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King hailed for 50% istimara fee reduction

Saudis and expatriates have commended Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah’s gesture to reduce vehicle registration istimara charges and fees of other services by 50 percent.
The reduction was announced during a Cabinet meeting on Monday. The Cabinet agreed that the state would continue to bear 50 percent of the fees of passport, istimara, ownership transfers, and renewal of resident permits for domestic workers for three years beginning from Dec. 4.
The government has been providing the discount for the last six years but the fees was reversed to previous levels when the concession period ended on Dec. 3.
“The 50 percent concession over the last six years provided by the government for the four services helped Saudis, especially those with maids and drivers, to cut their spending,” one citizen said. The Cabinet extended the concession twice over the past six years, in 2008 and 2011.

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