June 1 COVID-19 Advisory

June 1 COVID-19 Advisory

Posted on Jun 01, 2020

KAUST cases

The total number of cases of COVID-19 identified at KAUST remains at 16. All of the positive cases have been discharged upon completion of the MOH testing requirements. The last positive case was 14 days ago.

Eat-in/out options

We are happy to confirm that all takeaway restaurants currently operating are now offering limited indoor seating. Takeaway meals can also be enjoyed in the outdoor seating areas in Discovery Square and Harbor Walk.
Whether you prefer to enjoy your meal inside or outside, the Keep KAUST Safe guidelines regarding physical distancing must be observed at all times.
Our table service restaurants will start welcoming the community back to eat on site (indoor/outdoor) in the coming days. Check the website to see when on site dining reopens. You may need to check menus using HungryCampus or using a QR code on your phone. 
 
Capacity is limited. If your preferred restaurant is busy, please be patient and try another restaurant or return at another time.

Samba and SABB banks operating hours

SABB and Samba banks are now operating on a regular schedule, Sunday through Thursday. 
  • Samba - 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • SABB - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
It is important to abide by all physical distancing directives and to wear a face covering at all times upon visiting both branches. 

COVID-19 Operations Hub—and other useful numbers

The COVID-19 Operations Hub is available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. You can reach the Hub at 012 808 0950 or by email at coronavirustaskforce@kaust.edu.sa
For other matters, please call: 
  • 054 470 0804 — for Emotional Support Helpline 
  • 012 808 0959 — for Facilities Management
  • 012 808 2055 — for Human Resources 
  • 054 470 1111 — for Government Affairs

Solidarity through volunteering

In the coming weeks we will be sharing a series of original testimonies from community members who have given their time to volunteer at different levels during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today, we feature François de Ryckel, a member of the KAUST Volunteer Fire Department.
Read François's story on The LENS.


Once again, we’d like to thank you for your cooperation and ongoing adherence to directives. These have been designed to keep you safe and to help manage the crisis.


KAUST COVID-19 Crisis Center (KC3)

What's allowed at South and North Beach? 

Here are the approved activities at North Beach and South Beach:
  • Use of cabanas, swimming and wading in water allowed
  • Bring towels to sit on
  • Maximum of 5 people per group
  • Physical distancing measures need to be respected at all times

Learn more about beach opening hours and access on the HSE website

Staying informed


  • Stay informed about COVID-19 and the University’s directives here
  • Contact the COVID-19 Operations Hub or call 012 808 0950 Sunday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Review changes to operating hours for facilities, services and programs
Virtual Community Hub—things to do
Take part in community challenges, find helpful resources and stay in touch with your family and friends...virtually.   
Read more
Need to talk? You've got options
The wellness and emotional support teams from across KAUST have come together to arrange support during these uncertain times. 
Read more

Campus news

End of Life for Scientific AppStack: Ubuntu-16
The Ubuntu-16 scientific application stack will be discontinued on Thursday, May 27, 2021. KAUST IT recommends that you upgrade to the latest operating system, Ubuntu-18.
June 8 - BESE Invited Speaker webinars 
Join us for a webinar entitled "Biomolecular condensates and their implications for physiology and disease" by Dr. Anthony Hyman, Director and Group Leader at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics.Monday, June 8 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Zoom. 


June 1 COVID-19 Advisory