Saudi Prince Faisal is guest of honor at German Unity Day reception

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Updated 21 October 2017
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Saudi Prince Faisal is guest of honor at German Unity Day reception

DUBAI: Saudi Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdul-Aziz joined Germans at their embassy in Riyadh to mark the Germany Unity Day and celebrated the ongoing bond between the two countries.
The event, which was hosted by Ambassador Dieter W. Haller and his wife Nissrine Zarrab-Haller, was attended by more than 800 dignitaries, businesspeople, academics, artists as well as members of the German community in the Kingdom and representatives from the host nation.
Prince Faisal had a brief private meeting with the ambassador before the pair opened Wednesday’s reception.
Ambassador Haller thanked the Saudi Prince for his “commitment to make us foreigners feel at home in Riyadh, and we do feel at home and I can assure you that Riyadh under your leadership is becoming an ever more attractive place to live.”
Referring to a recent visit to Jeddah by Chancellor Merkel in May, he said: “We have been able to add more to our bilateral relations and partnership. We have added strategic content to it and we hope that a number of new avenues for cooperation were pursued during Chancellor Merkel’s recent visit to the kingdom.”
And he invited all Saudis to visit Germany: “We have seen tens of thousands of Saudis traveling to Germany and finding out for themselves that the united Germany is a culturally diverse country.”


FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Updated 22 August 2018
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FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi has been the president of the General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) since his appointment to the post in May 2016.

On Monday GASTAT announced this year’s Hajj statistics, revealing detailed information on the number of pilgrims (which amounted to 2,371,675) performing Hajj this year, their genders, nationalities and whether they arrived through air, land or seaports.

The president conveyed his gratitude to all government and security entities that helped the authority to collect data, and praised the 450 GASTAT researchers who worked to compile the information and deliver it to the public.

He said that the collected data would help facilitate better experiences and easier pilgrimages for future programs, and better services for pilgrims — from social to health, and transportation to security and food.

Altekhaifi received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from King Saud University in 1992, a master’s degree in statistics from Colorado State University in 1996, and his applied statistics and research methodology Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in 2001.

He worked as a manager of a financial program at the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh from 1993 to 2005. For two years after that, he was a project director at the EIS department in Zuhair Fayez Partnership Consultants.

In 2007, Altekhaifi was appointed a manager of the research department at the Capital Market Authority, before becoming assistant deputy minister for development in November 2011. 

In June 2015, he was the director general of the Central Department of Statistics and Information. He served as the acting president of GASTAT in February 2016, before being appointed president on May 2016.