FaceOf: Tariq Abdel Hadi Al-Qahtani, chairman of the Saudi-Japanese Business Council

Tariq Abdel Hadi Al-Qahtani
Updated 28 November 2018
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FaceOf: Tariq Abdel Hadi Al-Qahtani, chairman of the Saudi-Japanese Business Council

  • Al-Qahtani has led the Abdel Hadi Abdullah Al-Qahtani & Sons Group of Companies since 1992
  • He is one of the richest Arabs in the world

Tariq Abdel Hadi Al-Qahtani is chairman of the Saudi-Japanese Business Council at the Council of Saudi Chambers.

He is one of the richest Arabs in the world, and has led the Abdel Hadi Abdullah Al-Qahtani & Sons Group of Companies since 1992.

His father, Sheikh Abdel Hadi Abdullah Al-Qahtani, founded the group in the 1940s as a wholesaler and supplier of food products and materials. 

The group expanded and diversified, becoming one of the largest and most reputable privately owned firms in the Kingdom. It enjoys excellent government and commercial relationships in Saudi Arabia.

It set up in Texas in the 1970s, laying down roots in Europe and other major international locations to broaden its investment portfolio.

The company under Tariq’s stewardship has also come to supply the petrochemical, oil and gas sectors. 

Speaking in Tokyo at the 17th Saudi-Japanese Business Council Forum, he said the body had significantly contributed to the development of bilateral economic relations by helping to enhance investment and trade between the two countries. 

Al-Qahtani said that the value of trade between Saudi Arabia and Japan reached about $32 billion last year. 

He urged the Japanese to seize investment opportunities in the Kingdom. Tariq holds a bachelor’s degree in foreign trade from St. Petersburg College, Florida.


King Salman invites Indonesian centenarian to perform Hajj

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King Salman invites Indonesian centenarian to perform Hajj

  • The man said he and his family can’t financially afford to perform Hajj
  • He was welcomed by the Saudi ambassador to Indonesia

DUBAI: King Salman has invited an Indonesian man, who is reportedly 140 years old, and his family to perform Hajj, the Saudi embassy in Jakarta said on Wednesday.
“The Custodian of the Two Holy mosques invites elderly Indonesian man and his family to perform Hajj,” the embassy tweeted.

The centenarian sent his appeal to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in a video, asking the Saudi rulers to invite him and his daughters to perform Hajj for the first time, as they were unable to afford it on their own.
Social media users shared his video, in which he and two of his daughters explained their situation in Arabic

The man was hosted by Saudi ambassador to Indonesia Esam Al-Thagafi in Jakarta, who broke the good news to him.
The Saudi rulers saw the video and Hajj authorities will take care of their travels and necessities, Al-Thagafi told the man and his family.

Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam, and Muslims should aim to perform the ritual at least once in their lifetime.