Saudi Arabia sees 31% rise in notarial services

The number of monthly notarization applications over one year in all regions ranged from 148,000 to 359,000. (SPA)
Updated 15 May 2019
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Saudi Arabia sees 31% rise in notarial services

  • Applications for power of attorney and declarations made up 56 percent of the total number of notarizations
  • The main cities of Riyadh, Makkah and the Eastern Province accounted for 71 percent of completed notarizations

RIYADH: The number of notarizations performed during the month of Shaaban reached 340,000, up 31 percent from the same period last year, according to a Justice Ministry report.

Applications for power of attorney (PoA) and declarations made up 56 percent of the total number of notarizations, followed by property notarizations at 33 percent, and corporate contracts and PoA cancellation at 11 percent.

The main cities of Riyadh, Makkah and the Eastern Province accounted for 71 percent of completed notarizations.

The number of monthly notarization applications over one year in all regions ranged from 148,000 to 359,000. The ministry has launched online services that minimize paperwork and allow beneficiaries to use notary services without the need to visit notary offices.

Dr. Waleed Al-Samaani, justice minister and chairman of the Supreme Judiciary Council, launched the e-services for digital PoA and digital notarization of PoA.

The first service fulfills the needs of most clients by enabling them to obtain a digital PoA on specific terms without having to visit notarial offices. The digital PoA is sent to the client’s Absher-registered mobile number. The second service puts an end to paperwork for PoA terms that require visiting a notarial office or seeing a private notary.

Similarly, the PoA is sent to the client’s Absher-registered mobile number without the need for a hard copy.

In addition, government agencies will have access to digital PoA data. They will be able to verify a PoA by providing the PoA number and the ID of any of the PoA parties.

Through its portal, the ministry has also enabled private entities, as well as natural and legal persons, to inquire about PoA and verify their authenticity and validity.


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.