MADINAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman will open on Thursday the new Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport in the holy city.Built on an area of 4 million square meters, the new airport would in its first phase handle 8 million passengers a year, increasing the number to 18 million in the second phase, and then 40 million after the third and final phase.The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has been operating the airport on a trial basis since April to check systems. It is the first airport in the Kingdom constructed and operated entirely by the private sector.GACA raised financing by forming partnerships with Saudi and foreign companies. The project was won by a consortium consisting of Al-Rajhi Holding Group, Saudi Oger and TAV Airports Holding.The total investment for the first phase is $1.2 billion funded by the National Commercial Bank, Saudi Br...
JEDDAH: The Grand Mosque is now providing pilgrims with a mobile phone app that can keep track of th...
ADEN: Rockets fired by Shiite rebels at a residential district of Yemen’s second city Aden killed at...
MANILA, Philippines: A ferry carrying 173 people capsized Thursday as it left a central Philippine port in choppy waters, leaving at least 36 dead and 19 others missing, coast guard officials said.At least 118 people from the M/B Kim Nirvana were rescued by fishing boats and coast guard personnel or swam to safety off Ormoc city on Leyte Island.Coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo said the wooden outrigger ferry was leavin...
RIYADH: Passport Department spokesman Col. Mohammed Al-Saad said the number of Yemenis who have now corrected their status as of Tuesday stood at 262,000, all of them having acquired visitor cards.He explained that the card will enable Yemeni nationals to work in accordance with the Ajeer system of the Saudi Ministry of Labor, and will enable them to go to banks and hospitals when necessary.He called on all Yemeni nationa...

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JEDDAH: Children and youths afflicted with cancer in the Eastern Province have launched a campaign against terrorist attacks. The patients, their families and doctors have slammed the attacks, which saw many killed and injured, a local publication reported Wednesday.More than 100 people signed a bil...
RIYADH: Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holdings, has announced that his entire $32 billion fortune would be donated to charity after his death.The prince told reporters at his offices in Riyadh on Wednesday that he would move his assets to the Alwaleed Philanthropic Foundation over the coming years.The princ...
RIYADH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) has encouraged businessmen to invest in tourism villages in Asir region.“Tourism villages are considered to be one of the most attractive options in the province,” said Mohammad Al-Amra, SCTNH branch director in Asir.He made the statement in the wake of...
RIYADH: The General Presidency for Youth Welfare (GPYW) has taken part in serving pilgrims and visitors to the Two Holy Mosques as part of the organization’s voluntary and humanitarian work. In his statement, the head of the Riyadh office, Abdulrahman Al-Masad, said 25 youngsters have participated in the program to offer if...
RIYADH: Prince Faisal bin Bandar, governor of Riyadh, opened on Wednesday 20 environmentally friendly entertainment projects with a total area of more than 270,000 sq. meters. Among interesting features of these new parks are replicas of the Eiffel Tower and the Pyramids.The projects are part of efforts by the Riyadh munici...
RIYADH: The World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) is a major player when it comes to relief work in countries wrecked by human tragedies, Secretary-General Saleh Al-Wohaibi said on Tuesday.He was addressing some 700 guests at the 13th annual iftar party sponsored by WAMY at the Riyadh Intercontinental Hotel on Tuesday. More...
JEDDAH: The General Committee for the Municipal Elections has issued new regulations to oversee the polls, which will be taking place on Dec. 12, 2015.The rules released on Monday spelled out requirements for council members, list of violations and appeals, how candidates should conduct their campaigns, and other details on...
JEDDAH: The Martyrs Fund has announced that it disburses 75 percent of its annual revenues to helping the needy families of martyrs, the wounded, prisoners of war and missing persons.Approximately 25 percent of the revenues is allocated for further investments to fuel the development of the fund’s capabilities.The fund has...
MADINAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman arrived in Madinah on Tuesday accompanied by several princes and senior officials for his first visit since ascending the throne. He was met at the airport by Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman, princes, ministers, officials, and a group of citizens. The king prayed...
JEDDAH: The Saudi Traffic Department has denied that it is introducing new license plates for cars.It said hackers posted pictures of the supposedly new license plates on its Twitter account on Sunday. The department said the news, which went viral, was not true. In a statement posted on several social media sites on Monday...
JEDDAH: The Council of Ministers has condemned the terrorist attacks in Kuwait, France, Tunisia and Egypt over the past few days.At its weekly meeting chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Monday night, the Cabinet said that the incidents were against Islamic principles, according to a statement releas...
JEDDAH: The father of the suicide bomber who blew himself up in a mosque in Kuwait has blamed “evil” forces for his son’s behavior.Sounding confused and sad, Sulaiman Al-Gabbaa, the father of Fahad Al-Gabbaa, said: “An evil hand has sent my son to his death.” Al-Gabbaa said he was shocked to hear on television that his son...
JEDDAH: The Al-Haramain Train project is described as the largest public transportation project in the Middle East. This vital and strategic project is one of the implementation schemes of the mass expansion of the Saudi railway across the country.The project’s importance stems from many considerations, primarily the increa...

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ISMAILIA: Egypt launched airstrikes on extremist militant targets in the Sinai p...

VIENNA: Iran has met a key commitment under a preliminary nuclear deal setting u...

ADEN: At least 22 people were killed Thursday in Yemen as fighting raged in the...

TUNIS: Tunisian authorities were on Thursday hunting further suspects in the Sou...

ADEN: Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has stepped up its campaign to stamp out...

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WASHINGTON: The Navy Yard in Washington was put on lockdown Thursday amid unconf...

MIAMI: A man suffered multiple injuries in a shark attack off the North Carolina...

NEW DELHI: An Indian government minister issued an apology Thursday after three...

LAHORE: A train carrying hundreds of Pakistan military personnel and their famil...

DHAKA: Bangladesh police said Thursday they had arrested 12 suspected militants...

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, West Virginia: Tiger Woods shook off a late double-bogey...

JEDDAH: Alfa Moe Yasser joined Sky Freight-OSN as the only teams to win at least...

JEDDAH: Sky Freight-OSN emerged Team of the Week for the first time after a sple...

RIYADH: The Interbank Basketball League of Riyadh (IBLR) playoffs commenced Wedn...

NEW YORK: Two of boxing’s biggest heavyweights might square off against each oth...

ECONOMY »

LONDON: BP Plc has reached a comprehensive $18.7 billion settlement with the US government and five states, a landmark deal that effectively ends years of litigation over...
RIYADH: “Philanthropy is a personal responsibility, which I embarked upon more than three decades ago and is an intrinsic part of my Islamic faith,” says Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC).Prince Alwaleed made these remarks on Wednesday when he pledged his entire fortune to the tune of $32...
LONDON: Benchmark crude oil prices have barely moved for more than two months, implying the market has found a temporary equilibrium after the enormous price shock in the second half of 2014 and early 2015.Over the last 30 trading days, the range between the highest and lowest closing prices for front-month Brent futures ha...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s economy accelerated in the first quarter of 2015, showing the world’s top oil exporter can cope with low energy prices, but growth may slow as the government faces pressure to rein in spending.Gross domestic product, adjusted for inflation, grew 2.4 percent from a year earlier in the first quarter, ag...
JEDDAH: The Saudi stock index rose 0.4 percent on Thursday. PetroRabigh climbed 2.2 percent after saying it would pay a cash dividend of SR0.5 per share for 2014. It is the first time that PetroRabigh, a joint venture between Saudi Aramco and Sumitomo Chemical, is paying a dividend since at least 2010, according to Thomson...
ATHENS: Greece’s dive into financial uncertainty is forcing struggling businesses to take unusual steps to survive, including hoarding euros in cash.The government’s announcement it was closing banks this week to stem a panicked rush to withdraw money, left many ordinary Greeks high and dry.“I put aside as much cash as poss...
RIYADH: Foreign investors bought 2.33 percent of all shares purchased on Saudi Arabia’s stock market in June, the first month since new rules allowed more overseas investment in the Arab world’s largest bourse, data showed.Overseas investors, including residents and holders of swaps and qualified foreign investment licenses...
NEW DELHI: India’s $100 billion push into solar energy over the next decade will be driven by foreign players as uncompetitive local manufacturers fall by the wayside, no longer protected by government restrictions on the sector.The money pouring into India’s solar industry is likely to be soaked up by foreign-organized pro...
WASHINGTON: The US Department of Justice said it is investigating whether US airlines worked together illegally to keep airfares high by signaling plans to limit flights.The Justice Department wrote to major US air carriers demanding that they detail decisions to limit the number of seats they offer, and what they’ve said a...
MADRID: Spanish technology company Amadeus, the world’s biggest processor of travel transactions, said it will buy airline technology firm Navitaire for $830 million (750 million euros) to boost its position in the low-cost segment.Amadeus, which provides technology to travel companies, expects to complete its purchase of N...
SEOUL: A South Korean court has ruled in favor of a proposed merger of two Samsung Group subsidiaries, rejecting a US hedge fund’s motion to stop the eight-billion-dollar acquisition.US hedge fund Elliott had asked for a court injunction to stop Cheil Industries acquiring Samsung C&T Corp. through an all-stock deal, a m...
FRANKFURT: Siemens is starting an energy project to convert wind power into hydrogen for re-use as a general fuel or in natural gas pipelines.Siemens’ electrolysis plant in Mainz is based on Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) technology, which allows the capture and storage of electricity into hydrogen.It said the plant can pro...
WASHINGTON: The US Justice Department said it is investigating some airlines over “possible unlawful coordination.”There was no mention of which airlines were covered in the probe, but reports of it sent the shares of major US carriers tumbling on Wall Street by more than two percent.News of the probe came two weeks after a...
 
 

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In a vast basement area of the University of Westminster in Central London is a small piece of Saudi Arabia. The underground space houses AmbikaP3 art gallery which recently showcased the degree work of final year art students. Among the graduates was Wejdan Reda, who curated an exhibit called ‘Exclusion’ featuring the work of four contemporary...

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PARIS: After billions of years of solitary travel through cold, dark outer space, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has recently yielded many secrets, often surprising ones, to the prodding of Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft.
As the probe drew closer and got a better view, ground teams were amazed to discover their target had a weird rubber-ducky...

FASHION »

Countries in the Middle East may be changing in terms of technology and development. However, when it comes to making a fashion statement, these countries including Saudi Arabia allude back to traditional and cultural trends, which are increasingly becoming popular today. Saudis and Arabs are proud and hospitable people, and they take due pride...

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RIYADH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) has encouraged businessmen to invest in tourism villages in Asir region.
“Tourism villages are considered to be one of the most attractive options in the province,” said Mohammad Al-Amra, SCTNH branch director in Asir.
He made the statement in the wake of Bin Hussai...

FOOD & HEALTH »

Ramadan is that time of the year when most people go back to their roots in terms of their traditions, clothing, culture and food. You find long queues in front of small, local restaurants that sell ful (mashed fava beans) and tameez (Afghani flatbread) before iftar as well as suhoor.AlAyoubi Restaurant, which opened recently, celebrates authentic Hijazi cuisine with recipes that go back to the older generations. The restaurant provides a traditional iftar experience and an extensive range of Arabic delicacies, including Arabic coffee, dates, ful, balilah, and international offerings along with Ramadan beverages and Hijazi culinary masterpieces.The restaurant is located in north Jeddah,...
Last week, I described to you our 24-hour daily cycle, which regulates our biological clock. I also explained the two phases of sleep (the slow-wave sleep and REM sleep) and how each type impacts the body and brain. Slow-wave sleep, which is the profound sleep, occurs around midnight and lasts for about two hours. This type of deep sleep is critical for rebuilding the body from wear and tear; boosting the immune system; repairing cells, neurons, tissues, bones, muscles, wounds, and breaks; and does whatever else is needed for repair. This short sleep is vital for the regeneration and restoration of the body physiologically. New-borns, children, adolescents, athletes, and active people...
RIYADH: Medical studies and research for new methods in the treatment of chronic diseases suggests that fasting could help combat cancer and boost effectiveness of treatment.Scientists doing research on the positive aspects of fasting discovered that it triggers stem cell regeneration and combats cancer.Dr. Mashhor Al-Hantoushi, who heads the health and therapeutic affairs department at the Ministry of Health, told Arab News on Monday: “Medical research studies found that fasting could slow the growth of breast cancer, melanoma skin cancers, glioma brain cancer and neuroblastoma, a cancer that forms in the nerve tissue.”Replying to a question on whether fasting could make chemotherapy more...

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LOS ANGELES: As regulars at a local farmer’s market, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner and their three young children looked...
SAN FRANCISCO: Kim Kardashian says the large number of selfies she posts on social media empowers her to control her public image, but also contributes to her being viewed by some as an object.The reality TV star talked briefly about how women are portrayed in the media during a Tuesday night appearance in San Francisco hosted by the Commonwealth Club of California.Kardashian allowed that while other people might regard her constant posing in front of a camera as degrading, it doesn’t matter as long as she is happy with the results.During an hour-long Q&A before an adoring audience that...
KARACHI: Renowned Pakistani TV host Shaista Lodhi has entered into wedlock for the second time, which she disclosed on Tuesday on her official Twitter handle, ARY News reported.Shaista who after enjoying years of celebrity-status had stirred a controversy during the morning show she hosted on May 15, 2014.The episode drew public wrath and the anchorperson was charged with blasphemy, forcing her to leave the country.Shaista since then kept herself away from public.However, the 43-year-old diva today took to Twitter and disclosed her second marriage.She shared a translated verse from the Holy...

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