Shoura to define word ‘non-Saudi’

Updated 26 April 2016

Shoura to define word ‘non-Saudi’

RIYADH: The Shoura Council will discuss next week a resolution pertaining to companies owned by non-Saudis that own property in Makkah and Madinah.

The applicable qualifications are set out in Article 5 of the Non-Saudi Ownership Law for Properties and Investment.
The Economic and Energy Committee of the Shoura Council is currently looking into the law that was promulgated through a Royal Decree on July 19, 2000. The aim is to discuss the term "non-Saudi" so that a study can be made on exceptions to this and to decide on what those exceptions are.
The committee is flexible about this, dealing with the term non-Saudi in a special way that can be included in the law and not as an interpretation from the Shoura but as a text that can be added as an amendment to the law so that the necessary exceptions to it can be made later.
Article 5 stipulates that non-Saudis can own property only if they inherited it. They are not entitled to property rights if the property was linked to waqf and if the Supreme Council of Endowment has a supervisory role in it. Non-Saudis have the right to lease property in Makkah and Madinah for two years and this can be renewed for similar periods of time.
Employees in the Ministries of Interior, Municipal and Rural Affairs, Trade and Industry, Justice and Haj are awaiting assignments for monitoring violations of the law and to refer them to the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution which has jurisdiction in these cases.
Punishments for non-Saudi violators include selling the property at auction, with any excess amounts given to the seller. Building expenses should be referred to the treasury, after deducting 10 percent in fees from the original sum given to the seller or paid in building expenses, according to the Royal Decree.
Saudis who buy land inside Makkah and Madinah for non-Saudis will be penalized according to Article 5 of the system with a fine that equals 25 percent of the total payments made to the seller and building expenses.
Non-Saudis who gain the right to benefit from a property, including renting property inside the borders of Makkah and Madinah, will be penalized for violating Article 5 of the system and its executive list, with a fine that equals the value of the benefit.
Owners who lease their property to non-Saudis will be penalized with a fine that equals 50 percent of the value of the benefits the first time. If the offense is repeated, the owners will be penalized with a fine that equals the value of the benefit.

Saudi Arabia praised for services and facilities for Hajj pilgrims

Updated 16 August 2018

Saudi Arabia praised for services and facilities for Hajj pilgrims

  • Guests laud King Salman’s efforts to unify ranks
  • Tatarstan’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Kamil Ismailov hailed the Kingdom’s efforts to ensure pilgrims’ comfort and safety

MAKKAH: King Salman received thanks from guests at Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Guests Program for welcoming and supporting pilgrims. They also thanked him for hosting them so that they can perform Hajj rituals. 

The king’s guests praised the services provided for them from the moment they arrived in the holy lands. This underscores the depth of the Saudi experience in dealing with crowds and successfully hosting millions of pilgrims each year.

Tatarstan’s Grand Mufti Sheikh Kamil Ismailov hailed the Kingdom’s efforts to ensure pilgrims’ comfort and safety.

“The expansion projects in the Two Holy Mosques and the holy sites, as well as the readiness of all medical and security teams, constitute strong evidence of Saudi Arabia’s capacities and ability to organize and manage the crowds with every Hajj season,” he added.

Ismailov pointed out that Muslims represent 70 percent of the population in Tatarstan, and that it is the first country in the region to adopt Islam as a state religion since 922.

Sheikh Mustafa Jusufspahic, the grand mufti of Belgrade, in Serbia, said that King Salman’s hosting of pilgrims from all over the world continues a tradition of the leadership of this blessed land assisting and unifying Muslims. It continues the path of good and giving by the Kingdom’s leaders toward Islamic work in the world, accounting for its prestigious position in the Muslim world, he added.

Jusufspahic expressed his thanks and appreciation to King Salman for his great gesture that enables Muslims to perform Hajj easily and conveniently. He praised all services offered in the program, which is supervised by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs.

Mohammed Amin, a professor from Ethiopia, who is making his first visit to Makkah, commended King Salman’s invitation to Muslims from all over the globe. He also saidthat the Ethiopian people were well aware of the financial and cultural support provided by the Kingdom.

The imam of the Central Mosque in Ethiopia, Ibrahim Khalil, expressed his admiration for the warm reception he and his delegation received upon their arrival, their speedy entry into the country and the journey to their residence.

Guinean Islamic preacher Mohammed Idris said the infrastructure and the scale of the preparations in Makkah reflect the tremendous efforts from all sectors there. “The Kingdom endeavors to develop organization and management of the Hajj season every year, a fact highly acclaimed among Muslims in Guinea, who consider Saudi Arabia to be the heart of the Islamic world,” he said.

Professor Bassim Berniavorates, from the faculty of medicine at the University of Sarajevo in Bosnia, said he was happy he had the opportunity to perform Hajj for the first time in his life, and was eager to meet Saudi people, to learn about their customs and traditions, and to visit popular markets that reflect the historical richness of Makkah.

He added that the Bosnian people were grateful for Saudi Arabia’s support throughout history, which has enabled them to overcome obstacles and crises and achieve their aspirations in building a civilized and democratic nation.

Bassim, a professor of anesthesia at the University Hospital in Sarajevo, noted that the program helped to extend bridges of communication with the world. “The Bosnians became more familiar with the Saudis and proud of this cultural fusion in the holiest parts of the earth,” said Bassim.

Dr. Mekhtbakh, from the Sports Academy in Kyrgyzstan, said that by visiting the holy land he had achieved a life-long dream. He expressed his thanks and appreciation to King Salman for his generous patronage and keenness to host Muslims from all over the world.