Suhail Abanmi, governor of Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Zakat and Tax

Suhail Abanmi
Updated 04 December 2019

Suhail Abanmi, governor of Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Zakat and Tax

  • Abanmi obtained his bachelor’s degree in computer science with honors from King Saud University in 2000
  • He began his career as a project manager for MeduNet from 2000 to 2004

Suhail Abanmi has been governor of the General Authority of Zakat and Tax since June 2017.

Abanmi obtained his bachelor’s degree in computer science with honors from King Saud University in 2000, and his master’s degree in computer engineering from the University of New South Wales in Australia in 2007, followed by a master’s of business in accounting and finance in 2014 from Alfaisal University.

He began his career as a project manager for MeduNet from 2000 to 2004 before becoming a service planning manager at Alinma Bank in 2007. In 2009, he joined the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) as head of business development and manager of the Tadawulaty program. He then headed the business excellence and corporate strategy and planning group with Al-Rajhi Bank.

Abanmi became an adviser to the Minister of Commerce and Investment in 2013 while acting as director-general of the Qawaem program for the ministry. Three years later, he became deputy minister for internal trade.

Between 2016 and 2017, Abanmi sat on the board of many organizations, including the Small and Medium Enterprises General Authority, Saudi Organization for Certified Public Accountants, the General Authority for Statistics and the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority.

He was chairman of Bayan Credit Bureau and sat on the advisory committee for the Capital Market Authority until March 2019. He is currently a member of the board of Tadawul. On the fifth anniversary of King Salman’s ascension to the throne, Abanmi congratulated the king, and praised the progress and development taking place in the Kingdom.

“We have every right to take pride in what has been achieved on this path of renewal paved by King Salman, and we should recall the gigantic developments we are witnessing,” he said.


Saudi Arabia to launch app for Umrah pilgrims

Updated 21 September 2020

Saudi Arabia to launch app for Umrah pilgrims

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is launching an online application that allows citizens, residents, and visitors to apply for Umrah pilgrimage.
The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said the move is part of digitalization efforts undertaken by the Kingdom. 
The ministry also released details on how it plans to gradually allow pilgrims to apply and reserve a specific time and date for Umrah in a bid to avoid overcrowding. 
The national project aims to save time and reduce costs and burdens on government agencies.
The online process will provide information to complete government procedures, in addition to raising security levels and preserving government documents.
The step comes within measures taken by the ministry to keep pace with the digital transformation under the Kingdom's Vision 2030 reform program.
It said a total of 54 government agencies are set to benefit from the system.