Uniform rules for GCCcitizens at universities

Updated 02 November 2015
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Uniform rules for GCCcitizens at universities

RIYADH: Rectors of higher education in the Gulf Cooperation Council recently discussed the possibility of allowing GCC citizens to study at universities of member states with the terms of admission and privileges same as their nationals.
The event was attended by GCC Secretary-General Abdulatif Al-Zayani and top educational personalities from GCC member states.
They also explored ways of improving the Arabic content in the face of the growing technological advancement in all fields of education.
The need for enriching the Arabic terminology figured prominently at the 21st meeting of the GCC higher education institutions at the Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University (IMISU), which was inaugurated by Education Minister Azzam Al-Dakhil at the Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh.
Speaking on the occasion, Al-Dakhil said that Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman is committed to support joint action among GCC states for higher education. This could be done by creating an environment conducive to research and development at the pan-Gulf level.
“Education is the cornerstone of development, a real investment in the Gulf in building human capital," he observed, pointing out that universities are incubators of ideas which lead to growth and development of our country."
Describing it as a timely event for the GCC countries, the minister called on the committee members to work out on a mechanism for promoting interaction among these institutions in the region for the benefit of the Gulf economy.
IMSIU acting Rector Fawzan bin Abdulrahman Al-Fawzan said:
"We discussed fair treatment of the GCC students wishing to pursue higher studies in any GCC member university in the admission process, whether in training programs or in the field of community participation in higher education institutions."
He added: “We also tackled how to exchange of information databases and take advantage of the available potential.”


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.