FaceOf: Abdullah Al-Saadan, chairman of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu

Abdullah bin Ibrahim Al-Saadan
Updated 12 June 2018
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FaceOf: Abdullah Al-Saadan, chairman of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu

Saudi Arabia is undergoing significant changes to diversify its oil-dependent economy and to meet the socioeconomic goals set in Saudi Vision 2030. 

In a bid to achieve these goals, the government is taking all necessary measures to further improve the performance of all sectors of the economy. 

Maaden (Saudi Arabian Mining Co.) is one of the key players in the Kingdom’s economy. On June 1, Abdullah bin Ibrahim Al-Saadan was appointed the chairman of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu. Al-Saadan has been a board member of Maaden since April 2016.

He has also served as senior vice president of finance, strategy and development at Saudi Aramco and held various other key positions such as vice president of planning between 2011 and 2014, vice president of engineering services between 2010 and 2011, vice president of information technology, and executive director of information technology, and director of business analysis between 2005 and 2007. Al-Saadan also worked at the Saudi Aramco Mobil Refinery Co. Ltd. (SAMREF) and served as its president and chief executive officer between 2002 and 2005. 

The newly appointed chairman of Maaden has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Dhahran. He received a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, US, in 1991, and a master’s degree in business administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US, in 2007. 

He has been a member of several councils and committees at Saudi Aramco. Al-Saadan spent the first 10 years of his career working with Saudi Aramco as an operational engineer in many departments, including manufacturing and control methods management, and the management of Abqaiq laboratories. 


Food trucks serve in holy places for first time

Updated 18 min 43 sec ago
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Food trucks serve in holy places for first time

  • About 45 food trucks were given permit to roam the holy places to offer food, drinks and desserts to pilgrims
  • Only Saudi citizens are allowed to work in these food trucks

 

MINA: Food trucks run by Saudi men and women have begun for the first time to serve food and drinks in the holy places.

This was after Deputy Makkah Gov. Prince Abdullah bin Bandar directed the Secretariat of the Holy Capital to allow local entrepreneurs to provide their services inside the holy places during the current Hajj season.

Unlike the old fixed food stalls, about 45 food trucks have begun roaming the holy places to offer food, drinks and desserts to pilgrims. They also serve ice cream to help people cope with the heat, as well as different kinds of sandwiches.

The Secretariat of the Holy Capital confirmed that all food trucks in Arafat comply with health requirements, with every food truck manager carrying health certificates that allow them to carry out their activities.

The Secretariat highlighted that only Saudi citizens are allowed to work in these food trucks.

Afaf Abdul Aziz, one of the women serving hot drinks, said that she was pleased that the governor of Makkah had allowed women to work in the holy places.

She added: “The job is hard but truly fun. I wanted to prove that Saudi women can work in all occupations and contribute to serving pilgrims.”

She said that most of her customers were Saudis or from Arabian Gulf countries, most of whom worked in providing Hajj services.

“I have seen many Saudi women working in hospitals, health care centers, and Tawafa establishments, which makes me content,” she said.

Arif Obaid said that he worked in a food truck and served hot drinks, especially coffee, highlighting that many security men visited his truck for all kinds of coffee, especially Arabic coffee, which is in high demand. “Most of our goods go to charity work targeting pilgrims,” he said.

The Secretariat of the Holy Capital has announced accepting applications from Saudi men and women who wish to practice this activity in the holy places during the current Hajj season according to a set of standards and controls. 

The most important of these is ensuring the safety of nourishments served to pilgrims and that the applicant has a health certificate proving that she/he is free of contagious or infectious diseases.