Dr. Ahmad bin Mohammed Al-Zaidi, director of the General Department of Education in Makkah

Dr. Ahmad bin Mohammed Al-Zaidi
Updated 29 August 2019

Dr. Ahmad bin Mohammed Al-Zaidi, director of the General Department of Education in Makkah

Dr. Ahmad bin Mohammed Al-Zaidi has been made director of the General Department of Education in Makkah region by the Minister of Education Dr. Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Sheikh.
Previously, Al-Zaidi was the deputy director of the Center for the Development of University Education in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Al-Zaidi holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the College of Education at Umm Al-Qura University. He also received his master’s degree from the same university in educational management.
He earned his doctorate in educational leadership and management from the College of Education at the University of Newcastle in the UK.
Al-Zaidi began his career as a teacher in 1986, working in several schools until 1994. After that, he became a supervisor of biology at the Educational Supervision Center in Jeddah. He then became the assistant director at the center between 1997 and 2000.
Al-Zaidi had been an assistant professor of educational administration at King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah since 2011, before becoming the head of the department in 2012.
On Wednesday, the General Department of Education in Makkah region will launch “Future Gate,” a digital transformation initiative.
The initiative aims to promote digital learning and change the traditional setting in schools, encouraging more technology-enabled teaching and learning.
The first phase will be in the first semester of the coming academic year, featuring 80 schools, before expanding to a further 175 in the second phase.


Russian president Vladimir Putin arrives in Saudi Arabia

Updated 2 min 57 sec ago

Russian president Vladimir Putin arrives in Saudi Arabia

  • Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar welcomes Russian leader

DUBAI: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Riyadh on Monday in his first visit since 2007, and is scheduled to have a meeting with Saudi King Salman as well as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar personally welcomed the Russian leader.

Putin’s “long-awaited” visit will include discussions on “further cooperation to stabilize prices on the world carbohydrate market” as well as the situation in Syria, the Gulf and Yemen.

The Russian leader, in an interview with Arab broadcasters and aired on Sunday ahead of his arrival, described the “very good relations” with the Saudi leadership.

“We consider Saudi Arabia a friendly nation. I have very good relations with both the King and the Crown Prince,” Putin said, and noted the improved bilateral relations between both countries.

Putin in the interview likewise condemned the Sept. 14 attacks on Aramco facilities, and said “such actions do not bring any positive results to anybody, including perpetrators,” as they do not have a strong effect on the market.

“We condemn any such actions, end of story. This is the official position … regardless of who stood behind the incident,” the Russian president commented.

A forum attended by Saudi Arabian and Russian business leaders and government officials earlier Monday resulted in the signing of several agreements between companies of both countries.

Watch the live coverage of Putin’s arrival:

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