FaceOf: Dr. Awad bin Khazim Al-Asmari, director of Shaqra University in Riyadh

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Updated 20 October 2018

FaceOf: Dr. Awad bin Khazim Al-Asmari, director of Shaqra University in Riyadh

  • Al-Asmari is also a member of the Shoura Council

Dr. Awad bin Khazim Al-Asmari is the director of Shaqra University in Shaqraa, Riyadh. He is also a Shoura Council member.

Al-Asmari attained a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from King Saud University, Riyadh, in 1982, a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Ohio State University, US, in 1986, and a Ph.D. in communication and signal processing from the University of Toledo, Ohio, in 1999.

Before his current role, Al-Asmari worked as a part-time adviser to the Ministry of the Interior, National Information Center in 1995-96, a part-time adviser to the Ministry of Defense and Aviation from November 1998 to November 1999.

He has been a senior member of the International Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) since 1996 and has co-authored a number of publications in the fields of image processing, information security, telecommunications, nanotechnology and quantum computing.

In 2013, Al-Asmari received a gold medal and certificate of appreciation from the IEEE for his contributions to many research studies in communications and information technology and his participation in arbitration and editing in the organization for more than 20 years.

Recently, Al-Asmari signed an agreement with the University of California in the fields of training, research and consultancy. 

The agreement aims to train distinguished students at the faculty of engineering at Shaqra University. Students will join an intensive program to develop their skills during the summer break. 

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.