FaceOf: Saud bin Abdul Aziz Al-Meshari, secretary-general of the Council of Saudi Chambers

Saud bin Abdul Aziz Al-Meshari
Updated 17 May 2018
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FaceOf: Saud bin Abdul Aziz Al-Meshari, secretary-general of the Council of Saudi Chambers

  • Over the past 17 years, Al-Meshari has occupied the posts of assistant secretary-general for executive affairs, and assistant secretary-general for legal and administrative affairs at CSC
  • He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in law from George Washington University Law School in the US

Saud bin Abdul Aziz Al-Meshari is secretary-general of the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC). 

Over the past 17 years, Al-Meshari has occupied the posts of assistant secretary-general for executive affairs, and assistant secretary-general for legal and administrative affairs at CSC. 

During this time he managed to enhance the secretariat’s leading role in offering legal consultation and trade-related studies to the Saudi business sector and chambers of commerce.

He holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in law from George Washington University Law School in the US. 

Al-Meshari recently held a meeting with the Saudi ambassador to Venezuela, Saad Al-Saad, on ways of enhancing the economic and trade relations between Saudi Arabia and Venezuela. 

He raised the importance of developing trade and investment with Venezuela through the exchange of trade delegations, economic information about markets, production, and current investment opportunities that are available. 

The CSC was formed by royal decree in 1980, with the aim of observing the common interests of all 28 Saudi Chambers, as well as representing them on both the local and international stage. 

Having been appointed secretary-general in 2016, Al-Meshari has been tasked with carrying out CSC’s vision of assisting in the development of the national economy through the role of the private sector. 

Before his career with CSC, Al-Meshari’s occupations included: Assistant professor in the Institute of Public Administration; legal adviser for the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage and ExxonMobil; and a part-time adviser to the Ministry of Energy Industry and Minerals.


Saudi ministry: More than 3 million Umrah visas issued so far

The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience. (SPA)
Updated 20 January 2019
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Saudi ministry: More than 3 million Umrah visas issued so far

  • Developing Hajj and Umrah organizations and services in the Kingdom is among the top priorities of the Saudi government

JEDDAH: The number of Umrah visas issued this year has reached 3,024,272, of which 2,561,541 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom, according to data provided by the Hajj and Umrah Ministry.
There are 399,479 pilgrims still in the Kingdom, with 277,372 in Makkah and 122,107 in Madinah.
Most pilgrims — 2,288,789 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 257,266 entered by land and 15,486 arrived by sea.
The largest number of pilgrims are from Pakistan (681,392) followed by Indonesia (447,450), India (306,470), Yemen (146,067), Malaysia (142,290), Algeria (92,752), Turkey (86,925), Egypt (85,438), Bangladesh (53,131) and the UAE (62,927).
The weekly data also included the number of Saudi staff within Umrah companies and institutions. They are 9,983 Saudis including 8,259 males and 1,724 females.
Developing Hajj and Umrah organizations and services in the Kingdom is among the top priorities of the Saudi government.
The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience.