RIYADH: A number of foreign ambassadors in Riyadh on Thursday applauded and expressed support for Vision 2030, the ambitious plan to diversify the Saudi economy.“Vision 2030 is a ‘big thing.’ It’s a strategic project for the future of Saudi Arabia,” German Ambassador Boris Ruge told Arab News from Washington, DC, where he is on an official trip.“I’m halfway across the globe but I am following the developments taking place in the Kingdom, which is our close ally and big trade partner in the region.”He added: “The staff at the German Embassy, now under Chargé d’Affaires Michael Ohnmacht, and I am studying the document and as we do, we are upbeat and excited about it.”He said that Germany is already considering measures to step up collaboration with the Kingdom as it implements Vision 2030.“For Germany, Vision 2030 is a strategic project as far as the future of Saudi Arabia is concerned.”I...
JEDDAH: A multinational company is bringing a new system to Saudi Arabia that enables 16 cars to par...
Qingtongxia, China: The founder of Sai Wai Xiang Halal Foodstuff Co. does not follow Islam, but stil...
RIYADH: The Wasil service, which aims to send car registration cards by post to owners, has been launched.“With the new service, motorists will save time since they don’t have to personally claim their new car registration cards (istamara) from the Traffic Department,” said Maj. Gen. Abdullah Al-Zahrani, Traffic Department director.The new service came upon the directives of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, deputy premier...
JEDDAH: Five construction workers were reportedly injured after a Bin Laden company official hit them with his car on Wednesday morning as he was trying to get away from a group protesting salary delays of four months.The incident took place at a project run by the company at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah. The Labor Ministry has since suspended all services to the company for failing to comply with the W...

SAUDI ARABIA »

JEDDAH: A well-known local chef has described how Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has inspired him to continue to work hard for himself and his family.Chef Ali bin Yousef told a local publication that the king asked him his name and whether he was from Qasim at a recent gathering at th...
RIYADH: The late Prince Saud Al-Faisal was honored at a special event here earlier this week for his efforts to bring stability and security to the Middle East during some of its worst crises.Prince Saud, who served as the Kingdom’s foreign minister from 1975 to 2015, the longest ever globally, was hailed for his efforts in...
RIYADH: Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir stated that as a far-sighted foreign minister, the late Prince Saud Al-Faisal had left an outstanding example and legacy to world diplomacy. Prince Saud spent four decades serving the Kingdom and the world with the utmost devotion and sincerity.Paying a rich tribute to the world’s lon...
RIYADH: The police would always accompany members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) in the field, said Abdulrahman bin Abdullah Al-Sanad, the organization’s president, according to a local media report recently.Al-Sanad said these were part of the regulations approved by the Cabinet...
JEDDAH: Saudis will never forget the royal decrees by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman shortly after he came to power.Of great importance was the choice of Prince Mohammed bin Naif as crown prince. The second great decision was to appoint Prince Mohammed bin Salman as deputy crown prince.These decisions showed...
JEDDAH: Minister of Culture and Information Adel Al-Toraifi led the Kingdom’s delegation to the 7th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations being hosted by Azerbaijan in Baku.In his speech, Al-Toraifi conveyed the greetings of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman to the president of Azerbaijan...
JEDDAH: The Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution in Jeddah is interrogating two men and a woman arrested for kidnapping and extortion. They allegedly kidnapped runaway underage girls and blackmailed their parents into paying money.The three had kept five girls in an apartment and then threatened to kill them if th...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is ranked first in the Middle East and 36th internationally for job opportunities in the tourism and the travel sector, according to the Travel and Tourism Index 2015.The annual index, issued by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), also ranked the Kingdom first in the Middle East and 36th intern...
RIYADH: Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar said that the current generation of Saudis have shown an inclination toward creativity.He made the statement on Tuesday morning as he patronized the “Innovator 2” program organized by the Riyadh Chamber in cooperation with the General Directorate of Education.On the occasion, stu...
RIYADH: Shoura Council members have urged Health Minister Khalid Al-Falih to provide a detailed report on shortcomings in the ministry, rather than just list its achievements.Abdullah Al-Fifi, a Shoura member, was quoted as saying by a local publication recently that all issues, failures and achievements, must be provided i...
RIYADH: The Ethiopian Embassy has expressed its appreciation for the fifth African-Saudi cultural show presented by students recently in the presence of the mission’s Director of Diaspora Affairs, Faysal Aliye.“It‘s heartwarming to watch a presentation on the cultures of Saudi Arabia and the African countries of Ethiopia, S...
RIYADH: Education forms the core of the ambitious Vision 2030, intending to insert positive moral beliefs in children’s characters from an early age by reshaping the academic system at the grass-roots level for a strong educational foundation.Ready to usher in a new era of all-round development, the government outlines that...
RIYADH: Working on a zero-tolerance policy against smuggling of contraband, border security personnel and police thwarted smuggling attempts seizing a huge cache of cannabis in various operations on the Yemeni border.Acting on a tip-off, police seized 589 kg of cannabis (hashish) in four separate smuggling operations across...

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BEIRUT/GENEVA: A wave of airstrikes and shelling killed more than 60 people in l...

DOHA: Turkey deployed soldiers to a new military base in Qatar on Thursday as pa...

BAGHDAD: The Iraqi authorities have shut down the Al-Jazeera channel’s Baghdad o...

THE UNITED NATIONS: An Indian-flagged oil tanker was added to a UN sanctions bla...

AMMAN: The escalating violence in Syria’s Aleppo city is pushing people living u...

WORLD »

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump’s first major foreign policy address alarmed American a...

LONDON: A British court has ruled that Britons who have lived abroad for more th...

VIENNA: Warning of “growing xenophobia,” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on Thu...

NEW DELHI: A group of hard-line Hindu activists and police stormed a church in c...

MANILA: Philippine President Benigno Aquino warned on Thursday his country was o...

SPORTS »

JEDDAH: Sponsor team Perfetto stayed perfect in four games in Reinforced Group A...

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JEDDAH: The semifinal matches went according to form with top seeds ICD (Islamic...

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MORGINS, Switzerland: Colombia’s Nairo Quintana seized control of the Tour de Ro...

ECONOMY »

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul All-Share Index edged down 0.2 percent Thursday as investors booked profits, but still gained 3.3 percent over the week. It gained strongly...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s National Transformation Program (NTP) will focus on restructuring various government agencies, to make them better aligned to deliver on Vision 2030 and other national priorities. Identification of innovative administrative and funding approaches, and opportunities for partnering with private sector a...
JEDDAH: KPMG has released its first GCC listed bank results report, analyzing the published financial statements of 56 leading listed commercial banks across Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the UAE.The report covers over 90 percent of the region’s listed banking assets, and indicates that the regional bankin...
SEOUL: Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest smartphone maker, reported a better-than-expected jump in net profits, boosted by the successful early release of its new flagship Galaxy handset.The result will encourage shareholders after a disappointing 2015 that saw the firm lose more than $8.0 billion in market value, wi...
NEW YORK: Oil markets steadied on Thursday after scaling 2016 highs for a third day in a row on the back of a weak dollar as investors looked beyond record high US crude inventories and relentless pumping by major producers to the prospect of future demand.Oil prices have risen 75 percent in about three months or less since...
ALGIERS: As part of steps to open up its economy after a sharp fall in energy earnings, Algeria’s government has drafted a new investment law offering incentives to local and foreign businessmen in its non-oil sector.The draft, a copy of which was seen by Reuters, includes tax breaks and measures to ease bureaucratic proced...
MANILA: A Philippine anti-money laundering body has lodged a complaint against owners of a remittance firm it called a “cleaning house” to hide the trail of $81 million looted from a Bangladesh bank, in one of the biggest cyber heists in history.Philrem Service Corporation muddied the process and washed the stolen funds via...
TOKYO: The Bank of Japan shocked markets Thursday as it held fire on fresh stimulus measures, sparking questions about whether there is anything left in its policy arsenal to kickstart a sliding economy.Dealers were caught off guard by the decision, which sent the yen skyrocketing, especially after another set of weak econo...
WASHINGTON: The US economy inched forward at the weakest pace in two years from January through March, as consumer spending growth slowed, business investment plunged and exports declined further.The gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic health, grew by a tiny 0.5 percent in the first quarter, the Commerc...
NEW YORK: Facebook Inc’s quarterly revenue rose more than 50 percent, handily beating Wall Street expectations as its wildly popular mobile app and a push into live video lured new advertisers and encouraged existing ones to boost spending.The company’s shares rose 9.5 percent in after-hours trading to $118.39, at nearly tr...
 
 
 
 
 

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ART & CULTURE »

After the success of the annual Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience in the fashion capital of the Middle East — Dubai — the unique and exciting event has traveled all the way to Jeddah, the fashion capital of Saudi Arabia.
Rubaiyat, Saudi Arabia’s go-to luxury destination, and Vogue Italia, the most influential Italian fashion magazine, have co...

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY »

ASMR: ASMR, or autonomous sensory meridian response, has a huge following on YouTube. Video hosts whisper or create “trigger noises,” such as tapping or scratching. Supposedly it gives some people “brain tingles” and helps to relax the listener.
Internet debates: Have you ever gone back and forth with someone on Facebook ... and enjoyed it...

FASHION »

Last week, Jeddah witnessed one of the biggest fashion events to be ever held in the country. Vogue Italia’s team came all the way from Italy to celebrate local fashion talents and offer them the opportunity to be featured in an international magazine.
Vogue Fashion Experience Jeddah comprised a three-day event celebration dedicated to fas...

TRAVEL »

I recently took up sailing and had already acquired several certificates and was ready to test my seafaring boundaries. Growing up, I have been inspired greatly by explorers. It’s the unknown and ambiguity that makes explorations fascinating. I came across Hummingbird, a 60-foot ocean-racing clipper that once belonged to an amateur racing fleet...

FOOD & HEALTH »

To most outsiders, Saudi food remains a mystery by and large, even in a time when there is no dearth of food bloggers and Buzzfeed videos showcasing recipes from far and wide places. Be it Korea’s Kimchi or Brazil’s Brigadeiros, if you are armed with a phone or a tablet, you are good to go to the kitchen. However, traditional Saudi food has evaded such spotlight for long. The closest you get online is a non-Saudi chef creating his or her own version of ‘Kabsa’ or ‘Sambusa’. Enter Eman Gazzaz, the only English-speaking Saudi blogger with a popular YouTube channel ‘Saudi Food with Eman’ where she dishes out some authentic Saudi recipes in easy to follow videos.Eman has a great personality and...
Boost Your Immune System Naturally: An Essential Guide to Fighting Illness & Improving Natural Resistance by MacEoin, Beth begins with a strong statement: “Without our body’s immune system we can’t survive”. Indeed, when our immune system works in a balanced way, we gain a multitude of benefits.We are not only free of infections but we also do not suffer from allergies, digestive problems, skin disorders, joint stiffness and pain. But how can we protect and boost the immune system? Beth MacEoin, a qualified homeopath and the author of 17 books, answers this question in this practical guide. “Boost Your Immune System Naturally” shows you how you can improve your overall health, build up...
According to the World Health Organization, as many as 8 out of 10 people are affected by some form of back pain at one point during their lives. With the help of the book ‘Back Care Basics’ by Stella Wellar, you can improve your posture and strengthen your muscles both to prevent back problems from developing and to treat existing back pain. Although the spine is marvelous in its construction, and also strong and flexible, it is nevertheless vulnerable to a myriad of disorders. Some back problems are simply due to the process of wear and tear, while others are caused by infections, tumors, injuries, poor postural habits and even pregnancy.Disc problems are also common and they occur more...

OFFBEAT »

ABU DHABI: A Palestinian author has won the International Prize for Arab Fiction for the first time for a novel about th...
It has been a while since Sonakshi Sinha was seen on silver screen after ‘Tevar’ early last year. Well, currently Sona is busy shooting for Vipul Shah’s action film ‘Force 2’ opposite B Town hottie John Abraham. Although, the film shoot was impeded due to co-star John’s leg injury, and then due to a change in off-site location after the unit was denied permission to shoot in China. But, now the duo is back in action and shooting a romantic number from Anil Kapoor and Sridevi starer ‘Mr India’, the iconic song ‘Kaate Nahi Kat Te’. Other than ‘Force 2’ the ‘Dabangg’ actress has apparently given...
MIAMI: Whether scorned woman or confident seductress, Beyonce moved seamlessly between the two on the opening night of her Formation World Tour in Miami, offering no insight into the rumors of marital infidelity fueled by her latest album.Queen B came out swinging Wednesday in an oversized black western hat and bodysuit, trading her normal stilettos for military-style combat boots. She opened the show with “Formation” and had the crowd in a frenzy as she moved to her latest anthem “Sorry,” noticeable scorn in her tone as she sang, “Tonight, I regret the night I put that ring on.” Both songs...

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