Saudi Arabia’s interior minister chairs Hajj Supreme Committee meeting

Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif, left, and Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal attended a Hajj-related meeting in Jeddah on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 15 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia’s interior minister chairs Hajj Supreme Committee meeting

  • The meeting followed up on projects aimed at providing quality services to pilgrims

Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif, interior minister and chairman of the Hajj Supreme Committee, on Tuesday chaired a meeting of the committee in Jeddah. 

The meeting was held in the presence of Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman and Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, adviser to King Salman, governor of Makkah and vice chairman of the committee.

The meeting discussed issues pertaining to Hajj, and followed up on projects aimed at providing quality services to pilgrims.

Last week, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Hajj and Umrah launched a new interactive online portal. 

The website has been redesigned to provide easy and quick access to all of the ministry’s services, and is part of ongoing efforts to keep pace with the digital transformation taking place in government departments.

Salah Basaif, director general of the ministry’s information technology department, said the new portal offers more flexible options to access services, including advanced search functions and bookmarking of information.

“The e-portal was designed to reduce the effort and cost of future development processes and provide flexibility to maintain the website’s performance and the continuity of providing services even during maintenance or large development processes,” added Basaif. 

The new portal will provide more than 30 services for pilgrims, available in Arabic, English and French, with an average of 55 pages per language. Four more languages will be added in the near future. 


Dr. Nasser bin Mohammed Al-Aqeeli, vice rector at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

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Dr. Nasser bin Mohammed Al-Aqeeli, vice rector at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals

Dr. Nasser bin Mohammed Al-Aqeeli is the vice rector for applied studies and research at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Dhahran.

He has been published more than 100 times in reputable journals and given lectures at more than 35 conferences. He has been involved in research grants exceeding SR120 million ($32 million) supported by companies and institutions such as the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), Saudi Aramco, KFUPM and Lockheed Martin Aircraft Industries.

Al-Aqeeli has 17 patents registered with the US Patent Office and three with the Gulf Patent Office. He got his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from KFUPM and his doctorate in materials engineering from McGill University in Canada.

He worked in the materials, science, and engineering department of MIT as a postdoctoral fellow and was a research scientist at Harvard.

Al-Aqeeli has won several awards, including the Almarai prize from KACST for creative achievement in 2015 and the Arab Creativity Award from the Arab Thought Foundation that same year. He is a member of the Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society, the American Society for Metals-International, and chairman of the board at the Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering.

Female students of KFUPM represented the Kingdom at Intel ISEF 2019 in Arizona, US. They won five major awards. Shouq Faisal Madani received a scholarship from the University of Arizona. 

Commenting on the achievement of KFUPM students, Al-Aqeeli said: “We are proud of the students of the university.”

He also vowed to take measures to promote and nurture local talent.