Defense minister makes key appointment

Updated 14 February 2015

Defense minister makes key appointment

Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman has appointed Samir Al-Tabib, hitherto vice president of Saudi Aramco for engineering affairs, as director of the project management office for the ministry’s development.
The appointment comes as part of Prince Mohammed’s efforts to revamp the Defense Ministry by inducting highly qualified and experienced Saudi hands to run its various departments and projects.
Prince Mohammed, who is also chief of the Royal Court, has been working on the ministry’s development for several months on the instruction of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, before his new appointment.
He has conducted a number of studies to develop the ministry and enhance its performance, matching with Saudi Arabia’s international position.
A number of Saudis have welcomed Al-Tabib’s appointment, saying “he is the right person for the right position.”


Abdullah bin Mufreh Al-Dhayabi, president of Tabuk University

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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.