Saudi Arabia appoints new government officials by royal decree

Various people were appointed to new positions by royal decree on March 23, 2019. (SPA)
Updated 24 March 2019
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Saudi Arabia appoints new government officials by royal decree

  • Dr. Inas bint Suleiman Al-Issa was appointed as director of Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University
  • Dr Hatem bin Hasan bin Hamza Al-Marzouki was appointed Deputy Minister of Education for Universities, Research, and Innovation

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia appointed new government officials by royal decree on Saturday. They include a new head of general organization for military industries and a deputy education minister for universities, research, and innovation. 

Dr Hatem bin Hasan bin Hamza Al-Marzouki was appointed Deputy Minister of Education for Universities, Research, and Innovation.

Abdul-Rahman bin Ahmed bin Hamdan Al-Harbi was appointed as the governor of the General Authority for Foreign Trade.

Dr. Saad bin Saud bin Majid Al-Fuhaid was appointed as an assistant to the minister of education.

Ahmed bin Abdulaziz bin Mohammed Al-Ohali was appointed as the head of the General Organisation for Military Industries. 

Mohammed bin Nasser bin Ali Al-Jasser was appointed as an assistant to the Minister of Labor and Social Development.

Dr. Inas bint Suleiman bin Mohammed Al-Issa was appointed as director of Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University.

Dr. Mohammed bin Yahya bin Gharama Al-Shehri was appointed director of the Northern Border University.

Dr. Ahmad bin Salim bin Mohammed Al-Ameri was appointed as director of Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University.

Tawfiq bin Adulaziz Al-Sudairi was relieved of his position as deputy minister for Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance. 

 

 


First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

Updated 17 July 2019
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First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

  • 4,000 to partake in this year’s pilgrimage after Saudi Arabia increased quota

COLOMBO: Nearly 180 Sri Lankan Hajj pilgrims left for Saudi Arabia on Monday night, but not before thanking the Kingdom for the comprehensive facilities offered to them.

Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Haleem, Sri Lanka’s minister of postal services and Muslim religious affairs, said that this year’s issuing of Hajj visas was smooth due to the new e-Hajj services introduced by the Saudi government. 

“We were able to process all 4,000 Hajj visas efficiently. All of them were issued well in time,” Haleem said.

He added that officials from his ministry will be available at the airport to assist the pilgrims with their departures.

The minister said the flights of pilgrims this year will be ferried by both Saudi Arabian Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines. Haleem, who intends to participate in this year’s Hajj, said that the last flight of Sri Lankan pilgrims will leave Colombo on Aug. 7.

Sajjath Mohammed, a journalist from Madawala News, praised the e-Hajj service, saying: “The biometric services for the visas were available to pilgrims in Kandy and Batticaloa in addition to Colombo, the capital of the island.”

Rizmi Reyal, president of the International Airline Ticketing Academy in Sri Lanka, said that this year the Hajj services from Colombo have been enhanced to give a better experience to the pilgrims. He thanked the Saudi government, the Muslim Religious Affairs Ministry in Colombo, the Saudi Embassy in Colombo and the Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh for playing their part in these improvements.

The Sri Lankan government will also send a medical team to attend to any urgent needs of the pilgrims before they are taken to the nearest medical facilities in the two holy cities.