Saudi Arabia checks war preparedness

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Saudi navy personnel participate in Exercise Gulf Shield 1. (SPA)
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Saudi navy personnel participate in Exercise Gulf Shield 1. (SPA)
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Saudi navy personnel participate in Exercise Gulf Shield 1. (SPA)
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Saudi navy personnel participate in Exercise Gulf Shield 1. (SPA)
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Saudi navy personnel participate in Exercise Gulf Shield 1. (SPA)
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Saudi navy personnel participate in Exercise Gulf Shield 1. (SPA)
Updated 05 October 2016

Saudi Arabia checks war preparedness

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is conducting live-fire drills during war games under way in the Gulf as tensions simmer with Iran.
"Exercise Gulf Shield 1 has begun with naval ships, aircraft, marines and “special units,” the Saudi Press Agency said.
The maneuvers are also taking place in the strategic Strait of Hormuz and the Sea of Oman.
Navy Commodore Majid Al-Qahtani said the exercises include “shooting of live ammunition” as part of the effort to improve combat readiness and protect the kingdom’s waters “against any possible aggression.”
Saudi Arabia and Iran — which lie on opposite sides of the Gulf — have no diplomatic relations and are at odds over regional issues including the wars in Syria and Yemen.
The Royal Saudi Navy says the latest exercise is part of a series.


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.