FaceOf: Khalid bin Saleh Al-Mudaifer, Saudi deputy minister of energy

Updated 08 February 2019
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FaceOf: Khalid bin Saleh Al-Mudaifer, Saudi deputy minister of energy

  • Al-Mudaifer holds a degree in civil engineering as well as an MBA from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia
  • Al-Mudaifer spent the early years of his career with the Eastern Petrochemical Co.

Khalid bin Saleh Al-Mudaifer is the Saudi deputy minister of energy, industry and mineral resources. 

A civil engineer by trade, Al-Mudaifer previously served as company president and CEO of the Saudi Arabian Mining Co. (Maaden) from January 2011 through June 2018. 

Al-Mudaifer holds a degree in civil engineering as well as an MBA from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia.

This week, he led a delegation from the Kingdom to participate in the Investing in African Mining Exhibition (INDABA), which was held in Cape Town, South Africa, from Feb. 4-7 and was attended by presidents, industry leaders and mining ministers from around the world. 

The delegation’s participation follows the launch of a new national mining strategy as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 — a comprehensive strategy based on the pursuit of economic diversification and sustainable growth in the Kingdom. 

Al-Mudaifer spent the early years of his career with the Eastern Petrochemical Co. (a SHARQ/SABIC joint venture), where he rose through the ranks to eventually become vice president of the finance department. 

He then joined Qassim Cement Co., where — as general manager and board secretary — he oversaw a period of economic growth and “efficiency gains” before joining Maaden in March 2006 as vice president of industrial affairs. 

Al-Mudaifer has also served as vice president of Phosphate SBU and new business development and marketing at the Saudi Arabian Mining Co.


Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

Updated 18 June 2019
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Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

JEDDAH: The Jeddah Season festival has provided a wide range of seasonal employment opportunities for young Saudi men and women, helping them gain experience and prepare them to enter the job market.

More than 5,000 young Saudis are working around the clock, each in his or her field, to manage the festival’s activities.

The festival aims to highlight development opportunities in Saudi Arabia, introduce the Kingdom as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, support the government’s efforts to empower Saudi youths, support local small and medium enterprises, develop Jeddah’s tourism sector and provide volunteer opportunities.

Jeddah Season, which began on June 8 and runs until July 18, has attracted thousands of visitors of all ages through its 150 local and international events and activities.

It is being held at five sites: King Abdullah Sports City, Al-Hamra Corniche, the Jeddah Waterfront, Obhur and Historic Jeddah (Al-Balad), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jeddah Season offers a wide range of tourism, entertainment and cultural events and activities, and sheds light on the city’s status as the Kingdom’s tourism capital. Most of its events are being held for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

Jeddah Season is in line with the Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to advance the welfare of Saudi society, diversify local development opportunities, improve the Kingdom’s contribution to arts and culture, and create job opportunities for Saudi youths.