Arab Tourism Capital conference begins Tuesday in Al-Ahsa

Al-Ahsa has been made the official Capital of Arab Tourism for year . (SPA)
Updated 29 November 2019

Arab Tourism Capital conference begins Tuesday in Al-Ahsa

DAMMAM: The Arab Tourism Capital 2019 conference will begin on Tuesday at the Makan Hotel in Al-Ahsa, this year’s official Capital of Arab Tourism.

The Saudi Geographical Society (SGS) and the Geography Department at the College of Sharia and Islamic Studies in Al-Ahsa have organized the conference. It will be inaugurated by Prince Badr bin Mohammed bin Jalawi, governor of Al-Ahsa. 

The three-day conference — held under the patronage of Prince Saud bin Naif, governor of the Eastern Province — will feature working papers from a myriad of experts from around the Arab world whose work focuses on tourism and its geographical patterns.

Saeed Al-Qarni, head of the geography department at the college, said: “The conference … seeks to shed light on tourism in Al-Ahsa — including transportation, accommodation, food and drink, guidance, communication, and other support services — in addition to studying sustainable tourism in terms of the impact of tourism on the environment and the relationship between tourism and the community.”

Al-Qarni added that many topics will be discussed at the conference, including the environmental and social components of tourism in Al-Ahsa, the current state of tourism in the region, rural tourism in Al-Ahsa, as well as cultural tourism and Arab tourism patterns.


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.