FaceOf: Ali bin Hassan Jafar, Saudi ambassador to Sudan

Ambassador Ali bin Hassan Jafar
Updated 19 July 2018
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FaceOf: Ali bin Hassan Jafar, Saudi ambassador to Sudan

  • Ali bin Hassan Jafar was the Saudi ambassador to Azerbaijan from 2000 until 2008

Ali bin Hassan Jafar is the current Saudi ambassador to the Republic of Sudan. This week, Saudi Arabia was selected as the first hub center for visa applications to Sudan. 

The Sudanese Embassy in Riyadh inaugurated the visa application center in partnership with outsourcing and technology services specialists VFS Global, who will provide assistance in managing visa and passport administration, diplomatic missions and other non-discretionary tasks.

On Wednesday, Jafar was received by the Sudanese government in Khartoum and was honored with a reception gathering hosted by the Sudanese Red Crescent Association in acknowledgment of the humanitarian aid that Saudi Arabia has provided to the Sudanese people.

During the ceremony, Sudanese Minister of State Tariq Tawfiq presented Jafar with a commemorative shield in the presence of El-Hadji Amadou Sy, secretary-general of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Associations Federation. 

Born in Khamis Mushait in 1955, Jafar holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Riyadh University, which he was awarded in 1978, after which he earned his diploma in diplomatic studies from the Institute of Diplomatic Studies in Riyadh in 1980. 

From 1981 to 1989, he served in the permanent Saudi delegation in Geneva. 

He was then assigned to serve in the Saudi Embassy in Moscow from 1991 to 2000. Aside from Arabic, Jafar is fluent in English, French and Russian. 

He played a vital role in establishing the Saudi Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan where he was appointed ambassador and served from 2000 until 2008.


Saudi Arabia’s up-and-coming energy park set to transform KSA into a global industrial powerhouse

Situated in the Kingdom’s Eastern Province, between Dammam and Al-Ahsa, the project will be developed in three phases. (Supplied)
Updated 12 December 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s up-and-coming energy park set to transform KSA into a global industrial powerhouse

  • The first phase is scheduled for completion by 2021
  • SPARK will localize more than 300 new industrial services and facilities and will have specialized training centers to cater to the huge influx of manpower

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is fast catching up with the world’s ever-growing energy and technology scene ahead of 2030. In fact, the King Salman Energy Park (SPARK) may soon prove a global destination for energy industry investors.

The new energy city mega-project is being developed by Saudi Aramco, which received authoritization to embark on the initiative in the summer, and is operated, managed and maintained in partnership with the Saudi Authority for Industrial Cities and Technology Zones (MODON). 

With projections that the megacity will create more than 100,000 jobs, it is considered one of the most up-and-coming energy parks in the world.

SPARK will localize more than 300 new industrial services and facilities and will have specialized training centers to cater to the huge influx of manpower.

Situated in the Kingdom’s Eastern Province, between Dammam and Al-Ahsa, the project will be developed in three phases. 

The first phase is scheduled for completion by 2021, while the final phase of the project is set for completion in 2035. With all this on track, the 50-square-kilometer project is poised to be a magnet for foreign and domestic investment. 

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman inaugurated the King Salman Energy Park at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) on Monday. (SPA)

What’s more, Aramco’s espousal of SPARK will also help businesses indulge in technological development, manufacturing and exports channels and build a world-class energy supply chain. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman inaugurated the King Salman Energy Park at the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra) on Monday.

During the groundbreaking ceremony, Energy Minister and Aramco Chairman Khalid Al-Falih declared SPARK a special economic zone (SEZ) in which businesses can enjoy exclusive benefits. 

“We are looking forward to collaborating with our first anchor partners at SPARK,” said Saudi Aramco President and CEO, Amin Nasser.

SPARK has already attracted investment from foreign and local companies to produce and manufacture goods and services. The first phase of the project is expected to cost about $1.6 billion. 

The park is set to attract industrial investors in the water, power, petrochemical and wastewater sectors, among others. 

Facilities at SPARK will also help investors bridge gaps in local production back home, increasing competition in the long run. 

“This energy city is exciting because it brings together a multitude of businesses,” Mark McCollum, president and CEO of Weatherford Corp, told SPARK.

“We firmly believe that collaboration and cooperation among service companies and individual providers to the energy sector is vital in breaking new ground.”

The King Salman Energy Park is also set to promote small and medium-sized enterprises. With focus on energy production, it also provides opportunities for investment in residential and commercial real estate projects.

Nasser said that the “King Salman Energy Park will spur a new era of growth for one of the Kingdom’s already thriving sectors. What’s more, it will serve as a central gateway to the region’s economies since Aramco is at the heart of the global oil and gas industry.”