FaceOf: Abdulrahman Obaid AI-Youbi, president of King Abdul Aziz University

Abdulrahman Obaid AI-Youbi
Updated 04 September 2018
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FaceOf: Abdulrahman Obaid AI-Youbi, president of King Abdul Aziz University

  • Al-Youbi is also involved in committees, boards and working teams in several universities around the Kingdom
  • In 1986, Al-Youbi obtained his Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from the University of Essex, UK

Abdulrahman Obaid AI-Youbi has been the president of King Abdul Aziz University since his appointment by royal decree in June 2016.

His previous positions include serving as vice president of King Abdul Aziz University, as a part-time consultant at the Ministry of Higher Education, and as dean and vice dean of the faculty of science, King Abdul Aziz University. 

Al-Youbi is also involved in committees, boards and working teams in several universities around the Kingdom such as Taibah University, University of Tabuk, Jazan University and Northern Border University.

He contributed to the establishment of new branches of King Abdul Aziz University in Khulais, Rabigh and Al-Qunfudah.

According to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Al-Youbi said that King Abdul Aziz University has made great efforts to ensure that all facilities, buildings and classrooms are ready to receive students as the new academic year just began. 

Moreover, King Abdul Aziz University has opened 17 new student residence buildings this year after the completion of rehabilitation and maintenance work. 

Al-Youbi holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from King Abdul Aziz University. He also did his master’s degree courses at King Abdul Aziz University then received a scholarship to continue his postgraduate studies in the UK. 

In 1986, Al-Youbi obtained his Ph.D. degree in physical chemistry from the University of Essex, UK.

Al-Youbi began working at King Abdul Aziz University as a demonstrator in the department of chemistry in 1981. He became an assistant professor in 1986, then associate professor in 1992. He was appointed a professor of physical chemistry at King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah in 2000.


First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

Updated 22 March 2019
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First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

  • Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by Saudi Air Navigation Services

JEDDAH: Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS) on Wednesday celebrated the appointment and start of work of the first batch of Saudi female air traffic controllers at an air traffic control center in Jeddah.
Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by SANS in cooperation with the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation. This is the first program to qualify women to work as air traffic controllers.
The academy initiative, in collaboration with SANS, seeks to create more jobs for women as part of a reform push to wean the economy off oil. Vision 2030 plan aims to increase employment and diversify revenue sources.
Earlier, SANS CEO Ryyan Tarabzoni said the state-owned company was prioritizing the hiring of women in the profession, as the country pushes to extend women’s rights in the country and also recruit more nationals as part of the “Saudization” project.