SR2.5bn for Haj cleanup operation

Updated 26 August 2015
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SR2.5bn for Haj cleanup operation

MAKKAH: Municipal and Rural Affairs Minister Abdul Lateef Al-Asheikh was briefed on Monday about the SR2.5 billion awarded to companies contracted to clean up the holy sites during this year’s Haj.
Al-Asheikh praised the country’s leaders and the various government and private agencies for providing top quality services for pilgrims performing the Haj this year.
In particular, he said, Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal and Makkah Mayor Osama Al-Barr should be thanked for the vital role they have been playing in the city, a local publication reported.
Abdulsalam bin Sulaiman Mushat, undersecretary for services in the city, said cleaning operations have been in full swing since July 22 in 10 municipalities.
The cleaning contracts were awarded to several specialized companies, covering five cleaning zones in Makkah and the holy sites. These were worth over SR594.7 million, SR482.8 million, SR484.9 million, SR467.7 million, and SR518.5 million.


FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Updated 22 August 2018
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FaceOf: Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi, president of the General Authority for Statistics 

Fahad bin Sulaiman Altekhaifi has been the president of the General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) since his appointment to the post in May 2016.

On Monday GASTAT announced this year’s Hajj statistics, revealing detailed information on the number of pilgrims (which amounted to 2,371,675) performing Hajj this year, their genders, nationalities and whether they arrived through air, land or seaports.

The president conveyed his gratitude to all government and security entities that helped the authority to collect data, and praised the 450 GASTAT researchers who worked to compile the information and deliver it to the public.

He said that the collected data would help facilitate better experiences and easier pilgrimages for future programs, and better services for pilgrims — from social to health, and transportation to security and food.

Altekhaifi received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from King Saud University in 1992, a master’s degree in statistics from Colorado State University in 1996, and his applied statistics and research methodology Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in 2001.

He worked as a manager of a financial program at the Institute of Public Administration in Riyadh from 1993 to 2005. For two years after that, he was a project director at the EIS department in Zuhair Fayez Partnership Consultants.

In 2007, Altekhaifi was appointed a manager of the research department at the Capital Market Authority, before becoming assistant deputy minister for development in November 2011. 

In June 2015, he was the director general of the Central Department of Statistics and Information. He served as the acting president of GASTAT in February 2016, before being appointed president on May 2016.