Preserving Arabian leopard: Big leap by Taif

Updated 04 September 2013

Preserving Arabian leopard: Big leap by Taif

The National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) in Taif has completed 60 percent of a project to establish a large sanctuary, with 20 enclosures to isolate the male Arabian leopard.
The remaining 40 percent will be completed by the beginning of next year, Ahmad Al-Boug, general-director of the NWRC, said.
The project is part of an operational plan approved for the implementation of a number of construction and future expansion projects to maintain Arabian leopards.
Al-Boug said: “The objective behind constructing a larger fenced-in area than what was available before is to make space for more tiger cubs when leopards start mating and breeding. And when there are incidences of pregnancies in females, the male leopard must be isolated.”
He said that the circular sanctuary, with a diameter of 40 square meters, was divided into several smaller enclosures in the form of triangles, some of which are smaller in size for young leopards and some a little bigger. He also said that work was underway at the National Wildlife Research Center in Taif to expand the infrastructure for breeding programs for the Arabian leopard. He pointed out that the Saudi Wildlife Commission was continuing to implement a national strategy to preserve the Arabian leopard, work on animal breeding, wildlife research studies and environmental awareness.
“Breeding programs for hunting reserves for animals such as the Alilla (a type of lizard), or birds such as ostriches, were very good. We are now getting ready to prepare for the upcoming winter season with the resettlement of groups of animals such as the Arabian Oryx (Al-Maha) in protected areas.”


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.