35 repatriated workers reach Philippines

Updated 15 August 2013
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35 repatriated workers reach Philippines

A group of 35 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) arrived in the Philippines Tuesday night, a report from Manila said.
The Filipinos were part of a group of 135 expatriates who the Philippine government decided to repatriate between Monday and Thursday while paying for their plane tickets.
“The total number of OFWs who have been repatriated from Riyadh alone has reached 1,100,” the Philippine Embassy said.
Flight bookings have been made for 203 Filipinos who have acquired final exit visas through the help of the Philippine Embassy.
The embassy said it would continue to assist Filipinos in correcting their status or helping them acquire exit visas so they could be repatriated before the Nov. 3 deadline.
The Philippine mission added that 97 mothers with undocumented children have also acquired exit visas after a Ministry of Interior team and the General Directorate of Passports conducted DNA tests and finger printing procedures.
In Jeddah, 881 Filipinos have already been repatriated using tickets that the Philippine government provided.


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize the launch of the Qiddiya Project

Updated 24 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize the launch of the Qiddiya Project

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will patronize on Wednesday the launch of the “Qiddiya” Project which is the new entertainment, sports and cultural destination in the Kingdom.
The project will be built in Al-Giddiya area, some 40 km west of the capital, Riyadh.
The foundation stone ceremony of will be attended by a host of local and international officials, as well as a number of decision-makers, major investors and representatives of the regional and international companies, marking the launch of the project’s formal infrastructure. The first phase will be completed by 2022.
In a statement to Saudi Press Agency (SPA), Dr. Fahd bin Abdullah Tounsi, Secretary General of the Foundation Council of the Qiddiya Project of the Public Investment Fund (PIF) said that the inauguration of this vital project is a real translation of the aspirations of the Kingdom’s wise leadership and its relentless efforts to develop mega projects that would contribute effectively to achieve many direct and indirect economic returns, and to advance sustainable development for the benefit of the homeland and the citizen, in accordance with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.
“About two-thirds of the Kingdom’s population is under the age of 35. There is a great need for Qiddiya Project to provide them with entertainment. The project will save about $30 billion, which will be used to develop the domestic economy and create new job opportunities for Saudi youths,” he added.
For his part, Michael Reininger, Chief Executive of Qiddiya, said, “we are delighted to be a key contributor to boost the Kingdom’s economic development and investment, not only for the entertainment industry but also to projects that will develop the capabilities the young Saudi people.”