FaceOf: Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Al-Ohali, rector of King Faisal University

Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Al-Ohali
Updated 09 February 2019

FaceOf: Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Al-Ohali, rector of King Faisal University

Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Al-Ohali has been the rector of King Faisal University since April 2017.

Al-Ohali is also a member of the board of trustees of Prince Sultan University in Riyadh. 

He was the director of a research initiative called “Aafaq” or “Horizons,” which is a 25-year plan intended to improve higher education opportunities for women, boost scientific research and tackle the country’s shortage of scientists in critical fields. The initiative was announced in 2009 by the Ministry of Education.

Moreover, he served as the dean of the faculty of graduate studies at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran (KFUPM). 

He also was the vice dean of graduate studies and the undersecretary in charge of the deanship of scientific research, and the general coordinator of the Basic and Applied Research Program in the Research Institute at KFUPM.

He holds a Ph.D. in nuclear physics from the US. 

King Faisal University, represented by the faculty of medicine, is organizing the International Conference on Hematology which is opening on Tuesday. The three-day gathering is being held in collaboration with the professors of the Center for Hematology and Schizophrenia at Boston University, US.

Al-Ohali said that the conference will be attended by senior international doctors specializing in blood diseases. 

The conference aims to reflect on the efforts of the university and its faculty of medicine in sharing experience and keeping abreast with the global developments in the diagnosis and treatment of related diseases.


Saudi VAT revenues hit SR46.7bn in a year: Finance minister

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Saudi VAT revenues hit SR46.7bn in a year: Finance minister

  • Al-Jadaan announced the figures during the first edition of the General Authority for Zakat and Tax
  • Said Kingdom was working to reach a consensual solution for tax challenges

RIYADH: Saudi VAT revenues have hit SR46.7 billion ($12.45 billion), a significant increase on estimates for the fiscal year, according to the Kingdom’s finance minister.

Mohammed Al-Jadaan announced the figures during the first edition of the General Authority for Zakat and Tax (GAZT) conference and exhibition.

“The commitment rate came at 90 percent, exceeding all the expectations of GAZT and some international organizations that ranged between 60 and 70 percent,” he said.

“The conference comes as the Kingdom is witnessing an economic and social transformation under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to achieve a diverse economy and sustainable growth in line with the Kingdom’s 2030 vision.

“The Kingdom’s fiscal policy aims to achieve a balance between the state’s financial and economic objectives. It seeks to maintain financial sustainability for the medium and long terms, which stimulates economic growth rates. This generates from our recognition that fiscal policies are one of the most important drivers of growth in the non-oil sector,” he added.

“The digital economy is rapidly advancing. We hope that modern technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchains will improve compliance with zakat and taxes, enrich the business sector, lower costs, promote tax transparency and develop e-commerce tax regulations.

“This conference will hopefully achieve a qualitative leap in the sectors of zakat and taxes by promoting cooperation and exchanging experiences.”

Al-Jadaan said that as the Kingdom prepared to host the next G20 summit, it was working to reach a consensual solution for tax challenges of the digital economy and contribute with other member states to stabilizing the global economy.