Medical pioneers honored at King Faisal Prize event

Delegates pose during the event in Riyadh. (Supplied)
Updated 04 December 2018
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Medical pioneers honored at King Faisal Prize event

RIYADH: Medical pioneers were honored for their work at a conference organized by the King Faisal Prize (KFP), which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
The event, which opened Dec. 1 in Riyadh, recognized the contribution of national and international health care specialists.
“I am very pleased about the cooperation between the KFP and Alfaisal University that brought together notable Saudi pioneers in medicine, who have made significant contributions to the field of medicine, as well as distinguished international pioneers in medicine who have previously won the prestigious King Faisal Prize, to share and deliver a wealth of knowledge to the public,” KFP Secretary-General Dr. Abdulaziz Alsebail told Arab News on Tuesday.
The conference had emerged as a major scientific platform in the Kingdom, marking a crucial step forward in the KFP’s ongoing efforts to enrich and localize knowledge for the benefit of citizens, he added.
KFP and the university had decided to make the conference a more regular event that would address different medical fields through diverse national and international pioneers, he said.
“The distinguished conference reflects a key milestone in the KFP’s remarkable journey during the last 40 years.”
Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah spoke at the opening ceremony and commended the scientists for their outstanding research work.
He also expressed his pleasure in meeting the pioneers and learning about their outstanding efforts in the advancement of medicine in Saudi Arabia.
The pioneers discussed major challenges and opportunities in the medical field through sessions that focused on cardiology, oncology, fetal medicine and surgery, ENT, genetics, and family and community medicine.


Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Hamdan, undersecretary of the Department of Publications Affairs and Scholarly Research

Updated 19 July 2019
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Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Hamdan, undersecretary of the Department of Publications Affairs and Scholarly Research

Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Mohammed Al-Hamdan has been the undersecretary of the Department of Publications Affairs and Scholarly Research since June 2018. 

Al-Hamdan recently announced that the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance had started preparations for its Hajj season book distribution program, which will oversee the distribution of 8 million copies of the Holy Qur’an, ritual books and manuals to pilgrims. Fifty-two books in more than 30 languages have reportedly been approved as part of the program.

Al-Hamdan also noted that the Islamic electronic library has created a website containing all of the ministry’s written and audio versions of books related to Hajj and Umrah: www.islamic-ebook.com. The portal will be made available for public use at every international airport in the Kingdom, several exit-port centers and some mosques and “important sites.”

In 2018, Al-Hamdan was part of two significant Saudi Arabian delegations overseas. In November, he traveled to the 31st Conference of Muslims of Latin America and the Caribbean in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The conference explored the possibilities of teaching Arabic in Latin America and the Caribbean, and was organized by the Center for Islamic Advocacy in Brazil in cooperation with the Islamic Ministry in the Kingdom.

Al-Hamdan also visited several cities in Serbia where he met with Chief of Scholars in Belgrade Sheikh Saad Nasovic, and other prominent figures from the Muslim community in Serbia.