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.

Saudi tourism megaproject aims to turn the Red Sea green

Updated 20 October 2019

Saudi tourism megaproject aims to turn the Red Sea green

  • Development will protect endangered hawksbill turtle, while coral research could help save the Great Barrier Reef

RIYADH: Key ecological targets are driving Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea tourism megaproject, its leader has told Arab News.

The development will not only protect the habitat of the endangered hawksbill turtle, but could also save coral reefs that are dying elsewhere in the world, said Red Sea Development Company Chief Executive John Pagano.

The project is taking shape in a 28,000 square kilometer region of lagoons, archipelagos, canyons and volcanic geology between the small towns of Al-Wajh and Umluj on the Kingdom’s west coast.

One island, Al-Waqqadi, looked like the perfect tourism destination, but was discovered to be a breeding ground for the hawksbill. “In the end, we said we’re not going to develop it. It shows you can balance development and conservation,” Pagano said.

Scientists are also working to explain why the area’s coral reef system — fourth-largest in the world —  is thriving when others around the world are endangered.

“To the extent we solve that mystery, the ambition would be to export that to the rest of the world,” Pagano said. “Can we help save the Great Barrier Reef or the Caribbean coral that has been severely damaged?”


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