Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel Awarded Honorary Knighthood

Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel is the first Saudi to receive an Honorary Knighthood Photo: Arab News

The British Embassy in Riyadh has announced that the Saudi entrepreneur, philanthropist, and patron of the arts Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel has been awarded an Honorary Knighthood by Queen Elizabeth, for his philanthropic contribution to arts and culture in the United Kingdom.

Jameel has played a key role in the restoration of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Islamic Gallery. In addition, Jameel’s foundation, Abdul Latif Jameel Community Initiatives (ALJCI), co-founded the Jameel Prize in collaboration with the V&A Museum. Awarded bi-annually, the prize rewards the work of emerging artists and designers inspired by Islam.

The ALJCI has also made significant contributions in the fight against poverty and has supported job creation throughout the Middle East.

“I am deeply humbled that Her Majesty The Queen would see fit to bestow this honor upon me,” said Jameel in a statement. “This award is a great honor for my family and me, and also reflects the hard work and support of the hundreds of ALJCI team members who run the numerous programs that help make such a difference. I would also like to thank the many partners that we work with across the globe, including MIT, and particularly the Victoria and Albert Museum for their support in preserving and promoting Islamic arts and culture.”

The British ambassador to Saudi Arabia, John Jenkins, told Arab News: “This award is in recognition of his [Jameel’s] contribution to strengthen the arts and culture in society and his work with the UK’s Victoria and Albert Museum is one example of his strong contribution to this area. I congratulate him on this well deserved honor.”

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