Saudi Arabia looks to score with football club privatization

Saudi Arabia has taken a step toward its goal to privatize the teams in its top football division.
Updated 15 November 2016

Saudi Arabia looks to score with football club privatization

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has taken a step toward its goal to privatize the teams in its top football division, a move which has been tipped to revitalize the sport.
The Council of Economic and Development Affairs (CEDA) on Monday discussed the plan, which has long been on the table.
The proposed privatization would involve clubs in the Saudi Professional League, most of which are currently government-owned.
The council recommended the move, pledged to form a supervisory committee to oversee the privatization of the clubs, and referred the matter to the Cabinet for consideration and approval, SPA reported.
Such a move has been a long time in the making, with consultancy Deloitte having previously been commissioned to conduct a feasibility study into the matter.
If the plan comes to fruition it has the potential to give the country’s top football league a boost, with more money available to invest in building new stadiums and increased coordination in negotiating broadcast rights, according to press reports.
The CEDA meeting was chaired by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, second deputy premier, minister of defense and chairman of the council.
CEDA also directed the General Administration of Sport and other stakeholders to create a fund for sports development within three months.
The fund will provide loans and facilities for sports clubs, as well as establishing and funding incubators for sport amateurs, in a move expected to create more than 40,000 jobs.


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.