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.


Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

Updated 23 April 2019
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Two Saudis among 31 foreigners killed in Easter Day attacks in Sri Lanka

  • Mohamed Jafar and Hany Osman, cabin crew with Saudi Arabian Airlines, were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels targeted
  • Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi says officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests

COLOMBO: Two Saudis were among 31 foreigners killed in a string of Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry said on Monday, a day after the devastating attacks on hotels and churches killed at least 290 people and wounded nearly 500.

The extent of the carnage began to emerge as information from government officials, relatives and media reports offered the first details of those who had died. Citizens from at least eight countries, including the United States, were killed, officials said.

Among them were Saudis Mohammed Jafar and Hany Osman. They worked as cabin crew on Saudi Arabian Airlines, and were in transit and staying at one of the three hotels that were hit.

Saudi Ambassador Abdulnasser Al-Harthi said that officials are awaiting the results of DNA tests on the two Saudi victims, and only after these are received will their names be confirmed.

Cabinet spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said the Sri Lankan government believes the vast scale of the attacks, which clearly targeted the minority Christian community and outsiders, suggested the involvement of an international terrorism network.

“We don’t think a small organization can do all that,” he said. “We are now investigating international support for them and their other links — how they produced the suicide bombers and bombs like this.”

The attacks mostly took place during church services or when hotel guests were sitting down to breakfast. In addition to the two Saudis, officials said the foreign victims included one person from Bangladesh, two from China, eight from India, one from France, one from Japan, one from The Netherlands, one from Portugal, one from Spain, two from Turkey, six from the UK, two people with US and UK dual nationalities, and two with Australian and Sri Lankan dual nationalities.

Three of Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen’s four children were among the foreigners who were killed, a spokesman for the family confirmed. Povlsen is the wealthiest man in Denmark, the largest landowner in Scotland and owns the largest share of British online fashion and cosmetics retailer Asos.

Two Turkish engineers working on a project in Sri Lanka also died in the attacks, the English-language Daily Sabah newspaper reported. Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gave their names as Serhan Selcuk Narici and Yigit Ali Cavus.

Fourteen foreign nationals remain unaccounted for, the Sri Lankan foreign ministry said, adding that they might be among unidentified victims at the Colombo Judicial Medical Officer’s morgue.

Seventeen foreigners injured in the attacks were still being treated at the Colombo National Hospital and a private hospital in the city, while others had been discharged after treatment.