MADINAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman will open on Thursday the new Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport in the holy city.Built on an area of 4 million square meters, the new airport would in its first phase handle 8 million passengers a year, increasing the number to 18 million in the second phase, and then 40 million after the third and final phase.The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has been operating the airport on a trial basis since April to check systems. It is the first airport in the Kingdom constructed and operated entirely by the private sector.GACA raised financing by forming partnerships with Saudi and foreign companies. The project was won by a consortium consisting of Al-Rajhi Holding Group, Saudi Oger and TAV Airports Holding.The total investment for the first phase is $1.2 billion funded by the National Commercial Bank, Saudi Br...
JEDDAH: The Grand Mosque is now providing pilgrims with a mobile phone app that can keep track of th...
ADEN: Rockets fired by Shiite rebels at a residential district of Yemen’s second city Aden killed at...
MANILA, Philippines: A ferry carrying 173 people capsized Thursday as it left a central Philippine port in choppy waters, leaving at least 36 dead and 19 others missing, coast guard officials said.At least 118 people from the M/B Kim Nirvana were rescued by fishing boats and coast guard personnel or swam to safety off Ormoc city on Leyte Island.Coast guard spokesman Armand Balilo said the wooden outrigger ferry was leavin...
RIYADH: Passport Department spokesman Col. Mohammed Al-Saad said the number of Yemenis who have now corrected their status as of Tuesday stood at 262,000, all of them having acquired visitor cards.He explained that the card will enable Yemeni nationals to work in accordance with the Ajeer system of the Saudi Ministry of Labor, and will enable them to go to banks and hospitals when necessary.He called on all Yemeni nationa...

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JEDDAH: Children and youths afflicted with cancer in the Eastern Province have launched a campaign against terrorist attacks. The patients, their families and doctors have slammed the attacks, which saw many killed and injured, a local publication reported Wednesday.More than 100 people signed a bil...
RIYADH: Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holdings, has announced that his entire $32 billion fortune would be donated to charity after his death.The prince told reporters at his offices in Riyadh on Wednesday that he would move his assets to the Alwaleed Philanthropic Foundation over the coming years.The princ...
RIYADH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) has encouraged businessmen to invest in tourism villages in Asir region.“Tourism villages are considered to be one of the most attractive options in the province,” said Mohammad Al-Amra, SCTNH branch director in Asir.He made the statement in the wake of...
RIYADH: The General Presidency for Youth Welfare (GPYW) has taken part in serving pilgrims and visitors to the Two Holy Mosques as part of the organization’s voluntary and humanitarian work. In his statement, the head of the Riyadh office, Abdulrahman Al-Masad, said 25 youngsters have participated in the program to offer if...
RIYADH: Prince Faisal bin Bandar, governor of Riyadh, opened on Wednesday 20 environmentally friendly entertainment projects with a total area of more than 270,000 sq. meters. Among interesting features of these new parks are replicas of the Eiffel Tower and the Pyramids.The projects are part of efforts by the Riyadh munici...
RIYADH: The World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) is a major player when it comes to relief work in countries wrecked by human tragedies, Secretary-General Saleh Al-Wohaibi said on Tuesday.He was addressing some 700 guests at the 13th annual iftar party sponsored by WAMY at the Riyadh Intercontinental Hotel on Tuesday. More...
JEDDAH: The General Committee for the Municipal Elections has issued new regulations to oversee the polls, which will be taking place on Dec. 12, 2015.The rules released on Monday spelled out requirements for council members, list of violations and appeals, how candidates should conduct their campaigns, and other details on...
JEDDAH: The Martyrs Fund has announced that it disburses 75 percent of its annual revenues to helping the needy families of martyrs, the wounded, prisoners of war and missing persons.Approximately 25 percent of the revenues is allocated for further investments to fuel the development of the fund’s capabilities.The fund has...
MADINAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman arrived in Madinah on Tuesday accompanied by several princes and senior officials for his first visit since ascending the throne. He was met at the airport by Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman, princes, ministers, officials, and a group of citizens. The king prayed...
JEDDAH: The Saudi Traffic Department has denied that it is introducing new license plates for cars.It said hackers posted pictures of the supposedly new license plates on its Twitter account on Sunday. The department said the news, which went viral, was not true. In a statement posted on several social media sites on Monday...
JEDDAH: The Council of Ministers has condemned the terrorist attacks in Kuwait, France, Tunisia and Egypt over the past few days.At its weekly meeting chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Monday night, the Cabinet said that the incidents were against Islamic principles, according to a statement releas...
JEDDAH: The father of the suicide bomber who blew himself up in a mosque in Kuwait has blamed “evil” forces for his son’s behavior.Sounding confused and sad, Sulaiman Al-Gabbaa, the father of Fahad Al-Gabbaa, said: “An evil hand has sent my son to his death.” Al-Gabbaa said he was shocked to hear on television that his son...
JEDDAH: The Al-Haramain Train project is described as the largest public transportation project in the Middle East. This vital and strategic project is one of the implementation schemes of the mass expansion of the Saudi railway across the country.The project’s importance stems from many considerations, primarily the increa...

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KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait’s first-ever legislation on the rights of domestic helpers i...

KUWAIT: Kuwait has arrested two police officers as part of a security crackdown...

TUNIS: All 38 victims of the Tunisian beach resort massacre have been formally i...

BEIRUT: Daesh terrorists have threatened to turn the Gaza Strip into another of...

CAIRO: An Egyptian police raid on an apartment in Cairo killed nine wanted men i...

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LAHORE: A train carrying hundreds of Pakistan military personnel and their famil...

DHAKA: Bangladesh police said Thursday they had arrested 12 suspected militants...

KABUL: An Afghan appeals court has overturned death sentences given to four men...

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis is taking his “church for the poor” to three of South...

DEARBORN, Michigan: A Muslim woman is suing a Michigan police department, saying...

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LONDON: Every fan visiting Wimbledon hopes to be lucky enough to walk out of the...

LONDON: The untroubled advance of the heavy hitters in the men’s and women’s gam...

PALLEKELE: Pakistan and Sri Lanka will ring in several changes, most of them for...

UTRECHT, Netherlands: Peter Sagan may have won the green jersey the last three y...

ZURICH/GENEVA: The United States has asked Switzerland to extradite seven FIFA o...

ECONOMY »

WASHINGTON: The US Justice Department said it is investigating some airlines over “possible unlawful coordination.”There was no mention of which airlines were covered in...
JEDDAH: Saudi bank credit to the private sector recorded a monthly acceleration in May following a slowdown in each of the previous four months, according to a report.The government also maintained support for development with an elevated level of spending in May, stated the Saudi Chartbook for July 2015 from Jadwa Investme...
BRUSSELS: Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has vowed to push ahead with a controversial bailout referendum despite pressure from European leaders, and urged creditors to accept a fresh reform offer by Athens.Hours after Greece became the first advanced economy to default on the IMF, the leftist leader used a televised ad...
NEW YORK: Oil prices slumped, with US crude headed for its sharpest daily loss since late May, after the first rise in crude stockpiles in the US in more than two months.The dollar’s rally on Greece’s debt default, Iran’s renewed efforts to reach a nuclear deal with the West to freely resume its crude exports, and signs of...
SINGAPORE: Financial markets around the world will open on Wednesday with a tinge of apprehension, not just because of developments in Greece or China, but because of an extra second.A “leap second” is being added to the world’s clocks at midnight GMT on Tuesday, which could test the extremely sensitive trading systems of t...
JEDDAH: Net foreign assets at Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency fell to SR2.521 trillion ($672.2 billion) in May, down by $6.6 billion or 1.0 percent from the previous month as the kingdom continued to draw down reserves to cover a budget gap caused by cheap oil.Assets dropped by 8.1 percent from a year earlier to their lowest...
BRUSSELS: The European Union said it had struck a deal to abolish mobile phone roaming charges in 2017, ending fees that are loathed by millions of holidaymakers and business travelers across Europe.The agreement will end the frustration of EU citizens on holiday or abroad for business who face steep charges for using their...
LONDON: Oil prices are likely to be stable for the rest of this year and climb in 2016 and 2017 as global demand picks up, shrugging off setbacks from the Greek debt crisis and the possible lifting of sanctions on Iran, a Reuters poll forecast on Tuesday.The monthly survey of 31 analysts showed North Sea Brent crude is expe...
TOKYO: Suzuki Motor Corp’s 85-year-old CEO Osamu Suzuki named his eldest son as the new president of Japan’s fourth-biggest automaker, easing investor concerns over the firm’s succession plan and boosting the company’s shares by more than 5 percent.Executive Vice President Toshihiro Suzuki took over the role from his father...
TOKYO: Troubled Japanese electronics maker Sharp is in “selective default” ratings agency S&P said, the latest blow to the one-time giant as it struggles to repair a tattered balance sheet.The move comes after Sharp announced that it was issuing preferred securities to its main lenders, instead of repaying loans that we...
BRUSSELS: Shale output in the US will prove resilient to low oil prices likely to be prolonged by the prospect of half a million barrels per day of Iranian crude making its way back to the market, BP’s chief economist said.Talks in Vienna between world powers trying to end sanctions on Tehran in return for limits on Iran’s...
TOKYO: Shares in Sony plunged 8.25 percent on dilution fears after the Japanese electronics giant announced plans to raise $3.6 billion through stock and bond sales.The stock closed at 3,461.5 yen on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, down 8.25 percent from the previous day, while the benchmark index ended up 0.63 percent.The compan...
DUBAI: Abu Dhabi’s new financial free zone, which aims to become a top banking center for the region, took a step toward opening for business by issuing draft laws covering fund management, market operations, information disclosure and enforcement of its rules.The drafts will be available for public comment over a six-week...
 
 

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In a vast basement area of the University of Westminster in Central London is a small piece of Saudi Arabia. The underground space houses AmbikaP3 art gallery which recently showcased the degree work of final year art students. Among the graduates was Wejdan Reda, who curated an exhibit called ‘Exclusion’ featuring the work of four contemporary...

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PARIS: After billions of years of solitary travel through cold, dark outer space, comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has recently yielded many secrets, often surprising ones, to the prodding of Europe’s Rosetta spacecraft.
As the probe drew closer and got a better view, ground teams were amazed to discover their target had a weird rubber-ducky...

FASHION »

Countries in the Middle East may be changing in terms of technology and development. However, when it comes to making a fashion statement, these countries including Saudi Arabia allude back to traditional and cultural trends, which are increasingly becoming popular today. Saudis and Arabs are proud and hospitable people, and they take due pride...

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RIYADH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) has encouraged businessmen to invest in tourism villages in Asir region.
“Tourism villages are considered to be one of the most attractive options in the province,” said Mohammad Al-Amra, SCTNH branch director in Asir.
He made the statement in the wake of Bin Hussai...

FOOD & HEALTH »

Ramadan is that time of the year when most people go back to their roots in terms of their traditions, clothing, culture and food. You find long queues in front of small, local restaurants that sell ful (mashed fava beans) and tameez (Afghani flatbread) before iftar as well as suhoor.AlAyoubi Restaurant, which opened recently, celebrates authentic Hijazi cuisine with recipes that go back to the older generations. The restaurant provides a traditional iftar experience and an extensive range of Arabic delicacies, including Arabic coffee, dates, ful, balilah, and international offerings along with Ramadan beverages and Hijazi culinary masterpieces.The restaurant is located in north Jeddah,...
Last week, I described to you our 24-hour daily cycle, which regulates our biological clock. I also explained the two phases of sleep (the slow-wave sleep and REM sleep) and how each type impacts the body and brain. Slow-wave sleep, which is the profound sleep, occurs around midnight and lasts for about two hours. This type of deep sleep is critical for rebuilding the body from wear and tear; boosting the immune system; repairing cells, neurons, tissues, bones, muscles, wounds, and breaks; and does whatever else is needed for repair. This short sleep is vital for the regeneration and restoration of the body physiologically. New-borns, children, adolescents, athletes, and active people...
RIYADH: Medical studies and research for new methods in the treatment of chronic diseases suggests that fasting could help combat cancer and boost effectiveness of treatment.Scientists doing research on the positive aspects of fasting discovered that it triggers stem cell regeneration and combats cancer.Dr. Mashhor Al-Hantoushi, who heads the health and therapeutic affairs department at the Ministry of Health, told Arab News on Monday: “Medical research studies found that fasting could slow the growth of breast cancer, melanoma skin cancers, glioma brain cancer and neuroblastoma, a cancer that forms in the nerve tissue.”Replying to a question on whether fasting could make chemotherapy more...

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LOS ANGELES: As regulars at a local farmer’s market, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner and their three young children looked...
SAN FRANCISCO: Kim Kardashian says the large number of selfies she posts on social media empowers her to control her public image, but also contributes to her being viewed by some as an object.The reality TV star talked briefly about how women are portrayed in the media during a Tuesday night appearance in San Francisco hosted by the Commonwealth Club of California.Kardashian allowed that while other people might regard her constant posing in front of a camera as degrading, it doesn’t matter as long as she is happy with the results.During an hour-long Q&A before an adoring audience that...
KARACHI: Renowned Pakistani TV host Shaista Lodhi has entered into wedlock for the second time, which she disclosed on Tuesday on her official Twitter handle, ARY News reported.Shaista who after enjoying years of celebrity-status had stirred a controversy during the morning show she hosted on May 15, 2014.The episode drew public wrath and the anchorperson was charged with blasphemy, forcing her to leave the country.Shaista since then kept herself away from public.However, the 43-year-old diva today took to Twitter and disclosed her second marriage.She shared a translated verse from the Holy...

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