Abdullah Al-Ghanim, chief of shared services at the Diriyah Gate Development Authority

Abdullah Al-Ghanim, chief of shared services at the Diriyah Gate Development Authority
Abdullah Al-Ghanim
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Updated 19 October 2020

Abdullah Al-Ghanim, chief of shared services at the Diriyah Gate Development Authority

Abdullah Al-Ghanim, chief of shared services at the Diriyah Gate Development Authority

Abdullah Al-Ghanim has been chief of shared services at the Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA) since October 2018.
In his 26 years of experience, Al-Ghanim gained expertise in different aspects, including strategic and business planning, operational excellence, organizational digital transformation, and information technology strategy.
He participated in the organization, arrangement and establishment of the Formula E Championship in Diriyah in 2018, which was held for the first time in the Middle East.
He also took part in all heritage, cultural and recreational activities in Diriyah Season and Formula E in 2019.
Al-Ghanim ensured and supported the hiring of a large percentage of women at the DGDA. He also contributed to the development of 69 percent of employees, who were trained through courses and workshops both inside and out of the authority.
Prior to joining the DGDA, Al-Ghanim served as vice president of shared services and business development at Saudi Railway Co.
He also worked at NAS Holding Co. as chief information officer from December 2008 until August 2017. He managed the restructuring of the IT department to serve over 2,000 employees.
Prior to that, Al-Ghanim worked for 14 years at the Saudi British Bank in different positions, including project leader from 1994-1998, senior project leader from 1998-2001, and IT development manager from 2001-2008.
Al-Ghanim received a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering in 1994 from King Saud University, Riyadh.


Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Iraqi president discuss cooperation

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Iraqi president discuss cooperation
Updated 26 January 2021

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Iraqi president discuss cooperation

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Iraqi president discuss cooperation
  • They discussed relations and ways of enhancing them in all fields

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received a phone call from Iraqi President Barham Salih, Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.
During the call, they reviewed relations between the two countries, in addition to discussing ways of enhancing bilateral cooperation in a way that serves the interests of the two countries in various fields, within the framework of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council.
Saudi Arabia and Iraq opened the Arar border crossing for trade for the first time in three decades in November last year. The crossing had been closed since 1990 after the two countries cut ties following Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait.
Also in November, a Saudi delegation led by the Kingdom’s commerce and industry and agricultural ministers visited Baghdad as part of the framework of the Saudi-Iraqi Coordination Council and the Economic, Trade, Investment, Development and Joint Relief Committee.
A Saudi-Iraqi businessmen forum was also launched on the side-lines of the visit, under the auspices of the Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi. 
The Saudi-Iraqi rapprochement extends back to 2015, when Saudi Arabia reopened its embassy in Baghdad following a 25-year break.
In July Saudi Arabia and Iraq signed investment agreements on energy and sports.