40% of Saudi Arabia’s international schools forecast to go bust by 2019

Some international school owners had to cut periodic expenditures by 60 percent and dispense with 20 percent of the teaching staff. (SPA)
Updated 05 November 2017
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40% of Saudi Arabia’s international schools forecast to go bust by 2019

RIYADH: An international education chief has predicted a drop in the number of international schools in the Kingdom and the closure of about 40 percent of these schools by the end of 2018, owing to the low financial returns and high operating expenses.
Ziad Al-Rahma, vice chairman of the National Committee for International Education, said because of the decrease in the number of students by more than 50 percent, some international school owners had to cut periodic expenditures by 60 percent and dispense with 20 percent of the teaching staff, according to Al-Watan Saudi newspaper.
Al-Rahma stressed that there has been no change in the fees of international schools, despite the drop in the number of students by half. There are several reasons for this fall, such as the difficulty of the curriculum.


Efforts continue at Prophet's Mosque to serve worshippers during Ramadan

Updated 24 May 2018
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Efforts continue at Prophet's Mosque to serve worshippers during Ramadan

RIYADH: The General Directorate for the Affairs of Al-Masjid an-Nabawi, or the Prophet's Mosque, is carrying on with plans during the month of Ramadan to serve visitors, the Saudi Press Agency has said.
The directorate has prepared the mosque to accommodate worshipers at the time of prayers, in addition to monitoring the Iftar meals offered at the mosque and its external courts.
It also said it has intensified its water services, cleaning efforts and air conditioning around the clock to provide worshipers with an atmosphere full of serenity and reverence.
SPA took pictures of the services offered at the mosque, beginning with guiding visitors and organizing their entry through the gates of the Prophet’s Mosque to the men and women sections. It also directs worshippers to the emptier courts to avoid crowding.
It also captured the preparations for setting the Iftar meals at the mosque, including the installing of water spray fans at the outside squares due to sustain high temperatures during summer, so that visitors pray with ease and comfort.