Saudi Arabia appoints new FM, transport minister

Saudi Arabia appointed Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud foreign minister on Wednesday. (File/Reuters)
Updated 24 October 2019

Saudi Arabia appoints new FM, transport minister

  • Saudi Arabia appointed Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud foreign minister
  • Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser was appointed transport minister

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia appointed Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Saud foreign minister and Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser transport minister, according to royal decrees published by Saudi Press Agency on Wednesday.

Amongst the other decrees, Saleh Mohammed Al-Othaim was appointed deputy head of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority, whilst Abdullah bin Sharaf Al-Ghamdi was appointed head of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority.

Tariq Abdullah Al-Sheddi was appointed head of the National Data Management Office, and Essam Abdullah Al-Waqit was appointed director of the National Information Center. 

Ibrahim Al-Assaf was relieved of his post as Saudi minister of foreign affairs and appointed minister of state and a member of the Saudi Council of Ministers.

Meanwhile,Nabil bin Mohammed Al-Amoudi was relieved of his position as minister of transport. 

Prior to his appointment as foreign minister, Prince Faisal was appointed as Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Germany in March 2019.

Before that, he was an adviser at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and senior adviser at the Saudi Embassy in Washington between  2017-2019. 

He has served in various capacities in both the private and public sectors from 2001 to 2019, including as representative of Boeing Industrial Technology Group and vice chairman and board chairman of Alsalam Aerospace Company.

He was also appointed member of the board of directors of the Saudi Military Industries Corporation and chairman of the executive committee in 2017.
 


Students in Saudi Arabia to continue remote learning in September

Updated 15 August 2020

Students in Saudi Arabia to continue remote learning in September

  • The new school year is due to start on August 30, 2020
  • Intermediate and high school students will begin their school days at 7am, while elementary schools will begin at 3pm.

JEDDAH: Students of all levels are to resume the new school year through remote learning for a period of seven weeks, the Saudi Minister of Education Dr. Hamad Al-Shaikh has announced.
The decision was made after coordinated discussions with the relevant authorities as the Kingdom is still confronting the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The minister said that an exception will be made for university and technical school students with practical curriculums who are required to attend courses in person.
Due to the pandemic, the Kingdom accelerated the e-learning process through its accredited platforms. Virtual classes will be given through Vschool.sa as teachers will be required to attend their virtual classrooms remotely. School curriculums will be provided on the iEN platform, the Kingdom’s national education portal.
The ministry and relevant authorities will assess the situation for the rest of the first semester at the end of the seven weeks and see whether to allow students to return to their classrooms.
According to the ministry, intermediate and high school students will begin their school days at 7am, while elementary schools will begin at 3pm.
The new school year is due to start on August 30, 2020.