah and Riyadh regions, and 999 or 996 in other regions of the Kingdom.


KSrelief continues aid projects in Sudan, Somalia, Lebanon and Yemen

Updated 25 May 2024
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KSrelief continues aid projects in Sudan, Somalia, Lebanon and Yemen

RIYADH: The Kingdom’s aid agency KSrelief  continued its humanitarian projects in Sudan, Somalia, Lebanon and Yemen.
In Sudan, the agency distributed 950 personal hygiene kits to displaced and needy families in Kosti, benefiting 5,463 individuals. In Wad Sharifi, 330 food parcels were provided to displaced families, benefiting 1,710 individuals. 
Meanwhile in Lebanon, KSrelief continued its implementation of the Al-Amal Charitable Bakery Project in Akkar and Miniyeh. The project distributed 150,000 loaves of bread daily to Syrian and Palestinian refugee families, or about 62,500 individuals.
In Yemen, 897 food parcels were delivered in Al-Abr, benefiting 6,237 individuals, as part of the Kingdom’s humanitarian initiative.
in Somalia, KSrelief continued providing medical services in collaboration with the Kidney Dialysis Center at Banadir Hospital in Mogadishu. The center catered to a total of 384 patients and assisted dialysis, medical examination and emergency sessions.


12 arrested in qat smuggling attempt in Saudi Arabia

Updated 25 May 2024
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12 arrested in qat smuggling attempt in Saudi Arabia

  • A separate smuggling attempt of 70kg of qat was thwarted in Jazan Region

RIYADH: Saudi authorities arrested 12 Yemeni nationals for attempting to smuggle 266kg of qat through the borders of Asir region, state news agency SPA reported.
The items were seized and handed over to the relevant authority, SPA said on Friday.
A separate smuggling attempt of 70kg of qat was thwarted in Jazan region. Border authorities said the suspects were arrested and the seized items were transferred to relevant authorities for further action.

Mostly chewed by users, Qat is a mild stimulant and illegal across most of the Arab world.

The government has urged citizens and residents to report any information they have regarding drug smuggling or sales to the General Directorate of Narcotics Control. Reports can be made by calling 911 for Makkah, Riyadh and the Eastern Province, and 999 for other regions. Alternatively, information can be emailed to [email protected]. All reports are treated confidentially.

 


Saudi foreign minister meets French counterpart, discusses bilateral relations and situation in Gaza

Updated 25 May 2024
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Saudi foreign minister meets French counterpart, discusses bilateral relations and situation in Gaza

PARIS: Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Faisal bin Farhan bin Abdullah met on Friday with French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Stephane Sejourne in Paris.

The two ministers discussed Saudi-French relations and ways to enhance them as well as improve coordination on various issues of mutual concern.

The two officials also discussed the current situation in Gaza and its surroundings and the need to deliver humanitarian assistance to the civilians in the enclave.

The meeting was attended by Saudi Ambassador to France Fahd bin Mayouf Al-Ruwaili, Foreign Minister’s Office Director General Abdulrahman Al-Dawood and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Advisor Dr. Manal Radwan.