Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud

Company: Saudi Commission for Tourism & Antiquities (SCTA)
Position: President

Biography: Born in 1956, Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud is the president of the SCTA. Prince Sultan began his career as a researcher at the Information Ministry.

In 1985, he joined the space shuttle Discovery as a payload specialist and became the first Arab astronaut. He also served as a pilot with the Royal Saudi Air Force, retiring as a colonel in 1995. He was appointed head of the SCTA (then the SCT) in 2000.

The SCTA is responsible for developing the tourism sector in the kingdom, with a particular focus on domestic tourism.

In 2003, Prince Sultan unveiled a 20-year tourism development plan, aiming to increase visitor numbers from the current 65 million to 141 million a year by 2020, and creating up to 2.3 million jobs.

Prince Sultan has a master’s degree from the Syracuse University in the US.

Contact: (+966) 1880 8855