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

Dr. Iman bint Habas Al-Mutairi, new CEO of Saudi National Competitiveness Center
Dr. Iman bint Habas Al-Mutairi
Updated 19 September 2019

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

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). Her appointment was approved by the Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday.

Al-Mutairi received her Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from King Faisal University, and her Ph.D. in bio-organic chemistry from the University of Bristol, UK. She also holds a postdoctorate in molecular biology and genetics from Harvard School of Public Health. 

She did her postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard School of Public Health between 1998 and 2000. Later that year, she joined PerkinElmer as a microarray scientist in Chicago.

In 2003, Al-Mutairi began her ten-year career with Aramco, first as a preventive medicine adviser and from 2007 as an administrator of general medical relations.

In 2009, she served as chief of quality improvement and risk management at Saudi Aramco Healthcare Services, moving in 2011 to be administrator of the workforce planning and analytics division. In 2012, she was appointed as the manager of the medical support services department. 

Al-Mutairi was the manager of the Johns Hopkins Aramco joint venture integration project between 2013 to 2014. In 2016, she took up the post of senior adviser to the Minister of Commerce and Investment until 2017, when she became assistant minister for the Ministry of Commerce and Investment in 2018.


Saudi Arabia reveals robot programmed to quench thirsts of pilgrims

Saudi Arabia reveals robot programmed to quench thirsts of pilgrims
Updated 9 min 40 sec ago

Saudi Arabia reveals robot programmed to quench thirsts of pilgrims

Saudi Arabia reveals robot programmed to quench thirsts of pilgrims
  • The robot hygienically distributes Zamzam water to pilgrims

RIYADH: Pilgrims visiting the Grand Mosque in Makkah will no longer have to queue to quench their thirst thanks to a new robot handing out Zamzam water.
The machine was put on show on Sunday and set to work zipping around the mosque, allowing staff to grab a bottle of water as it passed by.
President of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques Abdulrahman Al-Sudais said it was important to use advanced technology to maintain the safety of pilgrims especially during the times of the pandemic. 
The robot is designed to reduce the chance of contamination. 
Pilgrims and staff at the mosques can simply grab a bottle of water as the robot passes by without the need to queue or share a bottle with someone else.
“The smart robot distributes Zamzam water through hygienic means that avoids touching,” Al-Sudais said.
Since the start of the pandemic, Saudi Arabia has introduced a series of measures to reduce the chances of spreading COVID-19 among pilgrims and worshippers at the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah.
This year’s Hajj pilgrimage, which before the pandemic attracted about 2.5 million pilgrims, has been restricted to 60,000 people.
Like last year, pilgrims are restricted to Saudi citizens and residents with none allowed to travel from overseas to take part.


Houthi drone falls on school in Saudi Arabia's Asir region, no injuries reported

Houthi drone falls on school in Saudi Arabia's Asir region, no injuries reported
Updated 14 min 14 sec ago

Houthi drone falls on school in Saudi Arabia's Asir region, no injuries reported

Houthi drone falls on school in Saudi Arabia's Asir region, no injuries reported

ASIR: A Houthi booby-trapped drone fell on a school in Asir but no injuries were reported, the General Directorate of Saudi Civil Defense reported on Sunday.

The Civil Defense said it had received reports of a projectile launched from Yemen by the Houthi militia towards one of the Asir region’s governorates that turned out to be a drone that had fallen on a school.


KSRelief performs dozens of heart surgeries in Mauritania

KSRelief performs dozens of heart surgeries in Mauritania
Updated 13 June 2021

KSRelief performs dozens of heart surgeries in Mauritania

KSRelief performs dozens of heart surgeries in Mauritania

RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) has performed 33 open heart surgeries and 50 cardiac catheterization procedures  in Mauritania since the start of the year. 

The operations were carried out by KSRelief volunteers as part of a project with the Muslim World League (MWL). 

The project helped low-income patients by diagnosing and treating cardiovascular conditions. 

KSRelief currently has 14 food security and health initiatives in Mauritania including leading first aid training and providing food baskets.


Saudi crown prince extends condolences to Kuwaiti counterpart for death of Sheikh Mansour

Saudi crown prince extends condolences to Kuwaiti counterpart for death of Sheikh Mansour
Updated 13 June 2021

Saudi crown prince extends condolences to Kuwaiti counterpart for death of Sheikh Mansour

Saudi crown prince extends condolences to Kuwaiti counterpart for death of Sheikh Mansour

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman expressed his “sincere condolences” and sympathy to his highness Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah Crown Prince of the State of Kuwait, after the passing of Sheikh Mansour Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Sabah.

In a phone call on Sunday the crown prince of Saudi Arabia said he prayed for  forgiveness and mercy on behalf of the deceased. 

On Friday, King Salman and the crown prince extended their condolences in a phone call to the emir of Kuwait.


Saudi Arabia announces 19 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 19 more COVID-19 deaths
Updated 13 June 2021

Saudi Arabia announces 19 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 19 more COVID-19 deaths
  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 448,093
  • A total of 7,572 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 19 deaths from COVID-19 and 1,017 new infections on Sunday.
Of the new cases, 344 were recorded in Makkah, 198 in Riyadh, 155 in the Eastern Province, 84 in Asir, 68 in Madinah, 60 in Jazan, 23 in Najran, 18 in Hail, 10 in Tabuk, 10 in Al-Baha, five in the Northern Borders region and two in Al-Jouf.
The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 448,093 after 1,133 more patients recovered from the virus.
A total of 7,572 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.
Over 15.6 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the Kingdom to date.