Syrians on Haj, Umrah visas can stay on

Updated 31 December 2014
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Syrians on Haj, Umrah visas can stay on

The Kingdom has decided to allow Syrians to stay in the country without iqamas as long as their visit, Haj, or Umrah visas are valid, but they would have to correct their status later.
According to the Minister of Justice Mohammed Al-Issa, the ministry would allow Syrians holding these visas to live here legally. Sources indicate the ministry asked the General Directorate of Passports to inquire into the possibility of granting Syrians this concession.
“The Directorate General of Passports replied that this would be permissible as long as the visit visa granted to the individual is valid,” said sources, quoted by the local media.
The ministry issued a circular to all courts, ordering them to implement the decision for eligible Syrians.
The new decision comes after the Ministry of Interior exempted Syrian workers in violation of the residency or labor regulations from deportation during inspection campaigns.
Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, the security spokesman at the ministry, said the current circumstances in Syria do not allow for the deportation of Syrians in violation of regulations, and the ministry will allow violators an opportunity to correct their status.
Last week, Prince Mohammed bin Naif, minister of Interior, called on the general supervisor of the Saudi national campaign to support Syrians, to cover tuition expenses for children of Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
A number of officials praised these humanitarian efforts, while many refugees in Lebanon sent letters and telegrams, in which they expressed their gratitude and appreciation for the support to allow their children to continue their education in Lebanese schools.


Fun in the family zone at Ad Diriyah E-Prix ​

Updated 14 December 2018
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Fun in the family zone at Ad Diriyah E-Prix ​

  • On offer were physically challenging activities such as a zipline, a net climbing wall, and a horse corral for the younger kids
  • At the heart of the park was an area dedicated to local artists and vendors, with everything from traditional foods to handmade soaps to artwork and clothing on display

RIYADH: A horse corral, a maze and a virtual reality biking station were some of the attractions on offer at the family zone at the E-Prix event being held at the Ad Diriyah UNESCO world heritage site near the capital Riyadh.
The event, which culminates Saturday with Formula E Championship street racing, is the first of its kind to be held in the region. 
It brings together world class entertainment — from artists including David Guetta and Amr Diab — and cultural activities.



“The amount of effort that must have gone into setting this up is extraordinary,” said visitor Abla Qanaq. “The variety of options is almost overwhelming. I’m not even sure where I want to start.”
People in the VIP Hospitality Section had the opportunity to ride camels, sample local staples of dates and Arabic coffee, and experience local customs such as traditional wedding marches.
“I’m glad they realized the importance of including a local touch in an event like this,” said visitor Alaa Al Dawsari. “Especially with so many foreigners coming from all over the world. It’s amazing that we were able to present Saudi Arabia like this.”
The family zone also featured an area dedicated to local artisans and vendors, with everything from traditional food to handmade soap and clothing on display. The Al Bujairi section hosts exhibitions and live music.