SCTH, Japanese university to explore Saudi heritage

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Updated 13 May 2018
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SCTH, Japanese university to explore Saudi heritage

  • The exhibition was largely by Arab ambassadors, Japanese academics and archaeologists
  • Prince Sultan also toured the Kingdom’s pavilion at the National Museum of Japan

JEDDAH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) and Japan’s Waseda University have agreed to carry out joint archaeological and exploration work at Al-Hawraa site in the Saudi province of Umluj.

The signing ceremony took place on the sidelines of the visit of SCTH President Prince Sultan bin Salman to Tokyo.

It is the latest in a series of cooperation programs between the Kingdom and Japan in the field of archaeology.

Under the terms of the agreement, a team from the university and a Saudi team will participate in the archaeological survey and exploration works on the site, as part of the joint Saudi international missions operating in the Kingdom under the supervision of SCTH.

In the same vein, the Kingdom also signed with Japan a joint scientific cooperation agreement in the field of archaeological research and studies by virtue of which the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to perform three excavations to survey old Arabic patterns and Islamic writings in Najran and Madinah.

Prince Sultan also toured the Kingdom’s pavilion at the National Museum of Japan. He did so during his visit to an exhibition on Saudi heritage and culture organized by the SCTH and held by the Arab Islamic Institute in Tokyo. Prince Sultan was received by the institute’s director, Nasser bin Mohammed Al-Amaim.

The exhibition was largely by Arab ambassadors, Japanese academics and archaeologists. The prince praised Al-Amaim for the institute’s contribution to the events accompanying the exhibition, the pavilion and cultural seminars. 

The director thanked Prince Sultan for visiting the pavilion and for praising the institute’s work.

He explained that the Institute contributed to the establishment of the Saudi pavilion over a period of more than two months, along with the exhibition that was largely visited by Japanese visitors who have seen the pavilion’s activities, Arabic calligraphy paintings and a collection of national antiques related to Saudi folklore. 

Al-Amaim said that the Institute organized a symposium titled “The masterpieces of the effects of Saudi Arabia through the ages” attended by a number of Arab ambassadors, Japanese academics and a group of archaeologists.


More than 1.25 million foreigners arrested in KSA for flouting residential, labor laws

In this file photo, expatriate workers are seen outside a Labor Ministry office in Riyadh to fix their status in the Kingdom. In the past seven months, Saudi authorities have arrested more than 1.25 foreigners for violating residential and labor laws. (AFP)
Updated 19 June 2018
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More than 1.25 million foreigners arrested in KSA for flouting residential, labor laws

  • Of the total arrested, 931,069 were violators of residential regulations,  218,897 for flouting labor laws and 102,000 tried to gain entry into the Kingdom illegally.
  • The crackdown started on November 16 last year and ended on June 14.

JEDDAH: More than 1.25 million people were arrested in Saudi Arabia for violating residential, labor and border security regulations during the Kingdom’s months-long campaign.

The crackdown, which started on November 16 last year and ended on June 14, saw the arrests of 1,251,966 people in the joint security field campaign across the Kingdom. Those arrested included 931,069 violators of residential regulations, 218,897 for flouting labor laws and 102,000 violators of border security regulations.

The total number of people arrested attempting to cross the Kingdom’s borders stood at 19,233 people. Of those arrested, 54 percent were Yemenis, 43 percent Ethiopian, and 3 percent from other nations. 

The Kingdom also arrested 790 people who tried to leave the Kingdom illegally.

There were 2,167 people who were arrested for harboring and transporting violators of labor and security border regulations, and 415 citizens were arrested for transporting and sheltering expatriates violating regulations. Regulatory measures were taken against 388 citizens who were subsequently released. 

The number of expatriates currently detained stands at 10,245, including 8,817 men and 1,428 women. Immediate penalties were imposed on 221,404 violators while 177,329 violators were referred to their respective diplomatic missions for travel documents and 327,034 were deported.