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Saudi Arabia creates new tourism, sports, investment ministries: royal decrees

Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday the creation of three new ministries for tourism, sports and investment, according to royal decrees that also unveiled a sweeping cabinet reshuffle.

King Salman upgraded the government bodies overseeing the three portfolios to individual ministries, the official Saudi Press Agency reported.

Under the changes, the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority is transformed into a ministry with the name of Ministry of Investment while the General Sports Authority is renamed as the Ministry of Sports and the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage becomes the Ministry of Tourism.

The king also announced plans for the Ministry of Civil Service to be joined to the Ministry of Labour and Social Development to become The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development while the Ministry of Commerce and Investment has been renamed as the Ministry of Commerce.

A royal order appointed Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki bin Faisal Al Saud as Minister of Sports while Ahmed bin Aqeel Al-Khateeb was named Minister of Tourism and Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al-Falih was appointed Minister of Investment.

In another royal order, Turki bin Abdullah Al-Shabanah was relieved of his post as Minister of Media, to be replaced by Dr Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qasabi as Acting Minister of Media in addition to his post as Minister of Commerce.

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