Saudi Arabia’s spectacular Diriyah Oasis entertainment hub opens to visitors

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The destination has been established as a centerpiece of the season. (Photo/Supplied)
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The destination has been established as a centerpiece of the season. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 30 November 2019

Saudi Arabia’s spectacular Diriyah Oasis entertainment hub opens to visitors

  • The Diriyah cultural and recreation area has been constructed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was Saudi Arabia’s first capital and is known as the ‘home of kings and heroes’

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s spectacular Diriyah Oasis on Friday opened its doors to visitors as part of the first Diriyah Season of entertainment events.

The destination has been established as a centerpiece of the season which aims to showcase the province’s rich heritage, resources and unique architecture.

The Diriyah cultural and recreation area has been constructed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was Saudi Arabia’s first capital and is known as the “home of kings and heroes.”

Diriyah Oasis is split into four activity zones — nature, imagination, reflection and excitement — covering more than 130,000 square meters.

The nature zone includes an aerial Zip-Zag ride in addition to green areas where visitors can explore farmers’ markets, forests and a butterfly oasis.

Attractions

For thrill-seekers, the imagination section offers the chance to try the StarFlyer ride, while children can enjoy games at the Steam Lab interactive exhibition. Other zonal attractions include illusion rooms, art and craft workshops, a confetti dome and an urban maze.

Near to Diriyah’s giant wheel, visitors will be able to sit and relax around ponds in the soothing environment of the reflection zone, which also features an outdoor ice rink and aqua karts (kart racing on water).

The excitement zone aims to get hearts racing with its four unique escape rooms, a laser tag area, a virtual-reality sports world, and bumper cars.

All the zones will include carnival games, stalls and a range of dining options.


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.