Illegal expats avoid work sites

Updated 09 November 2013

Illegal expats avoid work sites

Police raids in the capital during the past four days have resulted in the closure of some restaurants, retail outlets workshops and construction sites.
Two months ago in Diraiyah district behind Al-Maarefa College, the roads were dug to lay pipes for water supply by the National Water Company. Since Nov.4, the work site has been causing motorists inconveniences because workers have abandoned work. Nisha, a housewife who lives in the neighborhood, said that eight laborers had been working at the site and now none is to be seen.
A resident living in the Akariya compound said that he is one of those affected by the drive against illegal workers. “The Asian expatriate, who used to come to clean my house on a part-time basis has been missing from Nov. 4,” he said.
Fazly Sameer, an IT consultant, told Arab News that most of the restaurants in the city were closed Friday for want of workers.
“We usually don’t cook on Fridays and get some Middle Eastern food from one of the restaurants nearby. So I went out after Friday prayers to the usual place, but it was closed. Normally you won’t get parking space even 500 yards away,” Sameer said.


First plane with aid from Saudi Arabia arrives in Lebanon

Updated 56 min 39 sec ago

First plane with aid from Saudi Arabia arrives in Lebanon

RIYADH: The first plane with aid from Saudi Arabia arrived in Lebanon on Friday for victims of Beirut’s port explosion, the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre (KSrelief) said.

Two planes departed from King Khalid International Airport on Friday carrying more than 120 tons of medical supplies, tents, shelter kits and food for those affected by the blast. A specialized team from the center to follow up and supervise the distribution operations were also on board the planes.

The aid aims to help victims overcome the effects of the explosion, said Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, Advisor to the Royal Court and Supervisor General of KSrelief.

Al-Rabeeah stated that the directive of King Salman embodies the established humanitarian values of the Saudi leadership, stressing that this assistance highlights the pivotal role of Saudi Arabia in providing humanitarian assistance to all people in need around the world with complete impartiality.