Dr. Bandar Al-Aiban, Saudi Human Rights Commission president

Dr. Bandar Al-Aiban
Updated 30 March 2019

Dr. Bandar Al-Aiban, Saudi Human Rights Commission president

Since 2009, Dr. Bandar Al-Aiban has been president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, a government body founded in 2005 to defend human rights.

Addressing the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva recently, he said the Kingdom strikes a balance “between achieving the best systems and practices in the field of human rights, and the right to the development and preservation of the values of Saudi society.”

Al-Aiban was born in Riyadh in 1954, and is a former member of the Shoura Council. In 1979, he graduated from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering.

He holds a master’s degree in public administration from the same university, and a Ph.D. in philosophy, political science and international relations from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

His experience includes working for the Saudi Arabian National Guard as an undersecretary, and in its office at the Saudi Embassy in Washington.


Umrah Forum and Exhibition kicks off on Monday

Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal. (SPA)
Updated 26 August 2019

Umrah Forum and Exhibition kicks off on Monday

  • The exhibition is expected to attract more than 20,000 visitors

JEDDAH: The Umrah Forum and Exhibition, organized by the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, will commence on Monday in Jeddah under the sponsorship of Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal.
The event will last for three days at the Jeddah International Exhibition and Convention Center.
Deputy Minister of Hajj and Umrah Dr. Abdul Fattah Mashat said that the Umrah Forum and Exhibition will hold more than 22 workshops and training seminars carried out by pilgrim services experts. 160 companies and service operators in the sector will showcase their latest innovations and products offered to worshippers.
Mashat added that the Umrah Forum and Exhibition will involve partnership agreements between providers of logistic services and Umrah service companies.
He said that the event aims to meet the objectives of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan by providing the best services to pilgrims.
The exhibition is expected to attract more than 20,000 visitors.