No taxes on Saudis or foreigners

Updated 09 June 2016

No taxes on Saudis or foreigners

JEDDAH: Ibrahim Al-Assaf, minister of finance, has denied alleged reports that the Kingdom will impose taxes on either Saudis or foreign residents, pointing out that imposing taxation on residents was an old proposal, which will be discussed later.
Nothing so far has been approved in this regard, he said, adding that it is among initiatives proposed by the Ministry of Finance.
He was answering journalists’ questions at a press conference on Tuesday regarding the National Transformation Program 2020.
Al-Assaf emphasized the role of his ministry in the NTP 2020, saying that its implementation would lead the economy to a new stage of growth and stability.
Waleed Al-Samaani, justice minister, called the NTP the main mechanism to realize the vision of the Kingdom, based on attested methodology, following pinpointing the challenges ahead of the Kingdom, in the economic and development domains.
Al-Samaani said that the draft of the Code of Fiqh Rulings has been completed, and is under review.
Sulaiman Al-Hamdan, minister of transport, said he wants to lower the Kingdom’s “painful” road death toll under the NTP.
“The percentage of car accidents is very high and the percentage of deaths is very high,” he said. “This is catastrophic.”
He said Saudi ports in the Red Sea have excess capacity and that more than 30 percent of the global trade passes through the Red Sea. He reiterated the ministry’s efforts to raise the operational efficiency of the ports.


Saudi delegation attends opening of Europe’s largest mosque

Updated 23 August 2019

Saudi delegation attends opening of Europe’s largest mosque

  • Chechen president hails Kingdom’s support for Islamic unity, moderation
  • Muslim World League (MWL) Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa delivered the Friday sermon

GROZNY: The minister of Islamic affairs, call and guidance headed the Saudi delegation to the opening of what Chechen authorities said is the largest mosque in Europe on Friday.
Upon his arrival at Grozny International Airport, Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said the construction of the Fakhr Al-Muslimeen Mosque is a source of happiness.
The marble-decorated mosque has capacity for more than 30,000 people and has been described by the Chechen authorities as the “largest and most beautiful” mosque in Europe.
The opening was held under the patronage of Chechen President Ramzan Akhmadovich Kadyrov, with the participation of Islamic delegations from a number of countries.
Al-Asheikh was received by Salah Mezhiev, advisor to Kadyrov and Chechnya’s supreme mufti, as well as other officials. Al-Asheikh said Saudi Arabia works hard to spread moderation throughout the Islamic world.
Muslim World League (MWL) Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa delivered the first Friday sermon to be given in the mosque at the request of President Kadyrov.
Kadyrov welcomed the Saudi delegation and congratulated the Kingdom’s leadership on the success of this year’s Hajj season.
He hailed Saudi support for Islamic unity, spreading moderation and combating all forms of violence, extremism and terrorism.
The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, also attended the opening of the mosque.
The mosque's grounds, planted with flowers and sprinkled with fountains, can host an additional 70,000 worshippers, local authorities said.