Efforts to secure visas for king’s Haj guests stepped up

Updated 16 September 2015
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Efforts to secure visas for king’s Haj guests stepped up

RIYADH: The designated body responsible for attending and serving the 1,400 special guests of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman for Haj this year has intensified its efforts to issue visas for them as quickly as possible.
According to Abdullah Al-Medlej, head of the program’s general secretary, his office is in constant contact with Saudi embassies abroad to issue visas for this year’s guests from 70 different countries.
He said there are other parties besides the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance who implement the program.
Other government agencies in Saudi Arabia offer services to overcome difficulties faced by the secretariat including the Foreign Ministry, represented by Saudi embassies in these particular states.
“We are in constant contact with them as partners to inform these guest, provide services to them and sort out visa issue,” the official said, adding there is great cooperation to overcome difficulties to help in completing their travel procedures at airports.
These embassies themselves select the guests who meet the terms and conditions, in accordance with the number determined for each state based on the proportion of Muslims in that country, the size of the state, its importance and the need for hosting them.


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.