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




16 December, 2022

Syn-rift stratigraphy and sedimentary evolution of the Midyan Basin: from geological observations to Forward Stratigraphic Modeling

Congratulations to Jordania Mildred Zerpa Varela on completing her Masters. For her PhD, Jordania will continue research on the potential for CO2 disposal in the sedimentary basins along the Red Sea coast.

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08 August, 2022

The carbon mineralization team, led by Professors Afifi and Hussein Hoteit, visited active Carbfix projects in Iceland

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20 March, 2022

SEG conference, Hurgadha 2022

Guillaume Baby presenting his work on the structure of the Red Sea margins.

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