In a major concession for hundreds of expats classified as runaway or huroob cases, the government has announced that they can avoid jail and go home provided they have no criminal cases pending, settle outstanding fines, pay for their tickets, and have an undertaking from their consulates that they would leave in 72 hours.These are the conditions contained in a circular sent out to all consulates by Muhammad Abdulwahab Nugali, representative of the Foreign Ministry at the General Services Center at Shumaisi, the deportation center near Makkah.Arab News obtained a copy of the circular, dated Nov. 18, from Pakistan Consul General Aftab Khokher. He said this concession being granted by the Saudi government was first proposed by the Pakistani mission because of the many distressed workers from his country.“Such cases will now be processed by the consulate,” said Khokher on Wednesday. “Those...
National Guard Minister Prince Miteb bin Abdullah returned to Riyadh on Wednesday following a visit...
Member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are seeking to recruit only highly skilled quali...
Umrah operators are now ready to receive online applications for visas, Haj Minister Bandar Hajjar has said.Hajjar said they opened up for applications on Nov. 23. He urged companies working in the field to provide the best services for pilgrims, who are their responsibility on arrival in the Kingdom.He said the online system had run smoothly last year, with over 6 million applications processed. Only 6,000 pilgrims had r...
A Bulgarian chemist, who was an expert in manufacturing amphetamine (Captagon) drug pills, has been arrested by Lebanese police in Beirut with the assistance of Saudi security forces, a statement said on Wednesday.“The Captagon expert, a Bulgarian national, arrived in Lebanon with three Arabs with the aim of producing the narcotic tablets and smuggle them to a Gulf nation,” the statement added. All the suspects were arres...

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On a directive from Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, the Ministry of Housing has written off SR198 million in loans given to 852 citizens who have died.Housing Minister Shuwaish Al-Duwaihi, who is also the head of the Real Estate Development Fund (REDF), has carried out the order.RED...
The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states are considering approving a strategy to tackle Ebola, which would include tests for all foreign workers. This was announced on Wednesday here by Tawfeek Ahmad Khoja, director general of the GCC’s health ministers’ council, in an address at the body’s 81st session.Khoja said the meet...
The criminal court in Riyadh has sentenced a Pakistani national to two and a half years for allegedly contacting Al-Nusra Front, a terrorist group, and intending to visit Afghanistan to participate in fighting there.According to a report carried by SPA, the man was also accused of handing over money to four Saudi militants...
In a major crackdown during the past three days, Riyadh police arrested 365 expatriates, including 38 Ethiopian women and 21 wanted men, staying illegally in the Kingdom. The raids covered four districts — Manfouha, Naseem, Kubeira and Al-Miqla in the Riyadh region.On the first day, police arrested 200 expatriates with the...
Maryam Al-Dabbagh, a current Saudi student of the law program at Dar Al-Hekma University, has been selected as part of her undergraduate law degree to take part in the competitive Semester at Sea (SAS) voyage. The SAS is a US-based program sponsored by the University of Virginia, in which participating students spend a seme...
Farasan Island Gov. Hussein Al-Dajani said the Border Guard patrols seized an Egyptian boat on Tuesday, which had strayed into the Kingdom’s territorial waters. The boat was carrying a group of Egyptian fishermen using dragnets, which is a violation of Saudi fishing laws, he added.According to Al-Dajani, the same vessel had...
The special criminal court in Riyadh has sentenced 70 Saudis and one Yemeni to jail terms ranging from 10 to 27 years.The court also sentenced the Saudis to travel bans, with deportation for the Yemeni national once he completes his sentence. The guilty men were members of the Terrorist 86 cell.The court deferred the verdic...
The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance has instructed officials to remove all copies of Qur’an with mistakes from the two holy mosques, said Minister Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulaziz Al-Asheikh on Wednesday. Al-Asheikh said the ministry recently discovered that traders and philanthropists had unwittingly b...
US Ambassador Joseph W. Westphal hosted a Thanksgiving function on Tuesday night at Tuwaiq Palace here. A large number of guests attended the Thanksgiving dinner, including Saudi leaders from government, business, and civil society, as well as prominent foreign residents and diplomats. The gathering offered an opportunity t...
Ehssan Saleh Taieb, secretary-general of the International Islamic Relief Organization-Saudi Arabia (IIROSA), opened an international forum on humanitarian action in Jeddah on Wednesday.Referring to a multitude of challenges confronting the humanitarian action nowadays due to wars, disputes, agitations and the perpetual pol...
Mohammad Al-Shamrani, director general of education in Taif, said recently that despite the Ministry of Education having contracted a specialized catering company to provide quality food in school cafeterias, the services were far below standards.He was addressing a meeting organized by the Department of Orientation and Gui...
Jeddah Municipality has deployed 570 workers to spray insecticides in various parts of the city to kill mosquitoes that can carry dengue fever, a senior official said on Wednesday.Fahd Al-Daqsi, director general of environmental health at the municipality, said in a statement sent to Arab News that the workers are targeting...
Riyadh Gov. Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz accompanied by heads of delegations of the ongoing 22nd Arabian Gulf Soccer Cup 2014 visited the King Abdulaziz Historical Center here to see the exhibition of “Arabian Studies” at the National Museum.Arabian studies expo is jointly organized by the National Museum and th...

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Qatar rallied to get the better of Saudi Arabia 2-1 to win the 22nd Arabia Gulf...

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VIENNA: Gulf oil producers have reached consensus on oil output policy, Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi said."The GCC reached a consensus," Al-Naimi told reporter...
The sixth meeting of the Saudi-Austria joint committee has concluded in Riyadh with the businessmen from the two countries brainstorming on expanding bilateral cooperation.The joint committee was headed by Muhammad bin Saleh Al-Daham, deputy minister of economy and planning, for the Kingdom and Bernadette Marianne Gierlinge...
Saudi economists expect oil prices to decline further in the coming years if producing countries inside and outside the OPEC fail to reach an agreement to stop the downward trend. They have also advised the government to peg the oil price between $45 and $50 while preparing the national budget for 2015. “The Organization of...
NEW DELHI: Alibaba founder Jack Ma, China’s wealthiest man, said he plans to invest more funds in India and believes the Internet can transform the country’s future.Ma, whose Alibaba controls 80 percent of e-commerce in China, was speaking to a business audience on his first visit to India, two months after his record initi...
India’s largest public sector bank, State Bank of India, has launched its first Shariah-compliant mutual fund tapping into the $1.5 trillion business worldwide.The SBI Shariah Equity Fund will be open for the public to subscribe on Monday, Dec. 1, offering medium to long term capital gains equity and equity related instrume...
GENEVA: The World Trade Organization postponed adoption of the first global trade reform in its 19-year history on Wednesday, delaying by a day after a last-minute objection from Argentina, diplomats said.“It’s not a big drama,” WTO chief spokesman Keith Rockwell said.Diplomats said they expected the meeting to go ahead on...
VIENNA: Saudi Arabia and and the UAE have signaled they were unlikely to push for a major change in oil output at the group’s meeting this week to prop up prices that have collapsed by a third since June.Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Ali Al-Naimi said he expected the oil market “to stabilize itself eventually” af...
LONDON: By now, everyone is aware of the serious threat rising shale output from the US poses to OPEC.But sluggish demand growth in response to the quadrupling of prices between 2002 and 2012 is at least as a big a challenge for the cartel.Consumption in the developed economies peaked at 50 million barrels per day (b/d) in...
DUBAI: Most Gulf markets fell on Wednesday as uncertainty about oil prices prompted investors to sell stocks, while energy importer Egypt posted strong gains.Brent crude traded below $79 a barrel on Wednesday after Saudi Arabia signaled it was unlikely to push for a major change in OPEC oil output despite a collapse in pric...
LONDON: British holiday company Thomas Cook said chief executive Harriet Green had been replaced by its chief operating officer, the abrupt departure of a woman credited with reviving the business sending its shares tumbling.Shares in the world’s oldest travel company fell as much as 23 percent on news that Green was leavin...
Toyota Motor Corporation is working hard to respond to new regulations emerging in Saudi Arabia mandating stricter standards of fuel economy, a senior Toyota executive says.While addressing the GCC media in Tokyo, Koji Nagata, general manager, Middle East and Southwest Asia, said Toyota is following closely the Saudi polici...
After tasting significant success in the BeyBlade metal fusion and masters version events in Saudi Arabia, Newboy chose babyshop to conduct a series of activities across babyshop stores in the Western Region.The grand finale was held at babyshop flagship store, The Dome.Saudi and expatriate parents saw their children active...
The three-day Saudi Arabia International Oil & Gas Exhibition (SAOGE) witnessed more than SR5 billion worth of business deals and alliances between companies. This was announced by Dhahran International Exhibition Company, which organized the event. The show, inaugurated by the Eastern Province governor on Monday, wrapp...

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Eman Al-Qahtani is a successful, talented and ambitious young Saudi artist. She combines thoughts and colors in her paintings. She has her own art method; a painting is to deliver a message to human minds.
Al-Qahtani holds a bachelor degree in Arts and Humanities, and a diploma in hearing disability. She is responsible for the Women Assemb...

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TEL AVIV: A company says it has developed technology that can charge a mobile phone in a few seconds and an electric car in minutes, advances that could transform two of the world’s most dynamic consumer industries.
Using nano-technology to synthesize artificial molecules, Tel Aviv-based StoreDot says it has developed a battery that can sto...

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Tasneem Anwar Ishqi’s love for jewels with symbols and meanings was well-known from her childhood. Today, through practice and perseverance, she has earned a name for herself in the Kingdom’s jewelry designing industry. She developed a new concept in the world of jewelry that represents unique prayer beads in different colors and with meanings....

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Egypt is a trans-continental country spanning the northeast corner of Africa and southwest corner of Asia, making it an Afro-Asiatic country via a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula. Most of Egypt’s territory of 1,010,000 sq. km lies within the Nile Valley of North Africa, but it is also considered a Mediterranean country as it is bordere...

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The latest diet fad among fitness freaks and celebs is the green juice, or as they call it ‘salad in a cup’. These juices claim to be a solution for all your nutrition needs and help you to consume even those vegetables that you don’t necessarily like. “When you think of healthy beverages, water immediately comes to your mind. However, there are other drinks worth adding to your diet,” said nutritionist Dr. Raneem Abdulmajeed. “You can make your own drink that will have great health benefits, from relieving minor ailments like indigestion to providing protection against serious issues such as osteoporosis,” she added. A bowl of fresh fruits and vegetables, and a blender is all you need to...
The Globe is the signature restaurant of Al-Faisaliah hotel in Riyadh. This unique restaurant offers the best of the best in terms of location, cuisine and ambiance. It is located atop Al-Faisaliah tower, where diners can have elegant meals as well as a magical view. Within this dramatic three-story dome, delicious modern European cuisine and sweeping panoramic views of the city come together to create an unmatched Riyadh fine dining experience.The entrance is very private and you must walk through security into two different elevators that take you to the top floor of Al-Faisaliah tower. The restaurant is very elegant and comprises two stories, one for singles and the other for families....
I have been a fan of Mariam Alireza’s articles ever since she began writing for Arab News more than ten years ago. And I am not the only one! In fact, her readers’ enthusiasm encouraged her to compile the weekly articles into a collection of an easy-to-read book. The Whole Health Book, the first of the series, has just been published. It provides all information that you need to know about healthy nutrition and lifestyle choices.“This book is not about my published articles of the last eight years randomly compiled, but I intend it to become a “health reference” book that can be read back to front or even starting in the middle” says AlirezaAfter a brief look at the contents, I decided to...

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ISLAMABAD: A Pakistan court Tuesday sentenced the owner of the country’s biggest media group to 26 years in prison for b...
CAIRO: An Egyptian court has revoked a government ban on a film by Lebanese star Haifa Wehbe that had been deemed sexually provocative, judicial sources said on Wednesday.In April, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab suspended screening of “Halawet Rooh” (Beauty of Soul), a movie said to have been inspired by Monica Bellucci’s 2000 hit, “Malena.”That decision came just days after the Egyptian-made movie was released for adult only audiences.Revealing clothes worn by Wehbe and itimate scenes in the film had stirred harsh criticism in Egypt. On Tuesday, a Cairo court accepted an appeal filed by the...
BEIRUT: Iconic Lebanese singer and actress Sabah died Wednesday at the age of 87, after a seven-decade career and a colorful love life that kept her in the headlines until the end.A glamorous platinum blonde and one of the Arab world’s best-known divas, Sabah died in the hotel where she lived just outside Beirut, her manager Joseph Gharib told AFP.Her death was major news in Lebanon, where Sabah is beloved as both a singer and a movie star who was never afraid to challenge social convention.Born Jeanette Gergi Feghali on Nov. 10, 1927, she later took the screen name Sabah (Morning in Arabic)...

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