Dr. Khaled Al-Yahya, secretary-general of the Council of Saudi Chambers

Dr. Khaled Al-Yahya
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Updated 16 September 2020

Dr. Khaled Al-Yahya, secretary-general of the Council of Saudi Chambers

Dr. Khaled Al-Yahya was recently appointed the secretary-general of the Council of Saudi Chambers.
Al-Yahya obtained a bachelor’s degree at King Saud University in 1994. He received a master’s in business administration in 1999 from the University of Hartford in the US.
Al-Yahya also got a fellowship from Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies. In 2006, he obtained a post-doctoral degree in development from Harvard University. He did a Ph.D. in comparative public policy and management from the University of Connecticut.
Al-Yahya worked as an assistant professor at Arizona State University in the US from 2005 to 2008.
Al-Yahya has wide experience in working with regional and global organizations.
He has served as a senior adviser to several international organizations including the World Bank, UNDP, OECD, Bill Gates Foundation, Swedish International Development Agency, Shell, and Citi Foundation.
From 2007 to 2012, he served as the director of the Governance and Public Policy Program at Mohammed bin Rashid School of Government.
Between 2013 and 2015, he worked as the general manager of Saudi Accenture. He then joined the Riyadh-based company Palladium as a general manager, where he worked for two years. He also worked for KPMG Saudi Arabia as head of the government sector’s consultancy department.
Al-Yahya has served as deputy secretary-general of the Saudi Secretariat of the G20 since 2018. He has been a board member of the National Center for Strategic Development in Saudi Arabia since 2017. He is also a member of the Riyadh Economic Forum.


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.