Adel Fakeih

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Adel bin Muhammad Fakeih
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Minister of Economy and Planning
In office
29 April 2015 – 4 November 2017
Prime Minister King Salman
Preceded by Muhammed Al Jasser
Succeeded by Muhammed Al Tuwaijri
Minister of Labor
In office
18 August 2010 – 29 April 2015
Prime Minister King Abdullah
King Salman
Preceded by Ghazi Abdul Rahman Al Gosaibi
Succeeded by Mufrej bin Saad Al Haqbani
Minister of Health
In office
21 April 2014 – 8 December 2014
Prime Minister King Abdullah
Preceded by Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Rabiah
Succeeded by Mohammed bin Ali bin Hiazaa Al Hiazaa
Mayor of Jeddah
In office
March 2005 – August 2010
Prime Minister King Fahd
King Abdullah
Succeeded by Hani Abu Ras
Personal details
Born 1959 (age 57–58)
Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Nationality Saudi Arabian
Spouse(s) Maha Fitaihi
Alma mater King Abdulaziz University

Adel bin Muhammad Fakeih (born 1959) is a Saudi Arabian engineer and the former mayor of Jeddah. He was the minister of labor from 18 August 2010[1] to April 2015. Between 21 April 2014 and 8 December 2014 he also served as the minister of health.[2][3] In April 2015 he was appointed minister of economy and planning.

Early life and education[edit]

Fakeih was born in Mecca in 1959 into a family known for its active members in the fields of finance and business. He obtained a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from King Abdulaziz University.[4]


Fakeih worked in both private and public sector. He was the chairman of Al Jazeera Bank and a member on the board of directors of the Trade and Industrial Chamber of Commerce in Jeddah.[4] He served as a member on the commissions of different organizations, including the Holy Mecca Provincial Council, the Supreme Commission for Tourism and Antiquities, the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu, the Fund for Management of Human Resources, the Hail Development Authority, the Power Services Regulation Authority, and the Al Marai Group.[5] He was also the chairman of the council of directors of the Saudi Arabian Glass Company and the Sagco.[6] From 1993 to 2003 he served as the chairman of the Savola Group.[7]

From 2003 to 2005 he was the chairman of the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry.[7] He was appointed mayor of Jeddah in March 2005.[8][9] He was replaced by Hani Abu Ras as mayor in August 2010.[10] Then Fakeih was appointed minister of labor on 18 August 2010, replacing Ghazi Abdul Rahman Al Gosaibi.[11]

On 21 April 2014 Fakeih also became minister of health.[2] He replaced Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Rabiah in the post who had served as health minister since February 2009.[12] Fakeih's term as health minister ended on 8 December 2014 when Mohammed bin Ali bin Hiazaa Al Hiazaa appointed to the post.[3]

Fakeih's term as minister of labor ended in April 2015 when he was appointed minister of economy and planning.[13] He replaced Muhammed Al Jasser in the post.[14] He was removed from his position after the Royal Decree announced on 4 November 2017, replaced by his deputy Mohammad Al Tuwaijri, who was also the former Head of Global Banking and Markets, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) at The Saudi British Bank.[15]


In November 2010, Fakeih stated that reforming the Saudi Arabia’s labour sponsorship system, or kafalah is one of his urgent goals as labor minister.[16]


On 4 November, 2017, Adel Fakeih was arrested in Saudi Arabia in a "corruption crackdown" conducted by a new royal anti-corruption committee.[17][18][19][20][21][22][23] This was done on authority of Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman.

Personal life[edit]

Fakeih's wife, Maha Fitaihi, is a leading businesswoman and social figure.[7] They have five children.[7] Fakeih is fluent in English.[7]


  1. ^ "Biographies of Ministers". Saudi Embassy Washington DC. Archived from the original on 16 June 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Saudi Arabia: Health Official Fired". The New York Times. Reuters. 21 April 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "King Abdullah names new ministers". Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, Washington DC. 8 December 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Profile: New Saudi Labor Minister Adel Fakieh". Asharq Alawsat. 21 August 2010. Archived from the original on 17 January 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  5. ^ P. K. Abdul Ghafour; Muhammad Humaidan (18 August 2010). "King appoints Jeddah mayor as labor minister". Arab News. Jeddah. Archived from the original on 1 January 2013. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Adel Fakeih". Global Competitiveness Forum. Archived from the original on 18 January 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c d e "Jeddah Mayor Presents Development Plans". Wikileaks. 1 July 2006. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  8. ^ The Report: Saudi Arabia 2010. Oxford Business Group. 2011. p. 217. ISBN 978-1-907065-31-6. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Ottaway, David B. (Summer 2012). "Saudi Arabia's Race Against Time" (PDF). Wilson Center. Retrieved 7 August 2013. 
  10. ^ Abdulaziz Ghazzawi (23 August 2010). "New mayor visits Jeddah's eastern districts". Saudi Gazette. Jeddah. Archived from the original on 6 September 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2013. 
  11. ^ Attwood, Ed (19 August 2010). "Saudi Arabia appoints new labour minister". Arabian Business. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  12. ^ Mustapha Ajbaili (21 April 2014). "Saudi Health Minister 'relieved of his post'". Al Arabiya. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  13. ^ "Saudi King Appoints New Crown Prince, Deputy Crown Prince and Foreign Minister". The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia. Archived from the original on 21 August 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  14. ^ "King empowers next generation". Arab News. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  15. ^ "Saudi king sacks top ministers, gives more power to crown prince". Reuters. 4 November 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2017. 
  16. ^ Allam, Abeer (22 November 2010). "Saudi labour reform runs into resistance". Financial Times. Retrieved 4 September 2012. 
  17. ^ Al-Shihri, Abdullah; Batrawy, Aya (2017-11-06). "Saudi Arabia says corruption probe detainees will face trial |". Associated Press. Retrieved 2017-11-08. 
  18. ^ "Saudi Arabia princes detained, ministers dismissed". 
  19. ^ Kalin, Stephen; Paul, Katie (2017-11-05). "Future Saudi king tightens grip on power with arrests including Prince Alwaleed". Reuters. Retrieved 2017-11-07. 
  20. ^ "Corruption crackdown in Saudi Arabia". Fox Business. 2017-11-06. Retrieved 2017-11-08. 
  21. ^ David, Javier E. (5 November 2017). "Billionaire Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal arrested in corruption crackdown". cnbc. 
  22. ^ Stancati, Margherita; Said, Summer; Farrell, Maureen (2017-11-05). "Saudi Princes, Former Ministers Arrested in Apparent Power Consolidation". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2017-11-08. 
  23. ^ Kirkpatrick, David D. (2017-11-04). "Saudi Arabia Arrests 11 Princes, Including Billionaire Alwaleed bin Talal". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-11-08. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Ghazi Al Gosaibi
Labor Minister of Saudi Arabia
2010 – 2015
Succeeded by
Mufrej bin Saad Al Haqbani