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.


Number of coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia could hit 200,000, says health minister

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Number of coronavirus cases in Saudi Arabia could hit 200,000, says health minister

  • Minister added it was vital the public cooperated with the government’s instructions and precautionary measures

RIYADH: The number of COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia could reach up to 200,000 within a few weeks, according to the Kingdom’s health minister.

Citing four Saudi and international studies on Tuesday, Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah said the case figure is likely to see a constant increase rather than a decrease, Saudi Press Agency reported.

"Within the next few weeks, studies predict the number of infections will range from a minimum of 10,000 to a maximum of 200,000," Al-Rabiah said.

The minister added it was vital the public cooperated with the government’s instructions and precautionary measures to limit the number of infections.

“There is no doubt that our commitment to the instructions and procedures, in its entirety reduces the number of cases to the minimum, while non-compliance will lead to a huge increase in the number of cases,” he said.

“We stand today at a decisive moment as a society in raising our sense of responsibility and contributing together with determination to stop the spread of this pandemic,”

Many people were not taking the dangers of the pandemic seriously enough, according to the health minister, adding that the Kingdom had death with the crisis with full “transparency and clarity.”

The Saudi health ministry also announced on Tuesday that there were a total of 2,795 confirmed cases and the death toll from the virus in the Kingdom had reached 41.

A 24-hour curfew and lockdown has been imposed in the cities of Riyadh, Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran and Al-Hofuf and in the governorates of Jeddah, Taif, Qatif and Khobar in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Last week, King Salman issued a decree which ordered treatment to be available for anyone in need of medical care, including people who have overstayed their visa in the Kingdom.