FaceOf: Prince Saud bin Khalid Al-Faisal, deputy governor of Madinah

Prince Saud is president of the National Competitiveness Center (NCC), which was established by SAGIA in December 2010.
Updated 02 December 2018
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FaceOf: Prince Saud bin Khalid Al-Faisal, deputy governor of Madinah

  • Prince Saud received his bachelor’s degree in finance from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals in 2001

Prince Saud bin Khalid Al-Faisal has been deputy governor of Madinah since May 2017. He is also deputy governor for investment affairs at the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA), and a board member at the Saudi Industrial Property Authority (MODON).
He is vice chairman of joint economic commissions between Saudi Arabia and Switzerland, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Greece, Azerbaijan and Senegal.
Prince Saud is also president of the National Competitiveness Center (NCC), which was established by SAGIA in December 2010.
He received his bachelor’s degree in finance from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals in 2001.
He was a financial analyst at Saudi Aramco from May 2001 to July 2008, chief financial officer for investment affairs at SAGIA and the NCC from July 2008 to January 2009, and chief operating officer for investment affairs at SAGIA and the NCC from January 2009 to December 2010.
On Saturday, Prince Saud sponsored the closing ceremony of the first phase of the Arabic Calligraphy Center in Madinah, an initiative of Tatweer Co. for Educational Services.
The ceremony was attended by Nasser Al-Abdulkareem, director of education in Madinah, Dr. Mohammed bin Saeed Al-Qahtani, Tatweer’s general director of the student activities and community sector, and Saeed bin Mohsen Al-Turki, director of Tatweer’s life skills program.
Prince Saud visited the center and the accompanying art exhibition at the Dar Al-Qalam educational complex, where he saw a visual presentation of the center’s first phase.


Formula E drivers ‘enjoy’ Saudi Arabia’s cultural heritage

Updated 14 December 2018
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Formula E drivers ‘enjoy’ Saudi Arabia’s cultural heritage

  • Formula E drivers explored Saudi Arabia and the local community
  • After visiting the UNESCO World Site of Ad Diriyah which is home to the new race track, drivers also visited Masmak Fort

Formula E drivers explored Saudi Arabia and the local community as the 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix festivities took place.

After visiting the UNESCO World Site of Ad Diriyah which is home to the new race track, drivers also visited Masmak Fort, built in 1865.

Oliver Turvey, from the United Kingdom was part of a trio of drivers from team NIO who on Thursday took the opportunity to learn more about the fort’s heritage and history. He also took the time to look ahead to the big race, which makes Formula E’s debut in the Middle East. 

“I am really enjoying being here in a different culture. We want to show that electric cars are fast and strong,” he said. 

Teammate Tom Dilmann was already anticipating Saturday’s action.

“The track looks exciting, I’m really looking forward to it and am very excited for the race. Showing that we can race electric cars in the city, the future is here,” he said.

Jammy Chadwick, also from the UK, will be part of racing history in Saudi Arabia when she joins several other women on the starting grid of a ‘Rookie Test’ to discover new Formula E talent.

“This will be my first proper official test this Sunday, it’s a huge opportunity for me to learn and try the experience. It’s a positive message to have female drivers competing for the first time in Saudi, it sends a clear message of welcoming to everyone,” she said.

It was back to the future for drivers from the Mahindra Racing as they warmed up for the big race of Saturday taking on local competition, in the form of excited school children, at the Doos Karting Track in Riyadh.

They were cheered on by Prince Khalid bin Sultan, President of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation, who joined the fun.

Jerome d'Ambrosio, Felix Rosenqvist and Nick Heidfeld were put through their paces by children from King Faisal elementary and Trbiyah Namouthajiyah Schools.

Noura AL Shebani, 12, and Fahad Al Shenefi, 8, had the “time of their lives” racing against the Formula E drivers.

“If I had a little bit more time I could have won,” Noura told the race drivers after the race.

Belgian racer Jerome d’Ambrosio said: “We always have a wonderful and fun time karting. It reminds us of when we were young. Karting is almost how all racing drivers start, and we enjoy every opportunity like this one to just have fun.”

Meanwhile, Swedish driver Rosenqvist loved that the go-karts were electric, in keeping with the rather much bigger race about to unfold on Saturday.

He said: “Even at this level you can feel the instant power when coming out of a turn unlike Go Karts with combustion engines. It’s also better because when you can have indoor tracks which are very convenient in Saudi.”