FaceOf: Saleh Ali Al-Turki, mayor of Jeddah

FaceOf: Saleh Ali Al-Turki, mayor of Jeddah
Updated 31 July 2018
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FaceOf: Saleh Ali Al-Turki, mayor of Jeddah

Saleh Ali Al-Turki is a Saudi Arabian businessman, delegated member of Jeddah Holdings, president and chairman of Nesma Holding Co., president of Mawaddah International Group, Asdaq and Jeddah Head of Al-Birr charity organization. He was appointed mayor of Jeddah province on July 27.

Al-Turki attained a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and a master’s degree in public administration from California State University, US. 

He is also the Honorary Consul of Austria in Jeddah since 2010.

Prior to his role as the new mayor of Jeddah province, Al-Turki served in a number of positions such as the president of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the president of the Council of Saudi Chambers, and was a member of Makkah Regional Council.

In the field of education, he is currently a member of the board of trustees of the University of Prince Mugrin in Madinah, the board of trustees of Dar Al-Hikma University in Jeddah, and a member of the advisory board of Effat University in Jeddah. 

He has previously been a member of the board of trustees of the University of Business and Technology and a member of the advisory board of the Saudi Institute for Research Science at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

Al-Turki achieved a number of awards, such as the King Salman Award for Young Entrepreneurs and the Prince Mohammed bin Fahd Award for Services to Charity.

He has served in trade for more than 35 years, achieving record successes by building more than 47 companies operating in all fields of the service and contracting sectors. 

According to previous statements, Al-Turki sees the Saudi market as filled with investment opportunities, and that there is a radical difference between the market today and when it started its trade in terms of quality, costs and a large number of competitors on government tenders.


King Salman invites Indonesian centenarian to perform Hajj

Updated 6 min 49 sec ago
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King Salman invites Indonesian centenarian to perform Hajj

  • The man said he and his family can’t financially afford to perform Hajj
  • He was welcomed by the Saudi ambassador to Indonesia

DUBAI: King Salman has invited an Indonesian man, who is reportedly 140 years old, and his family to perform Hajj, the Saudi embassy in Jakarta said on Wednesday.
“The Custodian of the Two Holy mosques invites elderly Indonesian man and his family to perform Hajj,” the embassy tweeted.

The centenarian sent his appeal to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a video, asking the Saudi rulers to invite him and his daughters to perform Hajj for the first time, as they were unable to afford it on their own.
Social media users shared his video, in which he and two of his daughters explained their situation in Arabic

The man was hosted by Saudi ambassador to Indonesia Esam Al-Thagafi in Jakarta, who broke the good news to him.
The Saudi rulers saw the video and Hajj authorities will take care of their travels and necessities, Al-Thagafi told the man and his family.

Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, and Muslims should aim to perform the ritual at least once in their lifetime.