Commercial courts to boost investment in Saudi Arabia

Justice Minister Walid Al-Samaani. (SPA)
Updated 17 October 2017
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Commercial courts to boost investment in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: Justice Minister Walid Al-Samaani has officially launched the commercial courts after they had started to operate on Muharram 1 of this year.
Al-Samaani, who is also the Supreme Judicial Council chairman, said the three commercial courts in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam would help enhance the business environment, encourage investment and boost economic development, in line with the objectives of Saudi Vision 2030.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Al-Samaani also said specialized commercial chambers had also opened within the public courts in a number of Saudi cities.
The justice minister said the new measures would uphold the rights of the people and ensure a sound business environment.
He also said that the tripartite working group — comprising the Supreme Judicial Council, the Ministry of Justice and the Board of Grievances — had worked for the past two years to transfer commercial courts from the Board of Grievances to the Ministry of Justice.
Al-Samaani said that the ministry had launched the “paperless court” project, which cut down around 45 percent of procedures, and shortened the period for execution of judicial orders from two months to only 72 hours.
“This e-link has been activated so far with 19 government agencies to provide around 60 e-services to clients,” the minister said.
He said that the ministry had started the gradual implementation of the e-link between the courts of first instance and appeals courts to electronically transfer the full case.
Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Yousuf, head of the Board of Grievances, said: “The entire judiciary is proud to achieve the loftiest goals and the high expectations of our authorities under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.”


Riyadh Eid festivities draw more than 1.5 million visitors

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Riyadh Eid festivities draw more than 1.5 million visitors

  • The diversity of events the municipality provided this year offered plenty of choice to the capital’s residents and visitors.
  • The garden of King Fahd Library which received visitors over the three days of Eid witnessed interactive and entertainment shows.

JEDDAH: Riyadh municipality Eid Al-Fitr activities attracted more than 1.5 million visitors, residents and citizens over the three-day holiday.
The diversity of events the municipality provided this year offered plenty of choice to the capital’s residents and visitors.
The municipality hosted 200 functions in 30 different locations across the city. It distributed thousands of presents, balloons and candy to children to encourage them to attend Eid prayers and to bring joy to their hearts.
Riyadh’s Eid festivities in Qasr AL-Hokm included the Saudi traditional folk-dance show, activities and competitions for children, as well as folk arts and poetry shows.
The garden of King Fahd Library which received visitors over the three days of Eid witnessed interactive and entertainment shows, as well as artistic activities and sports competitions.
Riyadh municipality organized five theater shows for men and women, including two for men: Shekka Wa Noss, and Tersam Al-Wahch; two plays for women: Banat Al-Social and Umm Suwaileh Al-Sawaqa, and an open play, Al-Qarya Al-Maghdoura.
Riyadh municipality also organized three theater shows for the blind and deaf.
“Al-Qarya Al-Maghdoura” (The Betrayed Village), the first open-theater show in the Kingdom, was held in the showroom of Al-Jazeera neighborhood. It was written, directed and played by Saudis.
The municipality allocated several events and locations for the participation of humanitarian organizations by receiving them and setting private seats for them, in coordination with the Saudi Association for Deaf.
It also organized a special program to entertain women and children over the three days of Eid. The events for women included plays, free drawing and coloring sessions, artifacts and competitions.
Carnival marches were launched in the north and west of Riyadh, by 300 cartoon characters and featured the participation of touring folk groups, along with a solidarity march with soldiers, as well as classic car shows.
The capital’s residents and visitors enjoyed fireworks that lasted 10 minutes and colored the sky of Riyadh at King Fahd International Stadium, a location near King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) and a location near Wadi Leban Bridge in west Riyadh.