FaceOf: Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Al-Rashid, secretary-general of King Fahd National Library

Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Al-Rashid
Updated 22 September 2018
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FaceOf: Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Al-Rashid, secretary-general of King Fahd National Library

  • Mohammed Al-Rashid obtained a master’s degree in library and information science from Clarion University in Pennsylvania in the US

Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Al-Rashid has been secretary-general of King Fahd National Library in Riyadh since 2010.
The library holds more than 8,600 books in Arabic and other languages. It also hosts the national archive of historical photos that consists of more than 70,000 photos of kings, princes, and Saudi regions. It also includes 390 paintings by Saudi artists and 100 rare maps of the Kingdom.
Al-Rashid was born in Riyadh in 1965. He holds a bachelor’s degree in law systems from King Saud University in Riyadh, which he received in 1987.
In 1991, he obtained a master’s degree in library and information science from Clarion University in Pennsylvania in the US.
Al-Rashid joined King Fahd National Library in 1987 as one of its founders. After completing his master’s, he was appointed as a library researcher, and moved along ranks to head the International Standard Book Number Administration.
Four years later, he became the acting manager of the Legal Deposit and Registration Administration. In 2000, he served as an acting supervisor of the General Administration of Administrative and Financial Affairs and by the following year, he became the general manager of user services administration
Al-Rashid is a member of the board of the King Abdul Aziz Foundation for Research and Archives and a member of the Library Science Department Promotion Committee at King Saud University and the Saudi Library Society.


Saudi ministry: More than 3 million Umrah visas issued so far

The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience. (SPA)
Updated 20 January 2019
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Saudi ministry: More than 3 million Umrah visas issued so far

  • Developing Hajj and Umrah organizations and services in the Kingdom is among the top priorities of the Saudi government

JEDDAH: The number of Umrah visas issued this year has reached 3,024,272, of which 2,561,541 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom, according to data provided by the Hajj and Umrah Ministry.
There are 399,479 pilgrims still in the Kingdom, with 277,372 in Makkah and 122,107 in Madinah.
Most pilgrims — 2,288,789 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 257,266 entered by land and 15,486 arrived by sea.
The largest number of pilgrims are from Pakistan (681,392) followed by Indonesia (447,450), India (306,470), Yemen (146,067), Malaysia (142,290), Algeria (92,752), Turkey (86,925), Egypt (85,438), Bangladesh (53,131) and the UAE (62,927).
The weekly data also included the number of Saudi staff within Umrah companies and institutions. They are 9,983 Saudis including 8,259 males and 1,724 females.
Developing Hajj and Umrah organizations and services in the Kingdom is among the top priorities of the Saudi government.
The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience.