Abdullah bin Omar Bafail, the president of Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah

Abdullah bin Omar Bafail
Updated 27 September 2019

Abdullah bin Omar Bafail, the president of Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah

Abdullah bin Omar Bafail has been the president of Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah since March 2018. Before that, he was the vice dean for graduate studies and scientific research, and the vice president of the projects department at King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah.

Bafail has served at numerous positions at King Abdul Aziz University for the past 40 years; he first joined the university as a lecturer at the faculty of engineering in 1979.

Ten years later he became an assistant professor at the industrial engineering department, then an associate professor in 1997, and a professor in 2006.

Bafail was a member of the probability and statistics studies group at the industrial engineering department between 1990 and 1994 and the head of the same research group between 1995 and 2018.

Moreover, Bafail served as an adviser to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the Savola Group, a Saudi Food retail sector company, and other public and private entities.

Bafail holds a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from Arizona State University, in the US. He received his master’s degree in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and his bachelor’s degree in systems engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

In his speech at Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah to mark National Day Bafail said that this is a chance for citizens to remember the achievements and successes as a nation.


Jackie Chan hopes to make films in Saudi Arabia

Jackie Chan thanked Saudi Arabia for inviting him to the country. (File/AFP)
Updated 20 October 2019

Jackie Chan hopes to make films in Saudi Arabia

  • Jackie Chan expressed hopes the Kingdom would become a leading center of regional film and television

DUBAI: Hong Kong martial artist and actors Jackie Chan, who was recently in Riyadh to accept a Joy Excellence award, is looking forward to filming movies in Saudi Arabia, Chinese press has reported.

The actor also told the crowd gathered at the Joy Forum19, which gathered entertainment promoters and industry pioneers along with global stars including Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan and Hollywood star Jean-Claude Van Damme, that he had found a location in the Kingdom to make another action film.

“It’s my first time in Saudi, and I know it’s a big country. After only a few hours [travelling] here and looking at locations I know there’s a good place for car chasing, explosions, action; so, next time, I hope to come back with my crew,” Chan said.

The movie legend also thanked Saudi Arabia for inviting him to the country, and expressed hopes the Kingdom would become a leading center of regional film and television.