FaceOf: Dr. Hamad bin Suleiman Al-Bazai, Saudi deputy finance minister

Hamad bin Suleiman Al-Bazai
Updated 07 September 2018
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FaceOf: Dr. Hamad bin Suleiman Al-Bazai, Saudi deputy finance minister

  • Al-Bazai led his country’s delegation at the 102nd meeting of the Arab Economic and Social Council in Cairo
  • Al-Bazai also serves as an executive director at the Islamic Development Bank

Dr. Hamad bin Suleiman Al-Bazai is the deputy finance minister of Saudi Arabia.

Recently, he led his country’s delegation at the 102nd meeting of the Arab Economic and Social Council in Cairo.

The council warned of the negative repercussions that would result from scrapping financial assistance to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), calling instead for increasing support for the organization to enable the Palestinian people to survive the Israeli occupation.

Al-Bazai also serves as an executive director at the Islamic Development Bank, a multilateral development financing institution in Jeddah. He served as the vice chairman of the Gulf International Bank until 2015, and was its director from 1999 to 2015.

He is also a member of the preparatory committee of the Supreme Petroleum Council and a board member of the Human Resources Development Fund, the Southern Region Cement Company and the Higher Education Fund. He has also been director of Alinma Bank since 2016.

Al-Bazai holds a bachelor’s degree in administrative sciences from King Saud University, Riyadh, and a master’s and PhD in economics from Colorado State University in the US.

Al-Bazai last year conferred honor upon 53 employees from the staff of the ministry who passed the first phase of Qudratak, the basic skills program for computer applications and electronic transactions, which was implemented by the e-Government program Yesser.


UAE celebrates Saudi National Day

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UAE celebrates Saudi National Day

DUBAI: The celebratory mood to mark Saudi Arabia’s 88th National Day has reached as far as New York, with Nasdaq displaying images of the Kingdom’s rulers at its tower on Times Square in New York while Dubai carrier Emirates is pulling out all the stops to join in the festivities.

The Dubai airline operated a special one-off A380 service, known as EK 813 and EK 814, on Sunday to the capital city of Riyadh, touching down at King Khalid International Airport at 3:30pm. The return flight was scheduled to depart at 6:50pm.

A YouTube video from Emirates also showed crew handing out scarves embroidered with the countries’ flags, as well as white roses, to passengers while boarding the A380 aircraft.

 

Nasdaq Dubai, the UAE-based operations of the New York equities exchange, posted: “Best wishes from #NasdaqDubai to #SaudiArabia on the occasion of the 88th National day” in its Twitter account, along with photos containing images of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed being projected on a huge electronic billboard. A separate tweet also showed an 11-second video with the merged UAE and Saudi Arabian flags fluttering on the billboard.

 

 

Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, will be illuminated in the national flag of Saudi Arabia, in a display of friendship between the UAE and its Gulf neighbor.

In the UAE’s capital, the General Command of Abu Dhabi Police decorated 88 of their cars – one for every year being celebrated – with the flags of Saudi Arabia and the UAE and the words “Together Forever.”

Meanwhile, Etihad Airways’ Wesam Sameer Al-Najjar, the only Saudi National A380 pilot in the world, together with Captain Ahmed Almalood from the UAE, flew the A380 Year of Zayed aircraft to Jeddah for a special one-off service to mark the event.