Private sector ‘must do more to train Saudis’

Updated 02 February 2015

Private sector ‘must do more to train Saudis’

Saudi Arabia ranks 59th out of 146 nations in the Best Country for Business 2014 report by Forbes. The Kingdom won high scores in the “tax burden” criteria, ranking third best in the world.
Hani Ibrahim Khoja, cofounder and CEO of Elixir Management Consultancy, said: “The private sector must take more responsibility for developing the necessary skills in local youth. This is of course difficult considering that the experienced expatriate accepts a much lower salary, but private companies must think beyond the bottom line and build the capabilities of their sons and daughters.”
The report further said the government has begun establishing six “economic cities” in different regions of the country to promote foreign investment and plans to spend $373 billion on social development and infrastructure projects to boost the Kingdom’s economic development.
Commenting on it, Khoja said one of the barriers slowing progress of these economic cities is the propensity of Saudis to not move out of their hometowns and pursue opportunities in these economic cities whether as an employee or an entrepreneur. “Saudis must become more like their Egyptian and Lebanese neighbors who will move wherever opportunities exist,” said Khoja.
Forbes determined the Best Countries for Business by grading 146 nations on 11 different criteria of property rights, innovation, taxes, technology, corruption, freedom (personal, trade and monetary), red tape, investor protection and stock market performance.
The Kingdom ranked 96 on the trade freedom index, 119 in monetary freedom, 40 in property rights, 32 in innovation, 44 in technology, 90 in red tape, 61 in investor protection, 50 in corruption, 25 in market performance and 3 in tax burden.
Denmark is named the best country for business, topping the Forbes’ list for three straight years between 2008 and 2010. Countries following Denmark on the list include Hong Kong, New Zealand, Ireland, Sweden, Canada, Norway, Singapore and Switzerland.


Abdullah bin Mufreh Al-Dhayabi, president of Tabuk University

Updated 11 December 2019

Abdullah bin Mufreh Al-Dhayabi, president of Tabuk University

  • Al-Dhayabi began his academic career as a lecturer at KAU
  • Al-Dhayabi is a member of the higher committees for female colleges in the Kingdom

RIYADH: Dr. Abdullah bin Mufreh Al-Dhayabi has been the president of Tabuk University since October 2017.

Prior to that, he was the deputy head of educational affairs at King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) in Jeddah, where he served in the position for one year. 

He has also been the chairman of the promotion and job competition committee, as well as the safety committee, at Tabuk University since November 2012. 

Al-Dhayabi began his academic career as a lecturer at KAU, where he received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the College of Science. 

He later traveled abroad to pursue his higher education, earning his master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Missouri, US. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Birmingham, UK.

After that, he returned to the Kingdom and joined KAU as an assistant professor. He remained in that position from 2005 to 2010, then served as an associate professor between 2010 and 2014.

Al-Dhayabi is a member of the higher committees for female colleges in the Kingdom and the community colleges higher committee at the Ministry of Higher Education.

He congratulated King Salman on the release of the government’s annual budget for 2020.

“Approximately one-fifth of the budget is allocated to education, which reflects the leadership’s keenness to invest in the human element through education and training ... to open new horizons and job opportunities for Saudi youth and encourage them to invest in the diverse resources in the Kingdom,” Al-Dhayabi said.