New Officials Named for Top Housing, Royal Court Posts

Saudi Arabia appointed a housing minister with a background as a real estate developer on Monday and appointed a new head of the Royal Court, according to decrees issued by King Salman and reports by the Reuters news agency.

A former managing director of a Saudi real estate firm was tapped to be the new Minister of Housing, according to reports.

A former managing director of a Saudi real estate firm was tapped to be the new Minister of Housing, according to reports.

Majed al-Hogail, former managing director of Rafal Real Estate Development Co, a private firm owned by Saudi family interests, was chosen to head the housing ministry by King Salman – an appointment that strengthens “a trend towards giving top government jobs to people from the private sector as the kingdom grapples with economic and social welfare issues.”

Majed al-Hugail, Saudi Arabia's new Minster of Housing.

Majed al-Hugail, Saudi Arabia’s new Minster of Housing.

Minister of State Khalid bin Abdulrahman al-Issa was named to replace Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Suwailem as head of the royal court, the royal decree stated.

Since King Salman took the throne in January there have been two major cabinet reshuffles and the health minister has also been replaced.