FaceOf: Prince Turki bin Saud, CEO of KSA's King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology

Prince Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed Al-Saud
Updated 15 June 2018
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FaceOf: Prince Turki bin Saud, CEO of KSA's King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology

  • Prince Turki, who has been CEO of KACST since January 2015, received his Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University in the US
  • He currently serves as chairman in the supervisory committee for the National Science, Technology and Innovations Plan (NSTIP)

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) explored the stars in a joint moon exploration and surveying trip with China on Thursday.

The joint trip is part of an agreement between King Salman with China in March 2017.

The CEO of KACST, Prince Turki bin Saud bin Mohammed Al-Saud, highlighted the importance of participating in international events that will lead to the organization’s support in developing satellite technologies.

The city is working in order to achieve the latest technologies in scientific fields, advancing a space program that goes hand in hand with Vision 2030 by developing numerous remote sensing systems led by a team of Saudi engineers and researchers.

Prince Turki, who has been CEO of KACST since January 2015, received his Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University in the US. 

He has headed and participated in several institutions and companies in Saudi Arabia throughout his outstanding career. 

He currently serves as chairman in the supervisory committee for the National Science, Technology and Innovations Plan (NSTIP), the board of trustees of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Award for the Inventors and the Gifted, the supervisory committee for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Initiative for Solar Water Desalination, the administrative committee of the Saudi Energy Efficiency Center, and the board of directors of The Saudi Company for Technology Development Investment (TAQNIA).

He is also a member of the board of directors of Military Industries Corp., the Civil Defense Council, the International Advisory Council (IAC) for King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), and the board of trustees for Al-Faisal University in Riyadh.


PWD-friendly infrastructure rebuilds completed in Two Holy Cities, Saudi Arabia tells UN

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PWD-friendly infrastructure rebuilds completed in Two Holy Cities, Saudi Arabia tells UN

  • Infrastructure upgrades included public transport facilities
  • Centers for disability rehabilitation are growing across the Kingdom

JEDDAH: Major infrastructure rebuilds to aid disabled people have been completed in Makkah and Madinah, the United Nations heard on Thursday.

Dr. Bandar Al-Aiban, president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission (HRC), made the announcement in Geneva during the 21st session of the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

He said that the move came as part of a wider range of programs aimed at empowering the disabled in Saudi Arabia, to provide them with a suitable education, tools and the employment opportunities to ensure their independence and maintain a good quality of life. 

He added that the infrastructure updates included public transport facilities that were disability friendly, and easy access to government buildings and important historical and religious sites across the two cities.

“The Saudi government is keen to serve the Two Holy Mosques and other holy sites, and harness the necessary resources to serve pilgrims, and this includes the completion of major infrastructure targets that take into account the needs of people with disabilities,” Al-Aiban said.

“The government’s financial support for associations and NGOs for people with disabilities amounted to more than SR70 million ($18.7 million) in 2018. People with disabilities are also members of the Shoura Council, and hold leadership positions in various sectors. 

He also mentioned the recent establishment of the Saudi Commission for Persons with Disabilities and Special Needs, noting the growing number of centers for disability rehabilitation across the country, and the exemplary standards they set for disabled services in the Gulf.