FaceOf: Abdullah Al-Swaha, the Saudi minister of communications and information technology

Abdullah bin Amer Al-Swaha
Updated 24 October 2018

FaceOf: Abdullah Al-Swaha, the Saudi minister of communications and information technology

  • Al-Swaha holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and communications engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, and degree in computer science from the University of Washington in Seattle

Abdullah bin Amer Al-Swaha has been the Saudi minister of communications and information technology since his appointment in April 2017 following a royal order. He succeeded Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Suwaiyel.
In addition to his ministerial post, he serves as chairman of the Communications and Information Technology Commission, chairman of Saudi Post and head of the National Executive Digitization Committee, as well as being a member of many boards.
Previously, he was the director-general of the digital transformation office at the Ministry of Economic and Planning. His responsibilities included expediting the realization of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 through digital infrastructure.
Al-Swaha also served as the chief executive officer of Cisco Saudi Arabia, which ranks fifth in Cisco’s global operations.
He held several positions at Cisco between 2005 and 2017; he was regional manager, then became operations manager, and most recently became vice president.
Al-Swaha holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and communications engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, and degree in computer science from the University of Washington in Seattle.
He completed a number of programs in executive education at Harvard Business School and Duke University.
Al-Swaha is participating in the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh from Oct. 23-25, representing the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology.
He said that the communications and information technology market in the Kingdom is ranked 12th in the world, and it is an open market with promising investment opportunities.


Saudi king, crown prince condole with UAE leaders on Sharjah official’s demise 

Updated 38 min 42 sec ago

Saudi king, crown prince condole with UAE leaders on Sharjah official’s demise 

  • Sheikh Al Qasimi, deputy ruler of the emirate of Sharjah, died in London on Thursday

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Crown Prince Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent messages of condolences on Friday to the leaders of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the death of Sheikh Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, deputy ruler of the emirate of Sharjah.

"(We) ask God Almighty to bless him with the grace of his mercy and forgiveness, and accommodate him in his vast paradise," King Salman said in separates messages to UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and to Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.

Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, Saudi deputy prime minister and minister of defense, also sent separate messages to the two leaders expressing his sympathies, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Sheikh Al Qasimi passed away in London on Thursday, according to the Emirates News Agency (WAM). 

The state news agency announced a three-day mourning period in Sharjah.