Thabet Al-Sawyeed, governor of the Saudi Contractors Authority

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Updated 20 February 2020

Thabet Al-Sawyeed, governor of the Saudi Contractors Authority

  • Al-Sawyeed has been the governor of SCA since October 2016
  • Al-Sawyeed attained his master’s degree in engineering science in 2007 from the University of New South Wales in Kensington, Australia

Thabet Al-Sawyeed has been the governor of the Saudi Contractors Authority (SCA) since October 2016.

The SCA will stage its second Future Projects Forum (FPF), the largest gathering for the building sector in the Kingdom, in Riyadh on Feb. 25 and 26.

This year’s event will see the participation of 35 government and private agencies which will highlight key sector projects planned for the Kingdom.

More than 850 Saudi construction projects worth in excess of SR600 billion ($160 billion) will be featured at the forum.

Al-Sawyeed obtained his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2002 from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran.

He attained his master’s degree in engineering science in 2007 from the University of New South Wales in Kensington, Australia.

In his professional career, Al-Sawyeed worked at Saudi Aramco between 2002 to 2016, holding several positions such as project engineer, system analyst, simulation engineer, head of facility simulation, head of well databases, head of intelligence, and head of enterprise architecture.

Regarding the forum, Al-Sawyeed said that it was a unique platform for project owners to showcase their projects and promote the principle of transparency and competitiveness: “It provides an opportunity for sponsors to learn the trends of the coming period’s projects.

“In addition, the forum provides an opportunity for contractors and investors to discover future projects put forward by several agencies under one umbrella and in one place, enabling them to prepare their future plans.”

Feedback from the first FPF, held in 2019, showed 91 percent of participants had been satisfied with the event. The number of agencies taking part has increased from 23 to 35 this year, and the total value of projects is up from SR450 billion to more than SR600 billion. 


Saudi Arabia’s ‘Awdah’ initiative helps over 12,790 expats return home

Updated 04 June 2020

Saudi Arabia’s ‘Awdah’ initiative helps over 12,790 expats return home

  • Residents with exit and re-entry visas, final exit visas and individuals with visit visas are eligible for the service
  • People can register through the Absher platform

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s initiative Awdah helped 12,798 expatriates return home amid the coronavirus travel bans, state news agency SPA reported.
The program, which means return in Arabic, was launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help stranded expats return to their home countries and received a total of 178,452 individual registrations between April 22 to June 3. Only those whose countries have agreed to receive them have been flown out.
Residents with exit and re-entry visas, final exit visas and individuals with visit visas are eligible for the service.
To register, a person must use the Absher platform to provide residency number, date of birth, phone number, city of departure and name of airport at home country, the report added.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, the Ministry of Human Resources and Development, the General Authority of Civil Aviation and other governmental organizations are working together to help stranded expats return home.