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Who's Who: Dr. Fahad bin Saad Abu-Mouti, deputy minister at MEWA – Arab News

Dr. Fahad bin Saad Abu-Mouti is the deputy minister for regulatory affairs at the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture.
A visionary leader with more than 18 years of experience in policy and regulatory affairs development of public utility sectors, Abu-Mouti is skilled in alliance building and change management.
He has worked in multicultural environments such as the GCC and North American countries.
He established the Kingdom’s water regulator and spearheaded the executive team.
He supervised the development of MEWA’s laws to ensure the synergy of strategy execution with the ministry’s policies and the 2030 Vision reform plans.
He also identified multiple services that could be privatized and prepared their legislation.
Over five years, he developed laws and dozens of policies for independent national centers and national programs as well as establishing an environmental fund, and spearheaded their negotiations by getting an approval from the Council of Ministers.
Previously, Abu-Mouti worked as the CEO of the renewable sector at King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy. He also supervised the preparation and development of the approved renewable energy target in the National Transformation Program in 2020, and proposed the methodology for executing renewable energy projects in the Kingdom.
He has built international alliances for the Kingdom’s membership in the board of governors of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). He was then selected to represent Saudi Arabia at IRENA’s board of governors.
He worked as a research associate in the electrical engineering department at Dalhousie University, Canada, and published more than 10 publications in reputable international journals and conferences.
He has also been a speaker at a number of conferences. 
He previously worked as head of operations and maintenance in Riyadh city with the Saudi Electricity Company. Before that, he worked as planning engineer in Qatar’s General Electricity and Water Corporation.
Abu-Mouti holds multiple executive management certificates, such as executive certificate in strategic management and leadership from MIT in Boston, US.
He obtained his Ph.D. with distinction in electrical and computer engineering from Dalhousie University, Canada.
JEDDAH: The four-day seafood festival in Jeddah has been a hit with residents visiting ROSHN Waterfront to sample a range of seafood delicacies, from appetizers and soup to main courses. 
Several restaurants and food truck owners have participated in the festival, organized by the Saudi Culinary Arts Commission and held between Aug. 23-26.
The festival aims to redefine the taste for seafood by showcasing a wide range of products. It also provides a platform for local fish sellers and restaurant owners to capitalize on the community’s growing support.
Mayada Badr, CEO of the Culinary Arts Commission, said: “This is the first-of-its-kind festival to educate Saudis and non-Saudis on our seafood culture and help them understand the products and the fishing techniques that fishermen used when catching the fish. With an aim to promote seafood heritage we gathered different seafood vendors who were selling shrimps, calamari, and different kinds of fish freshly caught from the Red Sea.”
“We also had a cart selling some homemade fries and balila (a tangy chickpea-and-pickle dish) as part of encouraging traditional Saudi food. Since in Saudi Arabia we consume a lot of meat and chicken, we wanted to bring back the people to the sea as there is a beautiful Red Sea which is a part of our heritage and produces loads of amazing fish. One of the goals is also to encourage people to buy from fishmongers, for which we had fresh fish stalls for people to buy from, and if they want delivery services, we even collaborated with Jahez.”
Badr said that this was just the beginning, as organizers planned to build awareness about seafood through the festival. “In the future, we will bring much bigger events for people to enjoy,” she said.
Azim Ghurab, owner of Damdam fish stall, said: “In our stall, we offered an extensive menu that focused on preparing fresh seafood of the visitor’s choice, where we provided a fresh catch fried in our homemade marinade recipes and served with different ingredient sauces for the guests to enjoy as they prefer, either as a takeaway or an eat-in option.”
“We are grateful to the Ministry of Culture and the Culinary Arts Commission for providing us with this platform,” he said. “We hope to receive more such opportunities and participate in similar events that will play a decisive role in branding our special ingredient seafood dishes and also help build a positive image by attracting new customers.”
Participating for the first time, Omar Hazim, C-Box restaurant partner, served top-rated dynamite shrimps and fries at his stall. “The freshness of the shrimps and the sauces used in the marination made our stall unique from others in the festival.”
Serving local as well as nominally priced exotic seafood varieties, Bakarat Seafood Cusine Restaurant found a golden opportunity to sell its diverse cuisine; visitors could sample fried and grilled fish, shrimp, calamari or crab, as well as sushi with sauces.
Khalil Osta, Reham Osta and Reem Osta, founders of Osta Sandwich Restaurant in Jeddah, participated in the festival to explore business opportunities while showcasing their finest fish and shrimp dishes to guests and evaluating the city’s food capabilities.
Apart from food stall operators featuring live cooking, participants included fish sellers and seafood spices sellers who were interested in sharing their knowledge, in addition to selling their products to visitors and connecting with people from the restaurant industry for business collaboration. They consider this festival an opportunity for  developing business strategies.
The festival included attractions for the whole family, with a day of live entertainment, food and demonstrations. A special children’s zone was organized as well as a section for arts and crafts.
RIYADH: HMS Al-Jubail arrived at the King Faisal Naval Base in the Western Fleet in the presence of Saudi Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Fayyad Bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili, Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday.
The Royal Saudi Naval Forces held an official reception for the ship which arrived after being manufactured in Spain by Navantia.
It is the first ship to enter service as part of the “Sarawat Project” which includes the manufacture and construction of five naval vessels with advanced capabilities.
The Avante 2200-class corvette has capabilities to handle air, surface, or subsurface targets.
During the reception ceremony, Al-Ruwaili boarded the ship, toured its various sections, and inspected its modern and high-tech equipment before writing a note in the ship’s log.
Commander of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces Gen. Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Ghufaili described the arrival and reception of the ship as a “historical moment.”
He said: “Receiving the ship is a great and historic occasion, and it is the first vessel of the Sarawat project, which we will soon celebrate receiving successively.”
He said the ship took nearly four years to be built at Navantia’s shipyard in the Bay of Cadiz, Spain.
Al-Ghufaili said after the keel laying ceremony took place, the float-out process took place. This was followed by quality control tests in the port and at sea, the inauguration of the ship, training the crew, and finally preparing and setting sail for the Kingdom.
RIYADH: King Salman has issued a directive to invest $1 billion dollars into Pakistan, in confirmation of the Kingdom’s support for the country and its people, Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday.
The directive came during a telephone call between Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan and his Pakistani counterpart Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.
Regional and international issues of common interest were also discussed during the call.
Bhutto Zardari said on Twitter that he welcomed the investment in Pakistan and briefed his counterpart “on damages caused by unprecedented floods” in his country.
He added that he highly valued the solidarity expressed  by Saudi Arabia and “all possible assistance” provided by the Kingdom.
RIYADH: More than 70 countries have imported dates from the Buraidah Date Festival so far this year, Saudi Press Agency reported on Thursday.
The month-long event is organized by the Qassim branch of the Ministry of Environment, Water, and Agriculture.
The Qassim region produces more than 300,000 tons of dates annually and local farmers aim to increase production and contribute to achieving the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 by boosting non-oil revenues.
The festival is considered one the biggest marketing hubs in the world, and more than 1,000 vehicles loaded with tons of dates are parked so that customers and investors can buy different types of prized Saudi dates.
There is a 15,000-square-meter export yard at the festival where dates are packed and sent to cities across the Kingdom and countries around the world.
Saudi Arabia exported SR1.2 billion ($323.3 million) worth of dates in 2021.
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s humanitarian and medical outreach in Yemen, through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), continues with the provision of equipment, supplies and services to the conflict-ridden country.
KSRelief, in cooperation with the World Health Organization, has provided medical laboratories essential supplies to further boost their capacity to diagnose genetic disorders and chronic diseases.
The Kingdom’s relief agency also provided through its mobile clinic free medical services to 1,601 patients in the Abs district of Hajjah governorate last month.
The clinics received patients with various health conditions in different clinics and departments and provided them with necessary medical services, state news agency SPA reported, with about 800 patients given medications.


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