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Saudi envoy opens new mosque in Pakistan

Author: SPAID: 1558299902674326700Mon, 2019-05-20 00:04 HARIPUR: Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Pakistan on Saturday opened a new mosque in the city of Haripur as a mark of the strong relations between the two countries. The Kingdom’s envoy, Naw
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Saudi envoy opens new mosque in Pakistan

Author: SPAID: 1558299902674326700Mon, 2019-05-20 00:04 HARIPUR: Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Pakistan on Saturday opened a new mosque in the city of Haripur as a mark of the strong relations between the two countries. The Kingdom’s envoy, Nawaf bin Said Al-Malki, inaugurated the King Abdul Aziz bin Abdulrahman Al-Saud Mosque, in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, in the presence of local government officials. Built to accommodate up to 500 worshippers, the mosque has been constructed as part of charitable projects carried out by the Muslim World League (MWL) through the International Association for Relief, Care and Development (IARCD) in Pakistan. Al-Malki said the mosque represented a milestone in the friendship between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan and was a continuation of similar charity work carried out by the Kingdom. In praising the MWL and its affiliated bodies for their contributions, the ambassador also thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their special attention to humanitarian work and the service of Islam and Muslims. University of Haripur president, Anwar Gilani, thanked Saudi Arabia for its leadership on the landmark mosque project which he said highlighted the friendship between the two countries. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi-Pakistan Saudi-Pakistani trust ‘very high,’ says Islamabad consul general in JeddahSaudi-Pakistani Joint Ministerial Commission meets

Saudi Civil Defense steps up safety plan for pilgrims

Author: SPAID: 1558299840874323100Mon, 2019-05-20 00:03 MAKKAH: Makkah’s Civil Defense has boosted its inspection program in the city as it works to ensure worshippers’ safety during Ramadan. Lt. Col. Fawwaz bin Ibrahim Al-Zayidi, director of
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Saudi Civil Defense steps up safety plan for pilgrims

Author: SPAID: 1558299840874323100Mon, 2019-05-20 00:03 MAKKAH: Makkah’s Civil Defense has boosted its inspection program in the city as it works to ensure worshippers’ safety during Ramadan. Lt. Col. Fawwaz bin Ibrahim Al-Zayidi, director of the safety department at the General Directorate of Civil Defense in Makkah, said that more than 16,300 pilgrim and visitor facilities in the city have been inspected since the start of the year, with an average of 91 daily visits. Inspection of facilities frequented by pilgrims and Makkah’s residents have been intensified since the start of Ramadan, he said. The department’s safety work focuses on preventive supervision of facilities and issuing of licenses. A total of 5,755 licenses have been issued since the start of the year, including 635 licenses for hotels and furnished apartments, and 228 for restaurants. Al-Zayidi said that more than 2,140 inspections have taken place, including hotels, furnished apartments, restaurants and several businesses. The department is raising safety awareness through broadcasts for residents and pilgrims on social media platforms and screens throughout the city. Fire safety and evacuation procedures have also been shown on TV at hotels in Makkah’s central area. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Civil DefenseHajj and UmrahRamadan 2019 Saudi Civil Defense puts Ramadan plans in placeSaudi Civil Defense announces Ramadan security measures

Nearly 3.16 million held for residency, labor, border violations across KSA

Author: spaID: 1558299806564321900Mon, 2019-05-20 00:02 RIYADH: Nearly 3.16 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in a year-long roundup, according to an official report. Since the campaign began in No
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Nearly 3.16 million held for residency, labor, border violations across KSA

Author: spaID: 1558299806564321900Mon, 2019-05-20 00:02 RIYADH: Nearly 3.16 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in a year-long roundup, according to an official report. Since the campaign began in November 2017, there have been 3,159,388 offenders, including 2,461,868 for violating residency regulations, 487,670 for labor violations and 209,850 for border violations, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. The report said that 53,042 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 49 percent of whom were Yemeni citizens, 48 percent were Ethiopians and 3 percent were of other nationalities. 2,249 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and 3,823 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators. 1,299 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 35 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures. The total number of violators being subjected to procedures is 12,741, including 11,103 men and 1,638 women. Immediate penalties were imposed against 461,749 offenders; 422,442 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; 534,278 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 793,014 were deported. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi jawazatSaudi expats Over 3 million held for residency, labor, border violations across KSAAround 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

Rights and benefits of the Saudi ‘Green Card’

Author: RAWAN RADWANID: 1558300964294424000Mon, 2019-05-20 00:21 JEDDAH: The Um Al-Qura newspaper, the official gazette of the Saudi government, has published new information concerning the laws and regulations of the Privileged Iqama, widely know
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Rights and benefits of the Saudi ‘Green Card’

Author: RAWAN RADWANID: 1558300964294424000Mon, 2019-05-20 00:21 JEDDAH: The Um Al-Qura newspaper, the official gazette of the Saudi government, has published new information concerning the laws and regulations of the Privileged Iqama, widely known as the Saudi “Green Card.” It also carried the conditions under which the Iqama can be canceled. Following the announcement of the Saudi Cabinet’s approval of the Privileged Iqama residency permit, as previously reported by Arab News, the new information offers a further look at the Privileged Resident Permit (iqama) scheme. The iqama was first proposed in 2016 by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and was approved by the Cabinet last week. It will for the first time allow foreign nationals to work and live in Saudi Arabia without a sponsor. The scheme will enable expatriates to permanently reside, own property and invest in the Kingdom. An authorized draft of the new Privileged Iqama system offers a number of benefits to highly skilled expatriates and owners of capital funds that will not require a Saudi sponsor. A special committee has been given 90 days to determine regulations governing the mechanisms of the scheme, such as fees for applicants, which have not been yet determined by the authorities. Fahad bin Juma, vice chairman of the Shoura Council Financial Committee said that eligibility for the Saudi Green Card will be determined by a number of bodies headed by the Ministry of Commerce and Investment, as reported by Al-Watan newspaper. He also added that in order to be eligible, applicants must possess scientific or professional skills that are not abundantly available in the Kingdom, or they should be company owners who can invest in the country. The holder of the Privileged Iqama will be deemed resident for the purpose of applying other statutory provisions, especially tax provisions, regardless of how much time he spends outside the Kingdom in the course of the year. The applicant must be over 21 years of age, must have a valid passport, must not have a criminal record, and must provide a health report dated within 6 months of the application presenting proof that the applicant is free of infectious diseases. In the case of applications from within the Kingdom, the applicant must obtain a legal resident permit before applying. The Privilege Iqama rights include possession of private means of transport and any other movable properties that an expat is allowed to acquire as per the Saudi law, employment in private sector establishments and transfer between them (this includes the beneficiary’s family members) except for occupations and jobs from which non-Saudi nationals are banned. The rights also include freedom to leave the Kingdom and return to it independently, use of the queues designated for Saudi nationals when entering and exiting the Kingdom through its ports, and doing business under the foreign investment system. Under the system, two categories are provided to applicants, an extended iqama and temporary iqama subject to renewal. Upon approval of the application, according to Article 5, the applicant must pay the fees specified by the designated authorities; the holder will be deemed resident for the purpose of applying other statutory requirements, especially the tax provisions, regardless of how much time he spends outside the Kingdom in the course of the year. The Privileged Iqama does not entitle the holder to Saudi citizenship. The holder of the Privileged Iqama, will enjoy several rights, including residence in Saudi Arabia with his family, the right to issue visitor’s visas for relatives as defined by the MOI regulations, the recruitment of domestic workers, the possession of property for residential, commercial and industrial purposes with the exclusion of Makkah, Madinah and border areas as per the regulations. The holder will also be able to utilize property in Makkah and Madinah for a period not exceeding 99 years. The Ministries of Justice and Commerce and Investment shall establish the necessary mechanisms to ensure the beneficiary’s access to an instrument of utilization issued by the Notary Public. This right will be enforceable by transfer to others according to the rules set by the committee. Saudi Arabia’s minister of Economy and Planning, Mohammad Al-Tuwaijri, said that the Privilege Iqama law approved by the Saudi Cabinet confirms that the Kingdom is continuing its development and reform plans in accordance with Vision 2030 to develop its economy and enhance the attractiveness of its investment environment. The Privilege Iqama aims to make residents and expatriates an active part of the Saudi economy, promote consumption growth by increasing quality purchasing power and economic activity in various sectors, establish more small and medium enterprises, and generate jobs for Saudi citizens. The Privileged Iqama can be canceled if the holder did not comply with the obligations stipulated in Article 7 of the law, waivered his residency, and/or passed away or was no longer eligible. Several matters could lead to the cancelation of the Iqama, such as providing false information in the application, a conviction for a crime punishable by imprisonment for a period exceeding 60 days and/or a fine exceeding SR100,000, or a judicial decision to deport the holder from the Kingdom. The cancelation or termination of the Privilege Iqama does not entail the transfer of the rights and benefits, obtained in accordance with Article 2 of the law, to the holder’s family. However, if a family member met the conditions of this law and its regulations, he may apply for the Privileged Iqama. In the event of the cancelation or termination of the holder’s Iqama or any of his family members, the Privilege Iqama Center will, in coordination with the designated authorities, consider and remedy any consequences that may result therefrom in accordance with the law and its regulations. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi green cardSaudi expatsSaudi expats levyVision 2030 Expats welcome Saudi ‘green card’ but say questions need to be answeredSaudi green card is ‘for investors and scientifically skilled’

قطر تعرب عن استغرابها من تصريحات الجبير

أعربت المتحدثة باسم الخارجية القطرية، لولوة الخاطر، عن استغرابها من الاتهامات التي وجهها إلى قطر مؤخرا وزير الدولة للشؤون الخارجية السعودي،
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قطر تعرب عن استغرابها من تصريحات الجبير

أعربت المتحدثة باسم الخارجية القطرية، لولوة الخاطر، عن استغرابها من الاتهامات التي وجهها إلى قطر مؤخرا وزير الدولة للشؤون الخارجية السعودي، عادل الجب...

اول تعليق لوزير الطاقة السعودي على استهداف ارامكو

وصف وزير الطاقة السعودي خالد الفالح، يوم الأحد، الهجمات الأخيرة على محطة رقم 8 التابعة لشركة أرامكو السعودية بانها عرضت أمن إمدادات النفط للخ
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اول تعليق لوزير الطاقة السعودي على استهداف ارامكو

وصف وزير الطاقة السعودي خالد الفالح، يوم الأحد، الهجمات الأخيرة على محطة رقم 8 التابعة لشركة أرامكو السعودية بانها عرضت أمن إمدادات النفط للخطر لكنها...

Saudi Arabia deposits $250 million into Sudan’s Central Bank: statement

Sun, 2019-05-19 15:57 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it deposited $250 million with the Sudanese central bank, according to a statement from the Kingdom’s ministry of finance. Saudi Arabia and the UAE pledged to send $3 billion worth of aid to Sudan
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Saudi Arabia deposits $250 million into Sudan’s Central Bank: statement

Sun, 2019-05-19 15:57 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it deposited $250 million with the Sudanese central bank, according to a statement from the Kingdom’s ministry of finance. Saudi Arabia and the UAE pledged to send $3 billion worth of aid to Sudan, after mass protests led to the ouster of president Omar al-Bashir last month. The move will strengthen Sudan’s “financial position, alleviate pressure on the Sudanese pound and achieve more stability in the exchange rate," the statement said. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have deposited now $500 million into Sudan’s Central Bank, the first instalment of the joint package of aid. The remaining amount will be allocated to meet the urgent needs of the Sudanese people, including food, medications and oil derivatives. Mohammed Abdullah Al-Jadaan, Minister of Finance, confirmed that this deposit constitutes an extension of the Kingdom’s support to the Sudanese people. He added that this support will strengthen the financial and economic situation in Sudan, especially the exchange rate of the Sudanese pound, which should reflect positively on the living conditions of the Sudanese citizens. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaSudanSudan currencyDownfall of Omar Al-Bashir Sudan protesters insist on civilian head for new governing body in new talksSudan army rulers, protesters agree on 3-year transition period

Dr. Fahd Al-Shathri, deputy governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency

Author: Sun, 2019-05-19 21:23 Since June 2018, Dr. Fahd Al-Shathri has been the deputy governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA). He was previously the deputy governor for research and international affairs at the same agency, a position he h
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Dr. Fahd Al-Shathri, deputy governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency

Author: Sun, 2019-05-19 21:23 Since June 2018, Dr. Fahd Al-Shathri has been the deputy governor of the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA). He was previously the deputy governor for research and international affairs at the same agency, a position he held for two years from 2016. Al-Shathri served as an economic adviser to the Ministry of Finance between 2000 and 2011, and in 2009, he joined the board of the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD). In 2011, Al-Shathri was appointed an adviser to the executive director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington. Later that year, he was appointed an alternate executive director of the IMF, before becoming an executive director — and an executive board member — in 2013. Al-Shathri holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from King Saud University and a master’s degree in economics from King Saud University in Riyadh. He received his Ph.D. in public finance from Lehigh University, in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He has written analytical columns for several Saudi publications on issues related to the US, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council states. Earlier this month, Al-Shathri attended the inauguration ceremony for First Abu Dhabi Bank’s (FAB’s) new Riyadh Branch, along with several other officials, including Dr. Ahmed Abdulkarim Alkholifey, governor of SAMA; Khaldoon Khalifa Al-Mubarak, chairman of FAB’s board executive committee; Jassim Mohammed Al-Siddiqi, chairman of FAB’s board audit committee; and other members of the bank’s leadership team. The opening of FAB’s Riyadh Branch is expected to further strengthen commercial ties between the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Who's WhoAmbassador Osama NugaliSaudi Arabian Monetary Authority Bandar Al-Nahdi, first secretary at Saudi Arabia’s UN Mission in New YorkSheikh Dr. Faisal Jameel Ghazzawi, Makkah Grand Mosque imam

King Salman receives chairman of UAE Ifta Council

Author: Sun, 2019-05-19 21:41 RIYADH: The president of the UAE Ifta Council, Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah, along with other members of the council on Sunday called on King Salman at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah. The UAE Ifta Council chief conveyed the gre
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King Salman receives chairman of UAE Ifta Council

Author: Sun, 2019-05-19 21:41 RIYADH: The president of the UAE Ifta Council, Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah, along with other members of the council on Sunday called on King Salman at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah. The UAE Ifta Council chief conveyed the greetings of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan to the king.  During the meeting, they reviewed ways to serve the cause of Islam and contribute to spreading moderation. They also discussed other issues of mutual interest. The secretary-general of the Muslim World League, Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, State Minister and Cabinet member Dr. Musaed bin Mohammed Al-Aiban and Saudi Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf were also present during the meeting.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: UAE Ifta CouncilKing Salman King Salman to convene summit of Gulf and Arab statesKing Salman receives president of UAE’s Federal National Council in Jeddah

Saudi customs thwart smuggling attempts on buses transporting Umrah worshippers

Author: Sun, 2019-05-19 23:02 RIYADH: The Halat Ammar Customs on the Kingdom’s northwestern border prevented two attempts to smuggle a quantity of 184,737 Fenethylline tablets, also known by the brand name of Captagon. The pills were discovered hidde
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Saudi customs thwart smuggling attempts on buses transporting Umrah worshippers

Author: Sun, 2019-05-19 23:02 RIYADH: The Halat Ammar Customs on the Kingdom’s northwestern border prevented two attempts to smuggle a quantity of 184,737 Fenethylline tablets, also known by the brand name of Captagon. The pills were discovered hidden on two buses that were transporting passengers to the Kingdom’s holy sites. Mohammed Qaisi, the customs general manager, said the first bus was carrying 47 passengers and after the customs procedures were finalized and the passengers were processed, a bag containing 100,000 tablets was found. “The narcotics were hidden in an artistic way and were placed inside the bag’s lining,” he said. Qaisi also said the second attempt was thwarted in a similar way. The other bus was transporting 31 passengers, on which a total of 84,737 Captagon pills were seized. Saudi Arabia usually witnesses a rise of smuggling attempts during the Umrah and Hajj seasons, as they are exploited by smugglers trying to transport narcotics and other contraband.  Saudi Customs said it is exerting great efforts and working with all its human and technical capabilities to prevent the entry of illegal substances. Main category: Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia’s first multi-player VR gaming in RiyadhHow Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ula went from being underdeveloped...to having negative unemployment

صور خاصة تظهر الأضرار في أنبوب النفط السعودي

نشرت قناة الجزيرة صوراً لأقمار اصطناعية تظهر حجم الضرر الذي لحق بمحطة ضخ النفط رقم 8 التابعة لشركة أرامكو السعودية، التي استهدفها هجوم بطائرا
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صور خاصة تظهر الأضرار في أنبوب النفط السعودي

نشرت قناة الجزيرة صوراً لأقمار اصطناعية تظهر حجم الضرر الذي لحق بمحطة ضخ النفط رقم 8 التابعة لشركة أرامكو السعودية، التي استهدفها هجوم بطائرات مسيرة ...

3 دول عربية تعارض السعودية والبحرين والامارات في موضوع الحرب

أفادت صحيفة القبس الكويتية في تقرير لها ‏الأحد‏، 19‏ أيار‏، 2019 أن «هناك 3 دول خليجية تسعى إلى إقناع الأميركيين والإيرانيين بالجلوس إلى طاو
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3 دول عربية تعارض السعودية والبحرين والامارات في موضوع الحرب

أفادت صحيفة القبس الكويتية في تقرير لها ‏الأحد‏، 19‏ أيار‏، 2019 أن «هناك 3 دول خليجية تسعى إلى إقناع الأميركيين والإيرانيين بالجلوس إلى طاولة حوار» ...

خطيبة خاشقجي تلتقي برئيسة مجلس النواب الأمريكي

نشرت خديجة جنكيز خطيبة الصحفي السعودي الراحل جمال خاشقجي، الذي قتل في قنصلية بلاده باسطنبول، صورا لها صحبة رئيسة مجلس النواب الأمريكي، نانسي
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خطيبة خاشقجي تلتقي برئيسة مجلس النواب الأمريكي

نشرت خديجة جنكيز خطيبة الصحفي السعودي الراحل جمال خاشقجي، الذي قتل في قنصلية بلاده باسطنبول، صورا لها صحبة رئيسة مجلس النواب الأمريكي، نانسي بيلوسي....

رسالة يمنية للسعودية.. الوضع ما بعد هجمات 9 رمضان ليس كما قبلها

تعهدت حركة «أنصار الله» بتصعيد عملياتها ضد العدوان السعودي، قائلة إن ما بعد هجمات 14 مايو ليس كما كان قبلها....
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رسالة يمنية للسعودية.. الوضع ما بعد هجمات 9 رمضان ليس كما قبلها

تعهدت حركة «أنصار الله» بتصعيد عملياتها ضد العدوان السعودي، قائلة إن ما بعد هجمات 14 مايو ليس كما كان قبلها....

Saudi Arabia says deposits $250 million into Sudan's Central Bank: statement

Sun, 2019-05-19 15:57 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it deposited $250 million with the Sudanese central bank, according to a statement from the Kingdom’s ministry of finance. Saudi Arabia and the UAE pledged to send $3 billion worth of aid to Sudan
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Saudi Arabia says deposits $250 million into Sudan's Central Bank: statement

Sun, 2019-05-19 15:57 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it deposited $250 million with the Sudanese central bank, according to a statement from the Kingdom’s ministry of finance. Saudi Arabia and the UAE pledged to send $3 billion worth of aid to Sudan, after mass protests led to the ouster of president Omar al-Bashir last month. The move will strengthen Sudan’s “financial position, alleviate pressure on the Sudanese pound and achieve more stability in the exchange rate," the statement said. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have deposited now $500 million into Sudan’s Central Bank, the first instalment of the joint package of aid. The remaining amount will be allocated to meet the urgent needs of the Sudanese people, including food, medications and oil derivatives. Mohammed Abdullah Al-Jadaan, Minister of Finance, confirmed that this deposit constitutes an extension of the Kingdom’s support to the Sudanese people. He added that this support will strengthen the financial and economic situation in Sudan, especially the exchange rate of the Sudanese pound, which should reflect positively on the living conditions of the Sudanese citizens. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaSudanSudan currencyDownfall of Omar Al-Bashir Sudan army rulers say talks with protesters to resume SundaySudan army rulers, protesters agree on 3-year transition period

Embassy in Ankara warns Saudi investors

Author: arab newsID: 1558214598016099700Sun, 2019-05-19 00:22 JEDDAH: The Saudi Embassy in Ankara on Friday posted a warning for Saudi real estate investors in Turkey on its official Twitter account. The embassy said it had received a high number
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Embassy in Ankara warns Saudi investors

Author: arab newsID: 1558214598016099700Sun, 2019-05-19 00:22 JEDDAH: The Saudi Embassy in Ankara on Friday posted a warning for Saudi real estate investors in Turkey on its official Twitter account. The embassy said it had received a high number of complaints, some about fraud, from Saudi investors in Turkey’s real estate market. Saudis wishing to buy property or invest in Turkey are urged to contact the embassy and consulate first to provide them with sufficient details in order to preserve their rights. Cases reported to the embassy include not receiving a title deed or receiving mortgage-restricted titles, “in addition to preventing them (Saudis) from entering their houses despite paying the full value of the property and receiving threats from construction companies,” the embassy said. It urged investors to contact the embassy to learn about legal procedures and the credibility of companies operating in the field. Many saw Turkish real estate as a good opportunity amid the country’s economic turmoil in 2018, dramatic fluctuations in its currency, and recently eased restrictions on foreign buyers. The number of properties sold to foreigners jumped 87 percent at the start of 2019 compared to the same period last year, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute, TRT English reported in April. Kate Everett-Allen, head of international residential research at the estate agency Knight Frank, told Arab News that Gulf buyers are mainly from Iraq and Saudi Arabia, with a smaller number from Kuwait and Iran.  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi embassy in Ankara Joint Saudi-Turkey action on Syria and Yemen plannedTurkey needs credible plan to avoid downgrade, says Moody’s

How Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ula went from being underdeveloped...to having negative unemployment

Sun, 2019-05-19 01:20 RIYADH: In almost no time, the city of Al-Ula in northwest Saudi Arabia went from being relatively unknown to a very early symbol of success for the Kingdom’s ambitious Vision 2030 reform plan. Previously underdeveloped and mostly i
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How Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ula went from being underdeveloped...to having negative unemployment

Sun, 2019-05-19 01:20 RIYADH: In almost no time, the city of Al-Ula in northwest Saudi Arabia went from being relatively unknown to a very early symbol of success for the Kingdom’s ambitious Vision 2030 reform plan. Previously underdeveloped and mostly ignored, it has now become home to the Winter at Tantora music festival, which was sold out every night between December and February as visitors flocked to see legends such as Andrea Bocelli, Yanni, Mohammed Abdo and Majida El-Roumi perform. Projects such as the Sharaan Resort and Sharaan Nature Reserve, which are due to open in 2023, promise to turn the city into the tourist hotspot it was always meant to be. After all, not many places in the world can say they are sitting on 3,000 years of history, which is the case with Al-Ula, which is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Madain Saleh. Recently, the Hot Air Balloon Festival presented a blueprint for adventure tourism in Saudi Arabia. Next, the Dakar Rally will take place there in 2020. Al-Ula’s success — mostly due to the work done by a dedicated, recently formed royal commission — portrays what Vision 2030 is all about: Opening up new industries, lessening the Kingdom’s dependence on oil, capitalizing on its long-ignored historic and cultural treasures, and creating jobs for the country’s booming population. A senior official with access to employment figures told Arab News that in less than three years, Al-Ula has achieved a negative unemployment rate of 2 percent. This means that Al-Ula now needs to import workers from neighboring regions to keep pace with the demand for jobs. “I’m so happy with the opening of tourism in Al-Ula. It has given us an opportunity to work and let go of some of the super-conservative beliefs that (our) people had,” said Manal Al-Budair, an Al-Ula local who works in the media. “In the past, the only acceptable job for females was a teacher. But with the opening up of Al-Ula, much change has taken place,” she added.  “I hope we host more events. It’s truly a pleasure and an honor to welcome people from all over the world to our historical city,” she said. “Tantora highlighted our youth’s ambitions and our willingness to work hard, prosper and succeed.” Mirrors outside the Maraya concert hall. (Itar-Tass) Fired by ambition, many locals say they want to work as managers or hold equivalent job titles. The perception of some of Al-Ula’s residents is that some senior-level positions have been filled by talent from bigger cities who have more experience in fields such as hotel management and marketing. However, the Royal Commission for Al-Ula (RCU) has a promising plan to develop skills and deepen the job market. “The people of Al-Ula are at the heart of the Royal Commission for Al-Ula’s drive to encourage economic prosperity for current and future generations,” said the RCU’s CEO Amr Al-Madani. “The people of Al-Ula hosted 37,000 visitors from 72 countries around the world during the first successful annual Winter at Tantora festival.” Ahmed Alimam, a senior tourism development officer at the RCU, told Arab News: “The people of Al-Ula are hugely encouraged by the opportunities continually opening up through Al-Ula’s positioning on the (economic) map.” He said: “Al-Ula has long been a destination that has welcomed visitors from around the world in its capacity as a historic crossroads and as a place for pilgrims to rest during their journeys.” The Elephant rock in the Ula desert. (AFP) He added: “Our ancestors had long guided visitors across the desert, but with the advent of modern-day transport, this role had almost disappeared. Now, we’re sharing our heritage with the world once again.” The RCU has worked up palpable enthusiasm in Al-Ula over its potential as an outstanding destination for tourists. Scholarships and training are broadening horizons, meaning that people in Al-Ula are learning from global best practices. “An entrepreneurial spirit is truly encouraged, with young men and women applying for business licenses and investing in equipment, and even farmers building residential units and huts inside farms and between palm trees,” Alimam said. The RCU has hired young Saudis from Al-Ula to be trained to become park rangers.  A Saudi park ranger. (Royal Commission for Al-Ula) They will work to preserve and develop the wildlife in the park, which will have breeding programs for rare and endangered species that are native to the region. “The rangers have been trained by expert rangers from the College of African Wildlife Management Tanzania (CAWM) from Mweka, which is the leading institution for professional and technical training in wildlife and tourism management in Africa,” said Al-Madani. “Additionally, qualified and highly experienced staff are offering research and consultancy services to enhance wildlife management at Sharaan, and are now sharing their knowledge with young people in Al-Ula.” Scholarships are a strong incentive for the people of Al-Ula to be ambitious about their career plans.  The first scholarship phase, which started in 2018, saw a total of 168 students head for studies in the UK, the US and France. “Following a hugely successful first year, the program is being expanded. In its second year, we’re sending 300 students overseas to the existing three countries as well as Australia,” said Dr. Rami Al-Sakran, director of the RCU’s scholarship program. “The RCU launched its scholarship program in 2018, with the objective of giving successful applicants the opportunity to pursue degrees at prestigious universities and academic institutions overseas,” he added. “This is a key pillar in the RCU’s commitment to working with the local community to build their capabilities and empower the region’s development,” he said. “Recently, we hosted the first midyear summit for our phase 1 students, in the US, the UK and France. We were enormously proud to see the progress they’ve made so far as they get a world-class education and actively engage in new cultures, broadening their horizons.” Many locals, including Rawan Abdul-Rahman, an organizer of Winter at Tantora, are happy with the opportunities that have been presented to them. “It was an amazing experience. It gave us opportunities and opened doors for us,” she said.  “Even our families, who are conservative and would’ve never approved of anything like this before, were ecstatic and encouraged us to take part in all the events. This is something unprecedented given our conservative backgrounds.” Summing up the experience of the local population, Abdul-Rahman added: “Al-Ula not only opened us to the world, it also opened the world to us.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTravelTags: Al-UlaVision 2030Sharaan Nature ReserveMadain SalehUNESCO World Heritage SiteTantora Fans of Iraqi music treated to a double helping at Tantora festivalSaudia adds flights from Riyadh to Al-Ula

Saudi crown prince, Pompeo discuss regional security concerns

Author: Sun, 2019-05-19 02:18 JEDDAH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is also deputy prime minister and defense minister, has received a telephone call from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday night, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) sa
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Saudi crown prince, Pompeo discuss regional security concerns

Author: Sun, 2019-05-19 02:18 JEDDAH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is also deputy prime minister and defense minister, has received a telephone call from US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday night, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said early Sunday. “During the telephone conversation, they discussed developments in the region and efforts to enhance security and stability in the region,” the report said. A day before, some members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), including Saudi Arabia, gave their approval to a request by the US to deploy military forces in the waters of the Arabian Gulf, according to a report by Al-Sharq Al-Awsat newspaper, quoting unnamed Arab diplomatic sources. The main objective of the move is to allow Washington and Gulf nations to work together to deter any aggression or military threat from Iran against its neighbors or US interests in the region, the sources said.  Tensions have escalated following attacks this week on a Saudi oil pipeline and a number of cargo ships in the Arabian Gulf off the coast of Fujairah in the UAE.       Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Arabian GulfIran terror threat US warns airliners flying in Arabian Gulf amid Iran tensionsUAE minister blames Iran for heightened tensions in the region 

Saudi Arabia’s Al-Jubeir: ‘We don’t want war but we will defend ourselves’

Sun, 2019-05-19 03:15 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is doing its best to avoid war in the region but stands ready to respond with «all strength and determination» to defend itself from any threat, the Kingdom's top diplomat said on Sunday. In a news con
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Saudi Arabia’s Al-Jubeir: ‘We don’t want war but we will defend ourselves’

Sun, 2019-05-19 03:15 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is doing its best to avoid war in the region but stands ready to respond with «all strength and determination» to defend itself from any threat, the Kingdom's top diplomat said on Sunday. In a news conference, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir accused Iran of committing «countless crimes» including seeking to destabilize the region. He urged the international community to take responsibility to stop the Islamic republic from doing so. «Our security and religion are a red line,» Al-Jubeir said. His statement comes following last week's attacks on Saudi oil tankers in the Arabian Gulf and installations within the Kingdom. Iran’s foreign minister was quoted by the state-run IRNA news agency on Saturday as saying his country is “not seeking war” even as the chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard said Tehran was in a “full-fledged intelligence war with the US.“ The US has ordered bombers and an aircraft carrier to the Arabian Gulf over an unexplained threat they perceive from Iran, raising tensions a year after Trump pulled America out of Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers. Al-Jubeir said Iranian regime can spare the region the dangers of war by adhering to international laws and covenants, by stopping its interference in the internal affairs of other countries of the region, by stopping its support for terrorist groups and militias, and immediately halting its missile and nuclear weapons programs. «Saudi Arabia stresses that its hand is always extended to peace and seeks to achieve it, and believes that the peoples of the region, including the Iranian people, have the right to live in security and stability and to move towards development,» he said. «We want peace and stability and we want to focus on the Kingdom's Vision 2030 which will enrich Saudi people’s lives,» he added. Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies Bahrain, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates have repeatedly accused Iran of bankrolling the activities of its proxy Shiite militias such as the Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Houthis in Yemen and various groups in Iraq. Houthi militias had repeatedly launched ballistic missiles and rockets into civilian targets in Saudi Arabia since a Saudi-led Arab Coalition threw its support behind the government of Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi against the Iran-backed power-grabbers. Last week, they owned responsibility for the drone attacks on two oil pumping stations in Saudi Arabia. Al-Jubeir also urged Qatar, an estranged member of the GCC to stop supporting extremists and terrorists and return to the fold. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt severed trade and diplomatic ties with Qatar in 2017, charging Doha of siding with terror groups that have been destabilizing the region.  Instead of making amends with its GCC brothers, Qatar sought help from Turkey and Iran in bid to alleviate the impact of the boycott action of the group known as the anti-terror quarter (ATQ). Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: IranQatarArabian GulfAdel Al-Jubeir US warns airliners flying in Arabian Gulf amid Iran tensionsGulf nations ‘approve US request to deploy troops in the Gulf’

Braun Strowman to face Bobby Lashley at WWE Super Showdown in Jeddah

Author: Sun, 2019-05-19 11:38 WWE Superstar Braun Strowman will go head-to-head with Bobby Lashley at WWE Super ShowDown next month in Jeddah. The two superstars will wrestle on Friday, June 7 at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium. Hosted by t
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Braun Strowman to face Bobby Lashley at WWE Super Showdown in Jeddah

Author: Sun, 2019-05-19 11:38 WWE Superstar Braun Strowman will go head-to-head with Bobby Lashley at WWE Super ShowDown next month in Jeddah. The two superstars will wrestle on Friday, June 7 at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium. Hosted by the Saudi General Sports Authority, the show will also feature the first-ever match between WWE Hall of Famer Goldberg and Undertaker. Triple H will also go against Randy Orton as they create another chapter of their storied rivalry. There will also be a 50-Man Battle Royal—the largest in WWE history. Tickets are available at www.sharek.sa with prices start at 25 SA ($6). Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: WWEWWE Super Showdown WWE star Ali shares his routine during holy month of RamadanWWE returns to Saudi Arabia in June

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تحدثت صحيفة «واشنطن بوست» في افتتاحيتها، التي جاءت تحت عنوان «الكونغرس يستطيع تحقيق العدالة لجمال خاشقجي، أما ترامب فلن يفعل ذلك»
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اكد رئيس منظمة الحج والزيارة الايرانية حميد محمدي، ان عدد الحجاج الایرانیین لموسم الحج هذا العام قد ارتفع إلی 84 ألف مواطن، وبإضافة القوی العاملة وال...

ان لم تستح فاصنع ما شئت.. هذا هو حال السعودية الان

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ان لم تستح فاصنع ما شئت.. هذا هو حال السعودية الان

«ان لم تستح فاصنع ما شئت» ، المراد من هذا القول هو أنه من لم يستح صنع ما شاء؛ فإن المانع من فعل القبائح هو الحياء، فمن لم يكن له حياءٌ، انهمك في كل م...

هكذا ردت قطر على ادعاءات السعودية

وجه الرئيس التنفيذي للمؤسسة القطرية للإعلام الشيخ، عبد الرحمن بن حمد آل ثاني، رسالة إلى السلطات السعودية ردا على تصريحات المملكة في ما يتعلق
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هكذا ردت قطر على ادعاءات السعودية

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اول تعليق للسعودية على تهديد إبن سلمان لـ’البغدادي’

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اول تعليق للسعودية على تهديد إبن سلمان لـ’البغدادي’

علقت السلطات السعودية، مساء أمس السبت، على تصريحات الناشط الفلسطيني إياد البغدادي، الذي قال إن أجهزة الأمن النرويجية حذرته من تهديد السلطات السعودية ...

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أعلنت الإمارات، في ساعة مبكرة الأحد، أن «الظروف الدقيقة الحالية تتطلب موقفا خليجيا وعربيا موحدا في ظل التحديات والأخطار المحيطة»....
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قال وزير الدولة السعودي للشؤون الخارجية، عادل الجبير، أن قطر دولة من مجلس التعاون الخليجي، ولكنها أساءت لدول مجلس التعاون الخليجي....
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حقيقة شراء الوليد بن طلال لنادي كرة قدم مصري

أكد مصدر مسؤول بنادي إف سي مصر، عدم صحة الأنباء التي ترددت مؤخرًا عن قيام رجل الأعمال السعودي، «الوليد بن طلال»، بشراء النادي والاستثما
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محمد بن سلمان يتلقى اتصالا من بومبيو

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الجبير يعلن موقف بلاده من الحرب في المنطقة

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زعم وزير الدولة السعودي للشؤون الخارجية السعودية عادل الجبير ان السعودية «لا تريد الحرب، ولكن إذا اختارها الطرف الآخر سنرد بقوة وحزم»....

العاهل السعودي يدعو لعقد قمتين خليجية وعربية طارئتين

دعا العاهل السعودي الملك سلمان بن عبد العزيز لعقد قمتين خليجية وعربية طارئتين في الـ 25 من رمضان الموافق 30 مايو في مكة مكرمة، وذلك لمناقشة الهج
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العاهل السعودي يدعو لعقد قمتين خليجية وعربية طارئتين

دعا العاهل السعودي الملك سلمان بن عبد العزيز لعقد قمتين خليجية وعربية طارئتين في الـ 25 من رمضان الموافق 30 مايو في مكة مكرمة، وذلك لمناقشة الهجمات ا...

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