Saudi Ambassador Hosts Future Business Leaders

October 22, 2009

[Washington] – Today, Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir hosted a farewell reception at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, DC to honor participants of the Arab & American Business Fellowship Program (AABF). This program, launched in 2007, is a joint effort between the National U.S. Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC), U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy, Business for Diplomatic Action, and Young Arab Leaders.

Ambassador Al-Jubeir with Arab and American Fellowship Program participants Simou Bouhiyate of Verizon Wireless in Branchburg, New Jersey; Osama Daoud and Katia Philip of Dow Chemical Company, Dubai.

"Saudi Arabia is honored to host this delegation of emerging business leaders from the region,” said Ambassador Al-Jubeir.  “Fostering business to business relationships is a critical part of building a foundation of mutual understanding for the future generation of Arab and American business communities.”

The AABF initiative was developed to create opportunities and encourage cross-cultural dialogue and opportunities between Arab business executives and their American counterparts.  Participants are between the ages of twenty-five and forty-five.  This year’s program included 12 fellows from the U.S. and 16 Fellows from the Arab world, including Saudi Arabia.