Nearly 2.6 million residence, labor violators arrested across Saudi Arabia

About 43,033 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
Updated 10 February 2019
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Nearly 2.6 million residence, labor violators arrested across Saudi Arabia

  • Immediate penalties were imposed against 395,916 offenders; 354,846 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents

JEDDAH: Nearly 2.6 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 the total number of offenders was 2,584,307, which included 2,012,832 for violating residency regulations, 395,346 for labor violations and 176,129 for border violations, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The report said that 43,033 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 51 percent of whom were Yemeni citizens, 46 percent were Ethiopians and 3 percent were of other nationalities.
Some 1,878 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and 3,363 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators.
Immediate penalties were imposed against 395,916 offenders; 354,846 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; 441,550 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 655,578 were deported.


Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

Updated 22 February 2019
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Crown prince award ‘will build Saudi-Sino cultural bridges’

ARAB NEWS BEIJING: Leading academics and literary talents from Saudi Arabia and China will be honored under an award scheme sponsored by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan announced the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Award for Cultural Cooperation between the Kingdom and China during a visit to King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University in Beijing on Thursday.
The announcement was made on the eve of the Saudi crown prince’s visit to China, the latest stop on an Asian tour.
The cultural cooperation award will honor leading academics, translators and high-achievers from the Kingdom and China in the categories: Best scientific research in Arabic, best artistic work, best Chinese-Arabic book translation and vice versa, person of the year, and most influential person of the year in the cultural milieu.
Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan said: “This partnership is in the name of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and represents the common commitment to build cultural bridges between the two countries, developing cultural exchange, and promoting artistic and academic opportunities for our citizens.”
He said the yearly award will promote language, literature, and Arabic and creative arts in China, and encourage cultural exchange.
The Kingdom and China have a long history of cultural cooperation, including the annual Arabic Arts Festival.
The King Abdul Aziz Public Library at Peking University was inaugurated in 2017 during King Salman’s official visit to China, where he received an honorary doctorate degree.