Prince Ahmad bin Fahd bin Salman, deputy governor of Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province

Prince Ahmad bin Fahd bin Salman
Updated 16 May 2019
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Prince Ahmad bin Fahd bin Salman, deputy governor of Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province

  • Prince Ahmad has many charitable and humanitarian interests in Saudi Arabia and other countries

Prince Ahmad bin Fahd bin Salman has been the deputy governor of Eastern Province since his appointment by royal decree in April 2017.

Previously, from 2014, he had worked in the political affairs department at the Saudi Embassy in London.

Prince Ahmad is the third grandson of King Salman. He has many charitable and humanitarian interests in Saudi Arabia and other countries and is a member of a number of charities and associations.

He holds honorary membership of the Disabled Children’s Association in Riyadh, is a development committee member of the Charity Committee for Orphans Care (Insan) and has been a board member and chairman of the Insan executive committee since 2013.

Prince Ahmad obtained a bachelor’s degree in law from King Saud University in 2007, and successfully completed a number of specialized courses in assets administration brokerage and investment banking from Jadwa Investment Co.

Recently, Prince Ahmad met Khaled Al-Zamel, deputy chairman of Benaa, the Charity Association for Orphans Care in the Eastern Province, accompanied by board members.

Al-Zamel briefed the prince on the second scientific camp for the Kingdom’s orphans, “Mesbar 2,” organized by the association with the participation of 20 other groups from throughout the Kingdom.

The camp took place recently at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, in Dhahran, with the participation of 80 orphans. Prince Ahmad lauded the role of the association in strengthening the characters of the orphans to enable them to contribute to the future development of their country.

Al-Zamel expressed his sincere thanks to Prince Ahmad for supporting the association, stressing his support had helped Benaa to achieve many successes and obtain a number of awards for excellence in orphans service.


Umrah pilgrims now free to move around Saudi Arabia

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Umrah pilgrims now free to move around Saudi Arabia

  • Previously, Umrah pilgrims were restricted to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah and the port city of Jeddah
  • Nearly 8 million Muslims are likely to perform Umrah this year

JEDDAH: Millions of Umrah pilgrims are to be granted the freedom to visit anywhere in the Kingdom during their stay, the Saudi Cabinet decided on Tuesday.

Muslims making the holy pilgrimage will be allowed to tour anywhere in the country as part of Saudi Arabia’s plans to boost tourism and the economy.

“The Cabinet has decided to exclude people coming to perform Umrah and to visit the Prophet’s Mosque (in Madinah), of the prohibition of movement outside Makkah, Madinah, and Jeddah. A royal decree has been prepared to this effect,” the acting media minister, Issam bin Saeed, said in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Previously, Umrah pilgrims were restricted to the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah and the port city of Jeddah.

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Vision 2030 aims to increase the country’s capacity to welcome Umrah visitors from 8 million to 30 million every year.

Nearly 8 million Muslims will perform Umrah in the Kingdom this year, and the Cabinet’s move will enable them to enjoy a broader experience of Saudi Arabia by visiting key landmarks, historic sites, tourist attractions and shopping centers.

“We are looking to enrich the experience of pilgrims and facilitate their arrival,” Dr. Amr Al-Maddah, chief planning and strategy officer at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, told Arab News. “Traveling around the Kingdom is an opportunity for pilgrims to visit cultural and tourist sites.

“At the same time, they will be allowed to arrive at any port in the country which will facilitate their arrival and expand the capacity to receive more pilgrims.”

Ministers hope their decision will help toward reaching Saudi Arabia’s goal of receiving 30 million Umrah pilgrims by 2030.

In the past, pilgrims were allowed to convert their visas into a tourist visa on the condition that they were registered with a tourism program. “This is no longer a requirement,” said Al-Maddah.

He added that they would now be free to plan visits to other Saudi cities, tourist destinations, festivals and events, within the period of their visa validity.

Al-Maddah said: “We want to make it available to everyone in order to enrich the experience of the pilgrims, which is one of the goals of Vision 2030.”

He noted that the authority responsible for implementing the Cabinet’s decision would be the Interior Ministry.