Midday work ban comes into effect

Updated 15 June 2014

Midday work ban comes into effect

The midday work ban in the Kingdom comes into effect Sunday, the Labor Ministry said on Saturday. The three-hour work ban from 12 noon to 3 p.m. will continue until Sept. 15, it added.
The ministry said workers at oil and gas companies and emergency maintenance are exempt from the rule, but companies should take adequate measures for their protection from sun.
The ministry said it would take punitive action against violating firms and urged citizens and residents to report violators on 920001173. Last year, 280 firms violated the rule.


WATCH: Car ploughs through Grand Mosque courtyard in Makkah, crashes into door

Updated 1 min 51 sec ago

WATCH: Car ploughs through Grand Mosque courtyard in Makkah, crashes into door

  • Police say driver in ‘abnormal’ condition

RIYADH: Video footage captured the dramatic moment a car was driven at high speed across the courtyard of the Grand Mosque in Makkah, before finally smashing into one of the doors on Friday night.

Saudi security authorities then arrested a man who was pulled from the car, state news agency SPA reported.

Reports suggest the car was driven at high speed on a road surrounding the southern square the Grand Mosque, also known Masjid Haramain, SPA added, quoting the official spokesman of Makkah region, Sultan Al-Dossari.

He said the incident happened at around 10:30 p.m..

No one was hurt in the incident the report added.

Investigators said the driver of the car was a Saudi citizen who was “in an abnormal condition.” 

The offender is being referred to the Public Prosecution office, it said.