Business Council organizes two trade missions to Saudi Arabia

Published November 13th, 2002 - 02:00 GMT

The US-Saudi Arabian Business Council recently helped to organize two separate trade missions to Saudi Arabia from Chicago and Houston in a continuing effort to promote business ties between the United States and Saudi Arabia. 


The first mission was organized along with the World Trade Center of Chicago and was led by President of the World Trade Center of Chicago, Ambassador Allan Lever. The delegation consisted of business leaders from the Chicago area from a wide variety of industries including health care, financial services, architecture and consulting. The group was in Riyadh from October 19-22 where the members met with both Saudi and American business leaders.  


The mission met with the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the American Businessmen of Jeddah, and attended a luncheon hosted by Executive Director of Xenel Industries, Khalid Alireza, and Chairman of Xenel Industries, Mohammed Alireza. 


The mission from Houston was in the Kingdom from October 28-November 2 and was led by Mayor of Houston, Lee Brown. The delegation consisted of municipal officials from Houston and business leaders from the Houston area. Mayor Brown and other mission members met with Crown Prince Abdullah during their stay in Riyadh.  


The mission also traveled to the Empty Quarter to tour Saudi Aramco’s Shaybah oil field and to the Eastern Province to Aramco facilities there. Both tours were led by President and CEO of Saudi Aramco, Abdullah S. Jum’ah. Before departing from Dhahran, the mission met with the Eastern Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry to meet with business leaders from that area. — ( 

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