‘Made in Asir’ showcases products

Updated 31 July 2015
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‘Made in Asir’ showcases products

KHAMIS MUSHAIT: Mayor Saeed bin Abdulaziz bin Mushait said the exhibition “Made in Asir 2015” provides an opportunity for productive families and artisans to exhibit their products and innovations in a manner that achieves suitable economic returns.
This came during the launch of “Made in Asir” on Wednesday at the Prince Sultan Cultural Center in Khamis Mushait, during the activities of the “Abha Gathers Us” festival, which is held under the umbrella of Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage and the national program for traditional industries.
He said that participants should be supported especially since they produce local products.
The initiative was implemented under the auspices of Asir Governor and Chairman of the Tourism Development Council Prince Faisal bin Khaled, and President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage Prince Sultan bin Salman.
The exhibition will continue for five days with the participation of more than 100 artisans who present their products and various artifacts.
The exhibition is accompanied by lectures for leading business women to develop traditional products and their marketing, in addition to exhibiting the works of talented people.
“In Khamis Mushait we are still following up on the establishment an investment project that is setting up a city for family production. The project is implemented by the Chamber of Commerce in coordination with the governorate’s municipality,” the mayor added.
He pointed out that the city will be allocated to production families for a token fee; it will provide high quality services that contribute to making the project a success.


FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

Ahmad Al-Khatib
Updated 27 May 2018
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FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

  • Saudi Arabian Military Industries aims to aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products

JEDDAH: Ahmad Al-Khatib was appointed the chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) in October 2017. 

He also holds the posts of chairman of the board of directors of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) since 2016; chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Fund for Development; adviser to the general secretariat of the Cabinet; adviser to the minister of defense; and adviser to the court of the crown prince.

Al-Khatib inaugurated on Friday the new facilities of the Aircraft Accessories and Components Company (AACC) at its new headquarters at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah during a ceremony under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

SAMI aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products and become one of the top 25 global companies in the field of military industries.

“Our goal is to localize more than 50 percent of the Kingdom’s military spending by 2030,” said the crown prince in his earlier statement.

Al-Khatib is a former adviser to the royal court, was the minister of health between 2014 and 2016, and served as the chairman for the Saudi stock company established in 2006, Jadwa Investment.

Al-Khatib has 23 years of experience in banking. In 1992 he joined the Bank of Riyad, working in various departments for 11 years and helping to establish the customer investment department. 

In 2003, Al-Khatib joined SABB Bank and participated in the establishment of Islamic Banking (Amanah). He then became the bank’s general manager.