HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, Chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), received at his office in Riyadh HE Sheikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, President of Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities.
The meeting was also attended by Ms. Heba Fatani, Senior Executive Manager, Corporate Communications Department, Kingdom Holding Company, and from HRH’s Private Office attended Ms. Hassna Alturki, Executive Manager for International Relations to HRH the Chairman and Mr. Ahmad Altobaishi, Executive Assistant to HRH the Chairman, and from Alwaleed Philanthropies that is chaired by Prince Alwaleed attended to Ms. Abir Kaki, the Secretary General and Ms. Mona Shahab, Executive Manager, Intercultural Initiative Department.
The meeting began as Prince Alwaleed welcomed Sheikha Mai Al Khalifa. During the meeting, Sheikha Mai 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. In addition, Sheikha Mai presented HRH with potential cultural projects in Bahrain.
In April 2015, Prince Alwaleed visited the Kingdom of Bahrain and met with HM King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain at His Majesty’s Palace. 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.
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.