UN praises Saudi-based interfaith center for promoting peace

UN praises Saudi-based KAICIID interfaith center for its contributions to promoting peace, through a series of initiatives and partnership programs with governments and other organizations. (KAICIID)
Updated 27 March 2019

UN praises Saudi-based interfaith center for promoting peace

  • Moratinos cited the center’s efforts to fight extremism, promote coexistence and preach tolerance
  • He noted the importance of platforms established by the center for dialogue between Christian and Muslim communities

SPA RIYADH: The UN High-Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations Miguel Angel Moratinos has praised the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) for its contributions to promoting peace, through a series of initiatives and partnership programs with governments and other organizations.
This came during a visit to KAICIID’s headquarter in Vienna, where he met with Secretary-General Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muaammar, and thanked him, the center and the Saudi government for their support for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ plan for global conflict prevention and resolution.
Moratinos cited the center’s efforts to fight extremism, promote coexistence and preach tolerance across the Arab world and beyond as a model example for facilitating inter-community cooperation, commending its opposition to religious rhetoric being subverted by extremists and terrorists for political ends.
He noted the importance of platforms established by the center for dialogue between Christian and Muslim communities in the Middle East, Nigeria and Central Africa, and similar programs for Muslims and Buddhists in Myanmar, in restoring trust between fractured neighbors.
He also praised the various training programs KAICIID has helped to set up in religious schools in hotspot regions of interreligious tension, building bridges of understanding and establishing principles of coexistence and common values.


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.