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 Arabia’s King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center launches “Kingdom of Energy” podcast

Updated 24 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center launches “Kingdom of Energy” podcast

  • The program targets decision makers, specialists and workers in the energy sectors

RIYADH: The King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) has inaugurated a podcast program, titled “Kingdom of Energy”, through which specialized researchers can talk about energy economics, policies, techniques and related environmental issues.

The podcast is an opportunity for people interested in the field of energy to listen to the opinions of specialists in the field, including workers or partners of the center, whether local or international cadres.

The program targets decision makers, specialists and workers in the energy sectors through a new platform on the center’s website, allowing visitors to listen to podcast episodes.

The program is working on producing “Kingdom of Energy” episodes on a regular basis. The first episode is now available on the website in English, and another series is to be produced in Arabic.

KAPSARC is a non-profit research center that conducts independent research into global energy economics, policies, techniques and related environmental studies. The center seeks to find solutions for the most-effective and productive use of energy to promote economic and social growth locally, regionally and internationally.