Hafiz Wahba(1889-1969), Saudi Arabian Ambassador
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Sheikh Hafiz Wahba studied law at Al-Azhar University in Cairo. He was a journalist when he was expelled from the Persian Gulf and went into exile from Cairo to British India in 1914. He worked in the pearl trade from 1920 before being appointed governor of Mecca by Abd al-Aziz ibn Saud. He was minister of education from 1927 to 1929, and vizier of Abud -al-Aziz ibn Saud. He accompained Alice, Countess of Athlone on a journey through Saudi Arabia. In 1938, he traveled to Tokyo and took up diplomatic relations with Japan for Saudi Arabia. He was also the ambassador to London in 1956. He was author of 'The Arabian Peninsula' and wrote the preface to Lady Evelyn Cobbold's book 'Pilgrimage to Mecca'.
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whole-plate film negative, 27 May 1937