Ahmed Al-Balawi, Director general of Mashroat — National Project Management Organization

Ahmed Al-Balawi
Updated 19 November 2019

Ahmed Al-Balawi, Director general of Mashroat — National Project Management Organization

  • Director general of National Project Management Organization since May 2016

Ahmed Al-Balawi has been the director general of Mashroat — National Project Management Organization since May 2016.
Al-Balawi did his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in 1989. Subsequently, he joined the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu as a mechanical engineer in 1997. During his tenure at the commission, he served in key positions and continued to climb the ladder to become the general manager of technical affairs in 2010.
Mashroat is the government arm enabling infrastructure projects. It provides consultancy and technical support to government agencies in project management, operation, and maintenance to enhance the effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability of the national infrastructure, as well as ensuring the projects are in line with global best practices and meet the aspirations of Vision 2030.
Mashroat and King Fahd Causeway Authority (KFCA) signed a memorandum of understanding to raise the efficiency of KFCA’s facility and asset management as well as its overall operation and maintenance practices as it embarks on ambitious plans to build a second causeway linking Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
Commenting on the deal, Al-Balawi said: “Our role will be to help them (KFCA) benefit from global standards and enhance the facility and asset management operation.
“Our partnerships represent positive progress towards achieving facility management at an international level and raising the overall efficiency and sustainability of major infrastructure projects.”

Fifth Jeddah International Book Fair opened by Makkah governor

Updated 12 December 2019

Fifth Jeddah International Book Fair opened by Makkah governor

JEDDAH: Prince Khalid Al-Faisal, the governor of Makkah, officially opened the fifth edition of the Jeddah International Book Fair on Wednesday.

The prince toured the event, at which 400 publishing houses from 40 countries are taking part, and honored three renowned figures from the local literature and media scenes: Dr. Hashem Abdo Hashem, the former editor in chief of Okaz newspaper; writer Abdel Fattah Abu Madian; and writer Meshaal bin Muhammad Al-Sudairy.

Prince Mishaal bin Majed, the governor of Jeddah and chairman of the exhibition’s Higher Committee, thanked Price Khalid for his support of the fair since it was founded. He also expressed his gratitude to King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their great support.

He added that the success of the event is the result of the hard work of a number of organizations. In particular, he wished the Ministry of Culture continued success in organizing the fair as part of its efforts to develop culture in the Kingdom as one of the pillars of Saudi Vision 2030.

Other VIP guests and dignitaries at the inauguration of the fair included Prince Badr bin Sultan, the deputy governor of Makkah; Prince Saud bin Abdullah, adviser to the governor of Makkah; and Prince Khalid bin Mishaal, deputy governor of Jeddah.

The book fair continues at Land of Events in South Abhur until Dec. 21.