3 Saudi girls escape from shelter

Updated 16 December 2015
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3 Saudi girls escape from shelter

JEDDAH: The authorities in Jeddah are looking into the escape of three Saudi girls from the Hospitality House of the Jeddah Social Affairs Directorate a few days ago.
They are trying to find out where the the girls went and who helped them escape. Sources in the Ministry of Social Affairs were quoted as telling a local publication that the initial investigation did not reveal the whereabouts of the girls.
This incident is the second of its kind where the reasons and motives of the girls who ran away from the shelter is not known.
The sources said the authorities will refer the girls after arresting them to the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution in the province, noting that the girls lived in the Hospitality House after serving their prison terms since their families refused to take them back. The house looks after and provides for all such people.
In the first incident, the girls broke the emergency door of the house and went away although their stay at the house is optional after their families refused to take them back. The girls in such situations stay in the house until they reach an understanding with their families. The Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution interrogated two suspects linked to the incident.
The Hospitality House in Jeddah receives and gives shelter to juveniles in danger of delinquency, who have been referred to it by competent bodies. They are offered services and behavioral modification according to educational and correctional programs with the coordination of departments and entities concerned with juvenile issues.


King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed ‘lend new dimension to unification’

Millions of citizens plan to celebrate the Saudi national day on Sunday. (SPA)
Updated 23 September 2018
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King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed ‘lend new dimension to unification’

  • More than 900,000 fireworks will light up the sky from 58 locations across the Kingdom

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s National Day, celebrated every year on Sept. 23, has come a long way in broadening the concept of unification over the years.
Though the National Day meant unifying disparate sheikhdoms under the nation’s founder, the late King Abdul Aziz, its implications across the political, socioeconomic and cultural spectrum have not been lost on successive rulers.
It was King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who fine-tuned the definition of unification as an operating philosophy. This is why millions of citizens plan to celebrate the Saudi National Day on the streets on Sunday.
The capital city, along with other Saudi cities, will witness fireworks and the unfurling of the largest national flag. More than 900,000 fireworks will light up the sky from 58 locations across the Kingdom.
Car owners, limousine drivers and young Saudi motorcyclists said that they planned to go for drives, particularly on the fashionable streets of the capital city, to celebrate. Grocery shops, stationery shops and vendors were selling bunting, flags, banners and pictures of national heroes.
“We went around the city to see the lighting and fireworks,” said Saleh Al-Omri, a local pharmacist. “Green and white balloons fill either sides of Riyadh streets,” he said.
In his National Day congratulatory message, Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah Al-Sheikh, Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, said: “The wise policy of the leaders of this country contributed to peace, security and stability.”
Fakhr Al-Shawaf, chief executive of Al-Bawani Contracting Co., said: “We are celebrating the 88th anniversary of our unification, a day when the late King Abdul Aziz established the Saudi nation.”
Ali Al-Othaim, a member of Riyadh Chamber’s board of directors, said: “The Kingdom is on the path of comprehensive economic and social development under Vision 2030.”
Shafik Namdar, a taxi driver, said that he had bought an SR10 flag for his car and planned to work and also drive with his friends to look at the city and its landmark buildings.
Several young boys, including Arslan, 12, and Mishal, 14, said that they had bought bunting, badges and flags to decorate their houses. They planned to celebrate with a special meal at home with relatives, before going into the city streets for dance and music. Some of them had plans to organize celebrations in public parks.