Local supplies bring veggie prices down

Updated 01 December 2012
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Local supplies bring veggie prices down

Surging prices of vegetables and fruits have been worrying residents for the last few months. Fruits and vegetable whether imported from Syria or Turkey or locally harvested had become unaffordable for many.
But the prices have finally dropped, up to 50 percent in some cases. A 5-kilo carton of tomatoes which was selling for SR 40 a week ago is now being offered at SR 14 at the central vegetable market at Halaqa in Jeddah.
The drop in prices was attributed to the arrival of locally harvested crops of tomatoes, potatoes and okra in the market. However, leading super markets are still selling them at previous prices with promotion tags.
In the last few weeks, tomato prices were the worst affected, with some supermarkets charging more than SR 12 a kilogram. Even street vendors charged up to SR 10 a kilo.
The prices of tomatoes, which are widely used in Middle Eastern dishes, skyrocketed during the peak pilgrimage seasons of Ramadan and Haj. The turmoil in Syria not only choked the supply from that country but also disrupted supplies from Turkey to the Kingdom as they pass through Syria.
Besides imports from abroad, tomatoes are a commonly harvested crop in Saudi Arabia. It is grown in all major regions from Taif in the west to Sakaka in the north with an estimated cultivated area of over 15,000 hectares. Tomatoes harvested in Al-Kharj and Riyadh are considered premium quality and are much sought-after in Riyadh, Dammam and Jeddah. Tomatoes from this region have a market share of over 50 percent in the Kingdom. With tomatoes from Riyadh arriving in Jeddah from Thursday, their prices took a drastic plunge.
Potatoes, mainly imported from Lebanon, have been selling for more than SR 6 per kilo as the political situation in Lebanon has not been stable in recent months. With fresh potato crops from the Hail region reaching local markets, prices have dropped to half. Similar is the case with okra. Locally and imported okra that was sold at SR 12 per kilo are now selling for SR 6 per kilo with abundant supplies from Taif and Al Baha regions.
Vegetable wholesale trader Ahmed Sayed told Arab News that “the rates are expected to fall further.”


Saudi Hajj Ministry issues new web link for Qatari pilgrims after Doha blocking

Updated 20 July 2018
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Saudi Hajj Ministry issues new web link for Qatari pilgrims after Doha blocking

  • The new link was made available as part of King Salman’s efforts to facilitate the arrival of all pilgrims
  • The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said it welcomes the arrival of Qatari pilgrims this year irrespective of the on-going Gulf dispute

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced that is has allocated a new website link to receive the requests of Qataris who wish to perform Hajj after the Qatari authorities blocked the old one.
Qataris wishing to perform Hajj can use the following link: https://qh1.Hajj.gov.sa instead of the old one (https://qh.Hajj.gov.sa), Saudi Press Agency reported.
The new link was made available as part of King Salman’s efforts to facilitate the arrival of all pilgrims and ensure that any obstacles that they may face are overcome.
The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah said it welcomes the arrival of Qatari pilgrims this year irrespective of the on-going Gulf dispute.
Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE — collectively known as the Anti-Terror Quartet — imposed a boycott on Qatar in June 2017 over Doha’s alleged ties with terror groups. Doha denies the charges.