The Passport Department has warned citizens and expatriates that it would not issue new or renew residence permits unless all foreign workers and dependents over 15 have registered their fingerprints.Maj. Ahmad Fahd Al-Luhaidan, spokesman of the department, said on Tuesday that the public has until Jan. 21 to comply with the directive. If people fail to do so, the department would cut off all access to online passport and other services.“The department is the government agency assigned to collect all the fingerprints of residents in the Kingdom. We have carried out this assignment systematically and gradually, by aligning the issue of iqamas for newcomers at the airports with the registration of their fingerprints,” Al-Luhaidan told Arab News.He said the department had introduced the measures gradually over the past three years because it did not want to disrupt the lives of citizens and...
Jeddah residents have called on the municipality to mop up all stagnant pools of water because they...
GCC labor ministers have agreed on minimum terms in the contracts of domestics to improve the widely...
Qatar rallied to get the better of Saudi Arabia 2-1 to win the 22nd Arabia Gulf Cup football tournament at the King Fahd International stadium in Riyadh Wednesday night.Playing in front of a capacity crowd of 75,000, Kingdom national team was off to a flying start when Saud Al Khariri gave the hosts the lead in the 16th minute when his header found the back of the net following a cross from the left.However, their joy was...
Prominent business executives have called on the government to scrap the exit and re-entry visa system, saying it would make Saudi Arabia a more attractive place for foreign investors and skilled foreign workers. “The system of having exit re-entry visas is creating unnecessary hassle. The Kingdom must seriously consider scrapping this system like in other GCC countries such as Bahrain and the UAE,” said Irshad Cader, a b...

SAUDI ARABIA »

Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman inaugurated an international seminar, entitled “The Printing and Publication of the Holy Qur’an: Realities and Objectives,” in Madinah on Tuesday.The forum was organized by the King Fahd Qur’an Printing Complex at Le Meridien Hotel in the holy city and was condu...
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry says that a total of 348 people have died in the kingdom after contracting Middle East Respiratory Syndrome or MERS.The ministry’s latest figures, released late Tuesday, include two recent deaths recorded in the capital Riyadh. It brings to 810 the number of confirmed cas...
The Department for Parks, Afforestation and Environment in the Eastern Province has established 23 parks and public squares in Dammam during the past year, as part of the public parks program of the Dammam Municipality.Khalid bin Abdullah Bossbet, general manager of the department, said that there were a number of parks est...
The Riyadh-based King Khalid Foundation (KKF) recently concluded a strategic partnership with the renowned Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to build the capacity of the philanthropic sector in the Kingdom.The deal also aims at promoting the role of partnerships and collective action in tackling regional and global...
Riyadh Gov. Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz and Maltese Parliament Speaker Angelo Farrugia discussed on Tuesday the bilateral relationship between the Kingdom and Malta.“Saudi Arabia is an important country for us and we want to make our bilateral relations with the Kingdom closer,” Farrugia told Arab News in an ex...
The Jeddah Municipality has taken steps to replace the old garbage dumpsters with green containers in a bid to clean up the city and provide a more eco-friendly environment.“The current dumpsters have no covers tempting alley cats and rag pickers to scavenge through the rubbish, thereby littering the surrounding area which...
The Undersecretary for Educational Affairs at the Ministry of Higher Education Dr. Mohammed Al-Ohaly confirmed that Saudi universities will continue to hire foreign academics due to the need for various experiences and expertise. He pointed out that the scholarship program sends students to 24 countries which require a high...
The president of the Saudi Council of Engineers, Hamad Al-Shaqawi, has said that a list will soon be published on the council's website that contains the names of all engineers who have forged their trade certificates. He said that the number of people who forged their certificates has now reached 1,700, with new cases bein...
Rains have brought glad tidings to farmers and wildlife lovers. Heavy rains had been reported across the Riyadh region on Sunday. The downpour, which began at 2:45 p.m. on Sunday, ended fully at around 10 p.m. the same day. “The rains have brought pleasant tidings for the winter,” an official from the Wildlife Conservation...
Heavy rainfall in the Eastern province in the past few days raised the water level causing a minor flood in the Mall of Dhahran which led to some mall goers being electrocuted.The victims were rushed to hospital while the mall was temporarily closed.Col. Mansour Al-Dosari, media spokesman of the Directorate of Civil Defense...
In what could have been a disaster, a 39-year-old Saudi man was recently rushed to the nearest government health center in Riyadh following a severe case of black venomous scorpion bite.Hamadan Al-Otaibi was stung on the right hand by a black scorpion while he was camping with his family and friends in the red sand desert o...
A staggering 82 percent of terror-related deaths occurred in five Muslim countries, namely Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nigeria and Syria, in 2013, according to a report published by the Vision of Humanity Foundation.There has been a substantial increase in the number of terrorist attacks in 2013, according to the Global Te...
Inspection tours of 216 facilities that were recently conducted by the Saudi Comission for Tourism and Antiquities in Riyadh, including 213 accommodation facilities and 48 travel agencies and tour operators, have resulted in the closure of a number of unlicensed facilities, and facilities in violation of operation laws.The...

MIDDLE EAST »

RAMALLAH: The Palestinian leadership on Tuesday slammed the Israeli government’s...

ABU DHABI: An Emirati court Tuesday sentenced a local man to three years in jail...

SANAA: Yemeni security forces freed seven Yemeni hostages and a foreigner in a r...

TEHRAN: Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani faced thinly veiled pressure Tuesday ove...

UNITED NATIONS: The Islamic State group, which controls a large swath of Syria a...

WORLD »

KIEV: NATO’s top military commander said Wednesday he was “very concerned” that...

FERGUSON, Missouri: Missouri’s governor ordered hundreds more state militia into...

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s main opposition presidential candidate expressed hope Wedne...

JOHANNESBURG: A Nigerian jailed in Johannesburg for masterminding a series of te...

HONG KONG: Hong Kong police on Wednesday cleared one of the largest protest site...

SPORTS »

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

NICOSIA, Cyprus: Lionel Messi netted a hat trick to shatter the Champions League...

NICOSIA: Lionel Messi was hailed as the best player ever by Barcelona coach Luis...

SINGAPORE: Tournament favorites Thailand booked a spot in the semifinals of the...

MIAMI: Stephen Curry scored 40 points, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Mi...

ECONOMY »

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 hav...
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...
Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, director general of Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), inaugurated the airline’s new office in Manila in the presence of senior Saudi and Philippine officials including Saudi Ambassador Abdullah bin Ibrahim Al-Hassan.Abdul Aziz Al-Hazmi, CEO of Saudi Airlines Company, senior executives of the organ...
RIYADH: OPEC’s biggest crude producer Saudi Arabia will have its sights set on the upstart US shale oil business at a crucial meeting to debate possible output cuts on Thursday.Analysts say the Kingdom is content to see shale oil producers — and even some members of the group — suffer from low prices and will resist pressur...
In the current economic environment, success is expected to come to only those companies that generate innovative products, services, processes and business models to gain competitive advantage, said Mohamed Al-Mady, SABIC vice chairman and CEO. He was speaking at the annual forum of the Gulf Petrochemicals and Chemicals As...
ABUJA: Nigeria has devalued its currency, seeking to stabilize the naira after it hit historic lows against the US dollar, as falling world oil prices hurt the country’s foreign reserves.The naira’s street value had already fallen before the surprise moves announced by Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Godwin Emefiele....
NEW DELHI: A top US trade envoy has urged India to strengthen its drug and other intellectual property laws, saying such a move is needed to draw vital investment to spur a sputtering economy.The call came as international charity Medecins Sans Frontieres in a statement accused the US Trade Representative’s office and globa...
WASHINGTON: The US economy grow at a much faster pace than initially thought in the third quarter, pointing to strengthening fundamentals that should help it weather slowing global demand.The Commerce Department on Tuesday raised its estimate of gross domestic product to a 3.9 percent annual pace from the 3.5 percent rate r...

OPINION »

Happiness, that perennial preoccupation of philosophers, intellectuals and ordin...
Who really discovered America? As far as I know, it was not Christopher Columbus...
Iran and world powers have given themselves seven more months to reach a nuclear...
While international and regional efforts are focused on fighting militants in Sy...

Events & Exhibitions

Stay Connected

Facebook

ART & CULTURE »

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...

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY »

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...

FASHION »

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....

TRAVEL »

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...

FOOD & HEALTH »

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...

OFFBEAT »

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)...

CLASSIFIEDS »

classifieds

INDIAN(HYD)SM Parents Invite alliance for their daughter,age 30, height 5'4" , M.com, PHD. Boy shoul...
2014-11-25 21:11
Engineer low voltage security electronic systems seeks job 0534045803
2014-11-25 21:10
I have lost my passport, Name: Eissa Abdullah Mohammed Mahdi, Nationality: Yemeni, Passport No. 0393...
2014-11-25 18:12
I, Hafiz Abdul Waheed, S/o. Babjee Saheb, No. 27/2, Dinnur main road Cross Kousar Nagar, R.T. Nagar...
2014-11-25 16:58

SERVICES

Weather in Saudi Arabia

23° - 30°

Sunny
Jeddah , Saudi Arabia
Day Weather Min Max
Wednesday, 26 Nov Sunny 23° 30°
Thursday, 27 Nov Sunny 23° 29°
Friday, 28 Nov Sunny 23° 31°
Saturday, 29 Nov Sunny 25° 33°
Sunday, 30 Nov Sunny 25° 31°

Prayer Times Saudi Arabia

Makkah, Saudi Arabia

Currency Converter