Dr. Khalil Ibrahim Al-Ibrahim, rector of Hail University

Dr. Khalil Ibrahim Al-Ibrahim
Updated 07 October 2019

Dr. Khalil Ibrahim Al-Ibrahim, rector of Hail University

Dr. Khalil Ibrahim Al-Ibrahim has been rector of Hail University since July 2011. 

He began his academic career in 1983 as a lecturer at King Saud University (KSU) in Riyadh. He became an assistant professor, then an associate professor, then head of the department of archaeology and museums.

During his tenure at KSU, Al-Ibrahim co-founded the Gulf History and Archaeology Society, and the General Union of Arab Archaeologists. 

A royal decree appointed him as a full member of the Shoura Council in 2005.

He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of Tourism and Archaeology at KSU. He completed his Ph.D. in archaeology at the University of Durham in the UK in 1988. 

Al-Ibrahim is an executive member of the board of the Saudi Society for Archaeological Research, and is an active member of the editorial committee of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, based in London.

He is editor-in-chief of Adumatu, a refereed journal on archaeology in the Arab world. He has also published three books and a number of articles in high-profile archaeology journals.

Hail University concluded its participation in the Biban Hail Forum, organized by the General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises (Monshaat) from Oct. 2 to 5.

Al-Ibrahim said the university contributed to the forum with various workshops and training courses through its virtual education platform. The university also signed a memorandum of cooperation with Monshaat.

Rural tourism recovers after months of forced isolation

Updated 10 July 2020

Rural tourism recovers after months of forced isolation

  • Saudis turn to domestic traveling and flock to their nation’s cooler cities and rural areas

TAIF: As Saudi citizens turn to domestic tourism in the country’s summer resorts, adapting to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, rural areas have become targeted by local tourists wishing to get away from the soaring temperatures in most of the Kingdom’s cities.

Visitors are now choosing cold Saudi cities instead of Europe, which they are accustomed to visiting, such as Taif, Al-Baha, and Abha.

COVID-19 has postponed all plans to travel abroad, and attention has now focused on domestic tourism amid strict health protocols in parks, gardens and recreational areas.

Walid Al-Hamidi, vice president of the Tourism Development Council, confirmed to Arab News that Asir, with its facilities and attractions, was ready to receive summer visitors from across the country.

He said that under the directives of Asir's governor, who supervises all activities and events directly and constantly, many committees had been formed to prepare a successful summer tourism season, to optimize the opportunity and allow people to enjoy the exceptional ambiance of Asir.

“A comprehensive tourism plan was set up two years ago, which resulted in a successful Al-Soudah Season with the support of Asir’s Investment Authority,” Al-Hamidi added.

He noted that Asir’s directives aimed this year to build an exceptional tourism model that meets optimal health standards in dealing with COVID-19.

The model is supported by the “Nashama Asir” team — consisting of 4,000 volunteers — who have been trained for months and have all the necessary skills to make the season successful. Their work will continue until the end of the pandemic and throughout the summer.

“Everyone is ready at public facilities, gardens and parks, to serve tourists,” he said, adding “tourists coming from all the over the Kingdom will be welcomed with smiles, enhanced services, and warm welcomes.”

Dr. Sami Al-Obaidi, chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Taif, told Arab News that the tourism sector was the economic backbone of any country or city.

He said that Taif was considered one of the most important tourist cities, given its many attractions  that made it top of any list of places to visit in the Kingdom.

“Suspending travel abroad, and limiting tourism … due to the coronavirus pandemic, makes us, as officials and citizens in Taif, well placed for a beautiful and safe tourism season for Taif’s citizens and visitors,” said Al-Obaidi.

“Meetings are held around the clock, headed by Saad Al-Maimouni, the governor of Taif, with the participation of the relevant authorities.”

He expected all sectors, especially tourism, hospitality and a few other businesses in Taif, to recover to some extent during this season, especially now tourists have already started flocking to the region, with numbers set to increase over the coming weeks.