DNA testing to prove Indonesian-Saudi descent

Updated 10 September 2013
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DNA testing to prove Indonesian-Saudi descent

The Ministry of Interior has approved sending special missions to the Indonesian capital Jakarta to conduct DNA tests as a means to prove Saudi kinship and possibly rectify children’s status, said Mustafa Al-Mubarak, the Saudi ambassador in Indonesia.
A recent study conducted by the Ministry of Justice pointed out that there have been 23 interracial marriages between Saudis and Indonesians over the past year.
Al-Mubarak said higher authorities had recently issued directions to legalize the status of Saudis who are married to Indonesian women without official permission. Permission will be granted in most cases and a marriage contract for those who are already married must be documented.
The directions stipulate that the status of those who have children from their marriages would be officially rectified. The children will be registered in civil records. In addition, the government wants to provide services to citizens outside the Kingdom.
Al-Mubarak said there are no official statistics about the number of interracial marriages between Saudi men and Indonesian women.
Marriages between a Saudi man or woman and a non-Saudi partner are governed by rules and regulations under the Council of Ministers’ resolution and the ministerial list, which the Ministry of Interior issued in 2001.


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

  • Qiddiya Project is the new entertainment, sports and cultural destination in the Kingdom
  • The first phase will be completed by 2022

RIYADH: Saudi King Salman will launch the construction of an “entertainment city” near Riyadh Wednesday, authorities said, part of a series of multi-billion dollar projects as the Kingdom seeks to diversity its oil-reliant economy.
The 334-square kilometer project in Qiddiya, southwest of Riyadh, would rival Walt Disney and include high-end theme parks, motor sport facilities and a safari park, officials say.
The facility highlights a “relentless effort to develop giga-projects that will help achieve many direct and indirect economic returns,” project official Fahd bin Abdullah Tounsi was quoted as saying in a government statement on Monday.
Qiddiya chief executive Michael Reininger said he expects the project will draw foreign investors in entertainment and other sectors, but did not specify the total cost of construction.
Such projects are the brainchild of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a self-styled liberal change agent who is the chief architect of the sweeping “Vision 2030” reform program.
Saudi Arabia has dazzled investors with several plans for hi-tech “giga projects,” funded in part by its sovereign wealth fund, but some skeptics question their viability in an era of cheap oil.
The Kingdom has unveiled blueprints to build NEOM, a mega project billed as a regional Silicon Valley, in addition to the Red Sea project, a reef-fringed resort destination — both worth hundreds of billions of dollars.
Analysts say the projects could create funding pressures at a time when the government faces a yawning budget deficit and growth in the Kingdom’s non-oil economy is only slowly gathering pace.
The reform stems partly from an economic motive to boost domestic spending on entertainment as the Kingdom has been reeling from an oil slump since 2014.
Saudis currently splurge billions of dollars annually to see films and visit amusement parks in neighboring tourist hubs like Dubai and Bahrain.
In February, Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority (GEA) announced it will stage more than 5,000 festivals and concerts in 2018, double the number of last year, and pump $64 billion in the sector in the coming decade.