Majid Al-Hogail, Saudi Arabia’s minister of housing

Majid Al-Hogail. (Supplied photo)
Updated 30 March 2019

Majid Al-Hogail, Saudi Arabia’s minister of housing

Majid Al-Hogail is Saudi Arabia’s minister of housing, a role he has held since July 2015. He has also been the chairman of the Real Estate General Authority since January 2017, and has served on the boards of the Qiddiya Investment Co. since April 2017, and NEOM since October 2017. 

Al-Hogail gained a master’s in business administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1998, and completed an extended development program in management at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2007.

He then became the managing director of the RAFAL Real Estate Development Co. from August 2007, before joining Aljazira Capital in January 2014 as its chairman, leaving both in July 2015. During the same period he was also a board member of budget airline Flynas.

Since then, in addition to his roles at Qiddiya, NEOM and in government, he has also been chairman of the Real Estate Development Fund since July 2015, and the chairman of the Saudi Real Estate Refinance Company since August 2017.

On Sunday, Al-Hogail and Commerce and Investment Minister Majid Al-Qassabi launched “Benaa Housing,” a new website which will help construction companies and contractors to contribute to a development program in the Kingdom.

The project, estimated to have cost SR3.5 billion ($910 million), aims to speed up the process of building 10,000 units across Saudi Arabia by enabling small and medium construction firms to access and contribute to projects. 

“The Ministry of Housing is always keen to provide solutions and services to all families, especially beneficiaries of the Housing Development Program, in all regions of the Kingdom,” said Al-Hugail.


Saudi Arabia details travel exemptions

These must provide proof of residency in the country to which they wish to travel. (SPA)
Updated 27 September 2020

Saudi Arabia details travel exemptions

  • In the cases of the death of a spouse, parent, or child abroad, the directorate requires the submission of a death certificate and proof of relationship

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Passports on Saturday announced requirements for the issue of travel permits for groups exempt from coronavirus travel restrictions. Travel permits will be issued through the Absher e-services platform.
The first group exempt from travel restrictions includes government officials, civilians and members of the military assigned official missions.
This group can obtain travel permits if the official mission cannot be performed remotely and has a deadline that cannot be postponed, provided participation is kept to a minimum.
Documents required for the first group include an official letter from the entity’s senior official, in addition to the names of those who wish to travel and their mission, its location, duration and evidence that the previous conditions are met.
The second group includes citizens with humanitarian cases, especially family reunification, or the death of a spouse, parent or child abroad.

HIGHLIGHTS

• The first group exempt from travel restrictions includes government officials, civilians and members of the military assigned official missions.

• The second group includes citizens with humanitarian cases, especially family reunification, or the death of a spouse, parent or child abroad.

• The third group includes citizens living outside the Kingdom and their dependents.

Citizens who wish to be reunited with their families abroad must provide proof of relationship (spouse, parent, etc.) for the family member residing abroad, proof of residency in the country to which the other party wishes to travel, and proof of the children’s study location abroad if there are children of school age. The last should be certified by the Ministry of Education or one of the Kingdom’s representations in the destination country.
In the cases of the death of a spouse, parent, or child abroad, the directorate requires the submission of a death certificate and proof of relationship.
The third group includes citizens living outside the Kingdom and their dependents. These must provide proof of residency in the country to which they wish to travel (a document or an instrument that they own a property or have a valid lease contract prior to the issuance of these measures).
They must also submit a valid residence card (permanent or semi-permanent) in the country to which the travel is requested and proof that the applicant had spent at least six months in the destination country during the past three years.