Luxor city square is named after King Abdullah

Updated 31 August 2013
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Luxor city square is named after King Abdullah

One of the major squares in Luxor in Upper Egypt has been given the name of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah in recognition of the Kingdom’s support for Egypt against terrorism, an official said.
“Giving King Abdullah’s name to the major square in the province is a gesture of appreciation of the people of Luxor to the king who saved Egypt from the claws of foreign powers who wanted to interfere in the country’s internal matters,” Luxor Gov. Maj. Gen. Tareq Saad El-Dine said in a statement to the media.
The square will be opened after renovating it to match the new name. He added that a large photo of the king will be unveiled at the square when it opens in September. Saudi Ambassador to Egypt Ahmed Kattan will also be invited for the event, he said.
He said people in the province have already put a photo of the King Abdullah close to the headquarters of the governorate to express their appreciation for him.
The major streets and buildings in the city are also been decorated with the king’s photo, the Saudi Press Agency reported.


FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

Ahmad Al-Khatib
Updated 27 May 2018
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FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

  • Saudi Arabian Military Industries aims to aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products

JEDDAH: Ahmad Al-Khatib was appointed the chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) in October 2017. 

He also holds the posts of chairman of the board of directors of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) since 2016; chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Fund for Development; adviser to the general secretariat of the Cabinet; adviser to the minister of defense; and adviser to the court of the crown prince.

Al-Khatib inaugurated on Friday the new facilities of the Aircraft Accessories and Components Company (AACC) at its new headquarters at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah during a ceremony under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

SAMI aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products and become one of the top 25 global companies in the field of military industries.

“Our goal is to localize more than 50 percent of the Kingdom’s military spending by 2030,” said the crown prince in his earlier statement.

Al-Khatib is a former adviser to the royal court, was the minister of health between 2014 and 2016, and served as the chairman for the Saudi stock company established in 2006, Jadwa Investment.

Al-Khatib has 23 years of experience in banking. In 1992 he joined the Bank of Riyad, working in various departments for 11 years and helping to establish the customer investment department. 

In 2003, Al-Khatib joined SABB Bank and participated in the establishment of Islamic Banking (Amanah). He then became the bank’s general manager.