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Sulaiman Al Rajhi

Sulaiman Abdulaziz Al Rajhi (born in 1920 ) is one of the leading businessmen in Saudi Arabia and owner of one of the largest banks .He has many industrial and agricultural investments.

Sulaiman Al Rajhi started his business with his brother Saleh when he was 9 years old. He worked as a porter, carrying luggage and goods for only one riyal. Then he helped building mosques for ten riyals. After that he cooked for thirty riyals.

Sulaiman Al Rajhi kept working in different jobs until he was hired to work in a bank with a salary of one thousand riyals.

By time Sulaiman Al Rajhi established his own bank ( Al Rajhi Bank ) which was the first Islamic bank in Saudi Arabia. And his fortune continued growing gradually.

Now, Al Rajhi family is considered as the country’s wealthiest non-royals.

 

 

Bashayer Al-kadhi

Farouk Al Zuman

Farouk Al-Zuman ( 30 years old ) planted a Saudi flag on the summit of Mt. Everest on May 21, 2008, becoming the first Saudi to conquer the world’s highest peak. “Farouk has made all of us proud”.

Al-Zuman’s mother said there were tense moments during the climb. “We were concerned about his safety and health as we lost contact for quite some time after Farouk’s satellite phone failed to work or got disrupted from time to time.”

The climb was not easy however. Al-Zuman and his teammates encountered many other climbers on the route, leading to bottlenecks and hold-ups in many places. But they persevered and overcame the difficulties. It took the team about several hours to climb from the south to reach the summit.

Farouk Al Zuman on the summit of mountain Everest

 

 

Mona Al-ahmari

Muhannad Abu Deyyah

Muhannad Jibril Abu Deyyah ( born January 14, 1987 ) is a 23-year-old Saudi inventor, who grew up in one of the poorest districts of the city of Jeddah.

In his childhood, he loved dismantling electrical appliances and devices and reassembling them to produce many new strange devices in his small factory, which was simply the roof of his modest home.

Muhannad earned his first success when he once participated with one of his inventions in an innovation competition held by the government. Among all high school and university students who were also participants in the competition, the young elementary student won first place for three consecutive years. Afterwards, he continued his achievements by inventing 22 more devices in the field of physical technology and robots and authored three significant science books.

Muhannad got into a traffic accident that caused the amputation of one of his legs and the loss of his sight. However, in spite of his physical disability and blindness, Muhannad Abu Deyyah has continued to work on his inventions of which the latest was the most advanced submarine in the world, ‘The Falcon of Arabism’.

'The Falcon of Arabism'

 

Bashayer Al-kadhi

Hayat Sindi

Hayat Sindi is a Saudi medical researcher who was born in Makka. She has invented a machine combining the effects of light and ultra-sound for use in biotechnology. Her major project is being carried out in partnership with the universities of Exeter and Cambridge.

Still only in her 20’s, Dr. Hayat Sindi has invented a machine combining the effects of light and ultra-sound for use in the esoteric field of biotechnology. Despite offers of $350 million for research and development from prospective manufactures and commercial partners, including the UK aviation industry and NASA, she wants the development costs and subsequent benefits to involve the Arab world.

The new device very accurately chooses the suitable medications in dealing with different cancers. It reveals the protein or the signification of cancer, which is difficult to do with the means that are currently available now.

Dr. Sindi is unique in that she is not the only Arab woman in the field, but the only woman in the world.

 

Abrar Al-tokhais

Ahmed Zewail

 

Born: February 26, 1946 (age 64)
Damanhour, Egypt

Nationality: Egyptian, American

Fields : Chemistry, Physics

 

Notable awards:
Nobel Prize for Chemistry (1999)
The Franklin Medal (1998)
(Wolf Prize 1993)
Priestley Medal (2011)

Birth and education:

Ahmad Zewail was born on February 26, 1946 in Damanhur and raised in Disuq. He received bachelor’s degree and MS degree from the University of Alexandria before moving from Egypt to the United States to complete his PHD at the University of Pennsylvania with advisor Dr. Robin Hochstrasser. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley with advisor Dr. Charles B. Harris.

Research

Zewail’s key work has been as the pioneer of femtochemistry—i.e. the study of chemical reactions across femtoseconds. Using a rapid ultrafast laser technique (consisting of ultrashort laser flashes), the technique allows the description of reactions on very short time scales – short enough to analyse transition states in selected chemical reactions.

In 1999, Zewail became the third ethnic Egyptian to receive the Nobel Prize, following Egyptian president Anwar Al-Sadat (1978 in Peace) and Naguib Mahfouz (1988 in Literature). Other international awards include the Wolf Prize in Chemistry (1993) awarded to him by the Wolf Foundation, the Tolman Medal (1997), the Robert A. Welch Award (1997), and the Priestley Medal from the American Chemical Society in 2011. In 1999, he received Egypt’s highest state honor, the Grand Collar of the Nile.

Zewail was awarded a PHD Honoris Causa by Lund University in Sweden in May 2003 and is a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Cambridge University awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in Science in 2006. In May 2008, Zewail received a PHD Honoris Causa from Complutense University of Madrid. In February, 2009, Zewail was awarded an honorary PHD in arts and sciences by the University of Jordan. In May 2010, he received a PHD Honoris Causa in Humane Letters from South-western University.

 

 

Hilah Al-samany

Ghazi Algosaibi

 

Born: March 3, 1940
Hofuf, Saudi Arabia

Died: August 15, 2010 (aged 70)
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Occupation: Minister of Labour

Ghazi Abdul Rahman Algosaibi was a Saudi Arabian liberal politician, technocrat, novelist, and Minister of Labour.

He was a well-known intellectual and a member the Al Gosaibi family.

A scion of one of the oldest trading families of the Al-Hasa and Bahrain, Algosaibi was considered among Saudi Arabia’s foremost technocrats since the mid 1970s.

Education

Algosaibi attended the University of Cairo and received his Law degree in 1961. Dr Algosaibi moved to the United States where he completed his MA in international relations from the University of Southern California in 1964 and obtained his PhD in Law from the University College London in 1970.

Career

Algosiabi’s positions and appointments included; associate professor, dean of the Faculty of Commerce and head of the department of political science at King Saud University; Director General of Saudi Railways Organization; cabinet portfolios in health, and industry and electricity; being instrumental in setting up Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC); chairman of Jubail Petrochemical Company (Sadaf) and Yanbu Petrochemical Company (Yanpet); served on Public Investment Fund, Supreme Manpower Council, and Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu; ambassador from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Bahrain from 1984 to 1992; ambassador to United Kingdom and Ireland 1992 to 2002; the Minister of Water from 2002 and the Minister of Labour from April, 2004 both until his death.

Death

Algosaibi died on August 15, 2010 (5 Ramadan 1431 H) at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC) in Riyadh after suffering from a prolonged illness.

 

 

Abrar Al-tokhais

Samia Al-Amoudi

Dr. Al-Amoudi is an Associate Professor at King Abdulaziz University (KAU) in Jeddah and a Consultant Obstetrician Gynecologist. She also holds the scientific chair for breast cancer at KAU.  In April of 2006, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and is still in treatment.

She was the first Saudi to share her personal battle with the disease, breaking the silence by speaking out about its impact.

Dr. Al-Amoudi has received numerous awards for her work in raising awareness about breast cancer. In March of 2007, the U.S. State Department awarded her the first International Women of Courage Award for raising awareness across the Kingdom and throughout the Middle East by sharing her personal battle with breast cancer.

 

 

Nouf Al-awaad

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