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September 2018

RAYAN FADUL

Rayan, please tell us something about your academic and career background? Yes, of course. I graduated with a degree in finance from Bentley University at Waltham, Massachusetts, which is nine miles west of Boston in the United States. The degree included credits in marketing and entrepreneurship. After graduating I went…

MOHAMED IQBAL LATONA

MOHAMED IQBAL LATONA is the first ambassador of the Republic of Mauritius to Saudi Arabia. Alexander Woodman sat down with Ambassador Latona to discuss the development of bilateral relations between the two countries. Until a year ago Mauritius did not have an embassy in Saudi Arabia. As your country’s first…

KASWARA ALKHATIB

KASWARA ALKHATIB is the CEO of UTURN a leading Arabic online entertainment network. In 2015, Kaswara was ranked #1 in Forbes Middle East list of “entrepreneurs shaping Saudi Arabia’s future”. The Financial Times named UTURN the largest multi-channel network in the region. Mona Alhariri met up with Kaswara to learn…

COUNTERING VIOLENT EXTREMISM

Historically, Saudi Arabia has been targeted by “jihadist” terrorist organizations more than most other countries. Official estimates say that between 1979 and 2017 there were more than 840 terrorist attacks targeting the kingdom. As a result, the country has accumulated a certain degree of know-how in how to combat violent…

K.S.A. ECONOMIC SNAPSHOT

The August 2018 chart book by Jadwa Investments provides useful insights into Saudi Arabia’s economy. Real economy Data for June showed mixed economic activity. While PoS transactions were up 6.8 percent year-on-year, ATM transactions were down 4.4 percent, reflecting slower activity during the eid al-fitr holidays. Cement sales continued to drop, with a…

PEAK PERFORMANCE

SERENE FETEIH is a certified life and leadership coach based in Jeddah. Mona Alhariri met up with Serene to learn more. Please tell us something about your academic and career background? I graduated from King Abdulaziz university in Jeddah with a degree in English literature. In fact, it wasn’t my…

A NOT-SO-HEAVENLY NET

China’s facial recognition system known as “SkyNet”, literally translated as the “net of heaven”, will go hand in hand with a “social credit” system to be launched in 2020. There is an expression in Chinese that says the “net of heaven leaves no evil uncaught” but many people find the…

SAUDI ARAMCO IPO FORMALLY PUT ON HOLD

An August 22 report by Bloomberg said Saudi Aramco has formally put an initial public offering on hold while the company focuses on buying a strategic stake in Saudi petrochemical group, Sabic, for as much as $70 billion. However, while the Sabic deal will delay the IPO, it doesn’t mean…

THE PURGE?

In a breathtaking display of outright Orwellian censorship, four major tech companies – Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify- colluded last month in what appeared to be a coordinated decision to de-platform Infowars, a popular and highly successful online news organization. For many people, this aggressive display of power by big…

MECCA IN THE 1880’S

More than two million pilgrims gathered last month in Mecca for the Hajj – the annual pilgrimage. The advent of photography in the mid-19th century is of crucial importance to the history of the Hajj. Two photographers – Muhammad Sadiq Bey and Al Sayyid Abd al Ghaffar–were able to capture…