Jerry Inzerillo, CEO of the Diriyah Gate Development Authority

Updated 16 October 2019

Jerry Inzerillo, CEO of the Diriyah Gate Development Authority

Jerry Inzerillo has been the CEO of the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) since June 2018.

Inzerillo received his bachelor’s degree in hotel administration from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas in 1975.

The DGDA CEO’s expertise in tourism and hospitality is unparalleled. He was CEO of the Forbes Travel Guide from 2014 to 2018 and has remained the vice president since 2018. He was also president and CEO of IMG Artists from 2012 to 2014, and president of resort giant Kerzner International between 1991 and 2011.

Inzerillo is also a philanthropist and sat as a board member for Artists For A New South Africa and the Do Something children’s organization. 

Inzerillo was awarded the Alexander Shulgin CEO of the Year in Tourism award in 2018, and is an accomplished keynote speaker, with several TEDx Talks to his name.

Recently, Inzerillo opened up the Joy Forum in Riyadh with a speech addressing entertainment giants from around the world to cultivate a “joyful culture and vibrant society.”

Inzerillo revealed Diriyah’s masterplan includes the establishment of the world’s largest Islamic museum, restoring Wadi Hanifa, planting more than 1 million date trees and transforming Safar Valley into Riyadh’s own Beverly Hills.

He stressed the importance of entertainment and fun in the vision for Diriyah, which will be provided by an array of sporting, hospitality and leisure activities. 

The DGDA was established in July 2017 to preserve Diriyah’s culture and make it a global landmark that celebrates the Kingdom’s heritage and history.


Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

Saudi Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah. (AP)
Updated 20 October 2020

Saudi health minister promises to procure tested vaccine

  • COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Saudi Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah on Monday said the Kingdom will procure vaccine for the novel coronavirus once it is confirmed to be safe and effective.

He said research on the vaccine is underway in a number of countries and the Saudi health authorities are following the developments.
The number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases continues to decline in the Kingdom with the recovery rate from the illness rising to 96 percent. The minister attributed the decline on the “commitment to health precautions.”
“I also thank my fellow health practitioners for their wonderful efforts,” Al-Rabiah said.
Commenting on the second and stronger wave of COVID-19 in some countries, he said it was due to a lack of “commitment to social distancing” and failure to wear masks and taking other precautions.
He ruled out any leniency on part of the government in its fight against the virus. The minister said it is necessary to abide by precautionary measures to keep the virus at bay.

FASTFACTS

• Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday.

• With 16 new fatalities, the virus-related death toll has risen to 5,201.

“We (all) are in one boat, and the failure of some affects everyone, so we must work together” to check the spread of the virus.
He also advised people who show COVID-19 symptoms to visit Tetamman (rest assured) clinics.
“Appointments can be made through the ministry’s Sehaty app, and anyone who has any questions or wants to consult a doctor can call 937,” the minister said.
Saudi Arabia recorded 381 new infections on Monday. The total number of COVID-19 cases has reached 348,583 since the beginning of the outbreak in the Kingdom.
The Health Ministry said 16 more people died due to complications caused by the virus raising the death toll to 5,201. The ministry also reported 357 new recoveries. The total number of recovered cases has now increased to 328,895.