National Guard minister inspects forces’ Hajj preparations

Saudi National Guard Minister Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz inspects the forces involved in serving this year’s Hajj pilgrims. (SPA)
Updated 08 August 2019
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National Guard minister inspects forces’ Hajj preparations

  • The minister reviewed guard units and watched a performance of combat riots and displays of individual and collective skills

MAKKAH: Saudi National Guard Minister Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz on Wednesday inspected the forces involved in serving this year’s Hajj pilgrims.

Upon his arrival at the National Guard’s camp in Al-Sharai, Makkah, the minister reviewed guard units and watched a performance of combat riots and displays of individual and collective skills.

The prince also listened to explanations about the use of advanced equipment and mechanisms by the forces for specific tasks, and the duties of National Guard units in serving pilgrims in the Grand Mosque and the holy sites.

After that, he inspected the headquarters of the National Guard at the holy sites and was updated on the latest preparations and services provided to the pilgrims.

Prince Abdullah also visited Mina Field Hospital, affiliated to the Ministry of National Guard, and was told about the medical duties and services put in place by the National Guard Health Affairs for pilgrims.

He then toured the hospital’s inpatient departments, intensive care units, outpatient clinics, the quarantine unit, preventive medicine unit and infection control unit.

The minister stressed the need to provide for all eventualities in order to help pilgrims perform their rites easily and safely.

At the end of his visit, Prince Abdullah praised the government’s tremendous efforts in the service of pilgrims.


Dr. Iman bint Habas Al-Mutairi, new CEO of Saudi National Competitiveness Center

Updated 19 September 2019

Dr. Iman bint Habas Al-Mutairi, new CEO of Saudi National Competitiveness Center

Dr. Iman bint Habas Al-Mutairi is the newly appointed CEO of the National Competitiveness Center (NCC).

Al-Mutairi received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from King Faisal University in 1992. In 1997, she obtained a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Bristol, UK.

She began her career as a lecturer in the chemistry department of King Faisal University, from 1993 to 1994, before lecturing at the University of Bristol for three years.

In 1998, she became an assistant professor of human genetics at Harvard University, and two years later she joined Perkin Elmer as a scientific research consultant in biological sciences in the US until 2002.

A year later, she joined Hospital Aramco as a preventive medicine consultant. She then headed the department of public medical relations, and served as an acting director of the department of medical technical support services, and the head of quality and patient safety from 2007 to 2010.

With Saudi Aramco, she headed the manpower planning and analysis department for a year, before she became the project manager of the Aramco Accelerated Strategic Transformation Program from 2011 to 2012.

Al-Mutairi ran her company, Heemah for Business Services between 2014 and 2017.

She also helped with the establishment of the National Competitiveness Center, and coordinated the partnership between Johns Hopkins Hospital and Aramco Healthcare.

In 2017, Al-Mutairi served as an adviser to the minister of commerce and investment.