Hajj Ministry organizes breast cancer campaign

The campaign included providing medical consultations and discussing the best ways to prevent breast cancer. (SPA)
Updated 28 October 2019

Hajj Ministry organizes breast cancer campaign

  • Breast cancer has already killed an estimated 627,000 women worldwide this year — but women in Saudi Arabia and throughout the Middle East remain reluctant to take the screening test that could save their lives

MAKKAH: The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah, in cooperation with the Ministry of Health, organized an awareness campaign in Makkah for its employees during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. October marks the 26th anniversary of the pink ribbon, a powerful symbol for millions of people affected by breast cancer.

The ministry’s campaign aimed to define breast cancer types, identify their dangers, and educate employees of ways of self-examination and the necessity of preventing the disease through regular screenings.
The campaign included providing medical consultations and discussing the best ways to prevent breast cancer.
It also involved distributing awareness brochures and urging the attendees to have screenings for breast cancer, visiting the oncology clinic in case of any early symptoms and finally, taking care of their health and diet.
Breast cancer has already killed an estimated 627,000 women worldwide this year — but women in Saudi Arabia and throughout the Middle East remain reluctant to take the screening test that could save their lives.
Of the women targeted during screening awareness programs across the Middle East, only 10 percent actually made an appointment for a routine breast exam.


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.