FaceOf: Abdulrahman bin Farouk Addas, CEO of KSA’s Royal Commission for Makkah City and Holy Sites

Abdulrahman bin Farouk Addas
Updated 15 June 2018
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FaceOf: Abdulrahman bin Farouk Addas, CEO of KSA’s Royal Commission for Makkah City and Holy Sites

  • Addas has more than 16 years of experience in institutional and digital transformation, design and strategy management

The board of directors of the Royal Commission for Makkah City and Holy Sites on Thursday appointed Abdulrahman bin Farouk Addas as CEO of the commission.

Addas has more than 16 years of experience in institutional and digital transformation, design and strategy management, as well as financial consultancy, real estate development and technology investment.

Addas received his bachelor degree in electrical engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran. He holds two master degrees in business administration and electrical engineering from Stanford University in the US. 

He has participated in numerous specialized training programs at Harvard Business School and INSEAD.

The newly appointed CEO has worked with a number of large companies and government institutions in the Middle East, South Africa and Europe. 

He was the CEO of Majid Al-Futtaim Holding, leading its corporate strategy and overseeing strategy alignment in all business units. He also kept tabs on investment mergers and acquisitions, and capital shares used in the overall development and innovation of the group’s operations and customer experience.

Additionally, Addas led the group’s programs for technical and digital transformation to enhance its future capabilities.

He previously worked for Goldman Sachs Group and Booz Allen Hamilton before becoming a partner at Bain & Company in the Middle East, leading its operations in Saudi Arabia. He was a key member of the global communications, media and technology-consulting firm.


Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents. (SPA)
Updated 21 April 2019
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Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

  • 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures

RIYADH: Nearly 3 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in a year-long roundup, according to an official report.
Since the campaign began in November 2017, there have been 2,987,317 offenders, including 2,328,031 for violating residency regulations, 458,591 for labor violations and 200,695 for border violations, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The report said that 50,388 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 50 percent of whom were Yemeni citizens, 47 percent were Ethiopians and 3 percent were of other nationalities.
2,135 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and 3,697 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators. 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures.
Immediate penalties were imposed against 443,210 offenders; 405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; 507,042 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 750,504 were deported.