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 announces 16 more deaths from COVID-19 as restrictions partially eased

Updated 28 May 2020

Saudi Arabia announces 16 more deaths from COVID-19 as restrictions partially eased

  • The health ministry announced 3,531 new cases of recovery
  • Saudi Arabia will see a partial ease in coronavirus lockdown restrictions from Thursday

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 16 more deaths from the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and 1,644 new cases of the disease on Thursday.
The health ministry urged citizens and residents to abide by measures to prevent the spread of the virus as the Kingdom starts to ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions from Thursday.
Of the new cases, 611 were recorded in Riyadh, 360 in Jeddah, 148 in Makkah, 101 in Dammam and 91 in Hufof.
The health ministry also announced 3,531 new cases of recovery, which brings the total number of patients who have recovered in the Kingdom so far to 54,553.
A total of 441 people have died from the coronavirus in the Kingdom so far.