Barbershops monitored for massage ban

Updated 22 March 2013

Barbershops monitored for massage ban

The Jeddah mayoralty is conducting an inspection campaign around the clock to check on the more than 350 barbershops in the city that offer massage and bathing services, Abdalaziz Al-Nahari, spokesman for the mayoralty, said. The reason for the campaign, Al-Nahari said, is to implement the recent decision taken by the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs banning barbershops from offering massage and bathing services to customers and requiring them to stick to haircuts.
The reason behind the decision, he said, is that massage and bathing services, of which Moroccan-style shops are the most common in Jeddah among Saudi youth, should be restricted to sports and fitness and health centers.


Saudi Arabia’s King Salman patronizes closing of 4th King Abdulaziz Camel Festival

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Saudi Arabia’s King Salman patronizes closing of 4th King Abdulaziz Camel Festival

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman patronized on Sunday the closing ceremony of the Fourth King Abdulaziz Camel Festival.
The king welcomed dignitaries and guests from the Gulf countries, including Kuwait’s Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al-Maktoum and representative of the sultan of Oman Sheikh Abdullah Hamad Al-Khalifa.
The king then handed prizes to the winners of the festival.
During the ceremony, chairman of the Camel Club’s board and general supervisor of the festival, Fahd bin Falah bin Hithlin, thanked King Salman for his patronage and the “festival has become a destination for all (camel) owners within” within the Kingdom and serves as a platform “to bring together people from the Gulf and the Arab world.”
“This great gathering is a destination for all those interested in this heritage throughout the world,” he added.
Bin Hithlin also said that the club launched a package of economic decisions that will contribute to the development of this sector, and constitute an attractive factor for investments.