Ministry of Education (Saudi Arabia)

The Ministry of Education (MOE; Arabic: وزارة التعليم) is a ministry in Saudi Arabia. As of December 27, 2018, Dr.Hamad bin Mohammed Al Al-Sheikh is the minister.[1] Headquartered in Riyadh,[2] it oversees primary, secondary, and higher education.

Ministry of Education
وزارة التعليم
Government body overview
Formed1925 (1925) as Directorate of Knowledge
Preceding agencies
  • Directorate of Knowledge (1925-1953)
  • Ministry of Knowledge (1953-2003)
JurisdictionGovernment of Saudi Arabia
HeadquartersTakhassusi St, Al Mathar Ash Shamali, Riyadh 12334, Saudi Arabia
Government body executive


In 1926, Sultan of Nejd Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud annexed Kingdom of Hejaz and dissolved the government of Hijaz as well as the Sultanate of Nejd and established the Kingdom of Nejd and Hejaz with running a dual monarchy. King Abdul Aziz Al-Saud established the Council for Knowledge which focused on education in Hejaz region. In 1953, King Saud bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud established and merged the previous Directorate of Knowledge to Ministry of Knowledge and appointed the then Prince Fahd bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud as the Minister on December 24, 1953. In 1960, Crown Prince Faisal bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud established General Presidency for Girls’ Education. In 2002, King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud issued a royal decree which merged General Presidency for Girls’ Education to the Ministry of Knowledge and the Ministry was renamed as Ministry of Education in 2003.

List of former ministers


In September 2018, Ministry of Education and the Arizona State University partnered with each other in order to launch Building Leadership for Change Through School Immersion program which would commence from February 2019.


  1. "The Minister Archived 2015-06-28 at the Wayback Machine." Ministry of Education of Saudi Arabia, Higher Education. retrieved on November 5, 2015.
  2. "Ministry Addresses Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine." Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia Washington, DC. Retrieved on November 5, 2015. "Ministry of Education Airport Road, Riyadh 11148 "
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