Adel bin Muhammad Fakeih
|Minister of Economy and Planning|
29 April 2015 – 4 November 2017
|Prime Minister||King Salman|
|Preceded by||Muhammed Al Jasser|
|Succeeded by||Muhammed Al Tuwaijri|
|Minister of Labor|
18 August 2010 – 29 April 2015
|Prime Minister||King Abdullah |
|Preceded by||Ghazi Abdul Rahman Al Gosaibi|
|Succeeded by||Mufrej bin Saad Al Haqbani|
|Minister of Health|
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|
March 2005 – August 2010
|Prime Minister||King Fahd |
|Succeeded by||Hani Abu Ras|
|Born||1 July 1959|
Mecca, Saudi Arabia
|Alma mater||King Abdulaziz University|
Adel bin Muhammad Fakeih (born 1 July 1959) (Arabic:عادل فقيه) is a Saudi Arabian engineer and the former mayor of Jeddah. He was the minister of labor from 18 August 2010 to April 2015. During that same period, between 21 April 2014 and 8 December 2014 he also served as the minister of health. In April 2015 he was appointed minister of economy and planning.
Fakeih was born in Mecca in 1959 into a family known for its active members in the fields of finance and business. His father Muhammad bin Abdul Qadir Fakeih was a businessman and published poet, and his uncle Abdul Rahman bin Abdul Qadir Fakeih is President of the Fakeih Group. Adel Fakeih obtained a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from King Abdulaziz University.
Fakeih worked in both private and public sectors, holding several prominent positions such as Chairman of Al Jazeera Bank and a member on the board of directors of the Trade and Industrial Chamber of Commerce in Jeddah. 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. He was also the chairman of the council of directors of the Saudi Arabian Glass Company and the Sagco.
Chairman of Savola
Mayor of Jeddah
In 2006, the project to turn the Old Airport of Jeddah into a new 12 million m2 city was launched. In 2008, the Central Jeddah Redevelopment Project, which consisted of revitalizing a 6 million m2 area including the historic downtown, was also launched. In 2009, the city of Jeddah revealed the project for the construction of the King Abdullah Sports City. The city unlocked a $1.3 billion budget to further develop the city's infrastructure that same year, for the construction of bridges, tunnels, roads and parks in Jeddah. In 2009, he collaborated with a recruitment initiative targeting Saudi locals, Bab Rizq Jameel, and dedicated 22 market stalls to Saudi women in the Al-Safa neighborhood (northern Jeddah) to use for displaying and selling merchandise.
He was replaced by Hani Abu Ras as mayor in August 2010.
Minister of Labor
In 2014, Adel Fakeih signed a memorandum of understanding with the Sri Lankan minister of foreign employment promotion and welfare Dilan Perera to improve the rights of Sri Lankan household workers in the Kingdom, regarding their passports and salaries. He reviewed estimated figures by the Central Department of Statistics following discrepancies between unemployment data and the number of applicants to the national monthly unemployment allowance. In June 2011, he introduced the Nitaqat program. It reviewed the existing quota system and made it more effective as it took into account the different sectors and sizes of companies. It also enforced sanctions on delinquent firms: following a 2013 crackdown on the black market in foreign labor, over a million people left the country. He announced 38 amendments to the country's labor legislation including more training for Saudi workers, longer fixed-term contracts, and greater inspection powers for ministry officials.
On 21 April 2014, Adel Fakeih also served as minister of Health to handle a major public health crisis when the Middle East respiratory syndrome broke out, replacing Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Rabiah who had served since February 2009. This term ended on 8 December 2014 when Mohammed bin Ali bin Hiazaa Al Hiazaa was appointed to the post.
Minister of Economy and Planning
Adel Fakeih's term as minister of labor ended in April 2015 when he was appointed minister of economy and planning. He replaced Muhammed Al Jasser in the post, and was commissioned by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to develop reforms aimed at ending the Kingdom' s vulnerability to an unpredictable oil market.
In February 2016, Adel Fakeih's Economy and Planning Ministry was reported to have collaborated with the Crown Prince to develop a national transformation plan to this effect, which was officially introduced as Vision 2030 in April that same year. In March 2017, he played a forefront role at a Saudi-Chinese Investment Forum in Riyadh during which 45 agreements were signed between China and the Kingdom. In April 2017, he received South Korean Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Joo Hyung-hwan to strengthen bilateral trades between the two countries, in light of the Kingdom's industries' diversification from oil. He also joined the board of the Public Investment Fund.
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.
Fakeih's wife, Maha Fitaihi, is a leading businesswoman and social figure. They have five children.
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Ghazi Al Gosaibi
| Labor Minister of Saudi Arabia
2010 – 2015
Mufrej bin Saad Al Haqbani