Horse statues demolished in Jazan

Updated 13 June 2013
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Horse statues demolished in Jazan

RIYADH: Officials in the southern province of Jazan have demolished horse sculptures on a roundabout after Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh denounced them as "sinful" and against the tenets of Islam, local online news websites said.
Ali Mousa Zaala, spokesman of the Jazan governorate, confirmed that the structure was removed on the instructions of the grand mufti.
The statue was located in the town of Abu Arish, said the Arabic news site jazantoday.org.
Another news website, sabq.org, said the grand mufti earlier wrote the governor of Jazan demanding that “the sculptures be removed because they are a great sin and are prohibited under sharia (Islamic law).”
Statues of people and animals are prohibited under Islam as they represent a form of idolatry. However, the religion does allow artworks depicting plants and landscapes.


Saudi royal decree guarantees allowances to cover cost of living for new fiscal year

Updated 18 December 2018
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Saudi royal decree guarantees allowances to cover cost of living for new fiscal year

A royal decree by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman ordered the continuation of allowances covering the cost of living for civil sector employees for the new fiscal year on Tuesday.

The decree states that 1,000 Saudi riyals ($266) would be given to citizens on a monthly basis.  This will continue for one year until the study of the social protection system is completed.

Saudi Arabia also announced plans to increase state spending by more than seven percent next year in an effort to spur economic growth, which has been hurt by low oil prices, according to a 2019 budget released by the finance ministry.