46 Saudis marry African women

Updated 07 December 2015
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46 Saudis marry African women

JEDDAH: The civil status courts have recorded 46 cases of Saudi men marrying African women over the last two years. Saudis marrying Sudanese women were the largest number with 16 contracts followed by 12 Eritreans.
The figure included 12 marriages to Nigerian women and five to Ethiopians. The number of Saudis marrying American women was seven while British women came last.
The Ministry of Justice is studying the imposition of penalties on Saudi violators who marry non-Saudi women without following the proper procedures. The penalties would be imposed on those who marry a foreign woman without documentation in any Saudi embassy or civil status courts if the marriage takes place in the Kingdom.
Rayan Mufti, legal adviser and lawyer, said the Ministry of Interior had made regulations to cover the marriage of a Saudi to a non-Saudi woman and vice versa.
There is no set punishment for a person who marries a foreign woman without documenting the marriage at a Saudi embassy or, if inside the Kingdom, through the civil status courts.
Such marriages result in children without documents to prove who they are and what their nationality is. Children should have personal documents to prove their identity and parents who fail to provide them will be punished.
The legal adviser added that the majority of undocumented foreign marriages inside the Kingdom are mostly entered into by military men and young people whose requests have been rejected because they were not of the legal age that enabled them to sign a marriage contract.
Scholarship students who marry outside the Kingdom often fail to document their marriages for fear of losing their scholarships. They may marry and leave their children without any identification documents.
He said that one penalty for a Saudi man marrying a non-Saudi included disciplinary action by the Board of Grievances and not being allowed to bring his spouse into the Kingdom.
Ibrahim Mubarak Al-Juwair, professor of social sciences, said compatibility between couples increases the chances of success of marriage. He pointed out that marrying a woman from another nationality needs skill and sacrifice to make a successful marriage.
Some men are tempted to marry foreign women, but after a while, differences surface and the marriage is terminated.


Coordinated Arab efforts urged to overcome challenges

Updated 16 July 2019
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Coordinated Arab efforts urged to overcome challenges

CAIRO: Dr. Khalid Al-Ghamdi, chairman of the Arab Media Standing Committee and general supervisor of foreign media at Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Media, called for coordinated Arab efforts to overcome regional challenges particularly the Palestinian issue and terrorism.
Al-Ghamdi was presiding over the committee’s 93rd session held at Arab League’s headquarters in Cairo on Sunday.
He said the meeting discussed a number of key issues including the Arab Media Charter of Honor. It was, Al-Ghamdi said, a continuation of previous meetings to discuss their outcomes and review the results in the light of proposals put forward by different member Arab countries.
The meeting was also attended by Arab League’s Assistant Secretary-General for Social Affairs Ambassador Badr El-Din Alali, Counselor Fawzi Al-Ghwail, director of the technical department of the Council of Arab Information Ministers, representatives of Arab member states, representatives of Arab information ministries and the heads of Arab media agencies and institutions.
Alali said the Palestinian question continues to remain the main issue in addition to the terrorist threats, sustainable development and the Arab image in the West.
“Implementing the Arab Media Strategy and improving media practices using the latest technologies is vital for media to effectively contributing to awareness programs and supporting the region’s vital issues.”
He said the inclusion of the Arab Media Charter of Honor and media education to the agenda is of great importance.
He also express resolve to counter the phenomenon of fake news and that the Arab media is serious about countering this problem.