Syrians on Haj, Umrah visas can stay on

Updated 31 December 2014

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 camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

Updated 23 March 2019

Saudi camel racing no longer an all-male affair, says Princess Jamila

  • Princess Jamila’s camel will compete in a race marking the conclusion of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival
  • King Salman will attend the grand finale of the 46-day event

JEDDAH: A camel owned by a woman will compete in an official race in Saudi Arabia for the first time, a senior figure in the sport said on Friday.

Fahd bin Hithleen, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Camel Club and the newly appointed president of the International Camel Organization (ICO), said the race is part of the closing day of the King Abdul Aziz Camel Festival on the outskirts of Riyadh, which began on Feb. 5 and ends on March 23.

“The camel race will end this Saturday with the participation of the first female in camel racing,” Hithleen said on his official Twitter account. “I congratulate Princess Jamila Bint Abdulmajeed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz for breaking into the camel world and wish her all the success.”

The festival finale will take place in the presence of King Salman.

Princess Jamila said that camel racing is no longer exclusively the preserve of men, as the ongoing reforms in the country continue to empower Saudi women and open up new opportunities for them across the Kingdom.

The Kingdom established the ICO, the first global group of its kind for camels, on Thursday with the participation of representatives from 96 countries. Riyadh was chosen as the location for its headquarters and Hithleen was appointed to serve a five-year term as its first president.