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.


Saudi Arabia’s first ‘smart’ pharmacy inaugurated

Updated 21 July 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s first ‘smart’ pharmacy inaugurated

TABUK: Prince Fahd bin Sultan, governor of Tabuk region, inaugurated the Kingdom’s first smart pharmacy — operated by a robot — at King Fahd Specialist Hospital on Thursday, following his meeting with the province’s director general of health affairs, Ghurmallah bin Abdullah Al-Ghamdi.
It is hoped that the smart pharmacy — which can dispense 1,500 packages of medicine per hour, store over 20,000 packages of medicine, reject expired drugs, and deal with 240 prescriptions per hour — will save the time of patients and pharmacists, ensure better control of drug stocks, provide the highest safety standards, and reduce medication errors.
The pharmacy has six outlets, one of which is dedicated to serving disabled people.
Prince Fahd congratulated Tabuk Health Affairs on this achievement, which he said would contribute to better health care services.
He stressed that serving citizens was the main objective and praised the role of young men and women in meeting the requirements of the future.
He also thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support for the health care sector in Saudi Arabia.
Al-Ghamdi thanked Prince Fahd for his support for the health care sector in the province.