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International Women’s Day: Highlighting The Female Saudi Dominance

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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.

1- Princess Reema bint Bandar: Saudi’s First Female Ambassador

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.”

2- Heela Al Farraj: Saudi’s First Female Sports Commentator

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

Samar Al-Hamoud was appointed for the position last year in November

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

Lawyer Jamila Al-Atram was appointed for the position last year in July

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

The hotel first employed women in their kitchen in 2016

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.

7- Dr Fatma Boathman: First Saudi Woman with a Phd in Artificial intelligence

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.

  1. Medicine and science: Dr. Rima al-Badr, Dr. Najla al-Radadi, al-Hanuf al-Abishi
  2. Education: Amal Saleh Salbaa, Dalia El-Tunisi, Dr. Thunwa bint Abdullah Al Matarak al-Omri
  3. Economics and management: Haifa al-Dakhil, Nouf al-Rakan, Inas al-Ashqar
  4. Humanitarian and social work: Rima al-Ruwaisan, Sumaya al-Nasser
  5. Artistic innovation: Hanouf Mohammed, Reem Al Bayat, Maha Malloh
  6. Sports: Adwa Al Arifi, Maram al-Butairi, Aseel al-Hamad
  7. 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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Ward Village: The Hero Event of This Taif Season

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Ever since its launch, the Taif Season has turned the entire city into a magnet attracting visitors from all the surrounding regions, and the main hero of the events this year and the one proving to be the most popular is the Ward Village. 

Rose Village has so far has been bringing daily around 10,000 people to Arrudaf Park, where they get to spend the entire day there enjoying the live entertainment and shows.

“By the end of August, when the total number of those who visited our village is disclosed, I am sure the figures will be surprising. For the time being, we can say that we receive about 10,000 people per day. The exact number will be announced at the end of Taif Season,” a spokesman said.

What makes the event special is that the village is bringing together art, dance performances and music all together by blending them with the fragrant roses in the summer resort.

The village also brought one of Europe’s leading entertainment troupes and bands who helped create an amazing atmosphere for visitors and added a touch of joy for visitors.

 

“Some activities are repeated three times a day to cater for the flow of visitors who come at different times,” he added.

Activities include the rose lab, where attendees get to learn all about the rose oil industry and how fragrances are made, it includes all the steps from when the rose is picked to condensation and, finally, bottling.

 

Another show you don’t want to miss out on is the horrible rose shows, yep I didn’t misspell that, the horrible rose introduces to multiple rooms with dim lighting, sound effects and characters from horror movies! The surprises inside are what make the visitors’ experiences unforgettable.

 

You can also pitch in and help in making the local traditional handmade products, and create a sentimental souvenir with a memory that will last forever.

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Marathon of Color: The Next Big Thing During Taif Season

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The Marathon of Color is one of the many events being hosted this year during Taif Season and it is to take place between August 15 and 17 on Al-Hada-Taif Road, the event combines sports and art to celebrate diversity through competitive running races and color.

The marathon starts each day at 4 PM with a number of tracks, on the first day of the event it will start with a family path that extends for 4 km for 4 hours. As for the second day, it will host the amateur path, which goes for 8 km for 2 hours, and the third marking closing day shall witness the path made for professionals, that runs for 21 km for 6 hours.

Participants are divided according to the age of each group, so for instance professionals must be of at least 17, while in the amateur category, participants need to be 15 and above. People with special needs can participate in wheelchairs on the 4-km path.

To make things even more exciting, the event will include drumming and musical performances that will lit up your day even more.

Winners will get to go home with medals, marathon participation certificates and more valuable prizes.

The marathon also hosts exciting activities for individuals and families that include food carts, live performances and dazzling fireworks! So if you’re as excited as we are, click on this link to register now.

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The Different Ways You Can Hike During Taif Season

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Taif Season is taking place in one of the Kingdom’s most beautiful destination and this year you can get to enjoy hiking among other activities, and here are our own picks and recommendation for you!

1- Hiking and Outdoor activities

In the midst of Taif’s mountains, you can enjoy hiking Al-Shafa and Al-Hada mountains and afterwards join the base camp at Sadat Al-Beid where there are plenty of activities and outdoor cooking.

2- Hiking and Musical Night

Instead of the outdoor cooking and activities and after finishing the long trail, you can sit back relax and join the base camp for a musical night around a bonfire.

3- Hiking and Scout activities

Try and save energy for this! Because after finishing your hike, you will join others for some scouting activities and exploring. Also in the Sadat Al-Beid base camp.

4- Hiking and Zip-lining

This one goes to all the adrenaline junkies and adventurer lovers, because what’s a better activity after a hike than flying down a zip line?

If you have found yourself in one of these activities, visit their website now to find out more and book your spot.

 

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