FaceOf: Hisham Siraj Hammami, chief information officer of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

Hajj and Umrah Ministry's chief information officer Hisham Siraj Hammami
Updated 26 August 2018

FaceOf: Hisham Siraj Hammami, chief information officer of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

Hisham Siraj Hammami is the current chief information officer (CIO) in the information technology department of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah. He is also a senior adviser to the minister of Hajj and Umrah. 

Hammami is responsible for upgrading and updating the organization’s data centers and networks. 

He also works on completely automating all business processes, and building the E-government strategic plan, and managing and reorganizing the IT (information technology)department.

Before taking up that position, Hammami served as IT  security manager at Banaja Holdings. 

Hammami has expertise in network design, implementation, administration, and security, project management, and computer forensics. 

He is also a qualified Cyberoam-certified network and security professional as well as an optika imaging system certified technician.

Hammami has participated in many global technology events, conferences and forums in Saudi Arabia and abroad related to digital transformation, and technology solutions and innovations. 

The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah’s information technology department is providing technical solutions to help pilgrims during their stay in Makkah.

Hammami told Arab News that all internal data center and communications infrastructure serving pilgrims from within the Kingdom were upgraded this year. 

He said that customers had the chance to evaluate the packages earlier this year and the reservation process for obtaining Hajj permits have been eased. 

An updated version of the Manasikana application to help pilgrims and visitors was launched this year. It supports eight languages.

 


Saudi Arabia, Russia sign agreements during Vladimir Putin visit to Riyadh

Updated 14 October 2019

Saudi Arabia, Russia sign agreements during Vladimir Putin visit to Riyadh

  • King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman welcome Russian leader at Al-Yamamah Palace
  • 20 deals of cooperation were signed between the two countries

DUBAI: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Riyadh on Monday on his first visit since 2007, and was welcomed to Al-Yamamah Palace by Saudi King Salman as well as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar earlier personally welcomed the Russian leader as he disembarked from his aircraft at King Khalid International Airport.

An official welcoming ceremony was held in honor of Putin and various agreements were signed between the governments of Saudi Arabia and Russia including an oil cooperation pact.

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Some 20 agreements were signed between the two countries, in a ceremony overseen by the king, crown prince, Putin and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.

Russian sovereign wealth fund RDIF and Saudi Arabia's SALIC signed an agreement to team up in searching for investment projects in the Russian agricultural sector, RDIF said in a statement on Monday.

A string of multi-million-dollar investment contracts were also signed in the aerospace, culture, health and advanced technology sectors.

Putin’s “long-awaited” visit will include discussions on “further cooperation to stabilize prices on the world carbohydrate market” as well as the situation in Syria, the Gulf and Yemen.

The Russian leader, in an interview with Arab broadcasters and aired on Sunday ahead of his arrival, described the “very good relations” with the Saudi leadership.

“We consider Saudi Arabia a friendly nation. I have very good relations with both the King and the Crown Prince,” Putin said, and noted the improved bilateral relations between both countries.

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Putin in the interview likewise condemned the Sept. 14 attacks on Aramco facilities, and said “such actions do not bring any positive results to anybody, including perpetrators,” as they do not have a strong effect on the market.

“We condemn any such actions, end of story. This is the official position … regardless of who stood behind the incident,” the Russian president commented.

A forum attended by Saudi Arabian and Russian business leaders and government officials earlier Monday resulted in the signing of several agreements between companies of both countries.

(Developing)