Saudi Arabia to grant business visa within 24 hours

Updated 11 January 2017

Saudi Arabia to grant business visa within 24 hours

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has adopted a new mechanism to grant business visas for foreign investors within 24 hours.
Foreign Ministry official Usama Nugali confirmed the move to Arab News on Sunday.
The new measure is aimed at allowing foreign investors to obtain business visas electronically within a day.
The application system for new visas for businesspeople and business delegations became effective Jan. 1.
The process for visit visas for commercial firms working in Saudi Arabia will be applied within the next few days.
The step reportedly comes in accordance with directives of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs, which has called for stimulating the investment environment in a manner to improve business performance in the private sector.
Meanwhile, the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) is opening contact with businesspeople to whom visas were issued in a step to encourage investment in the Kingdom.
SAGIA authorities aim to process requests of foreign business delegations in a two-day period instead of the previous 30 days.


Dr. Lilak Al-Safadi, president of the Saudi Electronic University

Updated 05 July 2020

Dr. Lilak Al-Safadi, president of the Saudi Electronic University

Saudi Education Minister Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Asheikh recently announced the appointment of Dr. Lilak Al-Safadi as president of the Saudi Electronic University. She becomes the first woman to chair a Saudi university that includes both male and female students.

She has worked as executive director for more than 20 years in business development, business consulting and strategic leadership, and accumulated experience in project management.

She has also published more than 50 research papers and articles on research topics such as e-commerce and artificial and commercial intelligence.

Al-Safadi was the vice president and national technology officer at Microsoft and is a faculty member at the King Saud University, Riyadh.

She also worked as a consultant to the governor of the General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises (Monshaat), and a consultant to the vice presidency for planning, quality and development at the Saudi Electronic University. 

Al-Safadi is a graduate from the University of Wollongong, Australia with a Ph.D. in computer science which she completed in 2002; she majored in software engineering and completed her master’s in computer science in 1995. 

In a telephone interview with Al-Ekhbariya channel, Al-Safadi said that her appointment had many implications not only for empowering women and enhancing their role, but also as an indication of the Kingdom’s commitment to women’s equity at all levels, including equal opportunities in leadership and competition.