King Abdullah Economic City launches private car rental service

Part of King Abdullah Economic City in Jeddah. (File photo / AFP)
Updated 16 October 2018

King Abdullah Economic City launches private car rental service

JEDDAH: King Abdullah Economic City has launched the iDrive, a first-of-its-kind vehicle network in Saudi Arabia.
The new service will provide residents and visitors with the opportunity to rent cars through a special application, via smart devices, closest to their location.
“The service will enhance the city’s economic attractiveness and ease of movement, and will contribute to saving money, time and waiting times for public transport,” said Shadi bin Mohammed Ghumari, CEO of development and civil services at the economic city.
He said the service comes within the efforts of the economic city’s development of the public transport system, that embodies the Al-Haramain train, public transport service to and from Jeddah, highway networks associated with the Economic City, and the city’s transportation service.
Ghumari explained that the iDrive service is available in two tariffs; “Go” and “Super Go.”
No membership fee is required and fare charges start at SR5.
The price of the fare starts at less than 50 halalas per minute during the first 6 hours, then 0.0166 halalah per minute during the next six hours. It is then free for the rest of the day with a maximum distance of 200 kilometers.
He added that the “Super” plan offers more user features and comes with a membership fee of SR30 per month.
Ghumari said, as with the “Go” plan, the fare fee starts at SR5, however, with the upgraded plan, the fare starts from 0.3666 halala per minute during the first 6 hours of the trip, then 0.0166 halala per minute during the next six hours,
It is then free for the rest of the day with a maximum distance of 300 kilometers.


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.