SAUDI ARABIA

King Salman issues several royal orders

Prince Badr appointed Minister of Culture

June 02, 2018

Saudi Gazette report

JEDDAH
— The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman issued a number of royal orders early Saturday that saw the appointment of several new ministers and establishment of new councils.

The Royal Decree saw the establishment of a new separate ministry named Ministry of Culture. The Royal Order also amendment the name of the Ministry of Culture and Information to the Ministry of Information.

According to a Royal Decree, a royal authority for the city of Makkah and Holy Sites was established. Another royal decree saw the establishment of a Council for the Royal Protected Areas in the Royal Court.

The Royal Protected Areas Council shall be chaired by the Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy prime minister and minister of defense.

A Royal Decree released on Saturday appointed Prince Badr Bin Abdullah Bin Farhan as the minister of culture of the recently established ministry. The Ministry of Culture and Information has been renamed to the Ministry of Information. Prince Badr is the governor of the Royal Commission for Al-Ula.

He is also a part of the 13 members of Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Culture’s (GCA) board, which includes artists, filmmakers, executives and government officials. He is also chairman of the MiSK Art Institute.

A Royal Decree relieved the current minister of labor and appointed instead Ahmed Bin Suleiman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Rajhi to the position. Ali Bin Nasser Al-Ghafees was relieved of his post as labor minister.

Al-Rajhi is the 18th minister in the ministry's 60-year history, during which it underwent a change in identity through the integration and separation from social affairs.

The new minister holds a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran. Al-Rajhi’s appointment as minister of labor is an indication of the Saudi government's interest in partnering with the private sector and transferring its expertise and experience to government work to achieve Saudi Vision 2030 plan.

At the same time, he has an integrated vision to achieve Saudization in the private sector. This is in line with the government’s aim to raise the percentage of Saudi private sector employees, provide them with decent jobs, and have a diverse experience in business management across the several sectors like energy, water and banking, and non-profit work.

Another Royal Decree appointed Abdullateef Bin Abdulaziz Bin Abdulrahman Al Asheikh as the minister of Islamic affairs, call and guidance.

Al-Sheikh is known for his expertise in Islamic jurisprudence and previously served in a number of governmental institutions, including Director General of Investigations at the Saudi General Presidency, and Second Assistant Secretary General at the Saudi Council of Senior Scholars.

He received his Ph.D. in Islamic Jurisprudence from the Imam Muhammad Bin Saud Islamic University, and previously established and ran a number of Islamic charities.

King Salman issued a Royal Order establishing a Royal Commission for Makkah City and Holy Sites, where the Commission shall have a board of directors under the chairmanship of the Vice President of the Council of Ministers and the Commission's members shall be appointed by an order issued by the President of the Council of Ministers.

Another Royal Order issued stipulated that the appointment of members of the Board of Directors of the Royal Commission for Makkah City and Holy Sites. The members are Governor of Makkah Region, Minister of Interior, Deputy Governor of Makkah Region, Dr. Majed Bin Abdullah Al-Qassabi, Minister of Haj and Umrah, Minister of Economy and Planning, Yasser Bin Othman Al-Rumyan, Eng. Ibrahim bin Mohammed Al-Sultan and Dr. Fahd bin Abdullah Tunisi.

King Salman issued a Royal Order approving a proposal by Crown Prince Muhammad to establish a Historical Old Jeddah Project Management that reports to the Ministry of Culture and allocate an independent budget toward the project.

This major step comes within the framework of Saudi leadership, especially the Crown Prince, who is keen to preserve the historical heritage as a site rich in monuments and history, and a distinctive example of urban heritage.

The Historic Jeddah Project is also an extension of the development of historical areas such as the Gate of Al-Dirriyah and the Royal Commission for the development of Al-Ula, improving, developing, and preserving its environment and its historical value.

The Royal Orders are as follows:

• Establishment of a new separate ministry named Ministry of Culture.

• Amendment of the name of the Ministry of Culture and Information to the Ministry of Information.

• Establishment of a royal commission for the city of Makkah and the Holy Sites.

• Establishment of a Council for Royal Reserves in the Royal Court.

• The Royal Reserves (Protected Areas) Council shall be chaired by Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense.

• Appointment of Prince Badr Bin Abdullah Bin Farhan as minister of culture.

• Appointment of Sheikh Saleh Bin Abdulaziz Al Asheikh, as minister of state and member of the Council of Ministers.

• Appointment of Sheikh Saleh Bin Abdulaziz Al Asheikh as member of the Security and Political Affairs Council.

• Appointment of Sheikh Abdullateef Al Asheikh as minister of Islamic affairs.

• Minister of Labor and Social Development Ali Bin Nasser Al-Ghafees was relieved of his post.

• Appointment of Abdullah Bin Salim Al-Mutani as deputy speaker of the Shoura Council with the rank of minister.

• Appointment of Dr. Khalid Bin Saleh Al-Sultan as President of King Abdullah City for Atomic Energy with the rank of minister.

• Appointment of Eng. Ahmed Bin Sulaiman Al-Rajhi as Minister of Labor and Social Development.

• Eng. Saad Bin Abdulaziz Al-Khalab has been relieved of his post as deputy minister of transport.

• Appointment of Eng. Badr Bin Abdullah Bin Mohanna Dulami as deputy minister of transport.

• Appointment of Muhammad Bin Taweelah Al-Salami as assistant to the minister of civil service in the excellent rank.

• Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Suwayan has been relieved of his post as President of Hafr Al-Batin University.

• Appointment of Abdullah Bin Ibrahim Bin Abdullah Al-Saadan as chairman of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu with the rank of Minister.

• Appointment of Eng. Haitham Bin Abdulrahman Bin Abdullah Al-Ohali as deputy minister of communications and information technology with the excellent rank.

• Appointment of Ahmed Bin Muhammad Al-Thaqafi as adviser to the head of state security with the excellent rank.

• Appointment of Eng. Khalid Bin Saleh Bin Muhammad Al-Mudayfar as deputy minister of energy, industry and mineral resources with the excellent rank.

• Appointment of Eng. Abdulaziz Bin Abdullah Bin Ali Al-Abdulkarim as deputy minister of energy, industry and mineral resources for industry.

• Appointment of Eng. Nasser Bin Abdulrazzaq Bin Yusuf Al-Nafisi as assistant minister of energy, industry and mineral resources with the excellent rank.

• Appointment of Dr. Nasser Bin Abdulaziz Al-Dawood as deputy minister of interior with the rank of minister.

• Appointment of Eng, Badr Bin Abdullah Bin Mohanna Dulami as deputy minister of transport and roads.

• Appointment of Dr. Mohammed Bin Abdullah Bin Abdulrahman Al-Qahtani as president of Hafr Al-Batin University with the excellent rank.

• Appointment of Dr. Bandar Bin Obaid Bin Hamoud Al-Rasheed to the post of secretary to the Crown Prince (excellent rank).

• Appointment of Abdullateef Bin Abdulaziz Bin Abdulrahman Al Asheikh as the Minister of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance.

• Approving a proposal on Historical Old Jeddah submitted by the Crown Prince to establish Historical Old Jeddah Project Management that reports to the Ministry of Culture with an independent budget for the Management.

• Approving the forming of the Council of Royal Reserves under the chairmanship of Crown Prince. Its members are:

1- Prince Turki Bin Muhammad Bin Fahd Bin Abdulaziz.

2- Prince Muhammad Bin Abdurrahman Bin Abdulaziz.

3- Prince Abdulaziz Bin Saud Bin Naif Bin Abdulaziz.

4- Prince Abdullah Bin Bandar Bin Abdulaziz.

5- Prince Badr Bin Abdullah Bin Muhammad Bin Farhan.

6- Minister of Environment, Water and Agriculture.

7- Two specialists to be chosen by the Council's chairman.

• Royal Orders determining and naming Royal Reserves and forming their Boards of Directors as follows:

1- Rawdhat Khuraim Reserve shall be a royal reserve named Imam Abdulaziz Bin Muhammad Reserve, with its Board of Directors under the chairmanship of Prince Turki Bin Muhammad Bin Fahd Bin Abdulaziz and the membership of six specialists to be nominated by the Council of Royal Reserves.

2- Mahazah Al-Sayad Reserve shall be a royal reserve named Imam Saud Bin Abdulaziz Reserve, with its Board of Directors under the chairmanship of Prince Abdullah Bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz and the membership of six specialists to be nominated by the Council of Royal Reserves.

3- Al-Taysiyah Reserve shall be a royal reserve named Imam Turki Bin Abdullah Reserve, with its Board of Directors under the chairmanship of Prince Turki Bin Muhammad Bin Fahd Bin Abdulaziz and the membership of six specialists to be nominated by the Council of Royal Reserves.

4- Al-Tanhat and Al-Khafs Reserves shall be a royal reserve named King Abdulaziz Reserve, with its Board of Directors under the chairmanship of Prince Abdulaziz Bin Saud Bin Naif Bin Abdulaziz and the membership of six specialists to be nominated by the Council of Royal Reserves.

5- Al-Khanfa, Al-Tubaiq and Hurra Al-Hurra Reserves shall be a royal reserve named King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Reserve, with its Board of Directors under the chairmanship of Prince Abdulaziz Bin Saud Bin Naif Bin Abdulaziz and the membership of six specialists to be nominated by the Council of Royal Reserves.

6- The area located between NEOM Project and the Red Sea and Al-A'ala Project shall be a royal reserve named Prince Muhammad Bin Salman Reserve, with its Board of Directors under the chairmanship of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, and the membership of six specialists to be nominated by the Council of Royal Reserves.

• Establishing a Royal Commission for Makkah City and the Holy Sites, where the Commission’s Board of Directors will be under the chairmanship of the deputy premier and the Commission's members shall be appointed by an order issued by the prime minister of the Council of Ministers.


June 02, 2018
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