Jubarah bin Eid al-Suraisi

02 March 2010

A senior figure leading the development of the Saudi Arabian airline industry

Jubarah bin Eid al-Suraisi

Position: Transport Minister

Biography: Jubarah bin Eid al-Suraisi was appointed Transport Minister in 2003, and has overseen the most radical overhaul of Saudi Arabia’s transport infrastructure in the nation’s history.

Under his supervision, the aviation sector witnessed increasing levels of privatisation, with some elements of flag carrier Saudia’s supply chain being divested, the entry of two budget airlines Sama and Nas Air, and the possibility of a privately managed airport in the new economic city at Hail. Plans were announced in 2008 to liberalise airports.

Before becoming transport minister, Al-Suraisi spent 14 years at the Finance & Economy Ministry, joining as an assistant deputy minister in 1989 and then deputy finance minister for eight years from 1995.

Al-Suraisi also spent seven years in Washington DC in the US, working for four years at the International Monetary Fund, before joining the World Bank.

Contact: (+966) 1404 3000

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