Nation will always remember sacrifices of your sons...

Updated 16 August 2015
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Nation will always remember sacrifices of your sons...

JEDDAH: Relatives of the 15 martyrs of the Special Emergency Forces Center Mosque suicide bombing in Asir performed Umrah on Thursday.
Mohammad Nasser Al-Khozaim of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques received them at the Grand Mosque in Makkah.
“The country will always remember those who were martyred while defending the nation,” said Al-Khozaim. “Every single drop of their pure blood is a symbol of dignity and respect. They will always remain alive in our memories.”
He said that it was a big loss for the families. “Without a doubt, it is painful,” said Al-Khozaim. “But they achieved martyrdom defending the land of the Two Holy Mosques.”
A number of top officials were present at the reception for the families of the martyrs.
Meanwhile, Grand Mufti Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh said the Asir mosque suicide bomber served the goal of the devil. In a Friday sermon at Imam Turki bin Abdullah Mosque in Riyadh, he said: “Many children lost their fathers in the bombing.”
He said: “Allah granted security and stability to the Kingdom and we must thank Him for these bounties and follow the instruction of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). There are many nations which suffer tragic situations, and their people suffer from diseases and they cannot cure those diseases.”
According to the grand mufti, it is necessary to follow the Prophet’s Sunnah to resolve all problems. “Our Prophet is our reference,” he said. “He showed us the way to peace.”
He explained: “One of Allah’s graces is the intellect, but many terrorists have lost their minds and have lost their bodies (in suicide bombings) and they have taken the lives of innocent people. Our Prophet advised his friends and companions to thank Allah after every prayer for His great blessings.”


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.