Vice Admiral Awwad Eid Al-Balawi, director-general of the Saudi Border Guards

Updated 30 March 2019
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Vice Admiral Awwad Eid Al-Balawi, director-general of the Saudi Border Guards

  • Al-Balawi holds a bachelor’s degree from the Pakistan Naval Academy and a master’s degree from the World Maritime University in Sweden

Vice Admiral Awwad Eid Al-Balawi has been the director-general of the Saudi Arabian Border Guards since January 2014. 

The Saudi Ministry of the Interior launched the 9th International Training Course on Combating Insecurity in Maritime Domains at the Mohammed bin Naif Arab University for Security Sciences in Jeddah this week, hosting experts, instructors and trainees from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Interpol, and the Saudi Arabian Border Guards.

Al-Balawi said that the course would be the first of three events this year, with programs on maritime crime information sharing and border security scheduled for April and June.

Al-Balawi holds a bachelor’s degree from the Pakistan Naval Academy and a master’s degree from the World Maritime University in Sweden.

Al-Balawi previously held various other positions, completed several advanced training courses and attended local and international conferences on conflict management, negotiation skills, problem analysis, crisis environmental management, decision-making and piracy.

The Border Guards, based in Riyadh, maintain security on the Kingdom’s land and sea borders. 


Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture takes part in UN event

Updated 22 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture takes part in UN event

  • Culture and Sustainable Development conference was held at UN headquarters in New York
  • Dr. Afnan bint Abdullah Al-Shuaibi, the general supervisor for International Relations at the Ministry of Culture, delivered the Kingdom’s speech

NEW YORK: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture took part in a preservation of culture event organized by the United Nations on Tuesday.
The Culture and Sustainable Development conference was held at the UN headquarters in New York with an international delegation and in conjunction with UNESCO’s “World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.”
Dr. Afnan bint Abdullah Al-Shuaibi, the general supervisor for International Relations at the Ministry of Culture, delivered the Kingdom’s speech at the conference in which she affirmed that culture is an essential part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.