FaceOf: Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Fawzan, secretary-general of King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue

Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Fawzan
Updated 16 October 2018

FaceOf: Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Fawzan, secretary-general of King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue

  • Al-Fawzan is an author who has published many books and research studies addressing issues related to the family and society
  • The Riyadh-based center was founded in 2003 with the aim of strengthening national unity

JEDDAH: Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Fawzan has been the secretary-general of King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND) and its vice-chair of the board of trustees since February 2018.

He has also been a member of Saudi Arabia’s consultative council, Majlis Al-Shoura, since December 2016.

In addition, Al-Fawzan is a part-time adviser to a number of government ministries, a lecturer and a founder of the Institute of Research and Advisory Services at Hail University.

He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Mississippi in the US, a master’s degree in sociology from the West Michigan University, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from King Saud University in Riyadh.

Moreover, Al-Fawzan is an author who has published many books and research studies addressing issues related to the family and society.

Recently, KACND and the UNESCO Regional Center for Quality and Excellence in Education (RCQE) signed a memorandum of joint cooperation. The document was signed by Al-Fawzan and RCQE Director-General Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Medaries.

Al-Fawzan stressed the importance of the work and cooperation between the Center and UNESCO.

The Riyadh-based center was founded in 2003 with the aim of strengthening national unity. One of the main objectives of the center is to formulate a correct Islamic discourse based on moderation.


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.