Fees to be imposed on unbuilt land

Updated 24 March 2015
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Fees to be imposed on unbuilt land

The Council of Ministers on Monday decided to impose fees on vacant lands within cities and towns as part of its efforts to find a quick solution to the housing problem.
The Cabinet, chaired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, adopted the vital resolution on the recommendation of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs.
The Cabinet instructed the Council of Economic and Development Affairs to set out the mechanism to impose fees on vacant lands. The issue will be further referred to the Shoura Council in order to complete legal procedures.
In his statement, Minister of Culture and Information, Adel Al-Toraifi, said Saudi Arabia condemned the terrorist attacks in Tunis that targeted a museum in the country and claimed the lives of many innocent victims.
According to him, the council stressed the clear positions of the Kingdom in the fight against terrorism and condemning all of its forms and manifestations and appeals the need for close international cooperation to fight it and ridding the international community of its evils.
Referring to the principles of tolerance in Islam, Al-Toraifi said Islam prohibits treachery and killing oneself and that the Islamic religion and its followers has noting to do with terrorism.
With regard to the offensive remarks by Swedish Foreign Minister the Cabinet also expressed the country’s thanks and appreciation to the GCC’s states and the rest of the world for their positive position and support.
Some urban land in the Kingdom is owned by wealthy individuals or companies who prefer holding it as a store of value, or trading it for speculative profits, to the process of developing it. The fee could change that and spur home building activity.


Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

Updated 18 June 2019
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Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

JEDDAH: The Jeddah Season festival has provided a wide range of seasonal employment opportunities for young Saudi men and women, helping them gain experience and prepare them to enter the job market.

More than 5,000 young Saudis are working around the clock, each in his or her field, to manage the festival’s activities.

The festival aims to highlight development opportunities in Saudi Arabia, introduce the Kingdom as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, support the government’s efforts to empower Saudi youths, support local small and medium enterprises, develop Jeddah’s tourism sector and provide volunteer opportunities.

Jeddah Season, which began on June 8 and runs until July 18, has attracted thousands of visitors of all ages through its 150 local and international events and activities.

It is being held at five sites: King Abdullah Sports City, Al-Hamra Corniche, the Jeddah Waterfront, Obhur and Historic Jeddah (Al-Balad), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jeddah Season offers a wide range of tourism, entertainment and cultural events and activities, and sheds light on the city’s status as the Kingdom’s tourism capital. Most of its events are being held for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

Jeddah Season is in line with the Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to advance the welfare of Saudi society, diversify local development opportunities, improve the Kingdom’s contribution to arts and culture, and create job opportunities for Saudi youths.