More than 100 Saudis take part in special program Umrah trip

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal. (SPA)
Updated 05 May 2018
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More than 100 Saudis take part in special program Umrah trip

  • The purpose of the trip was to enable participants to perform Umrah at the Grand Mosque and visit the Prophet’s Mosque

JEDDAH: The first trip of the Umrah and visit program for the children of martyrs, people with special needs and orphans, organized by the Department of Public Relations in Makkah Governorate, departed from Jeddah to Makkah and Madinah on Friday.

The purpose of the trip was to enable participants to perform Umrah at the Grand Mosque and visit the Prophet’s Mosque.

It was organized by the Governorate of Makkah Region on the instructions of Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, and his deputy Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz, 

The spokesman of the Governorate of Makkah Region Sultan Al-Dosari said that the program comes within the framework of the responsibility of the Governorate toward deserving groups for their great role in the service of society, stressing that the Governorate would work to improve communication with society through the use of all modern technology.

He added that the first trip began with more than 100 people from Makkah to Madinah by train, and that participants included sons and families of martyrs in Makkah region, the Handicraft Association, and the Ibsar Association for the visually-impaired and the charity Association of Orphan Care in Jeddah. 


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.