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. 


Saudi Arabia’s first ’smart’ pharmacy inaugurated

Updated 10 min 44 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia’s first ’smart’ pharmacy inaugurated

TABUK: Prince Fahd bin Sultan, governor of Tabuk region, inaugurated the Kingdom’s first smart pharmacy — operated by a robot — at King Fahd Specialist Hospital on Thursday, following his meeting with the province’s director general of health affairs, Ghurmallah bin Abdullah Al-Ghamdi.
It is hoped that the smart pharmacy — which can dispense 1,500 packages of medicine per hour, store over 20,000 packages of medicine, reject expired drugs, and deal with 240 prescriptions per hour — will save the time of patients and pharmacists, ensure better control of drug stocks, provide the highest safety standards, and reduce medication errors.
The pharmacy has six outlets, one of which is dedicated to serving disabled people.
Prince Fahd congratulated Tabuk Health Affairs on this achievement, which he said would contribute to better health care services.
He stressed that serving citizens was the main objective and praised the role of young men and women in meeting the requirements of the future.
He also thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support for the health care sector in Saudi Arabia.
Al-Ghamdi thanked Prince Fahd for his support for the health care sector in the province.