Hattan bin Samman, secretary-general of the Saudi National Commission for Education, Culture and Science

Hattan bin Samman
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Updated 05 February 2020

Hattan bin Samman, secretary-general of the Saudi National Commission for Education, Culture and Science

  • Between 2008 and 2011, he worked in the cultural affairs section of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Mexico

Hattan bin Samman was recently appointed secretary-general of the Saudi National Commission for Education, Culture and Science.
In 2008, he gained a bachelor’s degree in information systems from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) in the US and obtained a master’s degree in business administration and management from the Universidad Iberoamericana, in Mexico, in 2011.
While studying for his bachelor’s degree, Samman worked as an international student adviser assistant at the UWL, before moving to the American Standard Inc. (Trane Co.) in 2006 as a help desk analyst, where he stayed until 2008. Between 2008 and 2011, he worked in the cultural affairs section of the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Mexico.
On his return to the Kingdom in 2011, Samman joined the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) as business manager of the university’s governmental affairs.
A year later he moved to King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy as an international relations specialist and was promoted in 2013 to the post of senior international relations specialist for the atomic energy sector.
Samman switched to Emaar in King Abdullah Economic City in 2015 where he served as a senior manager of economic city’s authority relations, going on to be an assistant director in the same area in 2018.
He moved to Riyadh in 2019 to become the executive director of the international relations and strategic partnerships legal administration, before gaining his current position as an international relations adviser to Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud.
The Saudi Ministry of Culture has organized a workshop in Riyadh to register Arabic calligraphy on UNESCO’s Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Commenting on the initiative, Samman said that Arabic calligraphy had an exceptional value due to its long history and uniqueness as one of the richest aspects of Arab and Islamic cultural identity.
“Arabic calligraphy has been — and will continue to be — the focus and passion of experts, stakeholders and those involved in cultural affairs, education and science, who are interested in both human and cultural heritage,” he added.


Saudi Arabia inches toward 100k coronavirus cases

Jeddah residents are required to stay indoors from 3 p.m. until 6 a.m. as movement restrictions have been reinstated. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia inches toward 100k coronavirus cases

  • Ministry reports its highest daily toll with 3,121 new cases

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia reported 3,121 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, the highest daily count of confirmed cases in the Kingdom. It brings the total number of people who have contracted the virus to 98,869 in just over 3 months since the first case was announced in the country in early March.
There are currently 26,402 active cases, 1,484 of them critical.
The Ministry of Health announced 1,175 new recovered cases, taking the total number of recoveries to 71,791, while 34 deaths were reported, raising the death toll to 676.
Of the new cases 46 percent were Saudis, of which 31 percent were female. Children made up 11 percent of the new cases, while 84 percent were adults up to the age of 65 and 5 percent were over 65.
Riyadh recorded the highest count at 900 cases, followed by Jeddah at 572, Makkah at 279, Madinah at 170 and Dammam at 149 cases.
In Jeddah, movement restrictions have been reinstated; residents are once again required to stay indoors from 3 p.m. until 6 a.m. and mosques have been closed, following an evaluation of the health situation in the city by the authorities.
Those who are exempt from the curfew order may continue to deliver their services to residents in their homes, whether to provide medical or food supplies, and to facilitate their transportation in a flexible manner. They must at all times adhere to the instructions issued by the authorities, including maintaining cleanliness, sanitization and disinfection, and wearing gloves and masks that are in full compliance with all regulations.
The ministry reiterates the importance of staying at home and adhering to the COVID-19 preventive measures.