Dr. Faisal Al-Sharabi, Professional Association for Statisticians and Data Scientists chairman

Dr. Faisal Al-Sharabi
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Updated 13 August 2020

Dr. Faisal Al-Sharabi, Professional Association for Statisticians and Data Scientists chairman

Dr. Faisal Al-Sharabi has been chairman of the board of directors at the Professional Association for Statisticians and Data Scientists since January 2020.
He has also been an adviser to the president of the Kingdom’s General Authority for Statistics and has served in several executive positions within the authority since June 2017.
Before that, he was director of the statistics department at the General Directorate of Civil Defense, Riyadh, from 1992 till 2017.
Al-Sharabi has been vice chairman of the Saudi Association for Statistical Sciences at King Khalid University, Abha, since 2017.
He is a member of the insurance and risk management advisory board at the University of Business and Technology and numerous statistical advisory and scientific research ethics committees
in the Kingdom.
Al-Sharabi has said it is “heartwarming” to see the Kingdom focusing attention on statistics and data.
Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 relies on analysis of figures and data to achieve its goals of transforming the Kingdom while maintaining its strong economic status, Al-Sharabi said.
Statistics and data science are major tools to ensure proper strategic decision-making,
he added.
Al-Sharabi gained his bachelor’s degree in statistics from King Saud University. He also received a master’s degree in applied statistics from the University of Vermont, US, and Ph.D. in informatics science from the University of Bradford, UK.


Saudi Arabia details travel exemptions

These must provide proof of residency in the country to which they wish to travel. (SPA)
Updated 27 September 2020

Saudi Arabia details travel exemptions

  • In the cases of the death of a spouse, parent, or child abroad, the directorate requires the submission of a death certificate and proof of relationship

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Passports on Saturday announced requirements for the issue of travel permits for groups exempt from coronavirus travel restrictions. Travel permits will be issued through the Absher e-services platform.
The first group exempt from travel restrictions includes government officials, civilians and members of the military assigned official missions.
This group can obtain travel permits if the official mission cannot be performed remotely and has a deadline that cannot be postponed, provided participation is kept to a minimum.
Documents required for the first group include an official letter from the entity’s senior official, in addition to the names of those who wish to travel and their mission, its location, duration and evidence that the previous conditions are met.
The second group includes citizens with humanitarian cases, especially family reunification, or the death of a spouse, parent or child abroad.

HIGHLIGHTS

• The first group exempt from travel restrictions includes government officials, civilians and members of the military assigned official missions.

• The second group includes citizens with humanitarian cases, especially family reunification, or the death of a spouse, parent or child abroad.

• The third group includes citizens living outside the Kingdom and their dependents.

Citizens who wish to be reunited with their families abroad must provide proof of relationship (spouse, parent, etc.) for the family member residing abroad, proof of residency in the country to which the other party wishes to travel, and proof of the children’s study location abroad if there are children of school age. The last should be certified by the Ministry of Education or one of the Kingdom’s representations in the destination country.
In the cases of the death of a spouse, parent, or child abroad, the directorate requires the submission of a death certificate and proof of relationship.
The third group includes citizens living outside the Kingdom and their dependents. These must provide proof of residency in the country to which they wish to travel (a document or an instrument that they own a property or have a valid lease contract prior to the issuance of these measures).
They must also submit a valid residence card (permanent or semi-permanent) in the country to which the travel is requested and proof that the applicant had spent at least six months in the destination country during the past three years.