Abdulaziz Mohammed al-Hokail
Company: Saudi Railways Organisation
Biography: Abdulaziz Mohammed al-Hokail was appointed head of Saudi Railways Organisation, the oldest railway company in the Arabian peninsula, in 2007. He is a former executive vice president of Saudi Aramco and is still a board member.
Al-Hokail is overseeing the construction of the $7bn Haramain high-speed railway, one of the biggest rail projects under way in the Gulf. Stretching 444 kilometres between the holy cities of Mecca and Medina, the railway will be particularly important during the annual hajj.
Saudi Railways Organisation is also working on the $7bn Saudi Landbridge project, which involves building more than 900km of track from Jeddah to Riyadh, as well as a spur from Dammam to Jubail. He also has overall control of the completed North-South minerals railway. With a budget of more than $10bn, these projects make Al-Hokail the most influential figure in the Saudi railway sector.
Contact Tel: (+966) 3 821 2222
Company website: www.saudirailways.org