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...
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 cases in Saudi Arabia since the virus was first identified in 2012.The virus has since spread to other...
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...

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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...
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...
The Ministry of Labor has warned that it intends fining those recruitment offices and firms failing to deliver maids to citizens as promised in their contracts.This includes all countries with which the ministry has signed agreements, such as the Philippines, said Ziyad Al-Sayegh, deputy minister for customer services and l...

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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...

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NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s estranged wife has questioned t...

GANDERBAL, India: Voters in Indian Kashmir turned out in large numbers under tig...

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria: More than 45 people died Tuesday in twin bomb blasts, includ...

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Faisal Salhab and Fahad Almansour had the Saudi winning run going ahead of an im...

HANOI: Philippines booked their place in the semifinals of the AFF Suzuki Cup on...

MANILA: San Miguel Beer and Rain or Shine extended their respective winning stre...

CLEVELAND: LeBron James scored 29 points, including 16 in the first quarter, as...

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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 Th...
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...
PARIS: The weak eurozone economy poses a key threat to global growth, the OECD warned on Tuesday, urging more flexibility in fiscal rules for struggling EU members like France and Italy to prevent another recession.Forcing the two major European economies to meet the EU’s tough deficit criteria “would likely depress activit...
NEW DELHI: India’s economic growth probably slowed to around 5 percent in the three months to September, slipping from 5.7 percent in the previous quarter, two senior finance ministry sources said, putting pressure on the central bank to cut interest rates.The sources said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley would argue forcefull...
VIENNA: Saudi Arabia met fellow OPEC member Venezuela and oil powers Russia and Mexico in Vienna, as some of the world’s largest crude producers engaged in last-minute shuttle diplomacy in a bid to convince Riyadh to support prices.Saudi Arabia has kept the market guessing about its response to crude’s near 30 percent drop...
International mechanical services group, EnerMech, has announced that it has signed a joint venture agreement with Abdulla Fouad Group (AFG) to support the growth of its operations in Saudi Arabia. This arrangement follows AFG’s acquisition of Shoabi Group’s oil and gas agencies, joint ventures and facilities which was anno...
Transport Minister Jabara Al-Seraisry inaugurated the first Saudi maritime forum as well as an exhibition in Dammam on Tuesday It was organized by the General Ports Authority and the Ministry of Transport. The two-day conference-led event, taking place at the Sheraton Dammam Hotel & Towers, attracted up to 200 delegates...
Mobily has upgraded the cable networks of its cable landing stations at Jeddah and Alkhobar. These landing stations connect the Gulf to the TGN subsea Cable System, operated by Tata Communications, a leading provider of A New World of Communications. Mobily is the exclusive landing party in Saudi Arabia (Jeddah and Alkhobar...
The Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) has launched a training program on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) for its officials from various chambers in the Kingdom.CSC Secretary General Khalid Al-Otaibi said the program is being conducted in two groups for 27 trainees. The aim of this program is to develop the skills of the o...
NEW YORK: A rise in Apple shares pushed the market value of the trend-setting US tech icon above $700 billion, becoming the first company to hit that milestone.Apple shares rose nearly one percent in morning trade to $119.75 at 1525 GMT, making its market capitalization some $701.7 billion. The shares were fluctuating in a...

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Happiness, that perennial preoccupation of philosophers, intellectuals and ordin...
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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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BEIRUT: Iconic Lebanese singer and actress Sabah died Wednesday at the age of 87, after a seven-decade career and a colo...
Dreams, ambitions and determination have no limits, dedication to those three traits can take that dreamer, ambition-seeker and determined young man or woman to places he or she wishes. It takes commitment and long hours of thinking, planning and executing to keep that drive going. Turki Khan is an example of one of those dreamers, one of the determined ones, and a seeker of positive change in his society. A young man with hopes of bringing more positivity by doing what he does best, being realistic and acknowledging that there are flaws in one’s perspective of life and taking action to...
WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama said he is in love, though he was not speaking about Michelle — but he swears she understands.“I’ve said it publicly: I love Meryl Streep. I love her. Her husband knows I love her. Michelle knows I love her. There’s nothing either of them can do about it,” he said at the Presidential Medal of Freedom awards Monday.Obama endowed 18 people, including Streep, musician Stevie Wonder, Chilean-American author Isabel Allende, journalist Tom Brokaw and composer Stephen Sondheim, with the award, the highest civil honor in the United States.A smiling Obama showered...

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