Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi

Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi

Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi is a former Saudi diplomat who specializes in Southeast Asian affairs. He can be reached at [email protected] or via Twitter @DrAliAlghamdi

The many recollections of Eid overseas

The first Eid I spent overseas was when I was working in the diplomatic corps in Pakistan. I was on secondment (temporary transfer) to East Pakistan during that period in order to issue visas to......

Suu Kyi’s failure to acknowledge the persecution of Rohingya Muslims

When Aung San Suu Kyi was finally able to collect her Nobel Peace Prize in 2012, the committee’s chairman described how her “firmness of principle” in the struggle for human rights......

Commemorating Allama Iqbal, the great poet and philosopher of Islam

The Pakistan Repatriation Council (PRC) recently organized a symposium to mark the 79th death anniversary of Allama Muhammad Iqbal, the great Muslim poet, philosopher, thinker and lawyer. Allama Iqbal......

An affordable green card for expatriates

I have had several queries from expatriate friends of different nationalities, seeking clarification about the proposed Saudi green card. Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, second deputy premier......

Muslims of India deprived of their rights

The landslide victory of the ultra-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the recent elections in India’s largest and most populous state of Uttar Pradesh is set to bring more difficulties......

Suu Kyi’s position on ethnic cleansing in Myanmar

In a recent interview with the BBC, Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is a Nobel Laureate, denied that there was any ethnic cleansing taking place in her country. She said: “I don’t......

Why some family businesses do not taste success

In most cases, family businesses are those firms that are established and run by individuals. Sometimes, the individual owner gives a portion of the stake in the firm to his brothers or sons. The......

Saudis are not racists and must speak out against it

We must remember that expatriate workers have entered the Kingdom legally to help us build and develop our country...