Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation

OIC Secretary-General Yousef Al-Othaimeen
Updated 25 November 2019

Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation

Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen has been the secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) since 2016. 

Al-Othaimeen has served in several positions in the public sector, most notably as the minister of labor and social development.

At the same ministry, he also worked as an adviser and assistant undersecretary for disabilities rehabilitation and care department.

Moreover, he was secretary-general of the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Foundation for Developmental Housing and director general of the Insan Charitable Society for Orphans Care. 

Al-Othaimeen also had a career in higher education. He was an assistant professor at King Saud University (KSU) in Riyadh. He began his career as a lecturer after his graduation with a bachelor’s degree in social studies from KSU.

He received his higher education in the US. He obtained his Ph.D. in political sociology from the American University in the capital and his master’s degree in political sociology from the University of Ohio.

Furthermore, Al-Othaimeen had also been a columnist in some local newspapers in Saudi Arabia. 

In 2019, he received an honorary doctorate from the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation.  

Recently, Muslim leaders demanded the introduction of an international law to criminalize all acts of Islamophobia.

Announcing plans for the celebration of the OIC’s 50th anniversary in Jeddah on Monday, Al-Othaimeen called for a global crackdown on individuals or groups responsible for “insulting religions or prophets.”

Al-Othaimeen told Arab News: “There are laws against anti-Semitism and racism. So, we request a law against mocking religions.”

In a report released by the OIC, he said that modernization and the Internet revolution had turned the world into a “global village” where religions and cultures should coexist, and races and nations must live side by side as neighbors.

“Islamophobia is a sentiment of excessive fear against Islam that is transformed into acts of intolerance and discriminations against Muslims and even violent crimes against people with Islamic attires.”


Saudi Arabia participates in GCC archaeology exhibition

The pavilion features a series of documentaries on Saudi Arabia’s cultural heritage. (SPA)
Updated 21 January 2020

Saudi Arabia participates in GCC archaeology exhibition

  • Saudi Arabia’s pavilion hosts, 55 artifacts and relics covering different eras, including from the Stone Age, Bronze Age, and the pre-Islamic and Islamic periods

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia, represented by the national heritage sector at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), is taking part in the 6th Joint Periodic Exhibition on the Archaeology of the Gulf Cooperation Council’s (GCC) Arab States in Kuwait.
The exhibition, held under the supervision of the secretary-general of the GCC, in partnership with the Kuwaiti National Council for Culture, Arts and Literature, opened last Wednesday at the National Museum of Kuwait and will run until Feb. 15.
The Kingdom’s pavilion hosts, 55 artifacts and relics covering different eras, including from the Stone Age, Bronze Age, and the pre-Islamic and Islamic periods.
The pavilion also features a series of documentaries on the Kingdom’s cultural heritage, a number of publications by the antiquities and museums sector on different areas of cultural heritage, as well as a collection of photographs and historical information on Saudi Arabia’s cultural depth.