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. 


Riyadh to host forum to observe World Heritage Day next year

Riyadh hosts the sixth National Urban Heritage Forum in April with its focus on investment opportunities in the urban heritage. (Reuters)
Updated 19 October 2018
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Riyadh to host forum to observe World Heritage Day next year

  • Forum will encourage private investment to capitalize on the country’s rich urban heritage
  • Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage hosts the forum each year in a different part of the Kingdom

RIYADH: The Saudi capital will host the sixth National Urban Heritage Forum (NUHF) next April to coincide with World Heritage Day, with its focus on investment opportunities in urban heritage.

“The four-day National Built Heritage Forum will be launched in Riyadh on April 15,” said Majed Alshadeed, a spokesman for the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), on Thursday, adding that the forum will culminate on April 18, World Heritage Day. World Heritage Day is celebrated every year on April 18 with the aim of preserving the human heritage and recognizing the efforts of the relevant organizations in the field.

Organized by SCTH under the umbrella of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cultural Heritage Program, the 6th forum will encourage private investment to capitalize on the country’s rich urban heritage.

The forum will look at developing business models in the management and development of — and investment in — urban heritage sites, as well as the development of crafts and handicrafts.

The heritage forum is organized each year by the SCTH in a different province in collaboration with the relevant governorates, municipalities and local universities, following the recommendations of the first International Conference for Urban Heritage in the Islamic Countries, which was held in Riyadh in 2010.

The first session of the NUHF was organized in Makkah province, the second in the Eastern Province, the third in Madinah province, the fourth in Asir province and the fifth in Al-Qassim province.

Next year’s forum seeks to invest the expertise, knowledge and experience that the SCTH has gained and transfer it to the four economic sectors working in urban heritage. These sectors are construction, restoration and contracting, site operation, human resources development, and services and industries related to urban heritage.

The forum will include the distribution of prizes to the projects winning the Prince Sultan bin Salman Urban Heritage Awards, exhibitions, scientific sessions, workshops and business meetings with Saudi and international experts and consultants to discuss investment opportunities in urban heritage. There will also be a specialized expo for companies and institutions working in the sectors of the economics of architectural heritage, restoration and engineering consultancy.