Saudi Arabia awards SR4.3 billion worth of road maintenance contracts

Transport Minister Nabeel Al-Amoudi, center, signs maintenance contracts for roads throughout the Kingdom. (SPA)
Updated 13 June 2019
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Saudi Arabia awards SR4.3 billion worth of road maintenance contracts

Transport Minister Nabeel Al-Amoudi on Wednesday sponsored a signing ceremony in Riyadh of operation, maintenance and cleaning contracts for roads throughout the Kingdom for the period 2019-2022.

The 110 contracts “cater to the needs of each region,” he said. Worth more than SR4.3 billion ($1.15 billion), they were awarded to various Saudi companies, and are intended to promote road safety and maintenance, he added.

The ministry’s undersecretary for road operation and maintenance, Tarek Al-Shami, briefed attendees on the contracts. The ministry has developed and upgraded contracts, and established performance indicators to meet the Saudi leadership’s expectations, he said.

Various ministries and government bodies have supported the Transport Ministry in achieving its goals, he added.

Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi, head of the National Road Safety Center, highlighted its efforts to raise road safety and traffic awareness so as to avoid accidents.


Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Al-Ohali, rector of King Faisal University (KFU) in Al-Ahsa

Updated 21 September 2019
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Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Al-Ohali, rector of King Faisal University (KFU) in Al-Ahsa

Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz Al-Ohali has been the rector of King Faisal University (KFU) in Al-Ahsa since April 2017. 

He is also a member of the board of trustees of Prince Sultan University in Riyadh. Previously, he served as the dean of the faculty of graduate studies at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) in Dhahran. 

He also was the vice dean of graduate studies, the undersecretary in charge of the deanship of scientific research, and the general coordinator of the Basic and Applied Research Program in the Research Institute at KFUPM.

Al-Ohali was the director of Aafaq (Horizons), a 25-year plan to improve higher education opportunities for women, boost scientific research and tackle the Kingdom’s shortage of scientists in critical fields. The initiative was announced in 2009 by the Education Ministry.

He holds a Ph.D. in nuclear physics from the US, and has participated in more than 40 research papers.

On the occasion of Saudi National Day, Al-Ohali said all KFU staff members and students are “proud of the history of their country, and they are happy with the services provided to them in their university, including equipment and technologies that allow them to reach opportunities of academic and scientific excellence.”

He praised the Saudi government’s support and care for the KFU since its establishment in 1975.