Bandar Alkhorayef, minister of industry and mineral resources

Industry and Mineral Resources Minister Bandar Alkhorayef
Updated 02 September 2019

Bandar Alkhorayef, minister of industry and mineral resources

Bandar Alkhorayef is the newly appointed minister of industry and mineral resources.

King Salman issued a royal decree on Friday creating the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources, which will assume its duties at the beginning of the next fiscal year.

Alkhorayef has 25 years’ experience in leading industrial, commercial and investment positions. 

He has a BA in international agriculture from King Saud University, and several certificates in business administration and international business from Switzerland’s International Institute for Management Development.

A top executive at Alkhorayef Group, he is also vice chairman of the Arabian Agricultural Services Co., a board member at the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a member of the Saudi Economic Association, a member of the National Industrial Committee, a member of the board of trustees at the Riyadh Economic Forum, and a member of the Charitable Society for Orphans Care.

He has been CEO of Alkhorayef Printing Solution since 1993, and a member of the board of Alkhorayef Commercial Co., Alkhorayef Petroleum Co. and MaCeen Capital. 

He also served as chairman of Middle East Food Solutions Co. and Al-Dukheil Financial Group, as well as a member of the board at Castrol.

The newly appointed minister  was a board member at Al-Watan newspaper from 2000 to 2016, Amaco from 2009 to 2013, Saudi Finance House from 2009 to 2011, and Sama Airlines from 2005 to 2010.

King Abdul Aziz lookalike to star in new Saudi Movie 'Born a King'

Updated 19 September 2019

King Abdul Aziz lookalike to star in new Saudi Movie 'Born a King'

  • Rakan Abdulwahid is the 32-year-old Saudi actor who plays King Abdul Aziz
  • The rapper, singer, designer, model and now actor considers himself a 'Saudi ambassador of arts to the US' 

RIYADH: With his long dreadlocked hair, handsome Arabian looks and a quiet disposition, Rakan Abdulwahid is the 32-year-old Saudi actor who plays King Abdul Aziz in “Born a King.”

His family history runs deep with the Al-Saud family. “My great grandfather fought alongside King Abdul Aziz,” Rakan told Arab News.  

His family’s lineage goes back to the days of King Abdulaziz as they are considered the official “Al-Arda” dance performers. They have been performing the pre-war and celebratory dance for over a century, before the founding of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

His uncle, Salah Abdulwahid, is featured in the movie, as the main Al-Arda performer.

The Saudi actor felt a connection to the founder of the Kingdom, not only physically resembling the king, but also embodying his charisma.

Before the shooting of the movie, he began reading up on anything he could get his hands on to learn more about the founder’s personality, to try and pefect his character and do him justice on the big screen.

Born in the US and raised in the Kingdom, and an avid athlete in his youth, he was a soccer player until he broke his hip in a tournament.



The multitalented actor not only shines through on the big screen, but is a rapper, singer, model and designer. As a lover of the arts in all forms, he believes that culture can build bridges across the world.

He has vowed to represent his country in a positive manner while breaking stereotypes about Saudi Arabia. He also speaks French, English and Spanish fluently.

The actor obtained four degrees in just 7 years, having majored in industrial engineering with a minor in business and math from Northeastern University.

He later continued his education and received his master’s in engineering project management and an MBA certificate in global supply chain management. However, that didn’t stop him from taking law classes at Harvard for a semester.

As a child he would write 300-page stories, cooked passionately and danced with abandonment.

He returned to his homeland to play one of the most influential people in the Kingdom’s history: Its founder King Abdul Aziz.