Dr. Bandar bin Abdulmohsen Al-Knawy, chief executive officer at the Ministry of the National Guard

Dr. Bandar bin Abdulmohsen Al-Knawy
Updated 07 August 2019

Dr. Bandar bin Abdulmohsen Al-Knawy, chief executive officer at the Ministry of the National Guard

Dr. Bandar bin Abdulmohsen Al-Knawy has served as the chief executive officer at the Ministry of the National Guard since February 2009.

Al-Knawy’s organization comprises five medical cities in the five major regions of Saudi Arabia.

He has been the president of King Saud bin Abdul Aziz University for Health Sciences since February 2009.

He served as the general supervisor for the Royal Clinics of the late King Abdullah from 2009 until January 2015.

Between 1996 and 2005, Al-Knawy was the head of the Gastroenterology/Hepatology Division at the Department of Medicine of the King Abdul Aziz Medical City in Riyadh, which belongs to the ministry.

He also served as the director of Medical Education and Academic Affairs at King Abdul Aziz Medical City from 1999 to 2004.

During his long career he pioneered the development of the medication safety program in Saudi Arabia, in addition to many patient safety initiatives at the ministry.

He was also responsible in the recent commissioning of major health care expansions at the ministry, including the King Abdullah International Medical Research Center, King Abdullah Specialized Children Hospital and King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Foundation for Humanitarian Activities, as well as the inception of the system-wide EMR.

Al-Knawy received his bachelor’s in medicine from the Faculty of Medicine at King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah.

He then completed his residency training in internal medicine in 1990 and obtained his gastroenterology fellowship in 1992 from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

He holds a fellowship in internal medicine from the American and Canadian Boards, as well as the American Board Certification in Gastroenterology.

The Ministry of National Guard has completed setting up its field hospital in Mina with highly qualified clinics and medical staff.

Dr. Bandar bin Abdlumohsen Al-Knawy said that a team of specialists in infectious diseases, public health, preventive medicine, and environmental health have ensured the availability of all necessary equipment to combat infection and preserve the health and safety of the environment in all of the hospitals’ facilities.

He added that an integrated awareness program has been organized to educate patients and visitors to Mina field hospital. It has been prepared in a number of languages including Arabic, English, Urdu, and French.


Saudi Embassy evacuates 300 tourists from Lebanon

Updated 19 October 2019

Saudi Embassy evacuates 300 tourists from Lebanon

  • The embassy said that evacuees were escorted to Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut by Lebanese security forces to guarantee their safety
  • Three Saudia aircraft were used to transport them

BEIRUT: Saudi Arabia's embassy in Lebanon has confirmed it has facilitated the “evacuation of Saudi residents and visitors” from the country.
“The evacuation operation, imposed by the security situation in Lebanon and the importance of ensuring the safety of Saudi nationals, started Saturday at 5 a.m. after the Kingdom secured three Saudia aircraft to transport them,” the embassy told Arab News.
“Three hundred people were evacuated as of Saturday afternoon, while the total number of those wishing to leave remains unclear. We have identified a hotel in Beirut as a starting point,” it added, noting that most of those who had left were tourists.
The embassy also confirmed evacuees were escorted to Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut by Lebanese security forces to guarantee their safety.
Protests broke out in Lebanon on Thursday night, and disorder has disrupted roads leading to the airport, with burning tires blocking several key routes.
On Friday, the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs urged its citizens already in Lebanon to exercise “utmost caution.”
Egypt’s Embassy in Beirut also called on its nationals in the country to avoid protest areas, Egyptian state news agency MENA said.
“The embassy calls on all Egyptian citizens in Lebanon to avoid the areas of gatherings and protests, to be careful in their movements and to abide by the instructions of the Lebanese authorities in this regard,” MENA reported.
Meanwhile, Kuwait’s Embassy in Lebanon asked citizens wishing to travel to the country to delay trips where possible.
“The embassy also calls on citizens currently in Lebanon to take utmost care and stay away from crowds and demonstrations,” it said on social media site Twitter.
Bahrain and the UAE warned against travel to Lebanon and called on their citizens in the country to leave immediately.