Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Samari, secretary-general of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdul Aziz Foundation for Research and Archives

Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Samari
Updated 27 November 2019

Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Samari, secretary-general of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdul Aziz Foundation for Research and Archives

  • Al-Samari did his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside in 1989
  • Al-Samari is also a member of the board of trustees at the King Fahd National Library

Dr. Fahd bin Abdullah Al-Samari is the secretary-general of the King Abdul Aziz Foundation for Research and Archives (Darah) and editor in chief of the Darah Journal.

He is also a member of the board of trustees at the King Fahd National Library.

Al-Samari did his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside in 1989.

He has extensive experience in administrative work and research. Throughout his career, he has attended key conferences on history. Al-Samari has played a crucial role in documenting the history of Saudi Arabia.

He has authored several books and written articles that have been published in various journals. Al-Samari is also a board member of the Diriyah Gate Development Authority.

At the inauguration of the project, he told the Saudi Press Agency that the project showed the government’s resolve to preserve the country’s national heritage and to make it a steady source of revenue as well. He said that the tourism industry was one of the fastest growing industries in the world.

Al-Samari said the Diriyah project would represent the genuine Arab culture and an important part of the Kingdom’s soft power.

The project, he added, represents the beginning of several other projects that will have a significant impact on the economic, cultural and social development of the country.


Saudi executive to head Arab League copyright team

Updated 21 January 2020

Saudi executive to head Arab League copyright team

JEDDAH: A Saudi Arabian candidate, Sami Al-Sudais, was named chairman of the Arab League’s Technical Committee for Intellectual Property on Tuesday.
The two-year unanimous appointment recognizes Al-Sudais’ work on intellectual property projects as executive vice president for Intellectual Property Policies and Partnerships at the Saudi Intellectual Property Authority (SAIP).
The decision came during the committee’s fifth meeting, organized by the Department of Intellectual Property and Competitiveness at the Arab League headquarters.
“One of the committee’s chief objectives is to enhance coordination in the domain of intellectual property in Arab countries, unify opinions and benefit from the experiences and capabilities in the Arab countries, and improve the intellectual property system in the Arab countries,” Al-Sudais said.
SAIP initiatives are aimed at strengthening the intellectual property system in the Kingdom in addition to preparing the national strategy for intellectual property, he added.
Intellectual property is a key aspect of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 initiative to encourage business.
“Whenever we ensure that there is a compatible intellectual property system at the national level, we will ensure the facilitation of doing business as well as attracting foreign investment,” Al-Sudais said.