Nabeel Hussain Alharthi, associate professor at King Saud University

Nabeel Hussain Alharthi
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Updated 04 June 2020

Nabeel Hussain Alharthi, associate professor at King Saud University

Nabeel Hussain Alharthi has been an associate professor of mechanical engineering at King Saud University (KSU), Riyadh, since September 2018.

He got his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 2001 from King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah. He then joined the Saline Water Conversion Corp. in Jubail as a mechanical engineer.

In 2003, he returned to Jeddah to work for Saudi Arabian Airlines as a materials specialist in the materials and logistics department.

Four years later Alharthi moved to Riyadh, where he received a scholarship to pursue his master’s and Ph.D.

In 2008, he entered Lehigh University in the US, where he received his M.Sc. in mechanical engineering and mechanics three years later, and a Ph.D. in manufacturing and materials engineering in 2014.

He received an outstanding student award from the Saudi Cultural Mission in Washington in the same year.

From August 2014 to September 2018, Alharthi served as an assistant professor at KSU’s mechanical engineering department.

For one year from May 2016, he was deputy director of the Intellectual Property and Technology Licensing Program at KSU.

After that, he became deputy director of the Innovation Center at the university’s King Salman Institute for Entrepreneurship, and the director of the center a year later.

Alharthi has also served as director of the KSU’s Center of Excellence for Research in Engineering Materials.

He is a member of the Saudi Council of Engineers, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Society of Manufacturing Engineering, the Materials Information Society, the Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, and the Association for Iron and Steel Technology.

Saudi rural tourism recovers after months of forced isolation

Updated 11 July 2020

Saudi 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.