Saudi employers, whose foreign workers want to transfer their sponsorship, will be given an opportunity to lodge their objections within five days from their date of application, a senior official from the Ministry of Labor has announced. Labor Ministry spokesman Tayseer Al-Mufarrej said that the new arrangement was aimed at protecting the interests of both sponsors and workers during their contractual period of employment. “This was introduced, not only to accelerate the transfer, but also to remove any obstacles faced by foreign workers in the transfer process to a new sponsor at the Interior Ministry,” he said.According to the new labor regulation, workers have the right to seek new employers if their sponsors fail to provide them with work and residency permits within three months of their arrival in the Kingdom or if sponsors are in the red or yellow zone of the Nitaqat nationalizat...
Saudi Arabia’s stock exchange, which has gained nearly 25 percent so far this year, is likely to ris...
ISLAMABAD: Tens of thousands of protesters marched on Pakistan’s parliament Wednesday in a bid to de...
RIYADH: A special criminal court court has sentenced one man to death and 30 others to prison terms of up to 30 years for their part in a series of militant attacks against government and foreign targets since 2003, the Saudi Press Agency reported.The men were part of a group of 50 being tried as a single militant cell and accused of murder and kidnapping, as well as bombing cars, government buildings and foreign resident...
Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh says that extremism and the ideologies of groups like the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda are Islam’s No. 1 enemy and that Muslims have been their first victims.He also said in his public statement that terrorism has no place in Islam.“The ideas of extremism, radicalism and terrorism... have nothing to do with Islam and (their proponents) are the No. 1 enemy of Islam,” he said in a stat...

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The Haj Ministry has published the list of companies that provide low-cost Haj services.The full list is available at http://www.haj.gov.sa/ar-SA/Pages/Low-cost-camps.aspx.The announcement came as Makkah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Abdullah has called for qualitative improvement in Haj services.“We have...
Before consuming any of the chocolate drinks produced by Milchwerke Mittelelbe GMBH and listed below, check the expiry date first. If the product is packed in plastic containers and the expiry date is between 19/12/2014 and 11/4/2015, don’t buy or consume them.This warning comes from the Saudi food and Drug Authority (SFDA)...
Saeed Al-Bassami, vice president of the National Transportation Committee at the Saudi Council of Chambers and Industry, has revealed that Saudization is one of the main challenges facing the surface transportation sector in the Kingdom.Al-Bassami noted that the rate of Saudization in the transportation sector has not excee...
A leading Saudi Arabian Airlines official has urged Saudia executives and field workers at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA), as well as other employees in maintenance and ground operations, to double up their efforts in improving services to passengers.Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, director-general of Saudia, made...
Dr. Ibtesam Saeed Badhrees, a leading woman research scientist in experimental particle physics at the National Center for Nanotechnology, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) Riyadh, has been selected as the first non-American woman for ‘Women Physicist of the Month’ award for August 2014 given by the Ame...
New US Consul-General Todd Holmstrom arrived in Jeddah on Aug. 6 to assume his post.Prior to his appointment, Holmstrom served as deputy chief of mission in N’Djamena, Chad, from 2011 to 2013. From 2005 to August 2008, Holmstrom spent three years in Damascus, where he served sequentially as economic counselor, chief of the...
A delegation from Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) visited the headquarters of General Court in Jeddah.The delegation consisting of Vice Chairman of JCCI Ziyad bin Bassam Al-Bassam, acting Secretary General Hassan bin Ibrahim Dahlan, and Director of the Center for Law and Conciliation Awad Al-Halbi met Abdul R...
The Haj Ministry has approved a new management office aimed at monitoring Haj-related programs and arrangements more effectively.The “strategic initiative management office” (SIMO) was approved on Sunday.Haj Minister Bandar Hajjar stressed the importance of promoting teamwork, cooperation, partnership and healthy competitio...
Saudi Aramco’s iThra Knowledge Program has attracted 300,000 visitors during the first two weeks of the event. The program, which is being held at the city’s International Convention and Exhibition Center, was inaugurated by Riyadh Gov. Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz on July 29 for its month-long run in the Kingdo...
Child beggary on the streets of Jeddah has decreased by more than 50 percent thanks to the opening of a juvenile shelter in association with Al-Birr Charitable Society, said Hani Jamil, shelter supervisor.“The center had 9,255 beggars between the age of 10 and 15,” he told Arab News.“Almost 7,530 children have been deported...
The Kingdom’s clothing retail sector is a SR10 billion a year industry, said Mohammed Al-Shahri, textile and clothing committee chairman at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI).“This sector has developed considerably over the past two years since more and more Saudis are being drawn to fashion,” Al-Shahri told...
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry may force the local representatives of global car manufacturing companies to bear to the financial costs of manufacturing errors, especially errors that result in injury or death.Compensation for disability, especially for the loss of a vital organ, is also included, according to a mini...
Representatives of the Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE) will leave for the Philippines for a meeting with top officials from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) from Oct. 14-18.“They will discuss and sign agreements related to Filipino engineers and architects who are also SCE members,” Mario A. Balboa, Philippine...

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DOHA: Al Ain of the United Arab Emirates have one foot in the semifinals of the...

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CAIRO: Egypt has selected a Saudi consultancy to draw up the plan for the government's mega project to transform the Suez Canal waterway into a hub of international inves...
DUBAI: Dubai is changing its financial rules in an effort to attract more asset managers — particularly those serving the richest and most risk-tolerant investors, such as hedge funds and private equity funds — to base themselves in the emirate.The rules create a new class of funds that can be domiciled in the Dubai Interna...
LONDON: OPEC is not worried about a slide in oil prices toward $100 a barrel, delegates from the producer group said, with current levels seen as acceptable for producers while higher seasonal demand in the coming weeks was expected to support the market.Brent crude fell to a 14-month low of $101.11 a barrel on Monday as in...
The SABB/HSBC Emerging Markets Index (EMI), a monthly weighted composite indicator derived from national PMI survey reports in 17 emerging economies, fell to 51.7 in July, from 52.3 in June, indicating slower output growth across global emerging markets. However, the latest expansion was stronger than the average seen over...
There are only two times in your professional journey when you need to ensure that your online profile is updated and appealing to potential employers, professional contacts, and recruiters — when you are looking for a job, and when you are not!Unlike in the past, first impressions are now made when your name is entered int...
LONDON: The heads of Britain’s largest companies earned 131 times as much as their average employee last year, a study said, exposing the growing pay gap between bosses and workers.The wage divide has more than doubled since 1998, when the average chief executive of firms in the FTSE 100 earnt 47 times as much as staff, the...
LONDON: Melbourne tops the ranking as the world's most pleasant city to live in for the fourth year running, but an Economist Intelligence Unit poll also finds that turmoil in Ukraine and the Middle East have pushed other cities down the list.Vienna, Vancouver and Toronto captured 2nd, 3rd and 4th places in the list of 140...
BEIJING: China’s government said it had concluded Mercedes-Benz violated anti-monopoly law and charged excessive prices for parts, adding to a growing number of global automakers snared in an investigation of the industry.The luxury unit of Germany’s Daimler AG abused its control over supplies of spare parts to engage in “v...
Sales of pharmaceutical products in the Kingdom are poised to exceed $7 billion (SR26.25 billion) by 2018, compared to sales of 2013, which valued SR4.4 billion, according to a financial report.The pharmaceutical market in the Kingdom has registered significant growth over years driven by various factors such as increasing...
Dubai Customs has intensified its plans to deter smuggling attempts of counterfeit products into the emirate via its relentless efforts in countering piracy and intellectual property rights (IPR) infringements.The amount of accomplished IPR seizures of the H1 for this year totaled 139 different products with an estimated va...
SYDNEY: US energy firm Apache has announced an oil discovery off northwestern Australia which it said could potentially represent a new oil province for the country.The find at the Phoenix South-1 well is the first for Apache Energy in the Canning Basin, some 180 km north of the Western Australian town of Port Hedland.“Alth...
KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait has concluded a new 10-year deal with a China's Sinopec Corp. to nearly double its supplies by offering to ship the oil and sell on a more competitive cost-and-freight basis, according to a KPC official and a trading source on Monday.State-run Kuwait Petroleum Corp. will export 300,000 barrels per day (b...
BEIJING: China’s biggest energy firm PetroChina is reviewing its multi-billion-dollar push to produce liquefied natural gas (LNG) to fuel trucks and ships in place of diesel, shutting two loss-making gas liquefaction plants, sources said.PetroChina unit Kunlun Energy Co. Ltd. closed the two major plants in the past month, w...

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Dr. Ibtesam Saeed Badhrees, a leading woman research scientist in experimental particle physics at the National Center for Nanotechnology, King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) Riyadh, has been selected as the first non-American woman for ‘Women Physicist of the Month’ award for August 2014 given by the American Physical Society...

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Designing alluring jewelry is an art that requires a great deal of understanding of various cultures. And Swiss-born London-based jewelry designer Sabine Ghanem’s pieces certainly have that feel. She balances the antique touch with the young, playful and refined attributes giving her jewelry a different look altogether. In an exclusive interview...

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LONDON: Melbourne tops the ranking as the world's most pleasant city to live in for the fourth year running, but an Economist Intelligence Unit poll also finds that turmoil in Ukraine and the Middle East have pushed other cities down the list.
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Before consuming any of the chocolate drinks produced by Milchwerke Mittelelbe GMBH and listed below, check the expiry date first. If the product is packed in plastic containers and the expiry date is between 19/12/2014 and 11/4/2015, don’t buy or consume them.This warning comes from the Saudi food and Drug Authority (SFDA), which said in an advisory posted on its website on Monday that such products have been found to be contaminated with bacillus bacteria, which can cause food poisoning.The statement said the manufacturer itself, a German company, warned of the contamination last March and has withdrawn the affected products from markets in Britain and Ireland, where they were distributed...
What is the best way to burn fat? What kind of drug will help to burn fat? Is there any kind of activity that will help to burn fat? What is the effect of new technologies such as laser? What is the best diet to flush out all the fat? These question have been asked for many decades. To answer all of these questions, we must first talk about the fat inside our bodies. We spoke to nutritionist Shaymaa Saeed who explained the process of burning fat. We have two types of fat, one of which is the essential fat, which is the fat that holds the organs in its position. We need to maintain this fat and not to lose it. Also, we have the non-essential fat, which may appear as obesity in case of excess...
When I met the founder of the Nutrition and Diet Center Sawsan Wazzan Jabri in 1996 I was far from imagining the resounding success of this franchise which was originally established in 1990 in Beirut. Already then, Sawsan Wazzan was convinced there was a big market for high quality diet meals, diet snacks as well as diet Arabic and western pastries. Indeed, the need for nutritious and tasty food that helps you lose weight, has been steadily growing in Saudi Arabia. Today, seven out of 10 Saudis are overweight and obesity is becoming a major cause of concern in the Kingdom. The Nutrition and Diet Center helps you tackle successfully all your weight and nutrition related medical problems....

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NEW YORK: With estimated earnings of $47 million during the past year from lucrative contracts and other business ventur...
BEIJING: The actor son of Hong Kong action superstar Jackie Chan has been detained in Beijing on drug-related charges, the latest high-profile celebrity to be ensnared in one of China’s biggest anti-drug crackdowns in two decades.Jaycee Chan, 31, was detained last Thursday together with the 23-year-old Taiwanese movie star Kai Ko, Beijing police said late Monday on their official microblog, identifying them only by their surnames, ages and nationalities. It was unclear why the detentions were announced several days later.Police said both actors tested positive for marijuana and admitted using...
LONDON: Wearing ear plugs to muffle the chimes of Big Ben, a team of abseilers is busy this week cleaning the clock faces at the Houses of Parliament in London.Wearing hard hats and armed with buckets and cloths, the four specialist technicians are descending the London landmark by rope to clean and inspect the four clock faces.The clock faces on the Elizabeth Tower were last cleaned in 2010 and besides getting rid of any dirt that has accumulated since then, the experts are conducting a photographic survey to check the dials for damage.“Big Ben is one of the UK’s greatest icons, and cleaning...

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