The youngest Cabinet minister at 35

Updated 24 January 2015

The youngest Cabinet minister at 35

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman appointed Mohammad bin Salman as defense minister here Friday, in what observers have described as an empowering message to young people in the Kingdom.
Prince Mohammad, the son of King Salman, was a state minister, member of the Council of Ministers, and special adviser and head of the crown prince’s court before his new appointment.
At 35 years of age, he is now the youngest member of the Cabinet. The prince, who holds a degree in law from the Riyadh-based King Saud University, thanked the king for showing confidence in him.
Prince Muhammad has been involved in charitable causes and social initiatives supporting the youth and their career aspirations. In 2011, he founded the Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Charity Foundation, popularly known as the MISK Foundation. He has held many positions during his 10-year public career.
“Prince Mohammad’s appointment comes as a result of the successful role he played as head of the crown prince’s court,” said Saleh A. Abdulrahman, a political analyst. The prince became special adviser to Prince Salman in 2009 when the latter was governor of the Riyadh region, he said.
During this time, Prince Mohammad was also a special adviser to the chairman of the board of the prestigious King Abdulaziz Foundation for Research and Archives.
A member of the MISK Foundation described the royal decree appointing Prince Mohammad as “exceptionally significant.” He said the appointment of such a young prince indicates the Saudi leadership’s keen desire “to empower the younger generation of the country.”
He said that the prince has been involved in several philanthropic initiatives that earned him many awards. On April 25, 2014, he was appointed a state minister and member of the Council of Ministers.
He is a member of the executive committee for the development of the Diriyah region, and chairman of Riyadh Schools, a chain of Saudi schools. He is also an honorary member of the National Association for Drug Prevention.
Besides being the head of the executive committee of the Prince Salman Charitable Housing Association, which aims to provide housing for low-income families, Prince Mohammad is also the head of the financial committee for the Holy Qur’an Association in Riyadh.
He is also on the board of trustees of the Al-Bir Society in Riyadh region and board member of the Bin Baz Foundation. Forbes Middle East awarded Prince Mohammad, in his capacity as chairman of the Prince Salman Youth Center, its Personality of the Year Prize, recognizing his efforts to support the youth.


Notice setting date for Saudi international flights ‘is bogus’

Updated 12 August 2020

Notice setting date for Saudi international flights ‘is bogus’

  • Aviation chiefs issue official denial after fake circular says passengers can fly to and from Kingdom from October

RIYADH: A fake circular suggesting Saudi Arabia will resume international flights in October has been condemned as “completely baseless and fabricated” by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).
Rumors that international flights will shortly return have been circulating on social media in recent weeks without any official statement from GACA.
On Tuesday, the authority denied announcing the resumption of international flights and said information being circulated was fabricated.
Saudi Arabia suspended international flights from March 15 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Since domestic flights restarted on May 31, rumors have been circulating regarding the return of international flights. On Monday, the bogus GACA circular was shared on various social media platforms suggesting flights into and out of Saudi Arabia would resume in October. It sparked a flurry of speculation.
The circular, titled “No flights till October 2020,” said: “An employee of the GACA has stated in a recent interview that all international flights to and from the Kingdom are to remain suspended till the month of October.” Quoting a GACA official, the circular said that the decision was subject to the number of coronavirus cases, which must “come down to three digits.”
GACA official spokesman Ibrahim bin Abdullah Alrwosa told Arab News the circular “is completely baseless and fabricated.”
He shared a tweet from the authority’s public relations department describing the circular as incorrect.
The civil aviation authority has previously said there is no specific date for the resumption of international flights, he added.
All international flights remain suspended until further notice.
However, exceptions have been made for humanitarian assistance and emergency cases, medical evacuation flights and repatriation of stranded citizens and expatriates wanting to return home.