Beware of fake inspectors!

Updated 06 November 2013
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Beware of fake inspectors!

Jeddah's Police Department has warned expats to beware of individuals pretending to be inspectors on the lookout for illegals. They said that many might actually be thieves trying to infiltrate homes.
Nawaf Al-Bouq, spokesman for Jeddah Police, told Arab News: “Inspectors wear the official uniform and have identity cards to prove their designation. In addition, inspectors are not allowed inside private homes.
“No cases have been reported yet, but our role is to warn people to be wary of such fraudsters. The Ministry of Labor will begin raids on Monday and there may be people taking advantage of the situation.”
Social media networks are also circulating messages warning the public of fake inspectors from labor and passport offices. Many of these fraudsters, they say, have long criminal records of burglaries.
In a statement issued Saturday, the Ministry of Labor confirmed that it would inspect only companies and not private homes.
Abdullah Abu Thunain, undersecretary for inspections, told Arab News that the raids would take place with officials from the country’s security agencies. The inspectors would check the validity of workers’ residency cards and their professions.


Cirque du Soleil heads to Saudi in special one-off show

Updated 11 September 2018
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Cirque du Soleil heads to Saudi in special one-off show

  • More than 80 artists will take the stage at the King Fahd International Stadium for the show
  • About 250 costumes have been specially made to respect local traditions

MONTREAL: Cirque du Soleil will stage a show in Saudi Arabia for the first time later this month, the high-flying acrobatic troupe announced Monday.
The show will take place in the Saudi capital on Sept. 23 to coincide with the country's national day, public relations director Marie-Helene Lagace told AFP.
More than 80 artists will take the stage at the King Fahd International Stadium for the show, which will also be shown on Saudi state television. Cirque says it will be one of its biggest one-off productions ever.
About 250 costumes have been specially made to respect local traditions and conform to "the artistic standards for which we are known," Lagace said.
The announcement of Cirque du Soleil's appearance in Saudi Arabia was first made in Los Angeles in April, Lagace noted. But it was unclear whether the show would go on given the diplomatic tensions.
At the behest of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia has reopened movie theaters and allowed women and men to attend some concerts together.