FaceOf: Al-Hassan Al-Manakhara, executive director of Prince Khalid Al-Faisal Center for Moderation

Updated 09 November 2018
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FaceOf: Al-Hassan Al-Manakhara, executive director of Prince Khalid Al-Faisal Center for Moderation

  • Al-Manakhara joined the teaching staff of KAU in 2007, working there as an instructor until 2013
  • Al-Manakhara also works as an assistant professor at KAU in the Department of Educational Diploma Program

Al-Hassan Al-Manakhara has been the executive director of Prince Khalid Al-Faisal Center for Moderation at King Abdulaziz University (KAU) in Jeddah since 2016.

During the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s second symposium on combating extremism and terrorism, Al-Manakhara described the work of the moderation center, which he said was the only institution to award degrees in the subject of moderation.

Terrorism and extremism “have no religion,” he added, as he referred to the Kingdom’s important role as the representative of religious moderation.

Al-Manakhara also works as an assistant professor at KAU in the Department of Educational Diploma Program. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Arabic language and literature from KAU in 2003. 

He received a master’s degree in Arabic from the University of Jordan in Amman in 2006 and a doctorate in curriculum and teaching methods from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, in 2013.

Al-Manakhara joined the teaching staff of KAU in 2007, working there as an instructor until 2013. 

He then spent a year as supervisor of the scholarship and graduate studies unit at the English language institute at KAU. 

From 2014 to 2016, he was the general supervisor of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He also acted as an adviser to the vice president of KAU on business and innovative knowledge. 


Saudi Arabia's King Salman holds talks with Iraq President Barham Salih

Updated 18 November 2018
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman holds talks with Iraq President Barham Salih

  • The king hosted a lunch and "discussed regional developments" with Saleh
  • An Iraqi official said Saleh was on an overnight visit at the invitation of King Salman

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman received Iraq's new President Barham Saleh on Sunday on his first official visit to the Kingdom.

The king hosted a lunch and "discussed regional developments" with Saleh, the official Saudi Press Agency said, after the Iraqi leader's arrival in Riyadh following a visit to Iran.

An Iraqi official said Saleh was on an overnight visit at the invitation of King Salman.

There have been several visits in recent months between the two countries as Iraq seeks closer ties with Saudi Arabia as it look to rebuild after the defeat of Daesh.

In October 2017, Saudi Arabian budget airline flynas made the first commercial flight from Riyadh to Baghdad in 27 years.

Saudi Arabia is keen to develop strong relations with Baghdad to counter Iranian influence in Iraq.