Saudi Citizen Account Program processes nearly 145,000 applications since February ‘17 launch

Updated 09 January 2018
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Saudi Citizen Account Program processes nearly 145,000 applications since February ‘17 launch

The Saudi Citizen Account Program – which provides economic support to nationals – has handled 144,965 documents proving applicants eligibility for payments since its launch in February 2017, the Saudi state news agency (SPA) reported.

The program is a national scheme that was created to protect Saudi households from the expected impact — direct and indirect — of economic reforms. Recipients receive support through direct cash transfers.

Aimed at simplifying government benefits, the aim of the program is to improve the level of services provided to Saudi citizens, raise the efficiency of government spending and operation, and create greater transparently and effective payment to those most needing of assistance.

The support compensates for the increase in prices, as a result of the change in electricity and petrol prices, and the application of VAT on food and drink.

The allowances will be reviewed every three months, ensuring that households receive payments that meets their changing requirements.

People who have been unsuccessful in their applications for the allowance have the right to appeal on the website www.ca.gov.sa. Those who choose to appeal against an unsuccessful application have three months to do so, and will be able to track the status of the objection through the portal until receiving a message with the result of the objection.

Successful appeals will then receive a back payment for the relevant time – up to a maximum of five months.


Vox Cinemas wins second license to operate movie theaters in KSA

Updated 23 April 2018
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Vox Cinemas wins second license to operate movie theaters in KSA

  • Al-Futtaim Group to invest SR2 billion to open 600 screens and provide 3,000 jobs in the next five years
  • Vox Cinemas is the largest cinema operator in the MENA region

JEDDAH: Vox Cinemas, a subsidiary of Majid Al-Futtaim Group, won the second license to operate cinemas in the Kingdom.

The company received the license from the Minister of Culture and Information and Chairman of the General Authority for Audiovisual Media, Awwad bin Saleh Al-Awwad.

Al-Futtaim Group will invest SR2 billion to open 600 screens and provide 3,000 jobs in the next five years.

This will help achieve the goals of the Kingdom’s 2030 Vision when it comes to diversifying the economy and local production.

Vox Cinemas is the largest cinema operator in the MENA region and the leading regional cinema operator in the Kingdom.

Al-Futtaim Group is planning on opening its first movie theater in the Kingdom during the coming days. It will be in Riyadh Park Mall within the largest Magic Planet Family Entertainment Center in the region.

It consists of four screens, including the first IMAX screen for young people's movies and VOX KIDS, which is dedicated to children’s entertainment.