FaceOf: Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, chairman of KSA’s General Sports Authority

Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal
Updated 01 January 2019
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FaceOf: Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, chairman of KSA’s General Sports Authority

  • Prior to his current role, Prince Abdul Aziz served as the vice chairman of the General Sports Authority
  • He spent most of his childhood in Europe, where he pursued an active lifestyle and was introduced to motorsports at an early age

The recent Cabinet reshuffle in the Kingdom saw the appointment of Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal as the new chairman of the General Sports Authority. 

Born on Jan. 4, 1983, Prince Abdul Aziz is an athlete and a talented entrepreneur.

He spent most of his childhood in Europe, where he pursued an active lifestyle and was introduced to motorsports at an early age.

Prior to his current role, Prince Abdul Aziz served as the vice chairman of the General Sports Authority. 

He attained his bachelor’s degree in politics from King Saud University in 2003 then went on to obtain a degree in politics at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), the University of London in 2006. 

He also studied marketing at the College of Business Administration (CBA) in Jeddah from 2006 to 2010. 

Additionally, he graduated from the Formula BMW School in Bahrain in 2005.

Prince Abdul Aziz has participated in many motor racing events and won various titles including the Porsche GT3 Championship in 2012 (he came in first), the Toyo Tires Cup in Dubai (first place), Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East, Formula BMW Bahrain, ADAC GT Masters Round, Porsche GT3 CCME (which he won 9 times), Radical Masters AUH round (where he came in second), 24H Dubai race, 24H Series.

He also participated in the Gulf Race12 Hours twice, coming in first place in 2014 and second place in 2015. 

He also succeeded outside the Middle East. In 2011, Prince Abdul Aziz won the first race in the FIA GT3 in Portugal.

He is also known as the first Saudi to have participated in a GT3 European championship race. He won the championship.


Saudi Aramco recognized as a leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Updated 22 January 2019
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Saudi Aramco recognized as a leader in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

JEDDAH: Saudi Aramco’s Uthmaniyah Gas Plant (UGP) has been recognized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a “Lighthouse” manufacturing facility and a leader in technology applications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 
Saudi Aramco is the first energy company globally to be included in this select group of manufacturing sites. The plant is also the only facility in the Middle East to be recognized by WEF. 
The announcement was made ahead of WEFs annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
The gas plant is one of the world’s largest gas processing plants and was commissioned in 1981 as part of Saudi Aramco’s Master Gas System to process associated gas from oil wells. 
The use of drones and wearable technologies to inspect pipelines and machinery has helped cut inspection time by 90% in this industrial facility.
“The recognition of the Uthmaniyah Gas Plant demonstrates Saudi Aramco’s shift to transform and adapt in the rapidly changing global energy landscape. Uthmaniyah is only one part of our large integrated energy value chain where IR 4.0 technologies are playing a critical role to enable significant capital and operational efficiencies,” said Amin H. Nasser, Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Aramco.
The seven new facilities join nine other “Manufacturing Lighthouses” which WEF unveiled in September 2018. The 16 factories were selected from an initial list of 1,000 manufacturers based on their successful implementation of cutting-edge technologies of the future that drive financial and operational impact.
The “Lighthouse” program was conducted by WEF in collaboration with McKinsey during a year-long study. A study team visited UGP in Saudi Arabia and performed a thorough audit.