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.
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Vintage Cars Pop in Jeddah
In five days, an international motor show, will take place in Jeddah. The Jeddah superdome, 6th December and until 10th of December, will be one of the biggest international motor shows. The exhibition is sponsored by the ministry of transport and logistics and organized by the Salah company. The Jeddah Superdome, has set a world Record for being the largest freestanding dome in the world, in contrast to the Tokyo Dome which formerly held the title, with 206 meters. Located on the Madinah Road, West of King Abdallah sport City, the Jeddah Superdome has an internal area of 24,000 square meters, and a height of 46 meters, with a diameter of 210 meters, a parking space that accommodates 5200 viceless. The exhibition includes many experiences such as drifting, with professional drivers, on dedicated racks, go karting, off road experience with SUVs with professional drivers in a dedicated circuit, and an opportunity to drive the car of your dreams. In addition to restaurants, cafes that suit all of your tastes. The exhibition includes many important car agencies and exclusive launches of many vintage and antique cars presented for the first time in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, in addition to an auction of rare classic cars, with more than 35 luxury and rare cars on display. The auction was held by the Silverstone auctioneers, the biggest UK classic car auction house. The event is the biggest in its name, and the car industry, featuring the oldest cars, but unfortunately nothing was sold.
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.