Politica Estera

Royal orders established a new Ministry of Culture and announced other appointments

On June 1st, the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, issued a royal order establishing the Ministry of Culture. The governor of the Royal Commission for Al-Ula, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan Al-Saud, was appointed as its new minister.

For decades Saudi Arabia has combined its culture and information ministries. The Ministry of Culture and Information was renamed the Ministry of Information.

Minister of Information Dr. Awwad bin Saleh Al Awwad described the Royal Orders issued as part of the march of modernization and renaissance being witnessed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.Dr. Al-Awwad, the Minister of Information further said that the establishment of an independent Ministry of Culture came in support of the development of the performance of both sectors for the best to achieve the ambitious vision of our country.

Ahmad Al-Rajhi was named minister of labor and social development, replacing Ali Al-Ghafis, who was appointed to the post in late 2016.

Sheikh Abdulatif Al-Sheikh, a former head of the Haia (religious police), was appointed minister of Islamic affairs.

A new royal commission was created for the city of Makkah and the holy sites. In approval of the crown prince’s proposal, a new body will be established called the Department of the Jeddah Historical Project, which will be administered by the Culture Ministry. Abdullah Al-Saadan was named chief of the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu.

Other appointments

The royal orders also named several new deputies and heads, including:
- Nasser bin Abdul Aziz Al-Daoud as deputy minister of interior.
- Abdullah bin Salim bin Jaber Al-Mutani as deputy speaker of Shoura Council.
- Khalid bin Saleh bin Abdullah Al-Sultan as president of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy.
- Haitham bin Abdulrahman bin Abdullah Al-Ohali as deputy minister of communications and information technology.
- Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah bin Ali Al-AbdulKarim as deputy minister of energy, industry and mineral resources for industry affairs.
- Khalid bin Saleh bin Mohammed Al-Mudaifer as deputy minister of energy, industry and mineral resources for mining affairs.
- Nasser bin Abdulrazzaq bin Yusuf Al-Nafisi as assistant minister of energy, industry and mineral resources.
- Bader bin Abdullah bin Muhanna Al-Delami as deputy minister of transport for road affairs.
- Abdulhadi bin Ahmad bin Abdulwahab Al-Mansouri as assistant minister of transport.
- Mohammed bin Twailea bin Saad Al-Salami as assistant minister of civil affairs.
- Mohammed bin Abdullah bin Abdurrahman Al-Qahtani as president of the Hafr Al-Batin University, replacing Abdul Aziz bin Abdurrahman Al-Sowayyan.
- Bandar bin Obaid bin Hamoud Al-Rasheed as secretary to the crown prince.
- Ahmad bin Mohammed bin Ali Al-Thaqafi as adviser at the Presidency of State Security.


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