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. 


Notice setting date for Saudi international flights ‘is bogus’

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Notice setting date for Saudi international flights ‘is bogus’

  • Aviation chiefs issue official denial after fake circular says passengers can fly to and from Kingdom from October

RIYADH: A fake circular suggesting Saudi Arabia will resume international flights in October has been condemned as “completely baseless and fabricated” by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).
Rumors that international flights will shortly return have been circulating on social media in recent weeks without any official statement from GACA.
On Tuesday, the authority denied announcing the resumption of international flights and said information being circulated was fabricated.
Saudi Arabia suspended international flights from March 15 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Since domestic flights restarted on May 31, rumors have been circulating regarding the return of international flights. On Monday, the bogus GACA circular was shared on various social media platforms suggesting flights into and out of Saudi Arabia would resume in October. It sparked a flurry of speculation.
The circular, titled “No flights till October 2020,” said: “An employee of the GACA has stated in a recent interview that all international flights to and from the Kingdom are to remain suspended till the month of October.” Quoting a GACA official, the circular said that the decision was subject to the number of coronavirus cases, which must “come down to three digits.”
GACA official spokesman Ibrahim bin Abdullah Alrwosa told Arab News the circular “is completely baseless and fabricated.”
He shared a tweet from the authority’s public relations department describing the circular as incorrect.
The civil aviation authority has previously said there is no specific date for the resumption of international flights, he added.
All international flights remain suspended until further notice.
However, exceptions have been made for humanitarian assistance and emergency cases, medical evacuation flights and repatriation of stranded citizens and expatriates wanting to return home.