FaceOf: Abdullah Al-Asheikh, chairman of the Saudi Shoura Council

Updated 11 May 2018

FaceOf: Abdullah Al-Asheikh, chairman of the Saudi Shoura Council

  • Abdullah Al-Asheikh met on Thursday with Mohammad Ali Hamad, spokesman of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Djibouti.
  • He was born in Diriyah, a town located on the northwestern outskirts of Riyadh in 1948, and was educated by his father, Muhammad Al-Asheikh, a former Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia.

JEDDAH: The Chairman of the Shoura Council (the consultative assembly of Saudi Arabia), Abdullah Al-Asheikh, is currently on a visit to Djibouti.

A meeting was held on Thursday with Mohammad Ali Hamad, spokesman of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Djibouti.

Several issues of mutual concern and cooperation between the Shoura Council and the Djiboutian Parliament were discussed. The meeting was attended by a number of officials of the two countries. Al-Asheikh comes from a notable family of Saudi religious scholars.

He was born in Diriyah, a town located on the northwestern outskirts of Riyadh in 1948. He was educated by his father, Muhammad Al-Asheikh, a former Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia. He attended the Shariah College in Riyadh (now known as Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University) and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Shariah in 1975.

He studied Shariah at Al-Azhar University in Cairo and returned to Saudi Arabia to obtain a doctorate degree in 1987. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Fiqh from Imam Mohammed bin Saudi University in 1987.

After receiving his doctorate, Al-Asheikh worked as a professor at the Shariah College of Imam Muhammed bin Saud Islamic University until he became Minister of Justice in 1992, and until 2009 when King Abdullah reshuffled the Cabinet.

He is also deputy chairman of the executive office of the Arab Justice Ministers Council. He is a member of the Council of Senior Scholars and the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, as well as a member of the board of directors of the Disabled Children’s Association and Albir Society in Riyadh. He has given many lectures on Islamic economy and produced a series of lectures on terrorism and how to overcome it, which were later collected and published in a book.


First pilgrims leave under Eyab initiative

Updated 18 August 2019

First pilgrims leave under Eyab initiative

  • Al-Amoudi toured the exhibition dedicated to welcome Eyab’s beneficiaries

Saudi Minister of Transport and Chairman of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), Dr. Nabeel Al-Amoudi, oversaw the departure of the first 

group of pilgrims under the Eyab initiative on Saturday together with GACA President Abdulhadi bin Ahmed Al-Mansouri.

Eyab seeks to improve services provided to pilgrims, with the authority aiming to enrich pilgrims’ experience at the Kingdom’s airports. It is expected to benefit 30,000 pilgrims during this year’s Hajj season.

Al-Amoudi toured the exhibition dedicated to welcome Eyab’s beneficiaries, inspected the services available and received a briefing from the initiative’s officials.

GACA started an experimental implementation of Eyab this year, aimed at pilgrims returning to Indonesia, India and Malaysia through Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz International Airport and Madinah’s Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Airport.