FaceOf: Dr. Mohammed Al-Abbas, member of the Saudi Consultative Council, Shoura Council

Dr. Mohammed Al-Abbas
Updated 10 September 2018
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FaceOf: Dr. Mohammed Al-Abbas, member of the Saudi Consultative Council, Shoura Council

JEDDAH: Dr. Mohammed Al-Abbas has been a member of the Saudi Consultative Council, Shoura Council since his appointment upon a royal decree in December 2016. 

Al-Abbas holds a bachelor’s degree from Imam Mohammed bin Saud University branch in Abha, a master’s degree in accounting from King Saud University in Riyadh, and a doctorate in philosophy from Aberystwyth University in Wales, UK. 

He has held several positions in the public and academic sector. Before he became a member of the Shoura Council, he was the vice president of King Khalid University for three months and assistant vice president of King Khalid University for five months.

Previously, he was dean of the Administrative and Financial Sciences College at King Khalid University, and dean of the Faculty of Business at the University of Yamamah.

Al-Abbas served as the executive director of the Saudi Institute of Internal Auditors and executive director of the Accounting and Auditing Organization of the Gulf Cooperation Council for two years and eight months between 2010 and 2013. 

In addition, he is a columnist and economic analyst who has written for several Saudi and Arab newspapers and websites. He currently writes for Al-Eqtisadiah.

He has been an active member of a number of councils and committees and participated in several specialized conferences and symposiums locally and internationally. Moreover, Al-Abbas has considerable academic contributions and research in Arabic and English.

Al-Abbas, in an interview with Arab News, said the Saudi government was not expected to impose fees on the remittances of foreign workers despite a related proposal submitted to the Shoura Council to discuss the subject.

He believes that the move will not work as a solution to national economic issues, such as unemployment. “I do not think such a project will even have a good impact on the national economy, in that it will not contribute to reducing unemployment rates,” he said. Moreover, it would only cause harm to foreign laborers.

In that connection, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Finance earlier denied reports that it was planning to impose fees on the remittances of foreign workers.


World celebrates Saudi National Day

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World celebrates Saudi National Day

DUBAI: From Dubai to Beirut to New York and Washington, D.C., Saudi National Day was celebrated outside of the Kingdom on Sunday as a show of patriotism by Saudis abroad and as a sign of friendship by countries around the world.

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 3:30 p.m. The return flight was scheduled to depart at 6:50 p.m.

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.

 

The Burj Khalifa was illuminated with the Saudi flag last night, while the Nasdaq Tower’s electronic billboard in New York’s Times Square was lit up with photos of King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the flags of Saudi Arabia and the UAE. 

The images were posted by Nasdaq Dubai, the UAE-based operation of the New York equities exchange, on Twitter with the message: “Best wishes from #NasdaqDubai to #SaudiArabia on the occasion of the 88th National Day.”

 

 

In Lebanon, Pigeons’ Rock, also known as the Rock of Raouché, located in the sea of the western capital of Beirut, was lit in the colors of the Saudi flag. The rock, one of the most important Lebanese monuments, was lit during a ceremony attended by the charge d'affaires of Saudi Arabia, Waleed bin Abdullah Bukhari, along with a crowd of dignitaries, including the Mayor of Beirut.

In Washington, the Saudi embassy’s National Day bus toured around the capital on the weekend inviting people to its celebrations on Sunday in National Harbor, Maryland.

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.”

The UAE’s airlines got in on the game. Emirates operated a special one-off A380 service on the routes EK 813 and EK 814 on Sunday to the capital city of Riyadh, touching down at King Khalid International Airport at 3:30pm. Crew handed out scarves emblazoned with the countries’ flags, as well as white roses, to passengers boarding the aircraft.pic.twitter.com/U36yYpxE8T

Etihad said it was using the only Saudi A380 pilot in the world, Wesam Sameer Al Najjar, to fly its Year of Zayed plane to Jeddah with the UAE’s Captain Ahmed Almalood.

In the UAE, children at some schools dressed in green and sang the anthems of both countries, carrying both of their flags. In the evening, there was a Saudi National Day celebration at La Mer beachfront in Dubai that featured a supercar parade, traditional Saudi dancers and, of course, fireworks.