Old national ID cards to be replaced by May

Updated 21 November 2012

Old national ID cards to be replaced by May

Hussein Al-Barakati, director of Civil Status in Makkah, said the processing of old national identifications cards that end their validity in 2017, 2018 or 2019 will be stopped on May 10.
All citizens holding old ID cards must renew their cards after booking an appointment online. The appointment will be given not later than two days, Al-Barakati saud.
The national identity will be issued in a few minutes, but the identity card could be received two week after taking the person’s photo, the director said. He added that the main reception office of the Civil Status, which has eight counters equipped with cameras, will renew and issue identity cards.
A counter is set apart for disabled people and older citizens. He said about 520 ID cards, including 200 cards for women, are issued daily. It also issues 200 family cards daily. The Civil Status Department issues birth certificates the moment the statement from the guardian is received and the temporary certificates issued for a year are canceled.
Now the primary birth certificates are issued directly from the head office in Al-Zahir district. The office is also receiving application for naturalization of a foreign woman married to a Saudi citizen and sons of Saudi women from their foreign husbands provided the applications fulfill all the required conditions. Correct applications are forwarded to Riyadh, the director said.
Two days are set apart for disabled and infirm citizens. On those days officials visit sick applicants for ID cards at hospitals and issue the cards immediately.
He added that the women’s section in the office would be expanded for speedy processing of applications.

Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

Updated 26 April 2018

Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

  • Total relief provided by the Kingdom since the war began now stands at about $1billion
  • Latest package announced by Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir at conference in Brussels

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will provide an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of the people of Syria, through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.

The announcement of the latest aid package was made by Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir on April 25 at an international conference on the future of Syria and the region, held in the Belgian capital Brussels. He pointed out that the meeting comes after the suspected chemical attack in the city of Douma, in eastern Ghouta, which killed dozens of civilians, including women and children.

“The world is facing a regime allied with terrorist militias who believe that spreading atrocities and committing crimes will bring victory to it, and that war crimes are bearing fruit,” said Al-Jubeir. “In addition to bombing civilians with explosive barrels, the policies of starvation and siege, ethnic and sectarian cleansing, and the demographic change of Syrian cities and towns, its use of chemical weapons have shocked the entire world.”

He said that the only acceptable solution to the Syrian crisis is a peaceful political resolution, and that Saudi Arabia has been working to achieve this since the crisis began, while also working with others to end the continuing human tragedy in the war-torn country.

The Kingdom has played a role in unifying the ranks of the Syrian opposition and encouraging them to speak with one voice, he added. After the Riyadh 1 Conference in 2015, Saudi Arabia hosted the Riyadh 2 conference for the Syrian opposition in November 2017, which succeeded in unifying the factions and establishing a negotiating body to take part in the rounds of talks held since then, earning praise from the United Nations.

The foreign minister also reiterated his country’s support for the efforts of the UN secretary-general’s envoy, Stephan de Mistura, to resume negotiations between all sides of the conflict.

“The Kingdom hopes that the agreements endorsed by the international resolutions on the ceasefire and the delivery of humanitarian aid to its beneficiaries will be implemented throughout Syria, regardless of their ethnic, religious, sectarian or political affiliations, and calls for the speedy release of detainees and abductees and clarifying the situation of those absent,” said Al-Jubeir. “It also renews its demand to punish individuals and institutions for war crimes and to prevent their impunity.”

He added that the worsening humanitarian crisis affecting refugees inside and outside of Syria should add to the urgency of finding a political solution and resuming the negotiating process as soon as possible.

Since the war began, the Kingdom has taken in about two and a half million Syrians and treats them like its own citizens, Al-Jubeir said, providing them with free health care, work and education. Saudi universities and schools have more than 140,000 Syrian students. He added that Saudi Arabia is also supporting and helping to care for of millions of Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, in coordination with the governments of those countries. The humanitarian assistance provided so far totals about $1 billion.