Crown prince commends security forces’ Haj efforts

Updated 28 September 2015
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Crown prince commends security forces’ Haj efforts

MINA: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, deputy premier, minister of interior and chairman of the Supreme Haj Committee, expressed pride toward the praise extended by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman for the efforts made by security officers in serving the guests Allah despite the tragic accident of the stampede in Mina.

He pointed out that this does not in any way downplay the efforts they made, and prayed to God the Almighty to grant forgiveness to the deceased and that they rest in peace in paradise, and prayed for the injured to be blessed with a speedy recovery.
The crown prince was speaking during an inspection visit to the Haj Control and Command Center at the headquarters of the Public Security in Mina.
The crown prince expressed his confidence in security sector members, stressing their efforts in performing their duties as best as possible.
Prince Mohammed bin Naif also followed up on security plans of the different Haj phases and gave directions to complete the remaining phases with utmost accuracy, especially the plans involving the Holy Sites and the Grand Mosque.
The crown prince was welcomed by Director of the Public Security and chairman of the Haj security committee Brig. Othman bin Naser Al-Mohrej, commander of Haj forces in the Makkah police, Maj. Gen.Abdulaziz bin Othman Al-Souli and Muhammad Al-Khelawi, commander of the Command and Control Center for Haj Security.
The crown prince checked the department of the Control and Command Center and was familiarized on the course of work and operations there, and the daily statistics monitored by the center during this Haj season.
He also checked the television monitoring and computer departments, as well as the traffic department, the criminal security division and the other security sectors participating in the Haj operations this season.
Following the visit, the crown prince held a meeting with the leaderships of Haj security where he was briefed on the tasks assumed by the Haj forces, and all other traffic and security plans in place during the Haj.


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.