MAKKAH: A large crowd of people turned up for the big reception organized by Makkan residents in honor of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Sunday night. A variety of cultural programs attended by 900 young men, including folk dancers, were held to add color to the ceremony.King Salman received a model of the Holy Kaaba’s door as a gift from Abdul Rahman Faqeeh, a prominent businessman. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, second deputy premier and minister of defense, also received similar gifts.Earlier, the king accompanied by Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, toured an exhibition highlighting the history of Makkah and its progress. He also toured the traditional Makkah markets.The reception was held along the Makkah-Jeddah Highway. Rashid Al-Sharief, Saleh bin Abdullah Kamel and Haifa bi...
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JEDDAH: The Council of Ministers on Monday commended Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman for measures to improve services for millions of Haj and Umrah pilgrims.The Cabinet also decided to set up a fund for people injured, killed or who have gone missing in conflicts. This includes their families and legal dependents. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, will be the fund’s cha...
RIYADH: Foreign currency reserves dropped by $49 billion in the first four months of 2015 following the dive in world oil prices, Jadwa Investment said in a report Monday.The reserves, piled up in the past decade due to high crude prices, dropped from $732 billion at the end of 2014 to $683 billion at the end of April, it said.In March and April alone, the reserves dipped $31 billion, it added.Jadwa also forecast that the...

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JEDDAH: The Cabinet meeting on Monday urged the international community to stop the Israeli violations in the occupied Palestinian territories and its attempts to Judaize Jerusalem and divide Al-Aqsa Mosque.“Israel has moved some offices to occupied Jerusalem and has been arresting Palestinians in g...
JEDDAH: The Supercomputing System, which has been named “Aziz,” and the Center of Excellence on the campus of King Abdulaziz University (KAU), in partnership with Fujitsu, was launched on Monday.The inauguration of “Aziz” was presided over by Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed in the presence of Abdulrahman Alyoubi, inter...
RIYADH: The Shoura Council has condemned last Friday’s terror attack on the Al-Anoud Mosque in Dammam that resulted in the death of three Saudi citizens and injury to several others.In a statement following its 43rd ordinary session presided over by Deputy Chairman Amin Al-Jaafri, the council described the incident as a “co...
RIYADH: Deputy Governor of the Communications and Information Technology Commission for Legal Competition Affairs Deif Allah Al-Zahrani said the commission does not investigate any fake accounts, nor those aimed at fraudulent activity, unless the authorities concerned request investigation into a specific account or mobile...
JEDDAH: Experts from the United States, Britain, France, Poland, Gulf and Arab countries recently took part in Saudi Creative Week held under the Saudi National Creative Initiative (SNCI).The experts provided lectures, meetings and workshops with the participation of 86 young men and women.During the lectures, experts talke...
RIYADH: In an effort to generate awareness about the UK visa policy and guidelines, the British embassy in Riyadh will answer questions related to these services via Twitter on Wednesday. The queries will be answered via the live Twitter Q&A hour using the hashtag #UKVisa to the @ukinsaudiarabia Twitter account. "I am...
Jeddah: Citizens who wish to travel abroad need to check the expiry date of their passports and start the renewal or issuance process well before the travel date, a senior passport official has said.Mohammad bin Abdulaziz Al-Saad, director of Media and Public Relations at the General Directorate of Passports, also said that...
JEDDAH: The Kingdom holds the dubious distinction of being the first in the world in terms of traffic accidents and 60 percent of the victims suffer face and jaw injuries. Dr. Khalid Almutairi, consultant and head of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department at King Saud Medical City, revealed this bitter truth at the Saudi...
JEDDAH: Poverty, unemployment and poor education are alienating young people and driving them into the arms of terrorist groups, according to experts.Saleh bin Ali Abu Arrad, professor of Islamic education at King Khaled University in Asir, said terrorism has become a major problem in modern societies. “It is spreading ever...
JEDDAH: Saudi courts Kingdom-wide have witnessed rising rates in blackmailing lawsuits with Jeddah courts registering the highest number at 67 cases, local media said quoting latest data released by the Ministry of Justice.The courts also received some 88 naming-and-shaming cases of which Riyadh captured 71 cases, or 80.6 p...
• Which particular aspect of Saudi Arabia you like the most?The Diwaniyas.• Can you tell us your favorite and oft-repeated Arabic word?Masha Allah.• Which book is now on your bedside?There’s a Kindle.• What is your favorite holiday destination?Germany.• What is your dream country where you would like to...
RIYADH: It was an evening packed with philosophy and humor in the capital recently, with a live rendition by top Urdu poets from India to a thunderous applause by approximately 1,500 fans. The All-India Mushaira (poetry function) here saw the likes of Majid Deobandi, Taahir Faraz, Khursheed Nayyir, Zafar Mahmood and Shafe...
JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia stands firmly and strongly against terrorism and the Kingdom’s security forces are capable of confronting terrorist attacks, said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior.“We have been successful in stopping many terrorist attacks,” the crown prince said while receiving fo...

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PARIS: Defending champion Maria Sharapova was sent packing from the French Open...

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JEDDAH: The decline in oil prices has emphasized the importance of economic diversification in Saudi Arabia, says the International Monetary Fund (IMF).It said the declin...
VIENNA: Petroleum and Mineral Resources Minister Ali Al-Naimi said he expects oil demand to pick up in the second half of 2015 while supply decreases, in a sign that the Kingdom’s strategy of defending market share was working.The comment indicates Saudi Arabia will likely propose not to change output policy at producer gro...
RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is forecast to post a budget deficit of 20 percent of gross domestic product because of the sharp decline in oil revenues, the IMF said.“Government spending in 2015 is expected to remain strong, partly due to a number of one-off factors, while oil revenues have declined,” an International Monetary Fund...
LONDON: OPEC, keen to defend its market share against the US shale oil boom, is expected to hold output levels steady at its Vienna meeting this week, analysts say.The influential 12-nation Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), which pumps about 30 percent of the world’s oil, will make the decision Frida...
RIYADH: Kingdom Hotel Investments (KHI), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Saudi Arabian conglomerate Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) chaired by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, has sold Kingdom 5-KR-182, Ltd., beneficial owner of a 50 percent interest in the Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita to Kingdom’s joint venture partne...
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia Airlines is "technically bankrupt", its new German CEO said as the carrier slashed 6,000 jobs as part of plans to recover from deadly disasters and a long run of red ink.Christoph Mueller made public his plans for the troubled flag carrier for the first time since the aviation turnaround specialist wa...
With the game-changing F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft in early production stages, rival manufacturers are racing against time.The F-35 may be regarded almost as much as an industrial and coalition-building policy as a warplane made by Lockheed Martin Corp., the Pentagon's No. 1 supplier by sales and the world's largest...
JEDDAH: Key consumption indicators that measure Saudi Arabia’s economic progress continued to soften in April, but remained at healthy levels, say researchers.But they stressed that PMI data continued to point to a robust performance in the Kingdom’s nonoil private sector, according to economic researchers. The Tadawul All...
JEDDAH: Qatar’s bourse led gains in the Gulf as it recovered from a sell-off sparked by the arrests and investigations at world soccer body FIFA last week, while most other markets edged up in low-volume trade.The Qatari benchmark rose 1.1 percent. Fears that Doha might potentially lose the rights to host the 2022 World Cup...
KUALA LUMPUR: The new CEO of Malaysia Airlines said the ailing carrier could break even by 2018 after cutting staff, selling surplus aircraft and refurbishing its international fleet.Christoph Mueller said Monday that the airline is trying to sell two of its A380 super jumbo jets and has gone ahead with its previously annou...
VIENNA: OPEC is likely to keep its output target unchanged when it meets on Friday as the global oil market appears to be in good shape and prices are expected to firm up from current levels, a senior Gulf OPEC delegate told Reuters.Brent crude settled at $65.56 a barrel on Friday, up $2.98, or 4.8 percent, on the day.“It i...
DUBAI: Land accounts for about half the value of real estate sales in Qatar, 10 times that of developed markets, as prices surge to levels that may make even high-margin luxury developments unprofitable to build, experts say.Qatar allows foreign freehold property ownership in specific zones, although the real estate sector...
RIYADH: Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), received a Hungarian delegation at his office in Riyadh. It included Ferenc Csillag, Hungarian ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Baron William de Gelsey, chairman of the board for the Richter Gedeon Pharmaceutical Company, John Langford and Tamas Neubau...
 

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We live in a modern world that is losing traces of its past bit by bit, it’s inevitable since it’s the normal evolutionary way of life. The world is progressing at a fast pace and we are engrossed in daily activities that can get us all wrapped up with the future of our endeavors and so the past is simply an illusion or a story being told by an...

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It is a fact of life, unfortunately, as long as humans live, there will always be con artists, scammers and imposters.

They take advantage of your kindness, your passions and your weaknesses.
The news of this week in the Kingdom, and many weeks to come, is Twitter account that pulled off a scam on all the GCC people for over a y...

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LOS ANGELES: Singer Lady Gaga is planning to design a clothing range for puppies.
The 29-year-old singer has announced that she will be designing “creative and functional ways for pets and their owners to bond” via her and her fiance Taylor Kinney’s puppy Asia’s Instagram account, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
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ABHA: Officials are planning to use the “Abha: Arab Tourism Capital 2017” event to bring investors to the city. President of Arab Tourism Organization Prince Bandar bin Fahd Al-Fahid has announced agreements with Asir Gov. Prince Faisal bin Khaled to draft plans and strategies to attract investments to Abha.
Al-Fahid explained that the pla...

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ABHA: While many smokers say that they can’t quit and others complain of no will power, some admit to smoking because it is seen as fashionable. It seems that sheesha and cigarettes have become the latest fashion accessory at women’s gatherings where smoking is seen as necessary.Psychologists and sociologists say that the increasing number of women who smoke for perceived social prestige is alarming.An official at Naqa, a charitable organization specializing in combating smoking, said more Saudi women than men smoke sheesha. He pointed out that the ages of smoking women is between 30 and 40, adding that large numbers of married women smoke sheesha. He explained that the situation has become...
If you are tired of eating Lebanese, Italian or even Chinese food and you have no desire for some fast food, the time has come for a real change so how about some Tex-Mex at Chili’s! Tex-Mex, incidentally, was one of the original spin-offs from Mexican cooking that has really strayed far from its roots. In other words, Mexican food and Tex-Mex are merely cousins in the culinary world. The term Tex-Mex first appeared in print in 1945.The arrival of large numbers of Mexican immigrants in Texas after 1950 prompted the opening of Mexican restaurants. This twentieth century phenomenon turned into a gourmet trend in the 1970s, a fad which has not abated and is still very much alive. People are...
JEDDAH: There are nearly 15,000 renal failure patients in the Kingdom and two-third of them undergo dialysis, said Dr. Mohammed Al-Aumi, supervisor of King Salman Kidney Center in Riyadh.Addressing a workshop organized by the Health Ministry for enhancing public awareness on kidney related diseases, he said renal failure cases are spreading all over the world.“More than 600 million people around the world currently suffer from kidney diseases and they account for 14.2 percent of global population,” Al-Aumi told participants.“It’s a silent disease that creeps into all parts of body and we’ll know its symptoms only after sometime,” he pointed out.Al-Aumi underscored the ministry’s efforts to...

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RABAT: Morocco’s Mawazine festival opened over the weekend to record crowds but faced some controversy, with 300,000 fan...
Paris: Paris, known worldwide as the city of romance, Monday began the heart-breaking process of removing tens of thousands of “love-locks,” padlocks chained to the city’s bridges by love-struck couples.Yellow-vested officials were out early Monday morning on the city’s iconic Pont des Arts, wielding cutting equipment to free the padlocks while a handful of curious tourists looked on.Loved-up visitors from around the world have for years written their name on padlocks to symbolize their passion, then tossed the key into the River Seine so that nothing could ever break the bond.Or at least,...
LOS ANGELES: Kimye are expecting another baby.Kim Kardashian says she is pregnant with her second child with Kanye West.She revealed the news in a clip that appeared after Sunday’s episode of the E! reality show “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”The show documented her fertility struggles, and she confided that an attempt to conceive through in vitro fertilization had failed.The clip shows Kardashian telling her sister, Khloe, that a blood test following another attempt confirmed she was pregnant.The couple has a nearly 2-year-old daughter, North West, who was born on June 15, 2013.They got...

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