FaceOf: Prince Abdullah bin Bandar, deputy governor of Makkah region

Prince Abdullah bin Bandar speaks at a workshop for development of Historic Jeddah launched in Makkah (SPA)
Updated 23 May 2018
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FaceOf: Prince Abdullah bin Bandar, deputy governor of Makkah region

  • Prince Abdullah was previously a deputy head of department of the King Salman Youth Center

Prince Abdullah bin Bandar bin Abdul Aziz has been deputy governor of Makkah region since April 2017. He was previously a deputy head of department of the King Salman Youth Center.

King Salman Youth Center is a non-profit organization established to build youths into professional leaders and successful entrepreneurs.

Prince Abdullah obtained his degree from King Saud University in Riyadh. 

On Monday, Prince Abdullah sponsored the 15th graduation ceremony of the King Abdullah Air Defense College on behalf of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

It was attended by Air Defense Forces Commander Lt. Gen. Mazyad bin Sulaiman Al-Amro. Maj. Gen. Abdullah bin Mohammed Mishary, commander of the college, welcomed Prince Abdullah and the other attendees.

In February, he launched a workshop for the development of the historic area of Jeddah. It took place in cooperation with 21 bodies, including the province’s development agency; Jeddah Municipality and the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage.

During the first Makkah Region Economic Forum, the largest economic forum in the Middle East, last month at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Jeddah, Prince Abdullah held a series of meetings, directed the formation of subcommittees, and stressed the importance of highlighting the lucrative and unique investment opportunities in the region’s governorates. 

On Monday, Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal and Prince Abdullah patronized the signing of agreements between the Education Ministry and the Ministry of Labor and Social Development within an initiative led by the Integration Development Center which helps enable productive Saudi families to benefit from school canteens.


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.