Dr. Fahad Sulaiman Altekhaifi, Shoura Council member

Dr. Fahad Sulaiman Altekhaifi, Shoura Council member
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Updated 30 December 2020

Dr. Fahad Sulaiman Altekhaifi, Shoura Council member

Dr. Fahad Sulaiman Altekhaifi, Shoura Council member

Dr. Fahad Sulaiman Altekhaifi was recently appointed a member of Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council.
Before his appointment, Altekhaifi served as president of the General Authority for Statistics between 2016 and 2020.
He also served as chairman of the board for the Statistical Center for the Cooperation Council for the Arab Countries of the Gulf (GCC-Stat), and also represented Saudi Arabia as a board member of the International Comparative Program (Statistical Division – UN).
Altekhaifi also served as assistant deputy minister for development at the Ministry of Labor from 2011 to 2016. Before that, he headed the research department of the Capital Market Authority from 2007 to 2011. He supervised and followed up projects at Zhair Fayez Partnership – Consultant and was a statistical adviser for Economic Studies House, where he directed and supervised the study “The nationalization of private education jobs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
He has published papers in the field of statistics in a number of journals including the Egyptian Journal of Statistics, the Pakistan Journal of Statistics and Public Administration Magazine, among many others. His papers focused on several key issues, such as the control of statistical processes for monitoring logistic models and probability permutation models.
Altekhaifi obtained a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from King Saud University. He received a master’s degree in statistics from Colorado State University, US.
He completed a Ph.D. in applied statistics and research methodology from the University of Northern Colorado, US.


From white sand beaches to orange groves, Saudi Arabia's Tabuk has it all

From white sand beaches to orange groves, Saudi Arabia's Tabuk has it all
Tabuk is one of the most important tourist destinations in the Kingdom, home to major heritage sites. (SPA)
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From white sand beaches to orange groves, Saudi Arabia's Tabuk has it all

From white sand beaches to orange groves, Saudi Arabia's Tabuk has it all
  • Tabuk has much to explore, such as the ancient Tabuk Castle, one of the many archaeological sites, the old buildings of Hijaz Railway Station and Ain Sukkar, which is one of the city’s oldest water springs

JEDDAH: From the dark, deep blue waters off the coast to the surrounding valleys and orange farms, the city of Tabuk has it all.
The city has enjoyed a surge of tourists recently as many Saudis have opted to visit new regions and cities across the nation due to the restrictions on foreign travel.
Families and groups can explore Tabuk’s attractions either on their own or as part of a tour group through the Saudi Winter season website, which is registered with the Saudi Tour Guides Association.
Tabuk is one of the most important tourist destinations in the Kingdom, home to major heritage sites. Visitors driving to the city are engulfed by mesmerising mountains with glimpses of the Red Sea to the west until they finally enter the city limits.
Manar Al-Harthi, a private sector worker in Jeddah, traveled with her husband and family recently and was in awe of the city’s varied landscapes and beauty.
“The city’s amenities were really amazing. You had a variety of restaurants if you’d want to eat out, lots of fresh local produce for picnics, great beaches to relax and enjoy an outdoor excursion, and so much more,” she told Arab News. “This is our first time to the area. The people are so welcoming and we’ll be back for a second visit soon.”
What attracted her is not only the diversity of the geographical features of the city but how unspoilt it is.

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Families and groups can explore Tabuk’s attractions either on their own or as part of a tour group through the Saudi Winter season website, which is registered with the Saudi Tour Guides Association.

It is said that Tabuk is the “gateway to the north,” and the relics it houses reflect the successive civilizations that inhabited it. It is also called “Tabuk Al-Ward” (Tabuk of roses) because its vast rose farms export their produce to the world.
“Not only did we visit the rose farms, but we also went to the orange groves and discovered that we have kumquats. They were absolutely delicious and I’ve never seen them grown here in Saudi Arabia before. You can see how fertile the soil is as we passed by the many farms to get here,” she said.
Tabuk has much to explore, such as the ancient Tabuk Castle, one of the many archaeological sites, the old buildings of Hijaz Railway Station and Ain Sukkar, which is one of the city’s oldest water springs.
Tour operators often include the most beautiful tourist oases on the Tabuk Mountains in their packages. One of those is Tayyib Asim, which is a few hours from the city, 314 meters above sea level, and overlooks the Gulf of Aqaba. It is known for its many palm trees, reeds, and clean water springs, making it more like a very beautiful nature reserve.
Tucked between towering red sandstone escarpments and canyon peaks, the valley of Wadi Al-Disa is known for its abundance of crystal-clear stream and palm trees. Lying approximately 2 hours away from the city and secluded from any kind of pollution, the area is ideal for hiking and camping out in the canyon and provides some of the best views of the heavens, a dream for stargazers.