US President Barack Obama landed Tuesday in Riyadh where he was received by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman. Obama is leading a high-level delegation of current and former American officials to Saudi Arabia to pay respects following King Abdullah's death and to take measure of the kingdom's new monarch.Obama cut short the final day of his trip to India to make the four-hour stop in Riyadh. He will hold his first formal meeting with new King Salman, and then attend a dinner with other Saudi officials at the Erga Palace.Secretary of State John Kerry is joining Obama in Riyadh, along with former Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and James Baker III. Sen. John McCain, the Arizona republican who is a frequent critic of Obama's foreign policy in the Middle East, is also part of the delegation.— With input from agencies
A new era dawned in Saudi Arabia on Monday under the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques...
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Saudi Arabia is committed to creating a world-class environment for investors, said Abdullatif A. Al-Othman, governor of the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority.“The smooth transition of power to Custodian of the The Two Holy Mosques King Salman is a testament to the stability and commitment to our leadership,” he said.King Salman brings with him a track record of knowledge, insight and success from an early age, s...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman will hold talks in Riyadh on Tuesday with US President Barack Obama on major regional and international issues, a Royal Court statement said. “The talks will also focus on prospects of expanding bilateral ties,” the statement added.The announcement came as Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council pledged its allegiance to King Salman, Crown Prince Muqrin and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed...

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The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) has decided to suspend the ongoing and planned tourism festivals in the Kingdom to mark the death of King Abdullah who passed away early on Friday morning.SCTA President Prince Sultan bin Salman extended his sincere condolences to the Custodian...
With the pledge of allegiance this week, King Salman became the third Saudi monarch to take up the title of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques after King Fahd and King Abdullah.Historian Hassan Al-Basha says in his book, Positions and Titles, that Saladin was the first king to take up the title as a means to attain closeness...
There was an outpouring of sympathy and praise online by Saudis for the personal bodyguard of King Abdullah, who served the late monarch for 10 years.Col. Abdul Aziz Al-Faghm was seen performing the funeral prayers for King Abdullah in Imam Turki bin Abdullah mosque in Riyadh last Friday with his usual stoic expression, but...
A 60-year-old Madinah woman says Crown Prince Muqrin saved the life of her daughter when he was governor of the city.Umm Mohammed, a resident of Al-Ais province in Madinah, said that when her daughter fell ill, the family did not have money for her treatment. She then decided to seek Prince Muqrin’s help while he was visiti...
The Saudi Center for Energy Efficiency at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology plans to launch a third campaign to reduce fuel consumption in the country, this time targeting drivers.The four-week campaign follows the government focusing on air-conditioners in 2013. In 2014, it issued directives for all new buildi...
A five-year-old boy is in intensive care at a hospital in Riyadh after being struck by a stray bullet, which is now lodged in his skull.Sultan bin Berm bin Abdul Aziz is being treated at the Abanamy Hospital in Riyadh. His father said the bullet struck him while he was standing in the doorway of the family’s home in Qurtuba...
The Ministry of Justice has called on judges to deal with lawsuits involving commercial papers and other financial instruments, even if these documents do not have the prescribed information on it.The ministry said these cases must be referred to executive judges so that plaintiffs can get paid out what was promised to them...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, who has nearly 60 years of experience as governor of Riyadh, defense minister, crown prince and deputy premier, is all set to drive the Kingdom to greater progress and prosperity. Saudis say they are fortunate to have King Salman as their new leader.Being a close associate of a...
The Ministry of Labor has begun to provide services to workers with labor dispute cases via call centers in Makkah, Riyadh, Arar, Hail, Najran, and Jazan. Work is ongoing to expand services to other regions gradually, according to an official report by the Labor Dispute Settlement Department at the Ministry.The report indic...
The influx of tourists to Jeddah has increased by 70 percent with the festivals and activities drawing huge crowds to the historical city. Hotels and furnished apartments have also recorded an increase of 75 percent as tourists take advantage of online bookings to rent accommodations in advance.Tourist spending has also ris...
A large number of citizens declared loyalty to their new ruler, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, on Sunday. Regional governors and ambassadors posted in Saudi diplomatic missions across the world also received pledges of allegiance on behalf of King Salman on Sunday.More high-profile foreign leaders arrived fo...
Leaders of the Saudi Chambers and the Saudi business community declared their allegiance to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, Crown Prince Muqrin and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif.In a statement on Sunday, CSC expressed its deep sorrow over the death of King Abdullah who rendered great services to Islam...
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has become a widely followed world leader on Twitter, while his popularity is progressively growing on other social media networks. The new king has overtaken many leaders on the popular microblogging site, and he is currently being followed on all social sites by Saudi citizens...

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DUBAI: Dubai International has overtaken London’s Heathrow Airport to become the world’s top hub in international travel after handling 70.47 million passengers in 2014,...
Heavy spending on infrastructure, education, training and job creation initiatives would continue under Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, an expert said here.Mazen Al-Sudairi, head of the research department at Investment Capital Company, said the new monarch would also work to ensure a stable global oil market...
The enormous benefits of SABIC to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia include the creation of high-quality jobs, development of technology, and opportunities for service industries, said Mohamed Al-Mady, the company’s vice chairman and CEO, at a major international forum in Riyadh.“The petrochemicals industry has played a significa...
Plans are under way to set up open markets with selected countries to export Saudi products, according to Commerce and Industry Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah.He was speaking at the inaugural session of the GCF 2015 on "Competitive governments and Saudi Arabia: Gateway to the world" at the Four Seasons Hotel here on Monday. It w...
Saudi Arabia’s gross domestic product (GDP) doubled during the reign of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, who died on Friday, from SR1.23 trillion in 2005 to about SR2.82 trillion in 2014. Disclosing this, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (SAGIA) Gov. Abdullatif Al-Othman said that the growth rate o...
Saudi youths have potential for innovation and their country has the resources for constructive developments, Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google said while addressing the Eighth Global Competitiveness Forum (GCF 2015) held here on Monday.In his keynote address, Schmidt said unlike other countries, Saudi Arabia has a...
A comprehensive Invest in Saudi Arabia exhibition attracted hundreds of delegates of the GCF 2015, on its opening day on Monday.The expo, which has 24 exhibitors from major companies, was opened by Saudi Arabian Investment Authority Gov. Abdulatif A. Al-Othman during the tea-break of the GFC 2015.Commerce and Industry Minis...
LONDON: Oil prices at current levels may have reached a floor and could move higher very soon, OPEC Secretary-General Abdullah Al-Badri said.“Now the prices are around $45-$55 and I think maybe they reached the bottom and will see some rebound very soon,” Al-Badri said in an interview. Benchmark Brent crude was close to $49...
Jeddah-Bahra Cables Company has nurtured the idea of opening women-only factories in the future to basically handle low voltage switchgear assemblies that can be operated exclusively by Saudi women. Women’s employment is foremost in companies’ mind.Bahra Cables’ total investment would reach SR1 billion after completion of v...
ABU DHABI: Oil prices are expected to start recovering by the middle of this year, along with improvement in major economies, UAE Economy Minister Sultan bin Saeed Al-Mansouri said.“My expectation is that by the middle of this year we should see some turn in oil prices and an expected positive turn in the economies of Europ...
The benchmark Tadawul All-Share Index (TASI) dug in at 8,480.1 points on Monday. It rose over one percent just after the opening bell and spending entire session above the breakeven line gained 0.69 percent.All market cap indices ended the day in the safe area, with Small cap adding 1.6 percent. Fourteen sectors accumulated...
Kuwait Financial Centre (Markaz) recently released its outlook on GCC markets for the full year of 2015. In this research report, Markaz analyses the performance of GCC stock markets in 2014 and provides an outlook for 2015 based on hydrocarbon dependency, corporate earnings potential, valuation attraction, economic factors...
The latest quarterly report issued by the real estate consultancy arm of Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB) — MPM Properties — has found that while 2014 was a year of further growth for Dubai real estate market, the last three months saw a decline in values/prices in some areas and improved net yields to more sustainable levels....

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It takes imagination, time, patience and a lot of creativity to create a piece of art. A canvas, a freshly painted white wall, a restaurant napkin or on the side panels of a notebook can all be materials to create something amazing after a moment or two of inspiration. For some, the act of creativity is an innate feeling and it can result in ama...

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PARIS: Suspicions that shooting stars come from comet dust, transformed into fiery streaks as they hit Earth’s atmosphere, have been bolstered by Europe’s Rosetta space mission, scientists reported Monday.
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Argan oil is known as ‘liquid gold’ and is made especially in Morocco. It is used in beauty rituals and in cooking. Lately, this oil has captured the attention of many for its proven nutritional and cosmetic health benefits. The oil is sold around the world as a luxury item and can be difficult to find outside its production areas.
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The Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) has decided to suspend the ongoing and planned tourism festivals in the Kingdom to mark the death of King Abdullah who passed away early on Friday morning.
SCTA President Prince Sultan bin Salman extended his sincere condolences to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on t...

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Last week I stopped at the discussion about fast food. Since the subject of fast foods and their harmful effects does not seem to end, because their health-damaging side effects are surfacing lately more and more through recent research, I will take the liberty to expound on them. Recent research at the Massachusetts Medical Society Committee on Nutrition found a relationship between fast food and elevated body mass index (BMI) and weight gain due to the high content of unhealthy simple sugars, refined chewy white bread, saturated, trans fats, and large portions, which raise the risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, and fatality. An earlier study showed that trans fats (...
The fourth edition of the Italian Food Festival at Rosewood Jeddah was launched last week. Chef Francesca Simoni from Bologna and executive chef Amjad Yousef Al-Ghandoor are presenting traditional Italian cuisine from across Italy with a unique modern touch at Habsburg, a Rosewood restaurant.Chef Francesca is the Executive Sous Chef at Amerigo 1934 Trattoria, the winner of the prestigious Gambero Rosso Award for the best restaurant in Italy in 2013. She flew into Jeddah especially for the festival. Together with Al-Ghandoor, she is preparing authentic dishes not only from her region, Emilia-Romagna, but from all the major Italian cities. The festival will continue until Jan. 28.Chef Al-...
If no action is taken, the number of Saudi nationals with diabetes is expected to jump from 24 to 50 percent by 2030, the International Diabetes Federation said in a report run by a local publication.A global conference on diabetes in Alkhobar has, meanwhile, proposed that nine government agencies set up a national project to fight diabetes and obesity in the Kingdom, local media said.Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the conference, Abdulaziz Al-Turki, board chairman of the Saudi Society for Diabetes and Endocrinology (SSDE) in the Eastern Province, said the situation is alarming and would have negative health, social and economic consequences for Saudi society. He said a national...

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LOS ANGELES: Clint Eastwood’s mega-hit “American Sniper” was the top film at North American movie houses for a second week, despite controversy over what some feel is a jingoistic message and graphic violence.The war drama, based on the true story of Iraq War Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, earned $64.4 million this weekend, industry estimates showed, after last weekend’s massive haul of nearly $90 million — a record January opening.Nearly half of all movie tickets sold over the weekend were for “American Sniper” and all told, the film has so far earned more than $200 million since its release, giving...
NEW DELHI: Pakistani actor-singer Ali Zafar has brought together musicians, actors and sportspersons for the video of his new single “Ureinge”, which translates into “Will fly,” to pay tribute to the victims of the Peshawar massacre.According to the Dawn, the video will feature big names like cricketer Shoaib Malik, actor Ali Kazmi, actresses Mahira Khan and Humaima Malick.The 34-year-old actor took to micro-blogging site Twitter to share the humbling experience.“Can’t explain how humbled I feel to see the entire tv, film and music industry come together for a song I did about the #...

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