Saudi Arabia grants premium residency to 73 applicants

The Premium Residency Center of Saudi Arabia has announced the granting of the first batch of applicants for premium residency in the Kingdom. (Shutterstock/File Photo)
Updated 12 November 2019

Saudi Arabia grants premium residency to 73 applicants

  • First batch included number of residents inside the Kingdom
  • Center said that it has received thousands of applications through its electronic platform

RIYADH: The Premium Residency Center has announced the granting of the first batch of applicants for premium residency in the Kingdom after they met the system’s requirements.

The center said in a statement issued on Monday that the first batch of premium residency holders included a number of residents inside the Kingdom, and others from outside, as their applications have been studied and processed over the past months according to procedures.

The number of premium residency holders in this batch amounted to 73 people representing 19 nationalities. 

Their categories included investors, doctors and those willing to settle with their families, while processing is continuing for the rest of the applications.

The center said that it had received thousands of applications through its electronic platform from inside and outside the Kingdom in recent months, where specialized teams from the center are studying applications and communicating with applicants to ensure the maintaining of conditions set by the premium residency system.

The program took effect three years after Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced it as part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plans.

The new system will not undermine citizens’ rights, rather it will serve their interests, the crown prince said in an interview with Al Arabia TV.

He affirmed that the premium residency will be an important source of revenues to boost the Saudi economy and will contribute to the creation of jobs for the public.

There are two types of premium residency: Permanent Premium Residency with a one-time payment for life SR800,000 ($213,000), and Premium Residency with a yearly financial fee and many privileges costing SR100,000.

Analysts say the program will largely benefit wealthy individuals who have lived in Saudi Arabia for years without permanent residency or multinational companies seeking to do long-term business in the Kingdom.

Saudi Arabia is currently home to some 10 million overseas workers.


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.