ThePlace: Uqair, the first seaport in the Arabian Gulf

Uqair was the first seaport in the Arabian Gulf. (King Abdul Aziz Foundation for Research and Archives)
Updated 16 October 2018
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ThePlace: Uqair, the first seaport in the Arabian Gulf

  • Uqair is the site of numerous historic meetings between the founding king and foreign diplomats and the place in which he conducted negotiations with international political forces in the region
  • Uqair’s importance started to diminish in 1957, when the construction of the port in Dammam and the railway began

The King Abdul Aziz Foundation for Research and Archives (Darah) has documented the history of the port of Uqair in Al-Ahsa governorate, the first seaport in the Arabian Gulf. 

When the Kingdom was established, Uqair was its economic gateway, and the main port through which to access the east and the middle of the country. Its historic position was strengthened due to the political agreements established during the reign of King Abdul Aziz.

The foundation reviewed the political, commercial, military and intellectual impact of the port, which was the site of numerous historic meetings between the founding king and foreign diplomats and the place in which he conducted negotiations with international political forces in the region.

With the transformation of commercial routes after the discovery of oil in Abqaiq and Dhahran, Uqair’s importance declined as modern paved roads and more-modern ports close to the oil fields and commercial markets in the Eastern Province were developed.

According to the foundation, Uqair’s importance started to diminish in 1957, when the construction of the port in Dammam and the railway began, and routes began to open up through which it was easier to transport workers to oil sites. 

However, as a tourist destination, Uqair is one of the most beautiful coastal locations in the Kingdom. Uqair boasts a diverse range of geographical features, and several important islands, including Zakhounia and Al-Futtaim. 

Moreover, the beach of Uqair, which is about 65 kilometers from the city of Hofuf, attracts a lot of visitors from different regions of the Kingdom, especially from Al-Ahsa, the Eastern Province and the Riyadh region.

The customs building at the port of Uqair has been registered in the national antiquities register, and the warehouses, customs and port buildings have been restored. 

 


Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents. (SPA)
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Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

  • 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures

RIYADH: Nearly 3 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in a year-long roundup, according to an official report.
Since the campaign began in November 2017, there have been 2,987,317 offenders, including 2,328,031 for violating residency regulations, 458,591 for labor violations and 200,695 for border violations, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The report said that 50,388 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 50 percent of whom were Yemeni citizens, 47 percent were Ethiopians and 3 percent were of other nationalities.
2,135 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and 3,697 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators. 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures.
Immediate penalties were imposed against 443,210 offenders; 405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; 507,042 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 750,504 were deported.