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. 


Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

Updated 18 June 2019
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Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

JEDDAH: The Jeddah Season festival has provided a wide range of seasonal employment opportunities for young Saudi men and women, helping them gain experience and prepare them to enter the job market.

More than 5,000 young Saudis are working around the clock, each in his or her field, to manage the festival’s activities.

The festival aims to highlight development opportunities in Saudi Arabia, introduce the Kingdom as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, support the government’s efforts to empower Saudi youths, support local small and medium enterprises, develop Jeddah’s tourism sector and provide volunteer opportunities.

Jeddah Season, which began on June 8 and runs until July 18, has attracted thousands of visitors of all ages through its 150 local and international events and activities.

It is being held at five sites: King Abdullah Sports City, Al-Hamra Corniche, the Jeddah Waterfront, Obhur and Historic Jeddah (Al-Balad), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jeddah Season offers a wide range of tourism, entertainment and cultural events and activities, and sheds light on the city’s status as the Kingdom’s tourism capital. Most of its events are being held for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

Jeddah Season is in line with the Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to advance the welfare of Saudi society, diversify local development opportunities, improve the Kingdom’s contribution to arts and culture, and create job opportunities for Saudi youths.