Dr. Abdulrahman Obaid Al-Youbi, president of King Abdul Aziz University 

Dr. Abdulrahman Obaid Al-Youbi is also chairman of the KAU's Prince Khalid Al-Faisal Center for Moderation.
Updated 30 March 2019

Dr. Abdulrahman Obaid Al-Youbi, president of King Abdul Aziz University 

Dr. Abdulrahman Obaid Al-Youbi has been the president of King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) in Jeddah since 2016, and is also the chairman of the university’s Prince Khalid Al-Faisal Center for Moderation.

Recently, Al-Youbi signed a memorandum of cooperation to promote a culture of moderation and to combat terrorism, extremism, and racism, with Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, president of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques.

Al-Youbi previously served as KAU’s vice president, as dean of its faculty of science, and as a part-time consultant at the Ministry of Higher Education.

Al-Youbi is also involved in committees at several other universities around the Kingdom, including Taibah University, the University of Tabuk, Jazan University and Northern Border University.

He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry from KAU, and received a scholarship to complete his education in the UK, where he gained his doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of Essex in 1986.

Al-Youbi began working at KAU in 1981. He was made an assistant professor of physical chemistry in 1986, an associate professor in 1992, and became a full professor in 2000.

 

The memorandum of cooperation includes a number of objectives aimed at mainstreaming the approach of moderation in society, combating extremist and terrorist ideologies, and enhancing intellectual awareness through conducting joint scientific research and applied and field studies on mainstreaming the approach of moderation, developing intellectual awareness and protecting society from extremism.


Giant puppets’ musical show hits high note among Saudi festivalgoers

The Tanween puppets are putting on theater performances for the first time, accompanied by a traditional Saudi band, providing different experiences to visitors. (AN photos by Huda Bashatah)
Updated 12 min 44 sec ago

Giant puppets’ musical show hits high note among Saudi festivalgoers

  • Activities of Tanween Season in Eastern Province are aimed at all ages and are designed to be family friendly

ALKHOBAR: A musical show involving giant puppets has been hitting a high note among visitors to a popular Saudi festival. The models, standing 12 meters tall, have drawn big audiences to Alkhobar Corniche where performances have been taking place as part of Tanween Season.
Three huge puppets made up a family consisting of the father, donned in a white thobe and traditional Arabic head piece, the mother in a black abaya, and their son wearing a green Tanween T-shirt.
Children watching the show sang along to Saudi folk songs as puppeteers using special machinery brought the giant characters to life.
Tanween Season, in the Eastern Province, is a 17-day event that runs until Oct. 26, with talks, workshops, discussion panels, and performances built around this year’s theme of “play.” Activities are aimed at all ages and are designed to be family friendly.

HIGHLIGHTS

• The Tanween puppets are putting on theater performances for the first time, accompanied by a traditional Saudi band.

• Saudi, French, Belgian and Spanish talent have combined to stage the show at Alkhobar Corniche until Saturday.

“There’s a wide range of different experiences for visitors when they visit Ithra (the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture, in Dhahran) or the installations outside. Our goal is to deliver a message: How to use play in a different, creative way that introduces a myriad of ideas and culture,” the event’s head of performance, Anas Al-Ratoee, told Arab News.
Spanish delights
The Tanween puppets are putting on theater performances for the first time, accompanied by a traditional Saudi band. Saudi, French, Belgian and Spanish talent have combined to stage the show at Alkhobar Corniche until Oct. 19.
“The Giant Puppets is a Spanish band, known as Carros de Foc, that usually performs traditionally in parades and festivals, where these 12-meter giants walk among people.
“We added the Saudi culture to it through traditional music performed by a local band. We wanted to depict a scene from a normal day in the life of a Saudi household; the dynamic between a father, mother and child,” added Al-Ratoee.
Muna Hassan, from Dammam, said her younger brother had thoroughly enjoyed the performance. “I was very happy to see him so excited and to see events like this catering to his age group.”