FaceOf: Prince Sultan bin Salman, KSA's tourism chief

Prince Sultan bin Salman
Updated 30 June 2018
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FaceOf: Prince Sultan bin Salman, KSA's tourism chief

  • Prince Sultan was born in 1965 in Riyadh and is the second son to King Salman
  • Prince Sultan’s career began as a researcher in the Ministry of Information in 1982

Prince Sultan bin Salman is the chairman of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), which supervised the 12th edition of Souq Okaz.

The souq is on its second edition since King Salman handed the responsibility of handling its events to SCTH, with the aim of creating an international cultural festival. This year’s guest of honor is Egypt.

Prince Sultan was born in 1965 in Riyadh and is the second son to King Salman. He completed his school education in Riyadh, and pursued a master’s degree in social and political science with distinction from Syracuse University in 1999.

Prince Sultan’s career began as a researcher in the Ministry of Information in 1982. Two years later, he became the deputy director of the media committee for Saudi athletes competing in the 1984 Summer Olympics in LA. Later that year, he became the acting director of the TV advertising department in the ministry.

In 1985, he set a record as the youngest person to fly on a space shuttle at 28. Earlier that year, he embarked on journey to represent Arab Satellite Communications Organization in their satellite deployment where he flew as a payload specialist.

He also assisted in founding the Association of Space Explorers and sat on its executive board of directors for years.

In 2009, he became the president and chairman of the board of SCTH, with the rank of a Saudi minister. He has served as SCTH’s secretary-general since its initiation in 2000.

Prince Sultan also serves as honorary chairman of the Saudi Society for Archaeological Studies in King Saud University, and is chairman of the Advisory Committee for its tourism college. 


Major projects, investments worth over $685bn unveiled on Saudi National Day

A photo taken on July 5, 2018, shows Bader al-Ajmi, 38,(L) owner of "One Way Burger" serving customers from his truck at a main street in the capital Riyadh. (AFP)
Updated 22 September 2018
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Major projects, investments worth over $685bn unveiled on Saudi National Day

  • The private sector’s contribution to the GDP at constant prices doubled to around SR1236.6 million in 2017

JEDDAH: A major economic boost in the form of 10 major projects and investments exceeding SR685 billion ($183 billion) were unveiled as celebrations of the 88th Saudi National Day got under way.
The Council of Saudi Chambers released a report focusing on great economic achievements in 2017.
These projects reflect the Kingdom’s vision under the wise leadership of King Salman and that of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to provide a brighter future through diversifying sources of national income, tackling environmental challenges and increasing investment and prosperity.
The report summarized the most important events and economic developments in the Kingdom over the past year. These include the lifting of the ban on women driving in June, and the establishment of the General Authority for Cyber Security, in addition to the numerous royal decrees providing financial support to Saudis.
It also noted the important decisions related to the Saudi business sector. These include the launch of a private sector incentive program with a value of SR72 billion, the privatization of 10 government sectors and the establishment of the General Authority for Real Estate. The private sector is still showing a strong performance as an efficient partner in the inclusive development process and in the achievement of the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision, the report noted, as it contributes 39 percent to the Saudi gross domestic product (GDP).
The private sector’s contribution to the GDP at constant prices doubled to around SR1236.6 million in 2017. There has been increased contribution to GDP from non-oil private sector streams.
The private sector also witnessed an increase in the number of workers, in its capital, in the number of shares on the Saudi market, in the cumulative number of establishments operating in the Kingdom, and in non-oil exports.
Continued growth of the private sector was attributed by the report to the Saudi government’s support. This support comes through initiatives such as the removal of obstacles to financial development, improvements to the working environment and policies adopted to boost investment.
It also reviewed the private sector’s efforts to support diversification of the economy and lower unemployment rates.
The importance of the measures taken to prioritize the employment of qualified Saudi workers over the employment of expatriates in the private sector were stressed, as well as the sector’s role in providing education and health services.