FaceOf: Dr. Hatem bin Hasan bin Hamza Al-Marzouki, deputy minister of education

Dr. Hatem bin Hasan bin Hamza Al-Marzouki
Updated 26 March 2019
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FaceOf: Dr. Hatem bin Hasan bin Hamza Al-Marzouki, deputy minister of education

Dr. Hatem bin Hasan bin Hamza Al-Marzouki has been recently appointed the deputy minister of education for universities, research, and innovation. 

He has been serving as the rector of the Islamic University of Madinah since 2016. 

Al-Marzouki has served the Emirate of Makkah region in different capacities between 2001 and 2009 including as assistant undersecretary of development, the general supervisor of the Information Technology Center, and as the secretary-general of Makkah Region Council.

He worked as an assistant professor of Islamic architecture at the College of Engineering at the Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah between 1999 and 2001. 

He also worked as an assistant researcher at the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Institute for Hajj and Umrah Research at the Umm Al-Qura University. 

Al-Marzouki holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. He received two master’s degrees from the University of Colorado in the US — one in urban design and urban economics and the other in architecture and planning. 

He earned his Ph.D. in architecture and planning from the University of Newcastle, UK. Al-Mazrouki has participated in several research projects for the development of the Makkah region and his research papers have been published in several publications.


Hajj Ministry: More than 7.46m Umrah visas issued so far

Updated 25 May 2019
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Hajj Ministry: More than 7.46m Umrah visas issued so far

  • The largest number of pilgrims are from Pakistan
  • The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience

RIYADH: The number of Umrah visas issued this year has reached 7,463,259, of which 6,964,943 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom, according to data provided by the Hajj Ministry.
There are 925,246 pilgrims still in the Kingdom, with 679,929 in Makkah and 245,317 in Madinah, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
Most pilgrims — 6,185,504 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 671,356 entered by land and 108,083 arrived by sea.
The largest number of pilgrims are from Pakistan (1,530,855) followed by Indonesia (934,827), India (635,675), Egypt (524,728), Algeria (353,425), Yemen (323,083), Turkey (300,517), Malaysia (26,9554), Iraq (268,179) and Jordan (194,908).
The weekly data also included the number of Saudi staff within Umrah companies and institutions. They are 10,852 Saudis including 8,978 males and 1,874 females.
Developing Hajj and Umrah organizations and services in the Kingdom is among the top priorities of the Saudi government.
The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience.