Weddings between expats and Saudis drop 84%

Updated 01 July 2015
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Weddings between expats and Saudis drop 84%

JEDDAH: The number of marriages between expatriates and Saudis has dropped 84 percent to 1,928 since the start of this Islamic year that began on Oct. 24, compared to the same period the previous year.
The Ministry of Justice said that there were 12,000 marriage contracts between Saudi nationals and foreigners in the Kingdom during the same period the previous year, a local publication reported.
Statistics show the province of Hafr Al-Batin was home to the largest number of officiated marriage contracts in the Kingdom this year, while Makkah led last year with 3,400.
The ministry stated that 700,000 Saudi women are married to foreign nationals, mostly those from other Gulf Cooperation Council countries, or 10 percent of the total number of married Saudi females.
The ministry said that marriages in the Kingdom must abide by the regulations. In the case of a Saudi man proposing to an expatriate woman, he must provide an official letter of engagement endorsed by the General Court, written approval of the sponsor of his fiancée who must be residing legally in the Kingdom, and a copy of her iqama and identification papers.
Meanwhile, the ministry stated that it has established 288 specialized courts in the country, with plans to set up traffic and labor courts. It has also finalized procedures for the development of the judiciary under the guidance of the Supreme Judicial Council and the project launched for this purpose by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman.


Unique Riyadh car race brings in enthusiasts from all around

Updated 5 min ago
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Unique Riyadh car race brings in enthusiasts from all around

RIYADH: The first round of the Saudi Time Attack race kicked off on the Reem race circuit yesterday. The 16-category race is unique in its participation since anyone can turn up and join in. Whether you are an everyday driver, enthusiast or would-be racer the Time Attack Race has a category for you.
“We target different types of drivers, usually people with a sports car or regular stock car who want to race their car to the max in a safe environment with other drivers,” said Prince Khalid bin Sultan Abdullah Al-Faisal, chairman of the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF). He added that the target participants for this race are not necessarily professionals but rather enthusiasts, semi pros, amateurs, and beginners.
FJR racing team owner Falah Al-Jarba, who is participating for the first time with his 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, said he was impressed with the first round turnout and noted that the short notice of this event did not affect participation.
“It is not hard to get anyone on to the track — the hardest thing is to get them back again. Anyone who enters the race track three times of his own free will has the makings of a driver,” he said.

Passion
Prince Mohammed bin Saud bin Fahad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, participating racer and owner of the MS7 racing team, said it is passion that attracts everyone to the race. “It is not a head-to-head race but it is competitive and it is fun. There is no pressure — everyone is here to have fun. I am happy that I participated,” he explained. This also marks a first for Saudi women racing as four women competed for the first time in a car race.
“For the first time we have a ladies category. These opportunities will be better reflected in two to three years’ time but if anyone would ask where did it start, it started here in this 2018 season,” said the “Camaro King” Falah Al-Jarba.
Prince Mohammed is very welcoming of any new competitor to the racing industry.
“At the end of the day if you have two hands, two legs and can drive that’s what it comes down to regardless of your gender, your weight, your height or your size, it is all about how well you can perform under pressure,” he said.
Prince Khalid expects a better turnout for female participants in the next round of the race scheduled for Nov. 16. He added that there has been a great interest in joining the race and wanted to clarify that anyone who wants to take part in the race does not need to have a race car.