Ahmed bin Aqeel Al-Khateeb: The KSA's pioneer in tourism
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Ahmed bin Aqeel Al-Khateeb: The KSA’s pioneer in the tourist industry



Ahmed bin Aqeel Al-Khateeb has been the Minister of Tourism in Saudi Arabia since February 2020. He is well-known in the tourist industry.

Ahmed bin Aqeel Al-Khateeb has been the Minister of Tourism in Saudi Arabia since February 2020.

Al-Khateeb is well-known in the tourist industry since he was the first Minister of tourism in the Kingdom and the first President of the General Entertainment Authority from 2016 to 2018.


Ahmed bin Aqeel Al-Khateeb Upbringing and Academic Background:

Ahmed bin Aqeel Al-Khateeb was born in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, in 1965. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from King Saud University in Riyadh, and a diploma in wealth management from Dalhousie University in Canada.


Ahmed bin Aqeel Al Khateeb’s Professional Career:

Ahmed bin Aqeel Al-Khatib is a well-known leader in several industries, including:

  • President of the Executive Board of the World Tourism Organization (November 2022 – present): Contributes to setting policies and directing the course of global tourism.
  • Chairman of the Board of Directors of:
  • Saudi Fund for Development: supports development projects in various fields.
  • Tourism Development Fund: enhances the position of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a global tourist destination.
  • Member of the Board of Directors:
  • NEOM Company: contributes to the development of the exceptional city of the future.
  • Red Sea International Company: supervising a huge tourism development project.
  • Public Investment Fund: Participates in managing the investments of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • The General Authority for Military Industries: supports the development of national defense industries.


High-level Government Positions (formerly):

  • Advisor in the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers with the rank of minister: providing advice on various governmental issues.
  • Advisor to the Saudi Minister of Defense: Contributing to developing the capabilities of the Ministry of Defense.
  • Minister of Health: Working to improve the health care system in the Kingdom.
  • Advisor to the Royal Court: Advancing the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques.


Extensive experience in the investment and financial services sectors (more than 25 years):

  • Establishing the Client Investments Department at Riyad Bank (1992): Practical experience in the field of investment management.
  • Participation in establishing Islamic banking “Amanah”: contribution to the development of the Islamic financial sector.
  • Establishing Jadwa Investment Company (2006): entrepreneurship in the field of investment.


Other Achievements:

supporting the country through employment in a variety of fields and aiding in the formation of many government agencies. A remarkable leader is Ahmed bin Aqeel Al-Khateeb. He stands out for having outstanding leadership traits, such as:

  • Insightful vision: developing successful plans and strategies in the various fields he undertakes.
  • Extensive experience: a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities in various fields.
  • Effective communication skills: interacting with various parties and achieving fruitful cooperation.
  • Teamwork ability: Motivate and inspire others to work to achieve common goals.


Ahmed bin Aqeel Al-Khateeb is a role model for ambitious Saudi youth through:

  • Outstanding professional achievements: an inspiration to achieve success in various fields.
  • National motivation: working diligently to serve the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and enhance its international standing.
  • Commitment to social responsibility: contributing to community development and providing job opportunities for youth.

Ahmed bin Aqeel Al-Khateeb represents a symbol of competence and excellence in the various fields he has undertaken.

Thanks to his tireless efforts and distinguished achievements, he contributes significantly to the development and prosperity of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the local, regional, and international levels.