The Council of Ministers on Monday decided to establish a higher authority for the development of the Eastern Province. The new body, to be chaired by the province’s governor, will set out the general policy for development and prepare feasibility studies for projects.The move, according to Haj Minister and Acting Information Minister Bandar Hajjar, aims to boost the overall development of the region and providing it with necessary public facilities and services. The body shall have a board presided over by the governor of and a dedicated budget, he told SPA. The new authority will also participate in preparing development of plans and budgets of government agencies and departments, public institutions and bodies and non-profit organizations in the region so as to ensure its balanced growth.The Cabinet, which was presided over by Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defens...
The “cyclicality” of oil markets won't take Saudi Aramco's long-term corporate strategy off track, s...
The Interior Ministry has released the names of four Saudi men responsible for opening fire and kill...
Foreign investors and guest workers have welcomed the government’s reported plan to issue resident permits (iqamas) for five years instead of one. They said the move would boost the Kingdom’s economic progress.“This is a great step on the part of the government and will have a tremendous impact on businesses,” said Siddeek Ahmed, CMD of Eram Group while responding to the Passport Department’s plan to implement a proposal...
The newly renovated and expanded mataf, the circumambulation area around the Kaaba, will be open on the ground and first floors in Ramadan, and on the top floor for next year’s Haj, a senior official has said. Faisal Fuad Wafa, chairman of the technical committee overseeing the Grand Mosque expansion, made the announcement at a meeting of the committee. The additional expansion of these floors would also be completed, he...

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Riyadh Gov. Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz opened a forum on King Abdullah project for preserving Saudi Arabia’s cultural heritage at King Saud University (KSU) here on Sunday evening. The forum was organized to highlight the Kingdom’s historical and cultural importance, confirm its signif...
Saudi Arabia tops the list of countries impacted by advanced targeted cyber attack in META (Middle East, Turkey and Africa) computer networks, accounting for 30.1 percent of the total attacks in the region during the first half of this year, said a report issued by FireEye, a leader in cyber security.Turkey came second with...
The kafala system, which requires all workers in most Gulf states to have a sponsor responsible for their visa and legal status, will top the agenda of the meeting of labor ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council in Kuwait on Tuesday, a GCC statement said. Adel Fakeih, labor minister, will lead the Saudi delega...
Economists here say that the development of the country’s massive economic cities is behind schedule, a situation costing the nation much needed development and jobs.They say that the cities are meant to ensure the diversification of the country’s economy, sustainable development in all regions, and employment for the many...
Saudi Arabia has talented people who could one day solve energy problems for this country and the world, a leading US diplomat said here recently.Consul General Mike Hankey said he based his assessment on a recent tour of Saudi universities and schools. “I was very impressed with the students I met,” he said at the recent I...
As many as 100,000 Saudi students across the country have registered for the National Olympiad Science Innovation (NOSI) program for the year 2015 under King Abdul Aziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity "Mawhiba."The program, being organized by Mawhiba in partnership with the Ministry of Education,...
The Labor Ministry will launch a new division that will be tasked to find ways to raise nationalization quotas amid efforts to curb rising unemployment.Tayseer Al-Mufarrej, ministry spokesman, told a local newspaper that his ministry will soon launch a special panel to boost productivity and enhance the Saudi-to-expat ratio...
The Criminal Court in Jeddah has sentenced a former security officer to a year in jail for blackmail. The court found the man guilty of blackmailing a woman and demanding sex to help her case.The woman presented to the court a recoding of the man, who was working in the civil rights administration. He asked the plaintiff, w...
Five Pakistani expatriates were killed and two others seriously injured in a fatal road accident near Al-Oula, about 300 km from Madinah on Monday morning.“Four people including two men and two women were killed at the spot while the remaining victims were shifted to Khyber General Hospital in critical condition,” Naif Al-A...
*Which particular aspect of Saudi Arabia do you like the most? The people are friendly.*Can you tell us your favorite and oft-repeated Arabic word? Shukran (thank you).*Which book is now on your bedside? Flash Boys by Michael Lewis.*What is your favorite holiday destination? Finland.*Where would you ideally like to be poste...
The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) has given an outright grant of SR750,000 to set up a private school for Muslim students in Colombo, the Sri Lankan Embassy announced. Thanking the IDB for the contribution, the country’s Ambassador Mohamed Hussein Mohamed said it would help a great deal in enabling Muslim students in Colom...
Local and international firms must use their corporate social responsibility (CSR) budgets to invest in education and development projects in the country.This was the message from delegates at CSR Saudi Arabia 2014, which kicked off in Jeddah on Monday night. The event brought together representatives from local firms, gove...
All India Majlis-e-Itehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) President and MP Asaduddin Owaisi has called on the community to fight for equal rights and political empowerment in India.Addressing an event organized by the Bazm-e-Ittehad at The Ritz Carlton in Riyadh, Owaisi asked: “Why should Muslims alone carry the burden of secularism on...

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BEIRUT: An international rights group says Jordanian authorities have forcibly d...

LONDON: At least two Britons are among around 15 Westerners fighting in Syria al...

TUNIS: The battle for an expected runoff for the Tunisian presidency got under w...

TEHRAN: A British-Iranian woman controversially jailed months ago in Tehran afte...

JERUSALEM: Human rights groups have accused Israel of encouraging a shoot-to-kil...

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WASHINGTON: US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel resigned on Monday, the first major...

LONDON: Britain is facing the biggest terrorism threat in its history and has fo...

SYDNEY: A 30-year-old Sydney mother has been charged with trying to kill her new...

NEW DELHI: A literary festival run by a top Indian newspaper group canceled Mond...

KABUL: Survivors of a horrific suicide attack which killed 57 people at a volley...

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NAPLES, Florida: New Zealand teenager Lydia Ko ended her rookie year on the LPGA...

MEMPHIS, Tennessee: Marc Gasol had 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Memphi...

MOSCOW: Norwegian prodigy Magnus Carlsen retained his title as World Chess Champ...

BOSTON: The Boston Red Sox, trying to revamp their batting lineup, have agreed d...

BERLIN: Bayern Munich is already through to the second round of the Champions Le...

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Saudi Aramco intends to become a top global refiner and a leading chemicals enterprise over the coming decades, said its President and CEO Khalid A. Al-Falih.  “This...
WASHINGTON: Climate change could undermine efforts to defeat extreme poverty around the globe, the World Bank warned.In a new report on the impact of global warming, the bank said sharp temperature rises would cut deeply into crop yields and water supplies in many areas and possibly set back efforts to bring populations out...
The private sector should do more to keep pace with the changing face of communications, says a senior marketing executive of Riyad Bank.Speaking at the fifth Forum for Public Relations, Mohamad bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeah, executive vice president of marketing at Riyad Bank, said communications, both internal and external, are...
Flynas is partnering with MasterCard to offer passengers free seat selection when buying a ticket on flynas international flights. The campaign runs until Jan. 4, and is valid for MasterCard cardholders across the globe.In addition, the promotion includes four weekly prizes of an international round trip ticket for the winn...
The 4th Arab States-China Cooperation Forum (ACCF) on Energy 2014, which marked the signing of an accord on peaceful nuclear energy use, concluded in Riyadh recently. Energy for sustainable development was the forum’s theme.Both parties identified areas of strategic cooperation for the peaceful use of nuclear energy and the...
The General Port Authority has embarked on an ambitious plan to create huge infrastructure as part of the government’s fifth development plan by investing a total of $30 billion (SR112.5 billion) in the next few years.A report published in Seatrade Global, which specializes in daily shipping news, has also cautioned Saudi p...
MEED, the Middle East Business Intelligence, lists 26 projects worth $15 billion under way in the Saudi petrochemical sector, while another $46 billion worth projects are under planning stage. The plastic industry, on the other hand, is being developed to support economic diversification away from hydrocarbons. To complemen...
WASHINGTON: A highly sophisticated cyberspying tool has been used since 2008 to steal information from governments, businesses and others, security researchers said Monday.The security firm Symantec said the malware, known as Regin, was seen “in systematic spying campaigns against a range of international targets,” includin...
Dun & Bradstreet South Asia Middle East Ltd. (D&B) in association with the National Commercial Bank released the D&B Business Optimism Index (BOI) survey for Saudi Arabia for Q4, 2014. The BOI survey highlights the increasing optimism levels of both the hydrocarbon and non-hydrocarbon sectors in Saudi Arabia.Bac...
The Saudi stock market continued its upward march and rose for a fourth trading session on Sunday.The Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) added further 106.8 points or 1.14 percent to 9,515.63 points. While curving in the upward territory throughout the day it rose to a maximum gain of 147 points.On year-to-date basis, the TASI...
BEIJING: China’s leadership and central bank are ready to cut interest rates again and also loosen lending restrictions, concerned that falling prices could trigger a surge in debt defaults, business failures and job losses, said sources involved in policy-making.Friday’s surprise cut in rates, the first in more than two ye...
Hyundai Motors says the company has received 40th rank on the list of trademarks and 5th among the sector of cars in the world. According to Inter-brand International, it is one of the best 100 trademarks during the last 10 years. According to experts, the value of Hyundai cars in the international market reached $10 billio...
LONDON: European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has moved closer to launching sovereign debt purchases and data this week will show just how dangerously low inflation has fallen in the $13 trillion euro zone economy.A sickly Europe has held back global economic growth for years, and now it is contributing significantly...

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When news reports alleged that the two cousins behind the Jerusalem synagogue at...
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The sixth edition of Abu Dhabi Art Fair opened its doors last weekend to welcome artists, galleries, art professionals and visitors from around the world to be part of a program that takes the region’s cultural institutions to a whole new level of development. The two participating Saudi galleries, Ayyam Gallery and Athr Gallery, received much a...

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If you’re a fan of Candy Crush Saga, you will love this piece of news; King has just released a new game that takes place in the “Candy Kingdom”: Candy Crush Soda Saga. The new game is all about gummy bears and soda cans and has 135 new levels for you to play in 5 different game modes:
1- You are asked to fill the board with fizzy colored s...

FASHION »

Argenterie is an extension of a 35-year-old jewelry business of Essam Jamal, one of Jeddah’s well-known jeweler specialized in fancy jewelry and gems. He counts Jeddah’s elite families and other big shots among his customers.
His son Abdulghani Jamal and his son’s wife Shaima Tash founded Argenterie to fill existing gaps in the jewelry mark...

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More than 450 tourist establishments have been penalized for violations over the past two years, said Abdullatif Albenayyan, general manager of the Saudi Commission for Tourism & Antiquities (SCTA) in the Eastern Province.
Additionally, 10 furnished apartment buildings and two hotels were closed down.
“Regional hotels are liaising...

FOOD & HEALTH »

La Cucina is a posh Italian restaurant located on the ground floor of Al-Faisaliah Hotel in Riyadh. This ultra-fashionable eatery offers one of the trendiest brunches in the capital city.La Cucina strikes the perfect balance between the traditional and the modern, offering innovative dishes made by Chef Nicola Russo. The hotel is renowned for its great service, which results in a delightful dining experience at La Cucina.Chef Russo, a native Italian chef, brought with him authentic Tuscan flavors from the kitchens of Tuscany to the dining tables of Riyadh’s top restaurant.As you walk into the restaurant, you can smell the scent of freshly baked goods from its bakery. The interiors are very...
Last week, I wrote about the flame retardant chemical, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, (PBDEs), in children’s wear, as well as phthalates in plastic water bottles, toys, and beauty care products. These articles are to make parents more aware of the chemically wrapped gifts offered to their children by the food, clothing, body care, and toy industries. Why did I choose to explore toxins and chemicals in modern children’s lives? That is because children are helpless, innocent, and more susceptible to contaminants than adults.Before I continue to another poisoning chemical, I would like to add more information about the flame retardant PBDEs, which is found in children’s wear, upholstery, and...
The Ministry of Health launched a nationwide awareness campaign to combat diabetes on the World Diabetes Day on Saturday.This year’s World Diabetes Day is under the theme “Healthy Living and Diabetes,” and is observed worldwide by over 200 member associations of the International Diabetes Federation in more than 160 countries and territories, all member states of the United Nations, as well as by other associations and organizations, companies, health care professionals and people living with diabetes and their families.Inaugurating the program at the King Abdullah Park in Malaz on Saturday, Dr. Abdul-Aziz bin Saeed, Deputy Minister of Health for Public Health, said the national program...

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NEW YORK: Katy Perry will perform in the Super Bowl 49 halftime show next February, the singer and the National Football...
LOS ANGELES: Boy band One Direction took home top prizes Sunday at the American Music Awards as chart-topper Taylor Swift used the platform to deliver a staunch defense of traditional album buying.The American Music Awards focus on commercial success with fans voting for their favorites, in contrast to the older Grammy Awards in which music industry professionals select what they consider to be the year’s top work.One Direction, the heartthrobs who have released albums every year since 2011, won the biggest prizes including Artist of the Year and Favorite Album with their latest work, “...
LOS ANGELES: North American cinema-goers had plenty of appetite for the latest “Hunger Games” movie, with the sci-fi survival flick debuting in the weekend box office’s top spot, industry estimates showed Sunday.“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1,” in which Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, leads a rebellion against a future dystopian society, grossed $123 million over the weekend, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.The performance was strong enough to keep the animated robot caper “Big Hero 6” in second place. It pulled in another $20.1 million this weekend...

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