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.


Hajj 2018: What’s on pilgrims’ bucket lists

Masjid Quba in Madinah is a favorite destination for Hajj pilgrims, according to tour guides. Below: The Cave of Hira, Al-Baqi’ cemetery and the Prophet’s Chamber allow visitors to step back in time. (Getty Images)
Updated 15 August 2018
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Hajj 2018: What’s on pilgrims’ bucket lists

  • A number of companies in Makkah and Madinah help people organize their trips, making sure they cover the important sites in the two holy cities
  • Most of the sites in the two holy cities are spiritual, giving pilgrims a sense of the prophecies

RIYADH: Hajj is one of the biggest dreams of every Muslim’s life, and pilgrims looking forward to their stay in Makkah and Madinah say a bucket list is the best way to plan the trip. 

Most of the sites in the two holy cities are spiritual, giving pilgrims a sense of the prophecies. Standing in the places of the Holy Prophet transports them back to the past as if they lived those incredible moments. 

A number of companies in Makkah and Madinah help people organize their trips, making sure they cover the important sites in the two holy cities.

Sayed Shafei, an operation manager for City Sightseeing, a tour company in Madinah and worldwide, told Arab News: “We offer a special tour with a multilingual tour guide presented in eight languages. We also offer 24-hour tickets. We have scheduled tourism trips starting from the Prophet’s Mosque to 12 destinations every 30 minutes. The whole trip lasts for 14 hours a day.” 

Asked about the most popular requests, Shafei said: “Our customers always ask to visit Masjid Quba, the Sayed Al-Shuhada Mosque in Uhud, which is considered a vital historic landmark of Madinah, and Al-Qiblatain Mosque.” 

Most of the group’s customers are from East Asia, but many also visit from Kuwait, Bahrain, the UAE, Indonesia, Malaysia, the US and Europe.

Munirah Al-Jebreen, an English instructor at Princess Noura University who will perform Hajj this year, told Arab News her bucket list began with an online search. 

“I found a travel guide on Google that has all the best sites in Madinah and Makkah, so I decided to visit Uthman ibn Affan’s Farm and Well in Madinah, the Holy Qur’an exhibition, and one of the most important places I want to visit is the grave of the Holy Prophet,” she said.

The area between the Prophet’s Chamber, which holds his grave, and the Mimbar is known as the Rawdah, which is actually the Garden of Paradise. It is presently distinguished by a green carpet.

Al-Jebreen also listed some of her planned tour destinations in Makkah, including the Cave of Hira, where the Holy Prophet meditated frequently during the first 40 years of his life and the site of the first revelation. 

She will also visit Bilal Mosque and Mount Abu Qubais and, finally, will try Al-Garmushi, one of the famous traditional restaurants in Makkah.