Saudi citizen account registration continues, no end date given yet

Updated 22 March 2017

Saudi citizen account registration continues, no end date given yet

RIYADH: Registration in the citizen account program continues, and there is no final registration date yet, according to the supervisor at the Social Development Sector in the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, and general supervisor of the citizen account program, Majed Al-Iseimi.
The official said that the allowance of those who did not register for the program yet will be assessed and if eligible, they will be given the allowance at the next disbursement.
He said that the first allowance will be paid in the month preceding the change in prices of energy and water products, adding that “the eligibility of beneficiaries will be assessed periodically, within a specified period each month.”
The general supervisor of the citizen account program said that the files of the beneficiaries will be examined after registration and eligibility reports on beneficiary families are completed.
“All the eligible applicants will be registered automatically and subsidy will be paid to beneficiaries by bank transfer. Allowances will be paid to eligible families before any reforms that may affect citizens are implemented,” Al-Iseimi said.
He added that the ministerial committee responsible for this, formed of ministries of economy and planning, finance, labor and social development, is working on preparing the program’s policies, which will be presented to the royal court.
Al-Iseimi renewed his call on citizens to register for the citizen account program online at
If there are queries, problems or complaints about registration, he said, citizens can communicate via the call center number 19912, or through Twitter.
The citizen account program is one of the most important tools in the economic transformation process in the Kingdom, which works to establish the necessary infrastructure to achieve the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 goals.
The program aims to protect small- and medium-income families from the consequences of reforming the government subsidy system by making government subsidy allocations more equitable and suitable to the needs of each individual or family, based on their income.
It also works to ensure an optimal use of resources dedicated to the subsidy.

US denies banning dates from Saudi Arabia

Updated 13 min 12 sec ago

US denies banning dates from Saudi Arabia

  • There has been no FDA ban on dates from Saudi Arabia, the administration told Arab News

RIYADH: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has denied that it banned the import of dates from Saudi Arabia, following media reports that it had done so earlier this week.

“There has been no FDA ban on dates from Saudi Arabia,” the administration told Arab News. The Saudi National Center for Palms & Dates (NCPD) also denied the reports.

The NCPD pointed out that reports published mentioned the finding of pesticide residues in date samples from a Saudi company dating back to 2009.

In a statement on Sunday, the NCPD said that the US FDA published on its website a list of all the companies “classified by country” which did not meet US standards.

It added that the FDA required companies to update their information with it as and when that changed.

Bashar Al-Quraya, deputy chairman of the Dates Committee of Al-Qassim Chamber of Commerce, told Arab News that the information did not come from reliable sources. “We did not see any real official statements,” he said.

The center stressed that they work with the relevant authorities to raise the level of date safety in general for products sold in local or export markets.

“Saudi Arabia is considered number one in date quality,” Al-Quraya said, adding that when they export dates to Germany and the UK, the entry procedures go very smoothly. “There are no problems and the procedures are very simple and clear.”

Al-Quraya also pointed out that for the last two months of growth before harvesting the crop, no pesticides are sprayed on Saudi dates, and the exported fruits are subjected to tests before shipping.

“The rumors did not affect the market. I am now at the food fair in Dubai, there is a great demand for Saudi dates from European countries,” he said.

“If there was a problem with our dates the news should come from the UK or Germany, as the number of dates we export (there) are much bigger than what we export to the US,” he added.