100% raise in scholarship amount approved

Updated 10 July 2014
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100% raise in scholarship amount approved

The Ministry of Higher Education is expected to increase financial allocations for students studying abroad and their accompanying families by 100 percent, according to sources.
The sources added that the decision has been made on directive from higher authorities to the ministry as a gesture to assist beneficiaries of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Scholarship Program and their accompanying families meet the living requirements while studying abroad. The new cap for study fees of scholarships will stand at $16,000 compared to the current $8,000. 
The decision comes within the framework of the bigger initiatives launched by King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz educational program to help students abroad to overcome any hardships and difficulties they face.
The sources said a committee, which included in its members representatives from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Finance, Higher Education and Education, approved the decision following extensive studies.
The committee has submitted its recommendations based on field reports that clearly indicated an increase in the tuition fees in all countries where Saudi students study, including the United States, the UK, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and a number of Asian countries. 
The committee found that $8,000 is not enough to cover study expenses, which made the Saudi cultural attachés in these countries at times extend compensations to students on scholarships via King Abdullah Foreign Scholarship Program while other government bodies bear the cost of scholarships' studies of students.


More than 1.25 million foreigners arrested in KSA for flouting residential, labor laws

In this file photo, expatriate workers are seen outside a Labor Ministry office in Riyadh to fix their status in the Kingdom. In the past seven months, Saudi authorities have arrested more than 1.25 foreigners for violating residential and labor laws. (AFP)
Updated 19 June 2018
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More than 1.25 million foreigners arrested in KSA for flouting residential, labor laws

  • Of the total arrested, 931,069 were violators of residential regulations,  218,897 for flouting labor laws and 102,000 tried to gain entry into the Kingdom illegally.
  • The crackdown started on November 16 last year and ended on June 14.

JEDDAH: More than 1.25 million people were arrested in Saudi Arabia for violating residential, labor and border security regulations during the Kingdom’s months-long campaign.

The crackdown, which started on November 16 last year and ended on June 14, saw the arrests of 1,251,966 people in the joint security field campaign across the Kingdom. Those arrested included 931,069 violators of residential regulations, 218,897 for flouting labor laws and 102,000 violators of border security regulations.

The total number of people arrested attempting to cross the Kingdom’s borders stood at 19,233 people. Of those arrested, 54 percent were Yemenis, 43 percent Ethiopian, and 3 percent from other nations. 

The Kingdom also arrested 790 people who tried to leave the Kingdom illegally.

There were 2,167 people who were arrested for harboring and transporting violators of labor and security border regulations, and 415 citizens were arrested for transporting and sheltering expatriates violating regulations. Regulatory measures were taken against 388 citizens who were subsequently released. 

The number of expatriates currently detained stands at 10,245, including 8,817 men and 1,428 women. Immediate penalties were imposed on 221,404 violators while 177,329 violators were referred to their respective diplomatic missions for travel documents and 327,034 were deported.