Saudi mobile charges among the highest worldwide

Updated 21 May 2013

Saudi mobile charges among the highest worldwide

Saudi mobile call charges are among the highest in the world, at around 35 halalas a minute compared to the world average of seven halalas a minute, according to surveys conducted by the Saudi Consumer Protection Association (CPA).
In statement, the CPA said that these costs are for all communication services, including the Internet. The CPA said it conducted the surveys after the decision was taken to stop free international roaming calls for subscribers.
The CPA intends to publish a fair price for calls, after taking into account details such as the income of citizens, inflation and the real cost of the communication.
The statement urged local communication companies to restructure their fees to reflect real prices.
The association said that communication companies are responsible for the high cost of communications, and accused them of not responding to repeated calls to reduce prices.
"Most service providers offer preferential packages to their customers with reduced prices, such as family, student, business and other packages, which are customized to the needs of the targeted segment," the statement said.


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.