All indications are that the 2015 budget to be unveiled by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah on Thursday will keep spending at current levels, which will boost growth, ensure an ideal business environment and create jobs.Economists do not expect any fall in government spending for next year despite a 50 percent plunge in oil prices. They have predicted a slight increase in spending in 2015 compared to the projected expenditure of SR855 billion this year.“I believe there will be a slight increase in spending,” said Abdullah Allawi, assistant director general for research at Aljazira Capital, adding that it would be financed by the Kingdom’s huge reserves.The Kingdom’s total cash reserves stood at SR1.492 trillion in October 2014 while its total reserves in assets amounted to SR2.78 trillion, according to figures published by Asharq Al-Awsat Arabic daily.Saudi revenue has bee...
Eleven lives were snuffed out in road crashes across the Kingdom on Wednesday. In Bisha seven passen...
Egyptian police have launched a manhunt to arrest the killer of a 39-year-old Saudi tourist whose bo...
Saudi Arabia plans to raise government spending 0.6 percent to a record high in its 2015 budget while covering a large deficit due to plunging oil prices with its huge fiscal reserves, the Ministry of Finance said. The budget gives the first detailed look at how Saudi Arabia intends to handle an era of cheaper oil. The stock market rose in the minutes after the announcement, trading 0.9 percent higher. Financial markets h...
NEW YORK: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urged the Islamic State captors of a Jordanian pilot whose warplane was shot down in northeast Syria to treat him humanely, his spokesman said.“He (Ban) calls on his captors to treat the pilot in accordance with international humanitarian law,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. He told reporters that Ban was also “deeply concerned with the continued use of violenc...

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Housing prices in the Kingdom will go down 30 percent due to falling oil prices, distribution of more low-cost homes and the imposition of Zakat on vacant land, a real estate expert has predicted.“The real estate market is facing an unprecedented recession and many agents have spoken about falling s...
The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) has sponsored this year’s Historic Jeddah Festival with SR3 million.Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the SCTA, and Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majid, who is also head of the festival’s organizing committee, signed the agreement recently, on the sidelines of th...
Secretary-General of the Muslim World League Abdullah Al-Turki has commended the initiative of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to bring together Egypt and Qatar and to restore relations between the two states."The initiative of the custodian of the Two Holy Mosques is not out of character for the king, who i...
The cosmetic and plastic surgery market in the Kingdom is witnessing a boom with a volume in excess of SR4 billion where men make up 40 percent of the customers, local media said. Riyadh recorded the highest rate of cosmetic surgery at 70 percent, followed by Jeddah and the Eastern Province at 25 percent and 5 percent, resp...
The special criminal court in Riyadh has convicted 60 people of terrorism over the past three months, and sentenced them to lengthy jail terms, fines and travel bans.In one case, a man was found guilty of mixing with suspicious individuals, watching video material encouraging people to join the fighting in Yemen and attendi...
According to statistics of the Traffic Safety Committee in the Eastern Province there were 119 motorcycle accidents and 19 deaths in all cities of the province from the beginning of last year (1435 H) until this month with 79 accidents recorded in Dammam alone.The alarming number of fatalities due to motorcycle accidents ca...
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) has launched a center that would help boost the practical skills of its students, a senior official said recently.The center is one of the main investments of KFUPM’s endowment fund, and would provide offices for some of the world’s top companies, said Ahmed Saad Al-Qah...
The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) disclosed recently that as many as 21,000 of its members across the Kingdom have undergone various trainings as part of their mission to better serve the public.This came during the launch of the new online Electronic Horizon Training for its members,...
The scheduled visit of an OIC team to Colombo to prepare for its secretary-general’s visit has been postponed on account of the island’s presidential elections, according to sources from the Sri Lankan Embassy here. Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Iyad Ameen Madani was to visit Sri Lanka e...
The Eastern Province-based alumni of India’s Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) held a celebration here recently to remember the contribution of AMU founder Sir Syed Ahmad Khan.At a packed event, former member of the Indian Parliament Mohammad Adeeb, who was the chief guest, said the community should make sure it is politicall...
Azerbaijan Ambassador Rasim Rzayev told Arab News on Tuesday that the Azerbaijani diaspora, including those residing in Saudi Arabia, are not only contributing to the economic growth of their country but are also taking part in political and cultural developments.Speaking on the occasion of his country’s Day of Solidarity t...
LuLu Hypermarket in the Kingdom is set to employ 10,000 Saudis during the next five years, Padmasiri Yusuffali M.A, managing director of LuLu Group, told newsmen in Riyadh on Wednesday. He was speaking to reporters following the opening of the 112th branch of the LuLu Hypermarket at Exit-30 Khurais Road by Prince Saud bin A...
The Eastern Province Municipality recently embarked on a mission to establish the infrastructure for exercise and entertainment activities for persons with special needs within the community, under the banner of its general social responsibility toward the community at large, and particularly for persons with special needs...

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JERUSALEM: Israeli authorities gave final approval on Wednesday to the construct...

BAGHDAD: A suicide bomber attacked Sunni anti-jihadi fighters south of Baghdad o...

AMMAN: Islamic State fighters took a Jordanian pilot captive after his warplane...

GAZA CITY: Israel launched an airstrike in southern Gaza on Wednesday and killed...

CAIRO: In Egypt, where tattoos are widely considered taboo, organizers have held...

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KABUL, Afghanistan: US senator John McCain is in Kabul for Christmas day.The for...

WASHINGTON: The Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation program and the spy age...

MOSCOW: Russian investigators Wednesday said they had new proof from a witness t...

MOSCOW: Russia said on Wednesday NATO was turning Ukraine into a “front-line of...

BERLIN: President Joachim Gauck urged Germans to welcome with open arms the hund...

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JEDDAH: Al Naghi of Ahmed Mohammed Abdul Wahab Naghi and Sons Co. defeated BMW 8...

JEDDAH: After seven weeks and 60 matches of sheer entertainment, the fourth seas...

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has announced a 2015 budget with a huge $38.6 billion deficit due to the sharp decline in oil prices but still raised spending.A statement read on st...
The services provided by the Jubail Industrial College (JIC) came under the spotlight at a recent event.Jubail Industrial City hosted the third workshop for representatives of various industries. It took place at JIC’s multipurpose hall.The aim of the workshop is to discuss common issues in the industries, including trainin...
LONDON: Oil prices fell in thin pre-holiday trade, but analysts said losses were curbed by upbeat sentiment over a strong US economic growth report.Brent North Sea crude for delivery in February shed 91 cents to stand at $60.78 a barrel nearing midday in London.US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for February lost 83 cents...
KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait has commissioned a new natural gas plant that will raise the energy-rich state’s production capacity to more than 2 billion cubic feet a day, officials said.The new Liquefied Petroleum Gas plant will be capable of processing 805 million cubic feet (22.8 million cubic meters) of gas and 106,000 barrels of...
MUSCAT: From desert camping to luxury hotels, turtle-watching, and even the Arabian Peninsula’s first Italian-style opera house, Oman is hoping to carve out a place on the global tourist track.Heavily reliant on energy exports, the sultanate is keen to diversify its economy, especially as the drop in global oil prices begin...
As 2014 comes to an end, the global economy shows signs of weakness with significant downside risks. Some of these risks are likely to materialize next year, leaving the global economy in worse shape than in 2014. We make five predictions that we expect will shape the global economic outlook for 2015 and beyond.“Looking bac...
CAIRO: Cities in the Arab region should introduce stronger standards for green building and promote sustainable communities if they are to have a chance of tackling climate change, experts say.The UN Human Settlement Program (UN-HABITAT) estimates that 56 percent of the Arab world’s population already lives in cities and ur...
NEW DELHI: India’s Cabinet has approved an executive decree to hike foreign investment in the funds-starved insurance sector, bypassing squabbling lawmakers to push ahead with economic reforms.The ordinance, a rarely used measure, raises the foreign direct investment cap in insurance companies to 49 percent from 26 percent....
TOKYO: The president of embattled Japanese auto parts maker Takata has stepped down over an airbag scandal linked to at least five deaths that has sparked the recall of millions of vehicles.The company also announced pay cuts for top executives, who have faced a barrage of criticism for remaining largely silent on the brewi...
WASHINGTON: While the US economy grew from July through September at the fastest pace in more than a decade, most other major economies have been struggling.Europe is straining just to grow. So is Brazil. Japan has slid into recession. China is trying to manage a slowdown. Russia foresees a recession next year.Meanwhile, th...
DUBAI: Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Ali Al-Naimi said OPEC will not cut oil production even if the price drops to $20 a barrel and it is unfair to expect the group to reduce output if non-members do not.“Whether it goes down to $20 a barrel, $40, $50, $60, it is irrelevant,” Al-Naimi said in an interview with th...
ABU DHABI: Arab OPEC producers expect global oil prices to rebound to between $70 and $80 a barrel by the end of next year as a global economic recovery revives demand, OPEC delegates said this week in the first indication of where the group expects oil markets to ˝stabilize in the medium term.The delegates, some of which a...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s 2015 state budget is expected to raise spending marginally from this year’s original plan while covering a deficit due to sliding oil prices with the kingdom’s huge fiscal reserves, local media reported.Quoting unnamed sources, the Al-Madina newspaper said government spending was expected to be about...

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One of the highlights of this year's “Colors of Saudi Arabia Forum 2014,” an annual exhibition held in Riyadh to showcase the Kingdom's heritage, was the award given to a Filipino national, Herbert Bagolbagol in the smartphone category. The Filipino worker won the first prize in the smartphone photography category.
The expo drew large crowd...

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Learning a new language can be fun but also introduces you to a new world, with its exotic culture and interesting way of life. Whether you are serious about learning a certain new language because you need it for your work or read that BBC article that says learning a new language improves your memory and makes you smarter; here are two mobile...

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Frankfurt is the fifth largest city in Germany and is also the financial center of Germany. It is known for its futuristic skyline and the busiest German airport, thanks to the famous Lufthansa airlines.
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The cosmetic and plastic surgery market in the Kingdom is witnessing a boom with a volume in excess of SR4 billion where men make up 40 percent of the customers, local media said. Riyadh recorded the highest rate of cosmetic surgery at 70 percent, followed by Jeddah and the Eastern Province at 25 percent and 5 percent, respectively, Consultant of Plastic Surgery at King Khalid University Hospital Khalid Al-Zahrani said.Al-Zahrani quoted a recent survey in Riyadh as saying that 25 percent of women in Riyadh have expressed a keen desire to undergo cosmetic surgery due to financial capability to have the operations done. Men in the age group of 20 to 40 made up 40 percent of the customers, he...
South Asian food has an expanding fan base in Jeddah as is evident from the many restaurants here specializing in desi food, especially Indian and Pakistani cuisines. So I was not surprised when I heard about yet another desi restaurant in Jeddah-town. Masala is a signature Indian restaurant that serves Indian fare — fast food style.It is indeed a challenge for any restaurant to cater to all its diners who come from a wide base of culinary diversity. For this purpose, Masala sought the expertise of Master chef Riyaz Yousef Muqadum from Mumbai.The restaurant has three branches in Al-Salamah district, Al-Naeem district and in Palestine Street, respectively.I recently visited their main branch...
Last week, I was discussing the dangers of mercury used as a preservative in vaccines and other products. This was to create awareness in young parents who are not familiar with exposure to mercury or other heavy metals. Today, I will continue elaborating on the subject and also offer some recommendations to protect little children’s health, but before I do that, I would like to revisit the subject of arsenic, the toxic heavy metal that is added to chicken feed in commercial farms. Two weeks ago in Part 5 of this very same series, I spoke about the shocking fact that the commercial chickens we eat are being given feed that contains the carcinogen, arsenic, in order to fatten the birds with...

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RIYADH: In Saudi Arabia, art has taken to the streets.Dozens of paintings are being displayed on outdoor advertising bil...
NEW YORK: Comedian Adam Sandler topped Forbes’ list of Hollywood’s most overpaid actors for a second consecutive year, nudging out Johnny Depp and Tom Hanks for the dubious honor, the magazine said on Tuesday.Although Sandler’s latest film “Grown Ups 2” was a hit, pulling in $246 million at the global box office, it didn’t go far enough to make up for the 48 year-old’s previous flops, “Jack and Jill” and “That’s My Boy.”“We estimate that for every $1 Sandler was paid, he returned an average of $3.20,” said Forbes, the lowest return on investment of any actor whose record the magazine examined...
MUMBAI: Actor Sanjay Dutt, who was released on a two weeks’ furlough by the Yerwada Central Jail (YCJ) authorities Wednesday, has returned home here. He says he has lost a lot of weight.Looking fit in a white shirt, the “Munna Bhai M.B.B.S.” star spoke to reporters after reaching his residence here.“I have lost 18 kg. Now if I lose anymore weight, I will vanish,” he said.He even quipped that he has an eight-pack abs now, and that he can’t remove his shirt to show them off.The incarcerated Bollywood actor is currently serving a five-year jail term since nearly 18 months.Earlier, he had taken...

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