Electronic PoAs to be issued through six Saudi embassies

Saudi ministry of justice. (SPA)
Updated 29 September 2019

Electronic PoAs to be issued through six Saudi embassies

  • Now, grantors and attorneys can work under the PoA as soon as it is issued electronically by the Saudi embassy or consulate

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Justice announced the activation of electronic powers of attorney (PoAs) in Saudi embassies and consulates in Kuwait, the US and the UK in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The service was first launched in the Saudi Embassy and Consulate in Egypt, followed by the embassies and consulates in the UAE and Jordan.
The ministry revealed that 520 electronic PoAs have been issued, 393 of which were in Egypt, 57 in the UAE through the Saudi Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Consulate General in Dubai, 19 in Jordan, six in Kuwait, and 45 in the US through the Saudi Embassy in Washington and the consulate generals in New York and Houston.
Dr. Walid Al-Samaani, justice minister and president of the Supreme Judicial Council, had given his directives to launch the system for the issuance of electronic PoAs through the Kingdom’s embassies and consulates abroad so that Saudi nationals can immediately use them.
Previously, the issuance of PoAs through embassies and consulates was done on paper and cost grantors time and money, especially as they were required to send the PoA after its issuance by traditional mail to Saudi Arabia to be certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and then the Ministry of Justice without the option to cancel it electronically. Now, grantors and attorneys can work under the PoA as soon as it is issued electronically by the Saudi embassy or consulate. 


Dr. Abdullah bin Rafoud Al-Safiyani, Saudi Shoura Council member

Updated 18 January 2020

Dr. Abdullah bin Rafoud Al-Safiyani, Saudi Shoura Council member

  • He was appointed to the consultative body in 2016
  • He has been awarded a medal of excellence from the Ministry of Education

Dr. Abdullah bin Rafoud Al-Safiyani was chosen as a Shoura Council member by a royal decree from King Salman in 2016.

The Shoura Council convened on Wednesday, and Al-Safiyani demanded that the National Anti-Corruption Commission investigate and set up an authority to oversee influencers’ activities on social media.

He said it had become important for the anti-graft body to monitor influencers as they were paid tremendous amounts to publicize government entities, and that there needed to be regulations to process such transactions.

Al-Safiyani has a bachelor’s degree, a master’s and a doctorate from Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah.

He is a member of Almajmaa (Virtual Academy of the Arabic Language), the Saudi Scientific Association for Arabic Literature, the Saudi Association for Education and Psychology and the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States, in addition to his Shoura Council membership.

He is also the vice dean of community service and continuing education at Majmaah University in Majmaah City, Saudi Arabia, and has collaborated with the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for the Arabic Language on several programs.

He has been awarded a medal of excellence from the Ministry of Education, and is also the director general of Adab (International Encyclopedia of Arabic Literature). He has been a teacher and an administrator in public education since 1998.