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The Saudi Businessman Abdulrahman Addas



Abdulrahman bin Farouk Addas is a famous Saudi businessman and advisor in the modern era. He has had a major impact on the Holy Sites' growth.

Abdulrahman bin Farouk Addas is a famous Saudi businessman and advisor in the modern period.

He has had a major impact on the growth of Mecca and the Holy Sites, as well as the change of both the public and commercial sectors in several industries.

In this article, we will learn about his scientific and practical career, institutional contributions, and most notable accomplishments.


Abdulrahman Addas’ Scientific Career

Abdulrahman Addas started his academic career in 1998. He graduated with first-class honours from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.

This esteemed university is well-known around the world for its engineering and scientific programmes.

Then, in 2001, he graduated from Stanford University in the United States with master’s degrees in both electrical engineering and business administration.

It is a leading university in the field of innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship.

He also benefited from his participation in many specialised training programs at INSEAD and Harvard Business School, which are two of the best educational institutions in the field of business administration, leadership, and strategy.


His Real-Life Experiences

Abdulrahman Addas worked for almost 16 years in institutional change, managing and implementing development strategies, and financial consultancy.

These are the areas that demand advanced abilities in analysis, planning, execution, and assessment, as well as investment in the digital and technical transformation industries and real estate development.

In the global economy, these are vital and expanding industries. He had experience in several nations and areas, which allowed him to learn about other cultures, practices, and difficulties.

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His Institutional Contributions

Abdulrahman Addas led Bain & Company’s Middle East operations in Saudi Arabia from 2011 to 2015.

It is a global consulting firm providing services in the areas of strategy, transformation, organisation, operations, marketing, human resources and technology.

He was also a member of the global technology, communications, and media consulting unit at “Booz Allen Hamilton” from 2002 to 2007.

This American consulting firm offers services in the domains of management, technology, engineering, security, and defence.

In addition to the “Goldman Sachs Group” company from 2007 to 2009.

This multinational financial firm offers services in the areas of investment, financing, trading, and consulting.

Additionally, he held the position of Executive Director of Corporate Development at Majid Al Futtaim Holding, an Emirati business that deals with real estate, retail, entertainment, and hospitality.

He served as CEO of the Royal Commission for the Holy Sites and the City of Mecca in 2018. It is a body of government whose mission is to promote, enhance, and oversee the Holy City, places of worship, and pilgrims’ and guests’ services.

He held this role till the year 2022.


His Major Achievements

Abdulrahman Addas made several accomplishments in his scientific, practical, and institutional career, including:

  • Assisting in the expansion and transformation of several government agencies and businesses. Particularly in the areas of energy, communications, healthcare, education, finance, retail, entertainment, and real estate.
  • As a leader and participant in many technological, social, environmental, developmental, and strategic projects and initiatives in Saudi Arabia, the Middle East, and beyond. The Haramain Express Train project and NEOM Smart City are two examples.

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