FaceOf: Majed Al-Turki, Saudi academic and researcher

Dr. Majed Al-Turki
Updated 09 December 2018
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FaceOf: Majed Al-Turki, Saudi academic and researcher

  • Al-Turki obtained a Ph.D. in political science from Moscow University
  • Al-Turki has authored numerous books and research papers on politics, diplomacy, international relations

Dr. Majed Al-Turki is a Saudi academic and researcher and the director of the Center of Information and Arabian-Russian Studies based in Riyadh. 

Al-Turki is a member of the International Center for Youth Studies’ board of directors and a member of the Kazakhstan-based general secretariat of the Congress of the Leaders of World and Traditional Religions.

He is also a member of the Saudi Association for Media and Communication. 

Al-Turki has authored numerous books and research papers on politics, diplomacy, international relations, and Islam in the Soviet Union countries. His works mainly focused on Russia and Saudi Arabia. He has also written on the Middle East. His works have been published in Arabic, Russian, and English.

Al-Turki obtained a Ph.D. in political science from Moscow University, a master’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations from Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University in Riyadh.

He also received an honorary professorship from the L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University in Kazakhstan in 2008, and an honorary doctorate in political science from the University of Almaty in Kazakhstan in 2002. 

In 2016, Russian President Vladimir Putin conferred Al-Turki with the “Order of Friendship.” Moreover, in 2011, he was awarded the honorary state medal by the Kazakhstan president in recognition of his efforts in the development of bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Kazakhstan. 

Dr. Majed Al-Turki, the director of the Center of Information and Arabian-Russian Studies, welcomed the recently issued royal decree to establish a new independent organization to address the quality of media reports affecting the image of the Kingdom.

During a discussion on the “Isbou’ Fi Sa’ah” program on the Saudi TV channel Rotana Khalijiyah, he said that the establishment of the media center shows that Saudi Arabia’s decision-makers are increasingly aware of the importance to the state of carrying out such research, but suggested that its performance should be monitored by an independent institution to ensure it fulfills its role.


Saudi ministry: More than 3 million Umrah visas issued so far

The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience. (SPA)
Updated 20 January 2019
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Saudi ministry: More than 3 million Umrah visas issued so far

  • Developing Hajj and Umrah organizations and services in the Kingdom is among the top priorities of the Saudi government

JEDDAH: The number of Umrah visas issued this year has reached 3,024,272, of which 2,561,541 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom, according to data provided by the Hajj and Umrah Ministry.
There are 399,479 pilgrims still in the Kingdom, with 277,372 in Makkah and 122,107 in Madinah.
Most pilgrims — 2,288,789 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 257,266 entered by land and 15,486 arrived by sea.
The largest number of pilgrims are from Pakistan (681,392) followed by Indonesia (447,450), India (306,470), Yemen (146,067), Malaysia (142,290), Algeria (92,752), Turkey (86,925), Egypt (85,438), Bangladesh (53,131) and the UAE (62,927).
The weekly data also included the number of Saudi staff within Umrah companies and institutions. They are 9,983 Saudis including 8,259 males and 1,724 females.
Developing Hajj and Umrah organizations and services in the Kingdom is among the top priorities of the Saudi government.
The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience.