Over 18,000 electric carts for pilgrims

More than 18,000 carts available for pilgrims who have difficulty in movement at the Grand Mosque. (SPA)
Updated 08 June 2016

Over 18,000 electric carts for pilgrims

RIYADH: There will be more than 18,000 carts available for pilgrims who have difficulty in movement at the Grand Mosque to perform their Islamic duties during the holy month of Ramadan.
The number includes free carts, wagons, electric cars as well as special vehicles managed by 106 government officials with the help of 80 youths who are temporarily employed through an organized plan.
“The plan was developed by the General Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques,” said Engr. Faris Al-Matrafi, vehicle management director at the Grand Mosque.
He said that the 18,000 carts are divided into four types and will work in three shifts, adding that some of these are free of charge and will be found in different locations.
There are 5,000 special edition vehicles, which are privately owned and officially authorized by the vehicles management. The charge is SR75 and these are available on three shifts. There are also 550 carts operating only on the first floor of the Grand Mosque and the fee is SR100, he said.
There are also 300 electric carts (scooters) operated by a private company. It rents out each scooter at SR100.
Al-Matrafi said that there are 174 observers who make sure that everything is all right and would be on hand if and when a problem such as fraud or similar problems crop up.


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.