Who’s Who: Mashour Ibrahim Alfadul, Saudi entrepreneur

Mashour Ibrahim Alfadul. (Supplied)
Mashour Ibrahim Alfadul. (Supplied)
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Updated 12 January 2022

Who’s Who: Mashour Ibrahim Alfadul, Saudi entrepreneur

Mashour Ibrahim Alfadul. (Supplied)

Mashour Alfadul is an accomplished Saudi entrepreneur with more than 12 years’ experience in finance and economics, energy and real estate, with a current focus on higher education.
Alfadul is the founder of the education consultancy firm Interstu, which falls in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 for expanding educational opportunities for Saudi students.
Established in the UK in 2009, Interstu supports Saudi and international students by providing educational expertise to help them to secure positions in top universities in the UK, US and Canada.
Interstu also provides services before and after acceptance into university, such as visa applications, securing accommodation, career guidance, document translation and health and service insurance.
According to Alfadul, Interstu helps students develop the skills required to fulfill their educational aspirations.
Alfadul graduated from the House of Knowledge International School, in Jeddah, and holds a bachelor’s in economics and finance and a master’s in banking and finance with distinction, both from Queen Mary University of London. Since Interstu took off, Alfadul has founded several other companies to support his business.
In 2016, Alfadul set up Mirador Estate, a London-based property and real estate company with expertise in property acquisition, sales and lettings, holiday and serviced apartments, property management and co-investment.
In 2017, he founded Grand River Group, which provides services to renewable energy and infrastructure projects, in line with the company’s strict ethics and moral code of conduct.
Notable projects include partnering with a leading German company to provide small-scale solar PV systems in Saudi Arabia — a primary target of Vision 2030 to achieve the use of diverse renewable energy in the Kingdom.
In 2019, he founded Medicare, which offers bespoke healthcare packages for international students studying in the UK, partnering with renowned providers including the London Clinic — one of England’s biggest and most well-known private hospitals — and ISO Kinetic London (FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence).


Resident injured in Houthi ballistic missile attack on industrial area in Ahad Al-Masarihah, Jazan

Resident injured in Houthi ballistic missile attack on industrial area in Ahad Al-Masarihah, Jazan
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Resident injured in Houthi ballistic missile attack on industrial area in Ahad Al-Masarihah, Jazan

Resident injured in Houthi ballistic missile attack on industrial area in Ahad Al-Masarihah, Jazan
  • Coalition said this was third Houthi attempt to target civilians of different nationalities in the industrial area
  • The “vicious and brutal attack” would be dealt with firmly, the coalition added

RIYADH: A resident sustained minor injuries after the Houthis fired a ballistic missile that fell in the industrial area of Ahad Al-Masarihah, Jazan, the coalition said on Sunday.

The Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen said this was the third Houthi attempt to target civilians of different nationalities in the industrial area situated in the Kingdom’s south western region.

The coalition said the “vicious and brutal attack” would be dealt with firmly.

Earlier, Yemen's defense ministry said it had received “shocking” information about the Houthi militia executing its fighters who had withdrawn from combat and refused to fight.

“We have given directions to our units to receive the retreating Houthi fighters,” the ministry said.

It promised safety and good treatment to withdrawing Houthi fighters “in accordance with international legitimacy, norms, and laws.”

“Those who have withdrawn are guests whom we will receive, and we will provide them with all help, support, and assistance to return to their areas when they wish,” the ministry said.


Saudi statistics authority prepares for fifth national census

GASTAT recently started working on a 40-day electronic business statistics survey, which aims to provide accurate statistical data. (Twitter: @Stats_Saudi)
GASTAT recently started working on a 40-day electronic business statistics survey, which aims to provide accurate statistical data. (Twitter: @Stats_Saudi)
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Saudi statistics authority prepares for fifth national census

GASTAT recently started working on a 40-day electronic business statistics survey, which aims to provide accurate statistical data. (Twitter: @Stats_Saudi)
  • Satellite imagery to ensure comprehensive coverage of Kingdom’s regions

JEDDAH: The Saudi General Authority for Statistics is preparing to carry out the country’s fifth housing and population census, including the use of satellite imagery to help ensure more comprehensive coverage of the Kingdom’s regions.

The census plays a key role in achieving the goals for the country’s economic and social transformation, as outlined in Vision 2030.

A preliminary estimate of the Saudi population as of mid-2020 was 35,013,414. The previous census processes took place in 1974, 1992, 2004, and 2010.

The last survey showed that the country’s population was 27,136,977, with more than 6,915,000 people in the Makkah region, the highest of the country’s 13 administrative regions.

GASTAT said it had prepared a plan for its upcoming census after a comprehensive study of the requirements of its beneficiaries from government agencies, and based on global best practices and standards for population census models used in G20 countries as well as by members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

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A preliminary estimate of the Saudi population as of mid-2020 was 35,013,414.

The authority said that modern technology would be used for the first time in conducting its census operations, including the use of satellite imagery to help ensure more comprehensive coverage of the Kingdom’s regions, identifying unregistered dwellings at national addresses, and developing a data collection mechanism to include digital self-enumeration, a new method of collecting data through the authority’s publicly accessible portal, as well as updating the census form to assist decision-makers, according to international best practices.

GASTAT said it was fully committed to the highest levels of privacy, confidentiality, and protection for the data of those included in the census, and any personal information related to their identities. It also undertook not to share any collected information with or disclose it to any third party.

Last September, GASTAT carried out a pilot census covering seven Saudi cities in Tabuk, AlUla, Makkah, Asir, Diriyah, Riyadh, and the Eastern Province. It was meant to test the form along with the working tools to be used in the general population and housing census.

Self-enumeration, electronically filling out questionnaires, and other statistical methods were also applied before the final census work, which is expected to begin in a few months.

GASTAT recently started working on a 40-day electronic business statistics survey, which aims to provide accurate statistical data and indicators on establishments that carry out various economic activities in Saudi Arabia.

It said the survey was done in coordination with government bodies and that the questionnaires were based on specific statistical criteria to assure accurate statistical data and indicators.

The pilot census also included the numbering of buildings, along with their components of housing units and households, in addition to counting the population and individuals in labor camps and public housing, and identifying their demographic, social, and economic characteristics, to obtain accurate and timely results.

GASTAT said it was the only official statistical reference for statistical data and information in the Kingdom.

It added that it implemented all statistical work and technical supervision of the sector, which included an ecosystem of statistical centers and units established in the administrative structures of government agencies and several private sector institutions.

Most countries conduct a comprehensive census of their population, housing, and establishments every 10 years to provide accurate and detailed data about the population and its distribution according to their place of residence, their social and economic characteristics, such as the educational level and educational qualifications obtained, the economic status of individuals, the professions practiced by workers, the type of economic sector to which they belong, and the economic activity of the entities in which they work.

 


Who’s Who: Munir bin Mahmoud El-Desouki, president of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology

Munir bin Mahmoud El-Desouki. (Supplied)
Munir bin Mahmoud El-Desouki. (Supplied)
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Who’s Who: Munir bin Mahmoud El-Desouki, president of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology

Munir bin Mahmoud El-Desouki. (Supplied)

Munir bin Mahmoud El-Desouki was recently appointed president of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology by royal decree.
He had previously served as acting president of KACST since April 2021.
El-Desouki supervised the founding team of the Research, Development and Innovation Authority. He has also been an adviser to the authority’s chairman since July 2021.
Before than, El-Desouki served as assistant minister at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology. He also worked as deputy minister for development and planning in the same ministry, and as senior adviser to the minister.
He gained a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in 2002. He also received a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from McMaster University, Canada, in 2005.
Two years later, he completed a master’s degree in engineering entrepreneurship and innovation from McMaster University.
In 2010, he obtained a Ph.D. from the same university in electrical and computer engineering, specializing in CMOS sensors for low-level light biomedical applications and high-speed non-invasive fluorescence lifetime imaging systems.
El-Desouki has won numerous awards and prizes, including the 2014 Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prize for inventors and the talented for his work in electrical engineering, titled “Development through Time Integration.”
He has published more than 85 scientific papers and articles in scientific journals, and has received more than 20 patents.


Saudi foreign minister meets former German chancellor in Riyadh

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. (SPA)
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. (SPA)
Updated 23 January 2022

Saudi foreign minister meets former German chancellor in Riyadh

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan meets former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. (SPA)

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan held talks with the former German Chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder, in the capital Riyadh, the Kingdom’s foreign ministry said on Sunday.
During the meeting, they “reviewed the historical and distinguished relations between the Kingdom and Germany,” and ways of developing them in different fields.
They also discussed ways of strengthening joint coordination to serve both countries, as well as regional and international developments.


Saudi Arabia's king honors former OIC chief

Saudi Arabia's king honors former OIC chief
Updated 23 January 2022

Saudi Arabia's king honors former OIC chief

Saudi Arabia's king honors former OIC chief

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has presented Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen, the former secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Order of King Abdulaziz of the second class, for his efforts in promoting joint Islamic action in many fields.
The sash was handed to Al-Othaimeen by Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan, in implementation of the king’s order, Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.
Prince Faisal held a meeting with Al-Othaimeen in Riyadh, where he praised his efforts in serving the issues of the Islamic nation at all levels, and wished him further success.