Dr. Nahar bin Mezki Al-Azemi, secretary-general of the Saudi Health Council

Dr. Nahar bin Mezki Al-Azemi
Updated 12 May 2019

Dr. Nahar bin Mezki Al-Azemi, secretary-general of the Saudi Health Council

Dr. Nahar bin Mezki Al-Azemi has been the secretary-general of the Saudi Health Council since November 2018. 

He was the chief medical officer of Aldara Hospital and Medical Center in Riyadh between December 2015 and November 2018 and had a seven-month stint as a deputy assistant minister at the Ministry of Health prior to that.

Al-Azemi has experience in leading health institutions in the Kingdom. He was the founding CEO of Prince Mohammed Medical City, between 2012 and 2015, an executive director at King Fahd Medical City in Riyadh, and the founding director of the Emergency and Employee Health Administration.

He was director of the Education and Research Center at the North West Armed Forces Hospital between 2003 and 2004 in Tabuk, and established the first nursing school at Prince Khalid bin Sultan Medical Education and Research Center in Tabuk while he was director between 2000 and 2004.

Al-Azemi received his bachelor’s degree in the field of surgery from King Saud University in Riyadh.

He holds a diploma in child health from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and an executive master’s from Washington University in St. Louis.

The General Secretariat of the Saudi Health Council, represented by the National Health Information Center, organized a workshop on Sunday to discuss and present the center’s current functions, its strategic objectives and future vision as well as its role in activating and developing digital health projects in the Kingdom.

Al-Azemi stressed the importance of coordination between the Kingdom’s different health sectors to ensure that citizens and residents received distinguished services.


Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

Updated 23 August 2019

Madinah museum showcases over 2,000 rare artifacts

  • The museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture

MADINAH: Dar Al-Madinah Museum offers visitors the opportunity to view historical pieces associated with the Prophet’s life. It features artifacts that capture the history, heritage, social life and culture of Madinah.

The museum’s executive director, Hassan Taher, said that it aims to promote the noble values of the Prophet Muhammad, encourage a sense of belonging and capture the history, culture and heritage of Madinah. The exhibits start with the Prophet’s life and end with the Saudi era.

Taher said: “The museum carries out specialized research in Madinah’s architectural heritage. It contains a library of relevant books, research and magazines, all of which are accessible to researchers.”

He said that the museum has issued more than 44 books and publications on Madinah’s architecture.

Taher explained that when preparing the museum’s narrative, it was necessary to reconcile temporal and spatial contexts so they created an added moral and intellectual value for the visitor.

He added: “There are around 2,000 artifacts in the museum’s exhibition halls. These include antiquities, extremely accurate models, handicrafts, manuscripts, documents, correspondence, old publications, postage stamps, photographs and artworks.”

One of the museum’s most valuable exhibits is a large collection of rare pieces associated with important moments in the Prophet’s life and the history of Madinah. 

These include various parts of the Kaaba, rare coins used in Madinah during different eras, ancient pottery, Islamic manuscripts, jewelry and collectibles from the pre-Islamic era.

Taher said that the museum has a professional team of guides who speak several languages, including English, Turkish, Urdu and Malay.