885 expats nabbed in Riyadh in 24 hours for violations

Most of the crimes in the city are committed by this segment of the population who illegally stay in the capital. (SPA)
Updated 25 November 2017
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885 expats nabbed in Riyadh in 24 hours for violations

RIYADH: In a major crackdown in the capital, Riyadh police arrested a total 885 expats who have violated local regulations within the last 24 hours.

Last week, Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar signed a directive instructing security authorities to apprehend all foreign workers who are illegally staying in his region.

According to police reports, most of the crimes in the city are committed by this segment of the population who illegally stay in the capital.

A Riyadh police official said those arrested of different nationalities were found in areas such as Shumaisi, Al-Faisaliah, Hai Al-Wazarat and Thumamah.

Police conducted the inspections in cooperation with the ministries of interior, labor and social development and commerce and investment, and also the department of immigration, which functions under the Ministry of Interior.

Among those arrested were six wanted men, five wanted for criminal offenses, five were booked for forgery, three for stealing cars, five persons were charged with document forgery, along with five non-Saudi security guards and 323 motorcyclists who violated traffic laws.

The inspection teams also seized 6,500 counterfeit auto spare parts, 12,000 fake electrical and electronic gadgets intended for sale, 3,200 counterfeit mobile chargers, and 16,000 items of cosmetics, and body and facial creams which are not up to the health specifications of the Ministry of Health.

On completion of inquiry, the police said the suspects will be produced before a court of law for necessary punishment and deportation if they are expatriates.

Similar inspections are being carried out in all parts of the Kingdom in concurrence with the respective governorates of the regions. Expatriates are advised to carry their residency certificates, driving licenses and vehicle registration certificates to cooperate with security officers.

Retail outlets, warehouses and gas stations will also be scrutinized to ensure their products and services are according to the Kingdom’s standards and follow the copyright regulations of the country.


Housing expo opens doors for first-time buyers in Saudi Arabia

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Housing expo opens doors for first-time buyers in Saudi Arabia

  • Sakani Expo, which will be held until Nov. 23, aims to facilitate real estate loans and help beneficiaries buy their first home
  • Through the Mortgage Loan program, Sakani Expo offers financing solutions and products to suit all beneficiary groups

JEDDAH: Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar inaugurated the Sakani Expo residential exhibition at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center on Thursday.
The ceremony was attended by Housing Minister Majid bin Abdullah Al-Huqail.
Sakani Expo, which will be held until Nov. 23, aims to facilitate real estate loans and help beneficiaries buy their first home by bringing together developers, real estate professionals, contractors, government agencies and financing institutions — providing all housing and financing solutions in one place.
Prince Faisal said: “This exhibition promotes the development taking place in the Kingdom and provides citizens with many options as well as information, all of which have the care and support of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
“Saudi Arabia has always been full of good and enlightened thinking, through which citizens can lead good lives and own suitable houses,” he said.
Through the Mortgage Loan program, Sakani Expo offers financing solutions and products to suit all beneficiary groups, including retirees, entrepreneurs, private-sector employees and many who were previously unable to get a mortgage.
The Ministry of Housing and the Real Estate Development Fund (REDF) organized the exhibition to provide financing solutions to beneficiaries of the Mortgage Loan program, driving the housing sector forward and offering maximum benefit to citizens.
The initiative will also shorten a waiting list of an estimated 48,000 beneficiaries, all of whom will be served by the end of 2020.
REDF approved 85,000 beneficiaries’ requests last year and aims to grant more than 100,000 approvals during 2018 to achieve the goal of the National Transformation Program 2020 to increase the percentage of Saudis owning their homes to 60 percent. That figure is expected to reach 70 percent by 2030.
Sakani Expo will allow beneficiaries to meet with a real estate adviser who will offer residential and financing solutions to suit their needs and capabilities.
A Military Home Loans initiative to be launched during the expo by the Local Content and Private Sector Development Unit aims to make it easier for members of the military their own house by offering an additional loan up to SR140,000 ($37,300), in addition to covering up to SR500,000 of the profits of the financing provided by financiers through the Mortgage Loan program.
The loan will be repaid after repayment of the basic financing — 15-25 years — with premiums scheduled according to monthly income.
The Military Home Loans initiative targets members of the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of National Guard, Saudi Arabian Royal Guard, Presidency of the State Security and the General Intelligence Presidency.
In order to benefit from the initiative, members of the military are encouraged to register or update their data in the “Housing Support” program through the Ministry of Housing or the REDF.