46% of taxis are on road with expired licenses

Twenty private taxi companies are licensed and they 627 taxis. (SPA)
Updated 24 July 2016
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46% of taxis are on road with expired licenses

DAMMAM: An official of the national transport committee of the Council of Saudi Chambers said that out of the 48,510 taxis licensed by the Ministry of Transport in Saudi Arabia, 22,425 (46 percent) are working with expired licenses.
The official, who did not want to be identified, said 31,596 taxis are driven by Saudis; 20,036 of these have expired licenses and work illegally, and some have been sold despite it being illegal.
He said there are more than 1,345 public transportation office licenses in Saudi Arabia, mostly in Riyadh, Jeddah and the Eastern Province, and 526 of these have expired licenses.
Twenty private taxi companies are licensed and they 627 taxis.
A survey on the reasons for the poor quality of road transport in Saudi Arabia — involving taxis, trucks, buses, etc., and about 7,000 investors and specialists — showed that more than 60 per cent of those surveyed blame the Ministry of Transport for the state the sector is in. About 23 percent said Saudis using foreign workers in the sector for financial gains has resulted in poor services, and 13 percent say the sector’s services are below standard.


Thousands of participants register in the upcoming Quran and Athan competitions

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Thousands of participants register in the upcoming Quran and Athan competitions

  • Total prizes for the competition are worth $3.2m
  • The final stage of the competition will end on October 25

DUBAI: More than 13,000 participants from 162 countries registered in the Quran Recitation and Adhan competitions, the Saudi General Entertainment Authority (GEA) said in a statement.
The GEA allocated $3.2 million in prizes for the largest Quran competition and the first Adhan competition, which aims to highlight the diversity of the Islamic world cultures through the different styles of recitation and Adhan, and improve the image of Islam and Muslims globally.
The competition hopes to encourage the Muslim youth to recite the Quran and experience performing the Adhan.
The registration opened on May 22 and will continue accepting applications until July 22. The applicants will be then shortlisted from July 22 until August 23 as the competition progresses in its second stage.
The on-stage live performances will begin on August 24 and last until September 24 and winners will be announced and awarded throughout the final stage, which will run from September 25 and conclude on October 25.