The Saudi Arabia’s Vision of 2030 includes the empowering of women in all fields, and for the past two years, the Kingdom had undergone huge transitions and changes for women, under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
These changes resulted in an elevation in women’s status, it led them to shine in different sectors, proving their capabilities in the workforce. There’s no doubt that we have been witnessing many firsts these past years, the first Saudi woman to lead, the first Saudi female lawyer, and so many more.
In the light of the International day for women, a day where extraordinary women are celebrated, and their great achievements are spoken of. Then it’s our duty to highlight some of Saudi’s remarkable women, who are helping break that glass ceiling and prove every woman capable of doing anything and excelling in it.
Princess Reema bint Bandar made history last month, by becoming the first Saudi woman to be made an ambassador, and she was named Saudi Arabia’s top diplomat in the US. Princes Reema is a recognized global figure, who is taking advantage of her position by shedding the light on women’s empowerment in the Kingdom.
She spoke publicly about how women in Saudi Arabia are getting included in the workforce, and that this liberalization is an ‘evolution, not Westernization.’
“Of course, she is an inspiring figure and has been supporting women in so many fields, such as sports, health, work and financial independence,”
Dominique Mineur, Belgium’s ambassador to Riyadh, said. “It’s a logical appointment considering the role she has played.”
The female athletes of Saudi Arabia are not only getting renowned on a domestic level, but they are also making headlines around the world for their success at international sporting events, including the Rio 2016 Olympics and the London 2012 Olympics.
And now, history is being made once again, by appointing Saudi Arabia’s first ever female sports commentator. Heela Al Farraj, a TV presenter and a sports enthusiast who made the perfect fit to be commenting live, on the Saudi Arabia’s first Gulf Women’s Football Tournament.
“I am thrilled and all the comments I am reading are positive, except a few. My people, country and leaders are supporting women empowerment and I thank them for that,” Heela Al Farraj said.
3- Dr. Samar Al-Hamoud: First Middle Eastern Chair of WHO’s Cancer Research Committee
Al-Hamoud isn’t only the first Saudi woman to be chosen for this role, but is also the first ever Middle Eastern to take on such an honorable position. She is the consultant for colorectal cancer surgery at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh. She also used to be a member of the Committee for the Study of Evidence and Evidence Findings for Early Detection and Prevention of Colorectal Cancer.
A summary of its most important findings was published in The New England Journal of Medicine, which is one of the world’s leading medical journals.
“I consider this a reflection for everything Saudi Arabia has accomplished so far, especially with Saudi women assuming these esteemed positions.”
4- Jamilah Al-Atram: Saudi’s First Female Lawyer
In what was considered to be a historical for Saudi Arabia, lawyer Jamilah Al-Atram was the first woman to register as a legal practitioner in the country’s Qassim province. She trained to be a lawyer and a public notary, “The Ministry of Justice aims to empower more women to join the ministry and serve the country. We need more women to practice law, which is now a male-dominated field.”
“There is no discrimination between men and women in the courtroom. I encourage more women to pursue the legal career to represent all layers of society,” said Al-Atram
5- First Saudi Women at the Forefront of Fine Dining
Female chefs have taken over the kitchen of the Ritz Carlton, one of Riyadh’s most visited establishment, where fine food of international cuisines and traditional Saudi Arabian delicacies, are served. The female chefs includes, Al-Maha Al-Dossary, sushi chefs Habeeba Abdullah and Um Abdullah Al-Maliki.
Hotel manager Mohammed Marghalani said, “The Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh is working in line with Saudi’s Vision 2030 in employing females in all departments of the hotel, culinary included. However, we haven’t recruited them simply because they are women but because they are competent and excel in what they do, and that has always been our vision: To have a dedicated team of professionals that work together.”
6- Lina Al-Maeena: One of the First Saudi women to climb Mount Everest
A woman of diverse and many talents, a Shoura Council member, Mount Everest climber and sports enthusiast. With her passion towards sports, Al-Maeena had established several projects and companies in the field, which included a ladies sports club in Jeddah; that became the first management private company to be founded by a Saudi woman.
Dr Fatma Boathman graduated in 2003 from the School of Computing and Engineering at the University of Huddesfield in the UK, where she received her Phd in “Phonology-Based Automatic Speech Recognition for Arabic.” Her work mainly focused on AI and she was introduced to pattern recognition, forecasting, phonology, phonetics, acoustics, machine learning and mathematics.
Last but not least, let’s not forget the 20 Saudi Women who were honored at the 4th Annual Sayidaty Awards for Excellence and Innovation.
- Medicine and science: Dr. Rima al-Badr, Dr. Najla al-Radadi, al-Hanuf al-Abishi
- Education: Amal Saleh Salbaa, Dalia El-Tunisi, Dr. Thunwa bint Abdullah Al Matarak al-Omri
- Economics and management: Haifa al-Dakhil, Nouf al-Rakan, Inas al-Ashqar
- Humanitarian and social work: Rima al-Ruwaisan, Sumaya al-Nasser
- Artistic innovation: Hanouf Mohammed, Reem Al Bayat, Maha Malloh
- Sports: Adwa Al Arifi, Maram al-Butairi, Aseel al-Hamad
- Challenging disabilities: Noor al-Huda Bint Adnan al-Karnous, Manal Moayad al-Jaid, Shaimaa Mafdi
If this doesn’t prove the capabilities of women dominance, I don’t know what does. From excelling in politics, to sports to technology to medicine and many other diverse fields. Proving that when given the opportunity to shine, they never disappoint. So on this day, we would like to salute each and every Saudi woman who stood for their right, broke stereotypes and helped built a better community.
Beaches of the Kingdom Are About to Get Cleaner with This New Campaign
Beaches of the Kingdom are about to get cleaner with the ‘Let’s Make Them Cleaner’ initiative, which was launched on Friday by the Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development.
Professional divers are taking part of the campaign as volunteers who are ready to clean the beaches and seabeds of Saudi Arabia, in order to save the marine environment from pollution.
The initiative is one of the events launched for Saudi and International Volunteer Day, which is celebrated every year on the 5th of December.
Entitles ‘Ataa Watan,’ the event covers several programs and activities across Saudi Arabia, they were held in partnership with government bodies and NGOs.
So far, the ministry launched five initiatives throughout this year, as part of the Voluntary Work Platform it launched on March 31, 2020.
Winter Season Set to Kick Off With Over 300 Touristic Experiences in 17 Destinations!
Residents and visitors of the Kingdom are getting ready to welcome the new year with a number of touristic experiences, as the Saudi Tourism Authority (STA) announced the kick off of its latest season of adventures on the 10th of December.
The season will until March 2021 and will offer 300 touristic experiences in 17 destinations in the Kingdom and 200 private sector establishments will take part.
Minister of Tourism Ahmed Al-Khateeb said that the winter season is part of the Saudi tourism system’s efforts with its partners to provide visitors with an amazing tourism experience, it’s a way for them to fall in love with the incredible winter climate of the Kingdom and discover its geographical diversity.
The minister also reassured visitors that the STA is extremely keen on coordinating with health authorities to implement precautionary measures against COVID-19 in order to ensure a safe tourism experience.
The STA is also quite keen on maintaining and implementing all the precautionary measures against the virus, in coordination with the health authorities.
“The authority’s efforts and initiatives are continuous with the launch of the Saudi winter season under the slogan ‘Winter is Around You’.” STA CEO Fahd Hamidaddin said.
“We count a lot on the creativity and efforts of the media to present the bright image of what the Kingdom has to offer; its charming nature and rich cultural heritage, the generosity and hospitality of its people, and its many landmarks, sites, and destinations that contribute into make the Kingdom a unique experience for all.” He added.
The tourist experience will cover campsite adventures, local cuisine, hiking, relaxation, beach activities and rural and adventure activities.
Oasis Riyadh: A 3-Month Long Event Worth of Fun Activities & More to Kick Off!
Saudi Arabia is getting ready to celebrate the New Year with three months worth of celebrations!
The General Entertainment Authority (GEA) and the International Company for Organizing Events and Activities, in cooperation with Seven Experience and Rotana audio and video company, has announced their latest project for luxury entertainment and it is set to kick off in the Kingdom’s desert.
The GEA will launch the “Oasis Riyadh” event in January and it will last for three months. The event falls under the “Ideas for Entertainment” initiative, launched by Turki Al-Shikh, chairman of the Board of Directors of GEA.
This is only the beginning! As there are 19 more entertaining ideas that Al-Shikh promised to throw, with precautionary measures in mind of course! The events will take place on a large area in one of the wild areas north of Riyadh, so that social distancing can be maintained.
According to organizer, visitors will get to enjoy a fun atmosphere with a variety of outdoor recreational activities, including concerts, sports games, and activities suitable for various visitors, with the presence of a group of the most famous international restaurants.
The event will include pavilions who will get to display and sell a wide range of unique products that goes along with the event’s theme.
The winter events will see performances from Saudi artists, featuring many aesthetic elements and entertainment nature.
We can’t wait for these festivities to kick off and we certainly can’t wait to witness what the new year will hold!