Ayman bin Mohammed Al-Arfaj, media general supervisor at Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

Ayman bin Mohammed Al-Arfaj
Updated 08 November 2019

Ayman bin Mohammed Al-Arfaj, media general supervisor at Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah

The Saudi Minister for Hajj and Umrah, Dr. Mohammed Saleh Benten, issued a decree appointing Ayman bin Mohammed Al-Arfaj as the general supervisor of the media center at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, effective as of Oct. 31.

Al-Arfaj served as a media and institutional communication consultant at the ministry where he took part in several activities and events, including media coverage of the Hajj season for two years.

Al-Arfaj has extensive media experience and has participated in many official media committees and issued several studies. He has also led many media centers, including the Fourth Saudi Aviation Forum and the International Forum of News Agencies in Riyadh.

Al-Arfaj holds a bachelor’s degree in Arabic from the faculty of arts at King Saud University.

After his graduation, he held several leadership positions, serving as president of the Saudi Press Agency, director of the Media Center of the Civil Aviation Authority and media adviser to the Saudi Aviation Club.

He was also selected as vice president of the media team at the Royal Court accompanying His Highness the Crown Prince as head of the media team of the Saudi Press Agency to cover official events within the Kingdom.

He then joined the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, where he served as media adviser to the minister of Hajj and Umrah and the minister of media and institutional communication.

Al-Arfaj expressed his thanks to Bentin for trusting him to lead the ministry’s media center, stressing his keenness to improve its media system.


King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

Updated 21 November 2019

King Salman urges Iran to junk its expansionist ideology

  • Saudi Arabia has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies, king says
  • Kingdom also welcomed US decision to return Iran's Fordow nuclear facility to its sanctions list

RIYADH: Iran should abandon its expansionist ideology that has only “harmed” its own people, Saudi Arabia's King Salman said on Wednesday, following violent street protests in the Islamic republic.

A wave of demonstrations erupted in the sanctions-hit country on Friday after an announcement that petrol prices would be raised by as much as 200 percent with immediate effect.

“We hope the Iranian regime chooses the side of wisdom and realizes there is no way to overcome the international position that rejects its practices, without abandoning its expansionist and destructive thinking that has harmed its own people,” the king told the consultative Shoura Council.

“The kingdom has suffered from the policies and practices of the Iranian regime and its proxies,” King Salman said, quoted by the foreign ministry, reiterating that Riyadh does not seek war but is “ready to defend its people.”

A satellite image from Sept. 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Washington's decision to return the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran to the sanctions list. 

Washington said on Monday that it will no longer waive sanctions related to Iran’s Fordow nuclear plant after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment at the underground site. 

“The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world’s largest state sponsor of terror is zero ... There is no legitimate reason for Iran to resume enrichment at this previously clandestine site,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters earlier this week.