FaceOf: Dr. Issam bin Saad, state minister and acting minister of media

Updated 19 July 2018

FaceOf: Dr. Issam bin Saad, state minister and acting minister of media

JEDDAH: Dr. Issam bin Saad bin Saeed is a state minister, cabinet member, and acting minister of media.

Last week, the Council of Ministers met to discuss the Islamic Scholars’ Conference on Afghanistan. The dialogue, which began in Jeddah and concluded in Makkah, was chaired by King Salman and welcomed an inclusive dialogue from prominent Islamic scholars from Afghanistan, among other countries. 

Acting Minister of Media bin Saad said the Cabinet session welcomed constructive dialogue to bring about a positive outcome in restoring peace and stability in the country. 

The weekly Cabinet session discussed ways of achieving lasting peace in Afghanistan with the ultimate goal of deterring terrorism and extremism in the war-torn country.

Bin Saad earned his bachelor’s degree from King Saud University, after which he attained his master’s and Ph.D. degrees, both in law from Cairo University. 

He has served in the judicial branches as both a legal researcher and as assistant to the chairman of the Bureau of Experts at the Council of Ministers, in 1984 and 2003 respectively.

In 2006, he was appointed as chief of the Bureau of Experts at the Council of Ministers.

In December 2014, King Abdullah issued a royal decree assigning bin Saad as minister of state and member of the Council of Ministers in addition to his current duties as chief of the Bureau of Experts at the Council of Ministers.

In 2015, he was appointed the interim housing minister and tasked with managing Saudi Arabia’s Real Estate Development Fund, as well as having direct responsibility over the management of residential property within the Kingdom.

In April 2016, he was appointed minister of civil service, a position he would occupy until October 2017.


Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 20 October 2020

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

  • COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.

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• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.