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The Valentine’s Syndrome in Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia once thought of Valentine’s as a day that contradicts Islamic beliefs, and heart shaped flowers were sold in secret under the counter. But now, red roses, chocolates and teddy bears are publicly displayed across the Kingdom, after being suppressed in the dark for long.

That was all due to curbs that were placed by the Saudi religious police back in 2016, up until former president of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice in Makkah, Sheikh Ahmed Qasim Al-Ghamdi announced on TV that celebrating valentine’s doesn’t go against the Islamic teachings, and that celebrating it is permitted to not only non-Muslims, but to all.

“it is a positive aspect of the human being,” he said.

From that day on and valentine’s day have become lucrative to many businesses, especially restaurants, cafes and flower shops of course.

And as for this year, here are some offers that you wouldn’t want to miss out on:

  • Abdulaziz Al-Noman.

A high-end local chocolatier, is doing a cooperation with Fitaihi Jewelry and Rubaiyat retailers; to provide customers with free chocolate boxes and flowers.

  • Fitaihi jewelry.

Is also offering discounts on pendants and love bracelets, and if you purchase from their collection “forever Yours”, you will get the elegant free box of chocolate and roses that is mentioned above!

  • Nadine Attar. 

A jewelry designer and the face of Nadine Jewellery, is dedicating a whole line ‘A journey of love” specially for Valentine’s day.

“Don’t hold back on true sentiments.”

The collection is a limited one, that holds quotes verses from the Qur’an and famous Arab poets such as Al-Mutanabi and Khalil Gibran. The thing that add authenticity to the brand, and makes it the perfect gift for your loved one.

  • Nayomi.

The famous lingerie brand has launched a campaign called #CelebrateRomanceWithNayomi, with discounts on its romance collection reaching up to 25 percent, in addition to a free shipping on all orders until Feb. 14.

Happy Valentine’s day to all, and may this day be a reminder of the progress that the Kingdom is showing.

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Saudi Rania Nashar Makes it to Forbes’ List of The World’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women”

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The Kingdom’s own Rania Nashar has made it to Forbes’ annual list of “The World’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women” and we can’t help but feel so much pride!

Nashar was ranked the 99th in the list that includes prominent names such as Angela Merkel, Kamaala Harris, Melinda Gates, Rihanna, & many other global female trailblazers.

Nashar is the first female to hold the position of CEO CEO of Saudi commercial bank, Samba Financial Group. She also made it to this ranking through her tremendous efforts in implementing changes that empower women of Saudi Arabia, all of which comes as part of the 2030 Vision.

Nashar has exceeded 20 years of experience in the field of commercial banking and has been inspiring young Saudi women to take on the challenge as well and break the glass ceiling and for that, we congratulate her.

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This Saudi Landmark Just Won a Prestigious Award for Its Innovative Architectural Design

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The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) has received the American Concrete Institute (ACI) award for concrete construction excellence.

The building, which is designed by Zahra Hadid Architects (ZHA), is one of the most well-known landmarks in Riyadh. It’s known for its unique architectural design.

The structure features an hexagonal honeycomb structure which stands out with hexagonal cell openings providing shade from the harsh sun. “ZHA projects have always been unique and creative in an unprecedented, nontraditional way. There’s no other structure like it in the entire world,” Saudi architect Mokhtar Al Shoaibi told Arab News.

The building is made of extremely complex steel, said Saudi architect Mukhtar Al-Shoaibi.

“The contractor working on the job must have gone through so much to install the joints and then apply the sheets over it and now it acts as a monument in the Kingdom,” he told Arab News.

It’s also worth mentioning that KAPSARC won the title of ‘smartest building’ in Saudi Arabia from the Honeywell Smart Building Awards program.

“I’m proud to see Saudis accomplish that. There are many more major projects coming up in the Kingdom as well, and I can’t wait to see what they’ll present,” Mukhtar Al-Shoaibi said.

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Women’s Participation Rise 120% in Saudi Industries

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Women of Saudi Arabia are claiming their rightful role in private and government sectors, as these sectors strive to hire qualified women in different fields.

According to the Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technical Zones (MODON), the number of Saudi women taking part in the industrial cities it oversees has seen a significant increase by around120 percent, bringing the total number of female workers 17,000 by the end of March this year.

Khalid Al-Salem, director general of MODON, said that the authority “has come a long way” and still aims at encouraging the female participation in the industrial sector.

“These oases host clean industries such as medical and food industries, rubber and high-tech industries, as well as prefabricated factories supporting women entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises,” he said.

He said: “MODON seeks to support the productivity of women by providing an optimal environment for their work. Therefore, it signed a memorandum of understanding with a building development company to implement nursery and kindergarten programs in industrial cities and oases under the Ministry of Education’s guidance.” He added.

This strategy of activating the role of women in industrial development goes along with the Saudi Vision of 2020 that aim at enhancing women’s role in the Kingdom’s economy.

 

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