Dr. Bandar bin Fahd Al-Suwailem, secretary-general of the King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur’an

Dr. Bandar bin Fahd Al-Suwailem
Updated 21 June 2019

Dr. Bandar bin Fahd Al-Suwailem, secretary-general of the King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur’an

Dr. Bandar bin Fahd Al-Suwailem has been the secretary-general of the King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur’an in Madinah since January 2019.

He is a professor at the comparative jurisprudence department of the Higher Judicial Institute at Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh, and has also been an adviser to the rector of the university.

Al-Suwailem was previously undersecretary for cultural relations at the Ministry of 

Higher Education, and was the head of the Islamic studies department at the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in Virginia, in the US.

He is also a certified arbitrator for the Saudi Ministry of Justice on financial and commercial disputes, and is a published author of several books and academic papers.

He received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate in Islamic jurisprudence and comparative jurisprudence from Imam Muhammad University.

Recently, the Saudi Press Agency reported that the Mushaf Al-Madinah mobile application (app) reached 1,538,000 users on Google Play following its launch during the holy month of Ramadan. Apple platform users, meanwhile, reached 1,489,000.

The app provides a digital version of the Qur’an by the King Fahd Complex, in 12 languages including English, Indonesian, Urdu, Persian, Turkish, Spanish, French and German.

Al-Suwailem said that the app comes in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 program, and is an unprecedented service throughout the Islamic world.


Saudi rail chief visits Haramain stations

Updated 14 November 2019

Saudi rail chief visits Haramain stations

  • Visit is part of project management’s plans for the Haramain station in Al-Sulaimaniyah and Jeddah airport
  • Railway inaugurated by King Salman on Sep. 24, 2018

JEDDAH: Saudi Transport Minister and Director-General of the Saudi Railway Organization (SAR), Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, visited the Haramain High-Speed Railway’s Al-Sulaimaniyah station and the King Abdul Aziz International Airport station in Jeddah on Thursday to check on preparations to resume operations at the two sites.

Al-Jasser was accompanied by Public Transport Authority Chairman Rumaih bin Mohammed Al-Rumaih, SAR CEO Bashar Al-Malik and other officials.

The visit is part of project management’s plans for the Haramain station in Al-Sulaimaniyah and Jeddah airport to serve airline passengers and Jeddah residents.

The service was halted on Sept. 29, 2019 after a fire broke out at the station in Jeddah, which left 11 people injured. The blaze, which was centered in the roof of the station, lasted for 15 hours.

As the first high-speed electric train in the region, the Haramain High-Speed Railway spans over 450km, connecting five stations across Makkah, Jeddah, King Abdul Aziz International Airport, King Abdullah Economic City and Madinah.

The railway was inaugurated by King Salman on Sep. 24, 2018. 

The project is in line with the objectives of the Vision 2030 reform plans, the main goal of which is to increase the number of pilgrims and visitors to the holy places. Officials described it as the biggest transportation project of its kind in the region.