GCC citizens top list of foreigners married to Saudi women

Updated 03 March 2014
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GCC citizens top list of foreigners married to Saudi women

GCC citizens topped the list of foreigners who married Saudi women in 2011, with over 1,600 marriage contracts, a local daily said.
According to data released by the Ministry of Justice, Kuwaitis ranked first among GCC nationals marrying Saudis, with 762 contracts, while 554 Qataris, 266 UAE citizens and 20 Omanis also married Saudi women that year.
Yemenis topped the list of other Arab nationalities to have married Saudi women, at 1,000 marriages that year alone.
A total of 269 Syrians, 173 Egyptians, 76 Lebanese, 19 Iraqis, and 14 Moroccans also married Saudi women the same year, the report said.
Hani Al-Ghamdi, a family and community counselor, said that there are no restrictions for Saudi women marrying GCC citizens or other foreign nationals.
He said that intercultural marriage between Saudi and GCC or other Arab nationalities is a widely accepted norm and wondered why certain Saudi families still insist on marrying their daughters off to men of the same tribe, rejecting even suitors from other parts of the Kingdom.
Abdullah Salih Sanaan, a marriage contract clerk, said that Saudi women require approval from their local governorate in order to marry foreigners and that intercultural marriages do not fall within the jurisdiction of clerks such as himself, even if the marriage is to a GCC citizen.


Saudi Arabia gears up for live music festival during E-Prix race

Updated 21 November 2018
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Saudi Arabia gears up for live music festival during E-Prix race

  • International and Arab musicians are set to perform
  • The event will be held at the UNESCO heritage site of Ad Diriyah

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia will be hosting a three-day music festival during the Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix in December.

International and Arab musicians are set to perform for fans to celebrate the first staging of the Formula E race.

The event will be held at the UNESCO heritage site of Ad Diriyah where six major artists will be performing each night from December 13, 14 and after the race itself on December 15.

“The ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix is set to be the hottest ticket in town for so many reasons, from breath-taking electric racing, to entertainment, to culture. Soon everyone will find out who is coming, and we can promise a festival of music that offers fans, friends and families an unmissable experience,” Vice-Chair of the Saudi Arabia General Sports Authority, Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki Al-Faisal, said.

“We suggest fans avoid the rush by getting your ticket now to avoid disappointment after the names are released,” he added.