Arabian Plate Geology Group


Welcome to The Arabian Plate Geology Group. The Arabian Plate Geology Group is part of the Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center and is led by Professor Abdulkader (Aboud) M. Afifi. Our research covers the scientific and practical aspects of:

  • The regional geology of the Arabian Peninsula.
  • The geologic evolution of the Red Sea.
  • Structural geology of the Gulf of Aqaba and its margins.
  • Carbon dioxide disposal in sedimentary and mafic/ultramafic rocks.

Our research integrates field geology, stratigraphy, structural geology, mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry, and biostratigraphy to understand the work of nature.  We collaborate with other KAUST and international research groups.  Our research is well funded by KAUST and industrial sponsors.

Fully funded graduate student positions are available for outstanding full-time students wishing to pursue a Master of Science and/or doctorate degree. We also have openings for post-doctoral researchers.  Applicants should have a background in geology, geochemistry, and /or geophysics and a strong interest in our research topics.



New student internship projects starting in 2020 will be announced soon. ​​
If you would like any information about Internships at KAUST you can find more information  HERE




28 September, 2021

Stratigraphy of the central Red Sea area: New insights for tectono-stratigraphy of the pre and syn-rift deposits and its implications on Arabian plate uplift

Congratulations to Ali Altammar for successfully completing his MS thesis. Ali is returning to Dhahran to resume his career in Saudi Aramco’s Exploration Organization.

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28 September, 2021

Fracture Network Analysis for Carbon Mineralization in the Oligocene Jizan Volcanics, Saudi Arabia

Congratulations to Murtadha Al Malallah for the successful completion of his MS thesis. Murtadha will remain at KAUST to continue his PhD studies in igneous petrology under the direction of Assistant Professor van der Zwan.

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22 August, 2021

Ph.D. student Tihana Pensa completed two months of laboratory work at the Andalusian Institute of Earth Sciences in Granda, Spain

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