Faceof: Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadhli,  Saudi minister of environment, water and agriculture

Updated 11 November 2018

Faceof: Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadhli,  Saudi minister of environment, water and agriculture

Abdulrahman bin Abdulmohsen Al-Fadhli has been the Saudi minister of environment, water and agriculture since January 2015. 

He is also board chairman of several institutions including the National Water Company, the Saudi Grains Organization, the Agriculture Development Fund, the Saudi Wildlife Authority, and the General Authority of Meteorology and Environment Protection.

Al-Fadhli worked in the petroleum industries sector for 13 years before joining Almarai food company as general manager and deputy CEO of its main factories in Al-Kharj in 1996.

In 2000, he became the CEO of Almarai and served in that position until 2015. During his tenure, he successfully transformed Almarai from a local company into the largest producer and distributor of food products in the region.

Moreover, Al-Fadhli was chairperson of International Dairy and Juice, an alliance between Almarai and Pepsico companies, as well as the Dairy and Food Polytechnic, co-established between Almarai and the Technical & Vocational Training Corporation to indigenize the dairy industry.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from King Saud University in Jeddah.

Recently, Al-Fadhli gave a speech during the awards ceremony of the eighth edition of the Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz International Prize for Water at the UN headquarters in New York.

He highlighted the quantum leap the Kingdom has witnessed in the field of water conservation and the efforts exerted by the ministry, as well as the importance of the prize in supporting the great efforts made by Saudi Arabia to address and reduce water scarcity.


Pilgrims to quarantine for 14 days after Hajj

More than 41,361 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours. (SPA)
Updated 04 August 2020

Pilgrims to quarantine for 14 days after Hajj

  • COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia continue to fall, officials say

JEDDAH: Pilgrims who took part in this year’s Hajj must continue wearing electronic tags so authorities can track their 14-day quarantine once they return home.

The bracelet is designed to monitor pilgrims’ adherence to quarantine, as well as monitoring and recording their health status through the “Tatamman” app.
Pilgrims were required to quarantine before embarking on the Hajj and wore the bracelets to ensure they were obeying the self-isolation rules as part of strict measures to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The country continues to experience a decline in COVID-19 cases. Recorded infections remain below the 2,000 mark for the 10th day in a row. The Kingdom reported 1,258 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, raising the number of those infected to 280,093 so far.
There are currently 35,091 active cases and six patients were admitted to critical care units, raising the number to 2,017. There were 32 new fatalities, raising the death toll to 2,949.
There were 1,972 new recoveries recorded, raising the total number of recoveries to 242,053.
More than 41,361 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours. The total number of PCR tests conducted to date exceeds 3.47 million.

INNUMBERS

280,093 COVID-19 cases

242,053 Recoveries

35,091 Active cases

2,949 Total deaths

3.47m PCR tests

The Ministry of Health has been carrying out daily visits to health institutions in order to assess their level of commitment to anti-coronavirus measures, such as ensuring that staff adhere to social distancing, wear masks, and adopt the health practices and crisis management mechanisms recommended by authorities to protect patients and staff.
Teams have been dispatched to supervise the compliance of health facilities’ quarantine centers across Saudi Arabia and stepped up their visits to government and private hospitals to ensure their compliance with health protocols, sample transfers and staff testing as well as ensuring that all routine surgeries are stopped.
More than 5,000 violations have been recorded and violators were referred to committees. More than 150 facilities were temporarily shut down by the ministry until the proper protocols were implemented and the violations were fixed. A number of institutions were able to resume operations after settling fines.