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Winter Enrichment Program (WEP) for 2015 is coming soon!

Running from January 11 to 22, The 2015 WEP program is larger and more ambitious than ever, with over one hundred events on offer.

This year’s offerings are the direct result of suggestions and event submissions from our faculty, students and community members, making WEP 2015 a program that is created by and for the entire KAUST community.

WEP 2015 features many highlights, including our keynote lectures on topics ranging from archaeology to biologically inspired design to freediving.  This year, we look at rich culture of Saudi Arabia through lectures on poetry, coinage and mining in Saudi Arabia, and present a range of art and recreational events, including a Tinga Tinga painting workshop, a 5K run, improvisation workshops and performances, a racketlon tournament and tours to Old Jeddah and the National Wildlife Center in Taif.

Finally, we’ll wrap up WEP 2015 with a closing evening gala extravaganza featuring a performance by the internationally renowned musical multimedia group Bella Gaia. 

With all these events and many more, WEP 2015 is the most exciting and lively time of the year at KAUST.

We look forward to enriching you at WEP 2015!



Thursday, January 15, 2015
The famous Mahd adh Dhahab and other gold deposits in the Saudi Arabia are well documented in several publications, most recently in the comprehensive volume 'Geology of the Arabian Shield' (JOHNSON P ... more
This seminar looks at the practice of mining in modern-day Saudi Arabia. The seminar will be divided into 3 parts 2:00 p.m. Welcome and Introduction by Prof. Martin Mai 2:10 p.m. Dr. Abdullah Al Je ... more
Saturday, January 17, 2015
In this field excursion we will visit and explore several ancient mining sites, on foot, hiking and driving to various locations. Some of these old sites have been recently re-examined to test if re- ... more
Monday, January 19, 2015

Field Trip to Mad Ad Dahab Mine

Location: Mad Ad Dahab Mine

We will visit the Mahd Al Dahab site of Maaden, the Saudi Arabia Mining Company. Madh Al Dahab translates to ‘Cradle of Gold’, and it is one of the oldest mining sites in Saudi Arabia, where mining st ... more