Muhammad Al-Saggaf, acting president of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

Muhammad Al-Saggaf
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Updated 14 September 2020

Muhammad Al-Saggaf, acting president of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

  • Al-Saggaf assumed several roles related to research, energy development, technology and strategy

Muhammad Al-Saggaf has been the acting president of King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) since January.
Al-Saggaf received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from KFUPM. He also obtained both a master’s and Ph.D. degrees in geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology — and an MBA from KFUPM. He is also a graduate of Harvard Business School’s program for management development.
He joined Saudi Aramco in 1989 where he held several positions in the company, including direct operational roles in the Safaniyah and Shaybah fields. Before that, he worked as a graduate assistant at KFUPM.
Al-Saggaf assumed several roles related to research, energy development, technology and strategy. In 2009 he was the chief petroleum engineer, responsible for the reserves and development and management of Aramco’s oil and gas fields.
Before chairing KFUPM, Al-Saggaf worked for Aramco as its senior vice president for operations and business services. He was also chairman of Saudi Aramco Total Refining and Petrochemical (SATORP), Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare and Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures.
Al-Saggaf was president of the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), an independent, nonprofit research institution researching energy economics, policy, technology and the environment, across all types of energy.
At Aramco, he managed the company’s strategic transformation office, whose main task is to achieve the giant company’s ambitious objectives and targets.

 


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.