HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, Chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), visited the Kingdom of Bahrain on Wednesday 22nd April 2015. Prince Alwaleed was received by HE Sheikh Abdullah Bin Hamad AlKhalifa, Personal Representative of HM the King at Bahrain International Airport.
The Prince was accompanied by a delegation that included Mr. Fahad Alsukait, CEO of Alarab and Rotana Group, Ms. Hassna Alturki, Executive Manager for International Relations to HRH the Chairman, Mr. Hassan Mukhtar, Manager of Private Affairs, Mr. Fahad Bin Nafil, Senior Executive Assistant to HRH the Chairman, Mr. Ahmed Altubaishi, Executive Assistant to HRH the Chairman, Mr. Mohammed Alfaraj, Assistant Manager, Travel & External Affairs, and Ms. Lulua Hamzah, Coordinator Travel and External Affairs Department.
During the visit, Prince Alwaleed met with HM King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain at His Majesty’s Palace. During the meeting, His Majesty and Prince Alwaleed discussed a number of general local, regional issues and the global economic climate. Moreover, the two discussed economic, educational and social issues related to their respective countries.
The meeting was also attended by HE Sheikh Abdullah Bin Hamad AlKhalifa, Personal Representative of HM the King, HE Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Personal Representative of His Majesty the King for Charity Work and Youth Affairs, HE Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Minister of the Royal Court, HE Sheikh Ahmed Bin Ateyatalla, Minister of the Royal Court for Followup Affairs and HE Ms. Sameera Rajab, Royal Court Special Envoy.
In 2014, Prince Alwaleed visited the Kingdom of Bahrain and met with HM King Hamad. Also in 2014, HM King Hamad Bin Issa attended a gala dinner hosted by Prince Alwaleed at the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris, France. In April 2014, HRH attended the Formula-1 Race that took place at the Bahrain International Circuit with HRH Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Bahrain. Prince Alwaleed was received at Bahrain International Airport by HE Sheikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al Khalifa. Also during HRH’s visit to Bahrain, Prince Alwaleed attended the 22nd Annual Heritage Festival with HE Sheikha Mai Bint Mohammed.
In 2012, HM King Hamad awarded Prince Alwaleed the “The Bahrain Medal of the First Order” the country’s highest honorary medal. Furthermore, during the trip Prince Alwaleed and HE Sheikha Mai visited the “Tylos: A Journey Beyond Life” at the National Museum of Bahrain. Upon their arrival they were received by HE Khaled Bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Minister of Foreign Affairs. Approximately 400 artifacts were presented at the exhibition dating back to the era of Tylos of the second century BC to the third century AD.
Also in the same year, Prince Alwaleed was welcomed by HM King Hamad who hosted a dinner in honor of Prince Alwaleed at the Bustan Palace in AlManama during HRH’s visit to Bahrain.
In 2012, Prince Alwaleed and HRH Prince Salman Bin Hamad AlKhalifa attended the inauguration of “Bahrain the Capital of Arab Culture 2012” under the patronage of HM King Hamad, at the National Museum of Bahrain. The inauguration was also attended by HE Sheikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, HE Sheikh Khaled Bin Ahmed AlKhalifa, government officials and dignitaries.
In 2011, Prince Alwaleed congratulated HM King Hamad, the government and the people of Bahrain for the national team gold medal victory in the 12th football championship of the Arab Games which concluded in Doha, Qatar. To mark the occasion, Prince Alwaleed presented a gift to each team member and stressed the importance of supporting sports and athletes in the GCC countries.
KHC’s presence in Bahrain is through its indirect investments in the banking sector through Citigroup which has been operating in Al Manama for the past 40 years, and in the hotels sector through Mövenpick hotel in Bahrain that is managed by Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts in which KHC owns a 33.3% stake. In addition, the Four Seasons hotel in Bahrain that is managed by Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in which KHC holds a 47.5% stake and is co-owned by Bill Gates’ Cascade in which the company also holds a 47.5% stake, and 5% of the Four Seasons is owned by Isadore Sharp, the Company’s Chairman.