SR2.5bn for Haj cleanup operation

Updated 26 August 2015
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SR2.5bn for Haj cleanup operation

MAKKAH: Municipal and Rural Affairs Minister Abdul Lateef Al-Asheikh was briefed on Monday about the SR2.5 billion awarded to companies contracted to clean up the holy sites during this year’s Haj.
Al-Asheikh praised the country’s leaders and the various government and private agencies for providing top quality services for pilgrims performing the Haj this year.
In particular, he said, Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal and Makkah Mayor Osama Al-Barr should be thanked for the vital role they have been playing in the city, a local publication reported.
Abdulsalam bin Sulaiman Mushat, undersecretary for services in the city, said cleaning operations have been in full swing since July 22 in 10 municipalities.
The cleaning contracts were awarded to several specialized companies, covering five cleaning zones in Makkah and the holy sites. These were worth over SR594.7 million, SR482.8 million, SR484.9 million, SR467.7 million, and SR518.5 million.


Saudi royal decree guarantees allowances to cover cost of living for new fiscal year

Updated 18 December 2018
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Saudi royal decree guarantees allowances to cover cost of living for new fiscal year

A royal decree by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman ordered the continuation of allowances covering the cost of living for civil sector employees for the new fiscal year on Tuesday.

The decree states that 1,000 Saudi riyals ($266) would be given to citizens on a monthly basis.  This will continue for one year until the study of the social protection system is completed.

Saudi Arabia also announced plans to increase state spending by more than seven percent next year in an effort to spur economic growth, which has been hurt by low oil prices, according to a 2019 budget released by the finance ministry.