Prince Mishaal named new Makkah governor

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Updated 23 December 2013

Prince Mishaal named new Makkah governor

Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, who was hitherto governor of the Makkah region, has been appointed minister of education, replacing Prince Faisal bin Abdullah. Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah, who was the governor of Najran, will take charge as the new Makkah governor. 
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah made the new appointments by issuing a Royal Decree, which said Prince Faisal bin Abdullah was relieved of his position as education minister upon his request.
Prince Khaled, the third son of the late King Faisal, has previously worked as the governor of the Asir region from 1971 to 2007 and at the Ministry of Social Affairs. The Arab Gulf soccer championship was his brainchild. Since 2007 he has been the governor of Makkah.
Prince Khaled is a member of the Allegiance Council, representing his father. He has been widely regarded by Saudis as a good administrator who has been doing his work with clarity and determination.
He was the chairman of a ministerial committee that was set up to find out the culprits behind 2009 Jeddah floods. He supervised a large number of giant projects that were carried out during the past three years to prevent flooding in Jeddah. He has won the applause of Jeddawis for spurring the city’s development.
Prince Mishaal is the sixth son of King Abdullah. He was appointed governor of Najran in March 2009. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in political science from King Saud University in Riyadh, he pursued his higher education in the UK. He has worked as head of the computer department at the National Guard from 1997 to 2003. He was later appointed minister plenipotentiary at the Foreign Ministry where he worked until 2006. He has also worked as an adviser at the Royal Court.


Two new academies to boost Saudi arts, heritage and music

Updated 19 August 2019

Two new academies to boost Saudi arts, heritage and music

  • One academy specializing in heritage and traditional arts and crafts will start receiving applications in autumn 2020
  • A second academy dedicated to music will receive 1,000 students and trainees from 2021

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is to set up arts academies, including two in the next two years, offering a step toward academic qualification and enlarging the Kingdom’s footprint in heritage, arts and crafts, and music.

The initiative is part of the Ministry of Culture’s Quality of Life program. 

The minister, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan, said investment in “capacity building” was one of the most important elements in encouraging the cultural sector, which enjoyed unlimited support from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Kingdom was rich in diverse arts, talents and artistic production, Prince Badr said, and the academies would be a first step toward academic qualification in the arts within the Kingdom.

One academy specializing in heritage and traditional arts and crafts will start receiving applications in autumn 2020, targeting 1,000 students and trainees in long- and short-term programs. 

A second academy dedicated to music will receive 1,000 students and trainees from 2021.

The music academy in particular will be “the core of music production and talent development in Saudi Arabia,” Saudi musician, composer and producer Mamdouh Saif told Arab News.

The music industry was a large and diverse field, Saif said, and education was crucial. 

“The academy is the right place to launch the music industry in Saudi Arabia, and it will have a significant impact on Saudi youth, and young people in surrounding countries,” he said.

He expects “a very high turnout” for the academy among young Saudis. 

“Due to my expertise in this area, I receive many questions from people who want to learn music, but through private lessons,” he said.

“But the availability of an academy for this purpose, that teaches music in a methodological way, will be the right start for those interested in music.”