FaceOf: Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Swailem, chief executive of the Saudi Intellectual Property Authority

Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Swailem
Updated 06 September 2018

FaceOf: Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Swailem, chief executive of the Saudi Intellectual Property Authority

Dr. Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Swailem is the chief executive of the Saudi Intellectual Property Authority.

Al-Swailem received Peter Mehravari, who serves as the US intellectual property (IP) attache for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, on Wednesday in Riyadh.

During the meeting, they reviewed aspects of collaboration in the field of intellectual property and ways of developing and enhancing them.

Al-Swailem holds a Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield, UK in biotechnology and genetic engineering. He has carried out research in genomics, peritomics, biosafety and genetic modification.

He served as an adviser at the World Intellectual Property Organization, as well as at UNESCO. 

He has been vice president for Scientific Research Support at King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology since 2009. He served as a supervisor at the Institute of Natural Resources and Environmental Research for 10 years.

He chaired the Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (UNESCO) during 2009-2011; he also chaired the National Bioethics Committee (NCBE) as well as the supervisory committee for the preparation of the strategic plan for traffic safety.

Al-Swailem was on the board of directors at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, and on the board of directors of the Communications and Information Technology Commission. 


Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

Updated 23 August 2019

Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

  • The museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture

MADINAH: Dar Al-Madinah Museum offers visitors the opportunity to view historical pieces associated with the Prophet’s life. It features artifacts that capture the history, heritage, social life and culture of Madinah.

The museum’s executive director, Hassan Taher, said that it aims to promote the noble values of the Prophet Muhammad, encourage a sense of belonging and capture the history, culture and heritage of Madinah. The exhibits start with the Prophet’s life and end with the Saudi era.

Taher said: “The museum carries out specialized research in Madinah’s architectural heritage. It contains a library of relevant books, research and magazines, all of which are accessible to researchers.”

He said that the museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture.

Taher explained that when preparing the museum’s narrative, it was necessary to reconcile temporal and spatial contexts so they created an added moral and intellectual value for the visitor.

He added: “There are around 2,000 artifacts in the museum’s exhibition halls. These include antiquities, extremely accurate models, handicrafts, manuscripts, documents, correspondence, old publications, postage stamps, photographs and artworks.”

One of the museum’s most valuable exhibits is a large collection of rare pieces associated with important moments in the Prophet’s life and the history of Madinah. 

These include various parts of the Kaaba, rare coins used in Madinah during different eras, ancient pottery, Islamic manuscripts, jewelry and collectibles from the pre-Islamic era.

Taher said that the museum has a professional team of guides who speak several languages, including English, Turkish, Urdu and Malay.