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.


Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents. (SPA)
Updated 21 April 2019
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Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

  • 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures

RIYADH: Nearly 3 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in a year-long roundup, according to an official report.
Since the campaign began in November 2017, there have been 2,987,317 offenders, including 2,328,031 for violating residency regulations, 458,591 for labor violations and 200,695 for border violations, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The report said that 50,388 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 50 percent of whom were Yemeni citizens, 47 percent were Ethiopians and 3 percent were of other nationalities.
2,135 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and 3,697 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators. 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures.
Immediate penalties were imposed against 443,210 offenders; 405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; 507,042 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 750,504 were deported.