FaceOf: Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Al-Jaber

Mohammed Jaber
Updated 22 April 2018

FaceOf: Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Al-Jaber

  • Al-Jaber, a military expert and strategist, was appointed ambassador to Yemen just ten days before the Houthi coup in September 2014
  • He played an important role in overseeing the Saudi and Gulf relief operations in Yemen in January 2015

Mohammed Al-Jaber is Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Yemen and the executive director of Yemen Comprehensive Humanitarian Operations (YCHO).

He was appointed as ambassador just ten days before the Houthi coup in September 2014.

Al-Jaber was born in 1970 in Asir, southern Saudi Arabia.

He is a military expert and strategist. He received his bachelor’s degree in military sciences from King Abdul Aziz Military College, and a master’s degree, also in military science, from Saudi Armed Forces Command & Staff College. 

Al-Jaber has also obtained a master’s degree in business administration, and studied strategic analysis in the US and planning psychological operations in the UK. 

Before becoming head of the Saudi diplomatic mission in Yemen, he had been entrusted with many different political and military tasks, both in strategic planning and negotiation, as well as tasks of an intelligence, security and military nature. 

Al-Jaber had also led the Saudi delegation in the Geneva Consultations on Yemen peace talks in 2015 and the Yemen peace talks in Kuwait in 2016. He also represented the Saudi Ministry of Defense in the quadrilateral border security dialogue in the US.

He headed the Strategic Analysis Department of the Saudi Ministry of Defense. Al-Jaber is also a former lecturer at the Institute of Intelligence and Security of the Armed Forces.

Al-Jaber played an important diplomatic and political role in Yemen; he helped arrange what is known as the Yemeni legitimacy front.

On the humanitarian side, Al-Jaber played an important role in overseeing the Saudi and Gulf relief operations in Yemen in January 2015, two months before the start of Operation Decisive Storm.


Saudi Arabia deserves praise for best Hajj arrangements

Muslim pilgrims leave after offering noon prayers outside the Namirah mosque on Arafat Mountain, during the annual hajj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (AP)
Updated 26 January 2020

Saudi Arabia deserves praise for best Hajj arrangements

  • Presence of 2.6 million Indian expats in Saudi Arabia boosts bilateral ties

On the occasion of India’s 71st Republic Day, I extend my best wishes to my fellow Indian citizens in the western region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

India and Saudi Arabia enjoy cordial and friendly relations which reflect centuries-old economic and socio-cultural ties.
Visits by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Saudi Arabia in April 2016 and in October 2019 plus the exchanges of other high-level visits have further strengthened the warm relations between the two countries.
As our prime minister said during his visit in October 2019, India would work hand-in-hand with Saudi Arabia on the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan.  
The presence of over 2.6 million Indian expatriates in the Kingdom has also contributed immensely to the strength of economic and socio-cultural ties between our two nations.
Bilateral trade delegations have also increased in the last few years. Indian business delegations are now a regular feature of trade exhibitions in Jeddah and other parts of the Kingdom. The Indian Consulate in Jeddah works tirelessly and diligently to provide the best possible service to Indian nationals residing in the western region of the Kingdom.
This good service includes reducing to three working days the length of time required for issuing/reissuing passports.
The introduction of an e-visa facility for Saudi nationals has further streamlined visa processing and provides a smooth first step for those wanting to visit India.
The Indian government and the people of India are grateful to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Hajj Minister Dr. Mohammed Benten for making excellent arrangements during Hajj 2019. In that year, 200,000 Indian nationals performed Hajj and more than 650,000 Indians came for Umrah.
The Indian side remains committed to partnering closely with Saudi Arabia and working toward a very successful Hajj 2020.
We sincerely express our gratitude to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi ministries of foreign affairs, labor, interior and the authorities of Jawazat, Tarheel and other concerned agencies who have always provided exemplary assistance to the consulate which has enabled the comfortable stay of the many Indians visiting, living, and working in the Kingdom.


• Md. Noor Rahman Sheikh is India’s consul general in Jeddah.