Muqeem only after valid iqama expires

Updated 13 October 2015
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Muqeem only after valid iqama expires

JEDDAH: Exchanging the Muqeem card with the iqama is not required for those who still have valid iqamas, and is only needed for those whose iqamas have expired and have to be renewed, said the General Directorate of Passports.
The directorate is ready to launch the Muqeem card from the beginning of Muharram 1437H.
Workers’ iqamas will be sent by Saudi Post to the directorate to change them to the Muqeem cards. The Muqeem cards will be returned to sponsors by post.
The directorate is prepared to start this process in coordination with the National Information Center and the Saudi Post, said Maj. Gen. Suleiman Al-Yahya, director general of passports.
The launch of the Muqeem card comes after completion of all necessary requirements, which will enable security personnel in the field, government departments and private establishments to identify the date of its expiry.
All companies and institutions are required to register with the Saudi mail Wasil to provide documents to them by 1/11/1436H, while individuals (citizens and residents) are required to register as of the beginning of the month of Muharram 1437H.
The Muqeem card is unique in that it is valid for five years and aims to provide the identity of the foreign national in the field, as well as their name, number, birth date, profession, eligibility to work, nationality, work permit number (if applicable), religion and employer.
There have also been changes to the appearance of the card, as it is now called a Muqeem card. The card can be issued electronically for the first time via the Abshir or Muqeem e-services.
The card is only an identification card for the sponsor or profession, and is to be renewed electronically every year by the employer.


Four killed in failed terrorist attack on interior ministry building north of Riyadh

Updated 32 min 18 sec ago
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Four killed in failed terrorist attack on interior ministry building north of Riyadh

  • Three government security personnel suffered minor injuries during the exchange of fire
  • The identities of the four gunmen are still being determined

RIYADH: Four heavily armed attackers were killed in a failed terrorist attack on an interior ministry building in Zulfi, north of Riyadh.

A spokesperson from the Kingdom’s Presidency of State Security also said that three government security personnel suffered minor injuries during the exchange of fire, Saudi state news agency SPA reported.

Al-Arabiya reported that the assailants belonged to Daesh, but the group had not claimed responsibility for the attack and there was no official confirmation from Saudi authorities as to the identity of the attackers on Sunday afternoon.

“The security authorities in the Presidency managed to thwart the terrorist act targeting the center of investigations ... and dealt with them as required by the situation,” the spokesman was quoted by SPA as saying.

The identities of the four gunmen are still being determined by government authorities, the news agency added.

Special security personnel were still working on the site to assess and identify the explosive materials that the terrorists had in their possession, the spokesperson said, and the findings would be announced later.

The suspects, who were on board a car, tried to crash through the main entrance of the General Directorate of Investigation’s Center in Riyadh, but were intercepted by security to prevent the vehicle from gaining access into the compund.

Two gunmen died during the initial exchange of fire with the security forces, while one was killed as he attempted to flee. The fourth attacker died as he tried to blow up an explosive belt,  pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported. 

The Kingdom of Bahrain condemned the actions of the suspects and the terrorist attack on Sunday, the country's news agency said.