FaceOf: Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Salem, director general of KSA’s MODON

Updated 09 October 2018
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FaceOf: Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Salem, director general of KSA’s MODON

  • Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Salem holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from King Saud University and master’s degrees in business administration from Thunderbird University, US
  • The Kingdom is also witnessing a remarkable demand in industrial investment after intensified efforts by the Saudi Industrial Property Authority (MODON) and other government agencies

Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Salem is the director general at Saudi Industrial Property Authority (MODON). 

He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from King Saud University and master’s degrees in business administration from Thunderbird University, US.

Al-Salem has more than 22 years of experience in the field of industrial development and research and development. He has held many executive leadership positions, the last of which was serving as president of the National Program for the Development of Industrial Clusters. He also worked in the Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC), where he took part in many tasks related to research and technology development, initial operation of factories, and was responsible for establishing research and development institutions for chemicals and polymers in the Kingdom, the US, India, and China.

Saudi Arabia on Sunday pledged to invest SR500 billion ($133.3 billion) in various industrial, service, and logistics projects and contracts, which will go a long way in cutting its dependence on oil and further diversifying their national economy. 

The Kingdom is also witnessing a remarkable demand in industrial investment after intensified efforts by the Saudi Industrial Property Authority (MODON) and other government agencies.

MODON’s new identity and strategy were unveiled at a conference at the Ritz-Carlton, Riyadh this week. 

MODON’s new strategy, which is in line with the directives of King Salman, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, will enable the Kingdom to provide employment opportunities to young Saudis among other benefits. 

According to Al-Salim, the new identity of MODON represents all the values that it aspires to achieve and its constant efforts to provide the best and latest services. 

He said: “Saudi Arabia is witnessing rapid changes in various sectors, especially in economic aspects, based on its orientation to implement the objectives of the National Transition Program 2020 and realizing Vision 2030.” 


Saudi sources deny ‘unsubstantiated’ reports of permitting alcohol

Updated 28 min 36 sec ago
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Saudi sources deny ‘unsubstantiated’ reports of permitting alcohol

  • “The leadership has made it clear from day one; it is simply not happening,”SCTH source tells Arab News
  • The SCTH is responsible for licensing and rating hotels and restaurants

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has no plans to allow the sale or public consumption of alcohol, a senior government source has told Arab News.

The official with access to relevant decision-makers categorically denied “unsubstantiated” media reports in some international and regional news outlets.

“If you read the fake news, you will notice it is all based on hearsay and tweets by accounts known to have a questionable agenda when talking about the Kingdom,” he said.

“As the country moves forward with its reform plans, we expect much speculation and attempts by critics to hold us back. And while people are allowed to speculate and criticize, their speculation should not be treated as the truth.”

A second source at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) also denied such reports. “The leadership has made it clear from day one; it is simply not happening,” he told Arab News. “I have not heard of any plans to allow alcohol in major cities, free zones or new projects.”

The SCTH is responsible for licensing and rating hotels and restaurants. Any plans for the sale or consumption of alcohol would have to go through the commission for implementation. 

Saudi Arabia has witnessed substantial social reforms over the past three years, such as the curbing of the previously unchecked power of the religious police, reopening cinemas and allowing women to drive.

There has also been a major shift on previously prohibited public entertainment and gender mixing. International artists including Mariah Carey, Yanni, Andrea Bocelli, Enrique Iglesias and Black Eyed Peas have all performed.

Tourism projects have included pop-up versions of international restaurants such as Signor Sassi, Nusr-Et and Nobu. None has served alcohol.

“Officials have repeatedly said all changes were and will always be in line with Islamic teachings and traditions,” the senior source told Arab News.