Saudi troops return home as Eager Lion military exercise concludes in Jordan

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The Eager Lion 2019 military exercise concluded in Amman on Friday in the presence of the commander of US Central Command, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie. (SPA)
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The Eager Lion 2019 military exercise concluded in Amman on Friday in the presence of the commander of US Central Command, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie. (SPA)
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The Eager Lion 2019 military exercise concluded in Amman on Friday in the presence of the commander of US Central Command, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie. (SPA)
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The Eager Lion 2019 military exercise concluded in Amman on Friday in the presence of the commander of US Central Command, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie. (SPA)
Updated 06 September 2019

Saudi troops return home as Eager Lion military exercise concludes in Jordan

  • The commander of the Saudi forces said the exercise developed participants’ ability to plan and execute joint operations
  • Personnel from the Saudi army, navy, air force and air defense partook in activities

AMMAN: The Eager Lion 2019 military exercise concluded in Amman on Friday in the presence of the commander of US Central Command, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, and the heads of delegations participating in the exercise from 30 other countries.
8,000 took part in the exercise at various locations across Jordan.
Personnel from the Saudi army, navy, air force and air defense partook in activities, alongside members of the security forces of the US, UK, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, Japan, South Korea, Jordan and Egypt.
Brig. Gen. Jaafar bin Hadi Al-Qahtani, commander of the Saudi forces, said that the exercise accomplished many objectives, including developing the participants’ ability to plan and execute joint operations, and exchange experiences between the Saudi armed forces and their international counterparts.
Saudi security personnel successfully completed exercises aimed at improving their skills in combating terror, and received training in fighting in cities, freeing hostages, planning and responding to electronic warfare, implementing strategic bombing operations, sniper training and weapons of mass destruction protection training.
They also carried out joint operations and training related to international maritime security, psychological warfare and monitoring and destroying remote-controlled devices.
“The exercises simulate reality and live ammunition was used during most of them,” Al-Qahtani added.


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.