FaceOf: Dr. Abdul Aziz Alsebail, secretary-general of the King Faisal Prize

Dr. Abdul Aziz Alsebail
Updated 04 July 2018
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FaceOf: Dr. Abdul Aziz Alsebail, secretary-general of the King Faisal Prize

  • The prize recognizes the outstanding work of individuals and institutions in five major categories
  • Alsebail reiterated how globally revered the award is because of the high standard it applies for the evaluation of nominees and selection of winners

Dr. Abdul Aziz Alsebail is the secretary-general of the King Faisal Prize. The prize was launched by the King Faisal Foundation, and granted for the first time in 1979.

The prize recognizes the outstanding work of individuals and institutions in five major categories: Service to Islam, Islamic studies, Arabic language and literature, medicine, and science. 

Its aim is to benefit Muslims in the present and future, to inspire them to participate in all aspects of civilization, to enrich human knowledge and develop mankind.

Alsebail reiterated how globally revered the award is because of the high standard it applies for the evaluation of nominees and selection of winners. 

“International prizes are key in promoting and localizing knowledge through immense contributions that strengthen innovation and creativity. This year holds particular significance as the award celebrates its 40th anniversary.”

He received his bachelor’s degree with first-class honors in Arabic language and literature from King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) in 1979.

After working as a radio announcer and programmer for Jeddah Radio, as well as an assistant instructor at KAU, he furthered his education, earning his master’s degree in near-eastern languages and cultures in 1983, as well as his Ph.D. in modern Arabic literature, both from Indiana University Bloomington.

In 1991, Alsebail became an assistant professor at KAU, a post he would hold for eight years. 

He then became deputy editor-in-chief of Saudi Gazette until 2004. In 2005, he became deputy minister of culture until 2010. 


Mexican delegation visits Saudi Arabia to promote trade and discuss investment

The Mexican ambassador further declared that his country, like Saudi Arabia, is one of the top 20 economies in the world and is eager to strengthen mechanisms of collaboration in different areas. (SPA)
Updated 17 November 2018
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Mexican delegation visits Saudi Arabia to promote trade and discuss investment

  • The visiting team expressed their desire to benefit from and contribute to the projects presented by the Kingdom’s Vision 2030

RIYADH: A trade delegation from Mexico called on the Saudi business community to strengthen trade partnerships with their counterparts in Mexico and participate in promising opportunities and investment projects in various areas, especially in the construction and infrastructure sectors.
“A delegation from the National Bank for Services and Public Works (BANOBRAS), the most important development bank in Mexico, visited Saudi Arabia to promote investment opportunities that will bring the countries closer together,” Mexican Ambassador Alfredo Miranda told Arab News on Friday.
Miranda accompanied Alejandro Blasco, head of investor relations at BANOBRAS, and Luis Ampudia, deputy head of investor relations, during the meeting at the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC).
The Saudi delegation was made up of CSC Secretary-General Saud Al-Meshari; Vice Chairman and Managing Director of the Saudi Fund for Development Khalid S. Alkhudairy; and head of stakeholder management of the Public Investment Fund (PIF) Saad A. Alkroud.
During the meetings, the Mexican delegation shared the opportunities available in Mexico for identifying possible public-private partnerships and financing social infrastructure projects, and they discussed the potential of investment opportunities in Mexico as part of the PIF’s international diversified pool, said the envoy.
The visiting team expressed their desire to benefit from and contribute to the projects presented by the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
The Mexican ambassador further declared that his country, like Saudi Arabia, is one of the top 20 economies in the world and is eager to strengthen mechanisms of collaboration in different areas, taking into account that Mexico’s GDP is $1.1 trillion, has a population of 129 million inhabitants, an inflation rate of 4 percent and very low unemployment of just 4 percent.
“I am sure both countries will continue to work together in order to have more Mexicans in Saudi Arabia and more Saudis in Mexico,” said Ambassador Miranda.