FaceOf: Dr. Khalil bin Musleh Al-Thaqafi, president of the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection

Dr. Khalil bin Musleh Al-Thaqafi
Updated 03 August 2018
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FaceOf: Dr. Khalil bin Musleh Al-Thaqafi, president of the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection

  • Al-Thaqafi was awarded the National Service Award by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, who was the governor of Asir region at the time

Dr. Khalil bin Musleh Al-Thaqafi has been the president of the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection (PME) since April 2017.
PME is tasked with measuring the level of air pollutants in Makkah and other holy sites during the Hajj season in compliance with industrial and environmental establishments and facilities and in accordance with regulatory standard guidelines.
PME recently began employing women in environmental inspection teams in line with a decree to support environmental inspection, assessments to reduce pollution, safeguarding public health, and to improve quality of life.
This week PME completed its operational plan for this year’s Hajj season, providing pilgrims with an electronic guide transmitting the most accurate and up-to-date meteorological and environmental information through an integrated system in multiple languages.
Al-Thaqafi was awarded the National Service Award by Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, who was the governor of Asir region at the time, as a distinguished academic faculty member and the most active in national service in 1417 A.H (1997), among other awards and certificates.
Al-Thaqafi attained a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences from King Abdul Aziz University in cooperation with the University of Arizona in 1984, a master’s degree in environmental sciences from Manchester, UK in 1988, and a Ph.D. in pollution and environmental protection from the University of Manchester in 1991.
Prior to his role as president of the PME, Al-Thaqafi’s roles included head of the Environmental Health Department from 1985-1986 and head of the Health Awareness and Environmental Health Department from 1986-1987.
He was assigned to work with the scientific group established to combat oil pollution, based on the approval that is specific to execute the national plan to combat pollution in the Arabian Gulf in 1991 for six months.


Saudi aid center KSRelief highlights humanitarian work at Chile conference

Al-Rabeeah praised KSRelief’s work in war zones and areas suffering from grave humanitarian threats, with the center having worked across 79 such regions in its history, most significantly in Yemen. (SPA)
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Saudi aid center KSRelief highlights humanitarian work at Chile conference

  • Al-Rabeeah talked about the pioneering work done by the center and its staff as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 program

RIYADH: The general supervisor of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, has highlighted the work of his organization at a symposium during the Medical International Conference held in Santiago.
More than 650 senior doctors and medical practitioners from 57 countries were invited to take part in the conference
Al-Rabeeah talked about the pioneering work done by the center and its staff as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 program, and how medical advancement and humanitarian aid provision was at the forefront of the government’s plan to diversify Saudi Arabia.

He raised the example of KSRelief’s handling of multiple cases of conjoined (“Siamese”) twins over the years, and how as a result of investment and research, Saudi doctors had successfully separated 47 pairs.
He also praised KSRelief’s work in war zones and areas suffering from grave humanitarian threats, with the center having worked across 79 such regions in its history, most significantly in Yemen.
He noted that the Kingdom had undertaken a number of initiatives, including a program to rehabilitate child soldiers recruited by the Houthi militias currently fighting coalition forces in the country, and the Saudi Project for Landmine Clearance in Yemen, which has removed more than 50,000 of the devices so far.
He also highlighted plans to establish an artificial limb center to provide prosthetics for Yemenis who have lost limbs in the conflict.
He concluded his speech by stressing the importance of volunteer work and its major role in supporting the Kingdom’s humanitarian work, praising the efforts of those who sacrificed their time and resources to carry out KSRelief’s objectives.