Mohammed Al–Tuwaijri, Saudi Arabia’s minister of economy and planning

Mohammed Al–Tuwaijri
Updated 24 May 2019

Mohammed Al–Tuwaijri, Saudi Arabia’s minister of economy and planning

Mohammed Al–Tuwaijri has been Saudi Arabia’s minister of economy and planning since November 2017. He is also on the board of directors at Saudi Aramco, Saudi Railways Co., and Saudi Arabian Airlines.

Al-Tuwaijri holds a bachelor’s degree in aeronautics, acquired in 1980 from King Faisal Air Academy, and a master’s degree in business administration in finance from King Saud University. He began his career in 1988 as a pilot in the Royal Saudi Air Force. He took part in the Gulf War of 1991, winning multiple medals for his service.

He left the Air Force in 1993, changing careers to the banking sector. He joined the Saudi British Bank in 1995 as head of risk management. 

From 2007 to 2010, Al-Tuwaijri was CEO of J.P. Morgan Saudi Arabia. He moved to HSBC, where he worked in various roles, including CEO of global banking and markets, regional head of service management, and group vice president and CEO of HSBC MENA and Turkey.

Al-Tuwaijri was appointed vice minister at the Ministry of Economy and Planning in 2016 before becoming minister the following year. He is also the general secretary of the finance committee at the Royal Court, and chairman of the National Center for Privatization, the General Authority for Statistics, and the Center for Strategic Development.

Al-Tuwaijri will be attending the Peace to Prosperity conference —  which will discuss the Israel-Palestine peace plan — in Bahrain on June 25-26. Both Saudi Arabia and the UAE will be using the conference to encourage investment in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

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Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

  • 40 works by Edvard Munch go on display for first time in Middle East

DHAHRAN: A dynamic Saudi cultural center is to showcase the works of one of the world’s most famous painters in an exhibition-first for the Middle East.

Forty pieces by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, best known for his iconic “The Scream” painting, will go on public display at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).

The special exhibition, titled “Landscapes of the Soul,” is the latest in a series of high-profile cultural events to be staged at the showpiece Dhahran museum.

Developed by Saudi Aramco with the aim of stimulating knowledge, creativity and cross-cultural engagement, Ithra’s theater, museum, exhibition hall and art gallery complex forms a key part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan to promote culture and entertainment.

The Munch exhibition, which runs until Sept. 3, portrays the artist’s personal life experiences of misery, love, despair, loneliness and reflections of the soul, through his distinctive works.

“It is such an honor to host and introduce to Saudi Arabia, and indeed, the Middle East, the work of the world-renowned artist Edvard Munch,” Rania Biltagi, Ithra’s head of communications and partnership, told Arab News.

Munch’s (1863-1944) original exhibition has been located in Oslo, Norway since 1963, and the Saudi display is being staged in Ithra’s Great Hall in partnership with the Munch Museum in Norway.

As well as a lithograph version of his most famous painting “The Scream,” other works on show will include “Summer Night. The Voice,” 1894, “Self-Portrait,” 1895, and “The Sick Child,” 1896.

“A moment that stood out from the opening was when speaking to a couple visiting the exhibit, they mentioned that they were Norwegian and working in Saudi,” Biltagi said. “They explained that they had never had the chance to visit the Munch Museum in their homeland and what an unexpected pleasure it was to be able to see Munch’s work in Saudi.”

Biltagi added that the event epitomized the aim of Ithra in providing a platform to bring together cultures as well as people.

The center, featured in Time magazine’s list of the world’s top 100 places to visit, is a pioneer on the Kingdom’s culture and arts scene, organizing a variety of events, performances, programs and experiences to suit all ages and backgrounds. Previous exhibitions have included a focus on Saudi contemporary art, Leonardo da Vinci, and installations symbolizing creativity and innovation.