FaceOf: Tariq bin Abdul Aziz Al-Faris, mayor of Riyadh

Updated 19 October 2018
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FaceOf: Tariq bin Abdul Aziz Al-Faris, mayor of Riyadh

  • In 1984, Al-Faris earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Arizona in Tucson, US
  • Prior to being appointed mayor of Riyadh in February of this year, Al-Faris served as vice president of Arriyadh Development Authority

Tariq bin Abdul Aziz Al-Faris is the mayor of Riyadh and CEO of the Arriyadh Development Authority (ADA). Among other responsibilities, Al-Faris is tasked with doubling efforts to achieve the Kingdom’s aspirations based on the National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020 and implementing the roadmap toward Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.

On Thursday, ADA and Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) signed a cooperation agreement with International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for the participation of Riyadh city in the “KPIs Project” within 50 cities around the world.

In 1984, Al-Faris earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Arizona in Tucson, US. He furthered his studies in this field in 1986,  attaining his master’s degree in civil engineering. 

When he returned to Saudi Arabia in 1986 he joined ADA as a civil engineer. In 1988, he was appointed assistant director of the King Fahd Road Project and the Governance Palace Development Project. 

In 1994 Al-Faris was promoted to director of ADA’s Projects Management Department. In subsequent promotions Al-Faris became ADA’s director general of construction in 1999, and then ADA’s director general of urban facilities in 2009.

Prior to being appointed mayor of Riyadh in February of this year, Al-Faris served as vice president of ADA and as vice minister of municipal and rural affairs.


Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman pledges commitment to Saudi-Indian relations

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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman pledges commitment to Saudi-Indian relations

  • The crown prince will hold talks with Modi that are expected to be wide-ranging
  • The prime minister will also host a lunch for the visiting dignitaries, while in the evening President Ram Nath Kovind will host a banquet in honor of the Saudi crown prince

DUBAI: India and Saudi Arabia’s relationship will be maintained for thousands of years, the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman said at an official welcoming in New Delhi on Wednesday.

“We want to be sure India and Saudi Arabia’s relationship is maintained for thousands of years,” the crown prince said, flanked by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind.

“I believe there’s a lot of Saudi work in India,” he added.

The crown prince was greeted by the PM and president after arriving to the presidential palace in a limousine.

The crown prince will hold talks with Modi that are expected to be wide-ranging.

The prime minister will also host a lunch for the visiting dignitaries, while in the evening President Ram Nath Kovind will host a banquet in honor of the Saudi crown prince, who is accompanied by a high-level delegation that includes ministers, senior officials and leading Saudi businessmen.

The official welcoming comes on the first official day of the Saudi royal’s visit to India, in the second leg of his Asia tour which began in Pakistan earlier this week.