New housing laws to take effect in mid-2013

Updated 29 December 2012
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New housing laws to take effect in mid-2013

JEDDAH: At a time when the Ministry of Housing is tightening the noose on those who stall to pay their residential rents, the ministry will implement the “Ijarah” system in mid-2013.
The system protects the rights of tenants and landlords with the participation of seven government agencies, sources who did not want to be identified told a local newspaper.
The Ministry of Housing declared that the Ijarah project operates in accordance with a time plan. It pointed out it had entered the second phase, which is related to monitor real estates as well as tracking the payments of tenants. The second phase of Ijarah was announced when the Ministry of Housing signed the contract with Al-Alam Company in May this year.
“The Housing Ministry is making intensive efforts with all relevant parties in the real estates offices to make this system a mandatory one. These offices will be established to deal with the Ijarah program network,” the director of public relations and media at the ministry, Mohammed Al-Goinm, confirmed.
The Ijarah project will be implemented in all regions of the Kingdom and all eligible real estate offices will be covered by it. However, the service will be launched experimentally in some areas initially before being enforced throughout the country,” Al-Goinm said.
He pointed out that it would begin preparing its electronic network, which will combine the efforts of many government agencies in the service of this vital sector.
The minister of Housing recently said the Ijarah system is a national program that will regulate the rental-housing sector in the Kingdom.
It aims at providing solutions to the sector through the organization of the relationship between the tenant and the landlord by safeguarding their rights in addition to providing an electronic network to view condominiums.
It will also develop a unified and guiding contract to be agreed upon by the tenant and landlord via an electronic platform to facilitate the contract documentation and updating it, and give the judicial execution advantage to the typical electronic contract.
In addition, it will provide a service for paying in installments, a statistical database and indicators to monitor supply and demand as well as prices. This is to enhance transparency in this market, which is expected to stop landlords raising rents at will and improve confidence in the housing sector.


Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

Updated 21 June 2018
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Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

  • A fan named Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time.
  • Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s World Cup dreams were shattered after Uruguay beat the Green Falcons 1-0 in the second of the three group-stage matches. Most Saudi fans in Jeddah were much happier with the team’s performance in game two, following the resounding 5-0 defeat by host nation Russia in the opening match on June 14, but still bitterly disappointed by the loss, which means they cannot qualify for the knockout stages.

Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time. “Although we lost, the performance was much better than the first game with Russia. I hope we win our next match,” he said.

Nasrah, who watched the game with her two sons, said: “I was really disappointed because we played good today and nothing less than a win should have been acceptable. I am also disappointed to see the looks on my boys faces when the game ended as they were hoping for a win.”

Khalid Al-Raghbi said at least it had been a good match to watch. “We played a bit better today,” he added. “I wish we would have won but at least we performed better than our last match against Russia.”

Before the game, Ibrahim Al-Turki had been optimistic about Saudi Arabia’s chances. “We didn’t expect today’s result. I was thinking that Saudi would win by two goals, and Uruguay would score one,” he said.

The result was especially disappointing given the close result and the number of chances the Saudis had to score, said Badr, who added: “I don’t know what to tell you because we are deeply disappointed. At least if we lost with a big defeat I would say we deserved it. We had the potential but we could not score.”

Shadi Al-Ghamdi said he wished the national team’s much improved performance in their second game had been more evident in their first. “I am very proud of the players, I thought they played very well. I just wish they had played like this against Russia," he said.

Safah was less complimentary and said that the Saudi players had let their fans down, adding: “They seemed scared whenever they attempted to score any goals.”

Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25. It will be the final game in the competition for both sides, with only pride to play for, as they battle it out to see who will finish third in the group and who will be left in bottom spot.