FaceOf: Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Ghamdi, vice chairman of Saudi-Kuwaiti Parliamentary Friendship Committee

Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Ghamdi
Updated 08 January 2019
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FaceOf: Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Ghamdi, vice chairman of Saudi-Kuwaiti Parliamentary Friendship Committee

  • Al-Ghamdi holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from King Saud University in Riyadh
  • Al-Ghamdi also received a Ph.D. in economics from Colorado State University

Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Ghamdi is vice chairman of Saudi-Kuwaiti Parliamentary Friendship Committee and has been a member of the Saudi Shoura Council since his appointment in 2013. 

Previously, Al-Ghamdi served as an adviser to the office of the energy, industry and mineral resources minister for 19 years from 1993 to 2012. He also served as a part-time consultant with the minister of economy and planning. 

He was an associate professor at the administration department of King Abdul Aziz Military Academy in Riyadh from 1983 to 1993. 

Al-Ghamdi holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from King Saud University in Riyadh. He completed a master’s degree in economics at the University of Denver in the US. 

He also received a Ph.D. in economics from Colorado State University, where he worked as an associate professor for one year in 1990. 

Al-Ghamdi is a member of several national and international committees including the joint working group on petroleum cooperation with Korea, Britain, India, China and Japan, and Saudi Arabia’s petroleum strategy modernization committee.

He is a member of the Saudi team on the OPEC economic committee and a member of the Saudi delegation in ministerial meetings of OPEC.

Al-Ghamdi will lead a Shoura Council delegation on an official visit to Kuwait on Tuesday.


King Salman to host 1,000 Sudanese pilgrims 

Updated 22 July 2019
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King Salman to host 1,000 Sudanese pilgrims 

  • 500 pilgrims are to be selected from the Sudanese army
  • Another 500 to be selected from families of Sudanese soldiers who died while fighting Houthi terrorists in Yemen

RIYADH: King Salman has issued an order to host 1,000 pilgrims from Sudan to perform Hajj, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

According to the directive, the 1,000 pilgrims will perform Hajj within the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Program for Hajj and Umrah, implemented and supervised by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance.

Islamic Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said that of this total, 500 pilgrims would be selected from the Sudanese army and those belonging to the families of Sudanese martyred while participating in the “Determination Storm and Restoring of Hope” operations within the Arab coalition forces supporting the legitimate government in Yemen.

This year, King Salman has ordered the hosting of 1,300 pilgrims from around the world as part of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques’ Guests Program for Hajj and Umrah.

Earlier, King Salman issued a directive for the hosting of 200 Hajj pilgrims from the families of victims of the terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The king also ordered 1,000 Palestinian pilgrims who are family members of martyrs to be hosted while they performed Hajj.  

Al-Asheikh said that the hosting of the families during the Hajj season was part of Saudi Arabia’s efforts to “confront and defeat terrorism” in all its forms.

So far, the number of pilgrims who have arrived in the Kingdom since the start of the Hajj season has reached 562,056, according to statistics issued by the Saudi General Directorate of Passports.

Most pilgrims — 547,505 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 8,548 entered by land and 6,003 arrived by sea, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Last year more that 1.75 million pilgrims from abroad performed Hajj, according to figures from the Saudi General Directorate of Passports.