FaceOf: Al-Hassan Al-Manakhara, executive director of Prince Khalid Al-Faisal Center for Moderation

Updated 09 November 2018

FaceOf: Al-Hassan Al-Manakhara, executive director of Prince Khalid Al-Faisal Center for Moderation

  • Al-Manakhara joined the teaching staff of KAU in 2007, working there as an instructor until 2013
  • Al-Manakhara also works as an assistant professor at KAU in the Department of Educational Diploma Program

Al-Hassan Al-Manakhara has been the executive director of Prince Khalid Al-Faisal Center for Moderation at King Abdulaziz University (KAU) in Jeddah since 2016.

During the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s second symposium on combating extremism and terrorism, Al-Manakhara described the work of the moderation center, which he said was the only institution to award degrees in the subject of moderation.

Terrorism and extremism “have no religion,” he added, as he referred to the Kingdom’s important role as the representative of religious moderation.

Al-Manakhara also works as an assistant professor at KAU in the Department of Educational Diploma Program. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Arabic language and literature from KAU in 2003. 

He received a master’s degree in Arabic from the University of Jordan in Amman in 2006 and a doctorate in curriculum and teaching methods from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, in 2013.

Al-Manakhara joined the teaching staff of KAU in 2007, working there as an instructor until 2013. 

He then spent a year as supervisor of the scholarship and graduate studies unit at the English language institute at KAU. 

From 2014 to 2016, he was the general supervisor of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He also acted as an adviser to the vice president of KAU on business and innovative knowledge. 


Saudi Arabia’s ‘Awdah’ initiative helps over 12,790 expats return home

Updated 42 min 56 sec ago

Saudi Arabia’s ‘Awdah’ initiative helps over 12,790 expats return home

  • Residents with exit and re-entry visas, final exit visas and individuals with visit visas are eligible for the service
  • People can register through the Absher platform

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s initiative Awdah helped 12,798 expatriates return home amid the coronavirus travel bans, state news agency SPA reported.
The program, which means return in Arabic, was launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help stranded expats return to their home countries and received a total of 178,452 individual registrations between April 22 to June 3. Only those whose countries have agreed to receive them have been flown out.
Residents with exit and re-entry visas, final exit visas and individuals with visit visas are eligible for the service.
To register, a person must use the Absher platform to provide residency number, date of birth, phone number, city of departure and name of airport at home country, the report added.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, the General Authority of Civil Aviation and other governmental organizations are working together to help stranded expats return home.