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.


US Chargé d’Affaires to Saudi Arabia congratulates King Salman on National Day

Updated 27 min 46 sec ago
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US Chargé d’Affaires to Saudi Arabia congratulates King Salman on National Day

JEDDAH: The US Chargé d’Affaires to Saudi Arabia Christopher Henzel has issued a statement congratulating King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Kingdom’s people on its National Day.
Henzel’s statement read: “On behalf of the United States of America and all my colleagues here at the Embassy and our Consulates General in Jeddah and Dhahran, I extend our congratulations to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, and the people of Saudi Arabia on your national day.
“Our partnership with Saudi Arabia extends from our close security cooperation to our strong relations in business and exchange programs. Together we are working to promote the security and prosperity of both our countries.
“Through our educational and cultural exchange programs we learn from each other and deepen our partnership. Over many decades hundreds of thousands of Saudi and American officials, tourists, business representatives, and students have traveled between our countries and in the process have cemented our strong ties.
“I wish the people of Saudi Arabia success in all their endeavors and look forward to a bright future as our two countries continue to work together.”