FaceOf: Bader Al-Asaker, secretary-general of Misk Foundation

Bader Al-Asaker
Updated 28 May 2018
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FaceOf: Bader Al-Asaker, secretary-general of Misk Foundation

  • Al-Asaker is also the secretary-general of the King Salman Youth Center

Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Foundation, commonly known as Misk, is a non-profit foundation devoted to cultivating learning and leadership in Saudi youth.

The Misk Innovation initiative is currently taking part in the International Technology Fair “VivaTech” in Paris.

This is the first participation of its kind to support the emerging technological creations of a number of innovators from the Kingdom’s youth.

In its pavilion, Misk presented seven technological innovations in various fields, including those that serve the hearing-impaired through technical support, the aviation industry, automotive electronic solutions, road safety, Arabic and international media monitoring, and the perfume industry.

Bader Al-Asaker is the secretary-general of Misk Foundation.  Al-Asaker is also the secretary-general of the King Salman Youth Center. 

Al-Asaker is also head of the private office for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman with the rank of minister since he was appointed by a royal decree in July 2017.

He is a member of the Council of Saudi Chambers, and a member of the Youth Business Committee at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Riyadh.

He is also the deputy general director of Alasaker for Electronic Systems and AC in Riyadh, which was established in 1980 and has around 10 branches in Riyadh city. He is also a member of the board of directors of Riyadh Schools and has previously served as deputy CEO of Salhia Dates and Sweets Co.

Al-Asaker holds a bachelor’s degree from King Saud University, Riyadh. He has a profound influence on the social networking platforms especially Twitter, where he is followed up on his personal account by more than 1 million users. 


Hajj 2018: What’s on pilgrims’ bucket lists

Masjid Quba in Madinah is a favorite destination for Hajj pilgrims, according to tour guides. Below: The Cave of Hira, Al-Baqi’ cemetery and the Prophet’s Chamber allow visitors to step back in time. (Getty Images)
Updated 15 August 2018
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Hajj 2018: What’s on pilgrims’ bucket lists

  • A number of companies in Makkah and Madinah help people organize their trips, making sure they cover the important sites in the two holy cities
  • Most of the sites in the two holy cities are spiritual, giving pilgrims a sense of the prophecies

RIYADH: Hajj is one of the biggest dreams of every Muslim’s life, and pilgrims looking forward to their stay in Makkah and Madinah say a bucket list is the best way to plan the trip. 

Most of the sites in the two holy cities are spiritual, giving pilgrims a sense of the prophecies. Standing in the places of the Holy Prophet transports them back to the past as if they lived those incredible moments. 

A number of companies in Makkah and Madinah help people organize their trips, making sure they cover the important sites in the two holy cities.

Sayed Shafei, an operation manager for City Sightseeing, a tour company in Madinah and worldwide, told Arab News: “We offer a special tour with a multilingual tour guide presented in eight languages. We also offer 24-hour tickets. We have scheduled tourism trips starting from the Prophet’s Mosque to 12 destinations every 30 minutes. The whole trip lasts for 14 hours a day.” 

Asked about the most popular requests, Shafei said: “Our customers always ask to visit Masjid Quba, the Sayed Al-Shuhada Mosque in Uhud, which is considered a vital historic landmark of Madinah, and Al-Qiblatain Mosque.” 

Most of the group’s customers are from East Asia, but many also visit from Kuwait, Bahrain, the UAE, Indonesia, Malaysia, the US and Europe.

Munirah Al-Jebreen, an English instructor at Princess Noura University who will perform Hajj this year, told Arab News her bucket list began with an online search. 

“I found a travel guide on Google that has all the best sites in Madinah and Makkah, so I decided to visit Uthman ibn Affan’s Farm and Well in Madinah, the Holy Qur’an exhibition, and one of the most important places I want to visit is the grave of the Holy Prophet,” she said.

The area between the Prophet’s Chamber, which holds his grave, and the Mimbar is known as the Rawdah, which is actually the Garden of Paradise. It is presently distinguished by a green carpet.

Al-Jebreen also listed some of her planned tour destinations in Makkah, including the Cave of Hira, where the Holy Prophet meditated frequently during the first 40 years of his life and the site of the first revelation. 

She will also visit Bilal Mosque and Mount Abu Qubais and, finally, will try Al-Garmushi, one of the famous traditional restaurants in Makkah.