Get ready for hiked water, electricity bills from today

Updated 12 January 2016
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Get ready for hiked water, electricity bills from today

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Water and Electricity will begin applying the new tariffs on water on Monday. The new charges were announced two weeks ago by Water and Electricity Minister Abdullah Al-Hussayen.
Sources reveal the ministry will begin issuing bills monthly, rather than every three months, so as to prevent customers from being burdened with hefty bills.
The ministry is expected to announce further details about the new tariffs on its website soon. There will be explanations of the new prices, as well as an awareness campaign targeting all members of society to inform them of ways of reducing their bills.
For those who economize, water will cost 0.15 halalas per cubic meter which is less than one-third of the real cost that the state bears. For those whose water usage per day is less than 30 cubic meters, the charge will be SR1 per day or about SR24 per month. As water usage increases, costs will also increase.


First Jeddah Vox Cinema to open January 28

Updated 12 min 29 sec ago
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First Jeddah Vox Cinema to open January 28

  • The cinema’s grand opening at the Red Sea Mall will be held at 6:30 p.m. local time
  • Vox Cinemas announced it would be investing $533 million to open 600 theaters in the next five years

Vox Cinemas will be opening its doors in Jeddah on Jan 28 for the first time since the ban was lifted in 2018.

Alan Bejjani, CEO of Al Futtaim, told Arab News at the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.

The cinema’s grand opening at the Red Sea Mall will be held at 6:30 p.m. local time, where a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held with entertainment and a movie screening.

Last year, Vox Cinemas announced it would be investing $533 million to open 600 theaters in the next five years.

Cinemas had been banned for 35 years until the first cinema in the Kingdom opened on April 18, 2018, in Riyadh.

This comes as part of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman’s Vision 2030 initiative which has been pushing for social reform and broadening the economy to reduce its reliance on oil to tackle youth unemployment.