885 expats nabbed in Riyadh in 24 hours for violations

Most of the crimes in the city are committed by this segment of the population who illegally stay in the capital. (SPA)
Updated 25 November 2017

885 expats nabbed in Riyadh in 24 hours for violations

RIYADH: In a major crackdown in the capital, Riyadh police arrested a total 885 expats who have violated local regulations within the last 24 hours.

Last week, Riyadh Governor Prince Faisal bin Bandar signed a directive instructing security authorities to apprehend all foreign workers who are illegally staying in his region.

According to police reports, most of the crimes in the city are committed by this segment of the population who illegally stay in the capital.

A Riyadh police official said those arrested of different nationalities were found in areas such as Shumaisi, Al-Faisaliah, Hai Al-Wazarat and Thumamah.

Police conducted the inspections in cooperation with the ministries of interior, labor and social development and commerce and investment, and also the department of immigration, which functions under the Ministry of Interior.

Among those arrested were six wanted men, five wanted for criminal offenses, five were booked for forgery, three for stealing cars, five persons were charged with document forgery, along with five non-Saudi security guards and 323 motorcyclists who violated traffic laws.

The inspection teams also seized 6,500 counterfeit auto spare parts, 12,000 fake electrical and electronic gadgets intended for sale, 3,200 counterfeit mobile chargers, and 16,000 items of cosmetics, and body and facial creams which are not up to the health specifications of the Ministry of Health.

On completion of inquiry, the police said the suspects will be produced before a court of law for necessary punishment and deportation if they are expatriates.

Similar inspections are being carried out in all parts of the Kingdom in concurrence with the respective governorates of the regions. Expatriates are advised to carry their residency certificates, driving licenses and vehicle registration certificates to cooperate with security officers.

Retail outlets, warehouses and gas stations will also be scrutinized to ensure their products and services are according to the Kingdom’s standards and follow the copyright regulations of the country.


Saudi doctor’s message of hope after beating COVID-19

Omar Hafiz left note for next patient to be quarantined in room as reminder that ‘these days will pass and will soon be memories.’
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Saudi doctor’s message of hope after beating COVID-19

  • The worst part of his job during the pandemic, he said, is seeing people seriously ill in hospital as a result of their own negligence or failure to comply with measures to prevent the spread of the disease

MAKKAH: A Saudi doctor who spent weeks in isolation in a hotel room in Jeddah after testing positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) left an inspirational message for the next person to be quarantined there.
Dr. Omar Hafiz wrote: “Do not give up, my friend. These days will pass and will soon be memories. The virus will go and you will stay. I wish you a happy isolation.” He signed it, “a former isolated man.”
Hafiz was quarantined in the hotel after tests confirmed he was infected with the novel coronavirus. At first he only had a headache and fatigue but other symptoms developed, including a high temperature and a cough.
It was also discovered he had passed the virus on to his mother and two of his siblings, who were hospitalized. Hafiz sent an emotional message to his mother, saying: “I hope you are proud of me for being one of the people who have been serving the society, along with my colleagues, risking their lives and those of their families to serve their nation.”
It was a long and difficult ordeal but Hafiz and his family are on the road to recovery. They were released three days ago and have returned to their home in Al-Marwa neighborhood, where they will remain isolated until fully recovered, with no risk of passing on the disease to anyone else.

BACKGROUND

Dr. Omar Hafiz was quarantined after testing positive for the novel coronavirus. At first he only had a headache and fatigue but other symptoms developed, including a high temperature and a cough.

Despite the difficult experience, Hafiz said he remained positive throughout and never doubted he and his family would win their fight against the disease and return to their normal lives.
He said he still considers his job on the front line of the fight against the virus as a service to the nation, and plans to return to work as soon as it is safe to do so. He and his colleagues will continue to do everything they can to fight the virus, he added.
Hafiz also highlighted the importance of the preventative measures introduced by the Ministry of Health and other authorities to protect people and save lives. He urged people not to be distressed or unhappy, therefore, about curfews or other restrictions designed to protect them and their families.
The worst part of his job during the pandemic, he said, is seeing people seriously ill in hospital as a result of their own negligence or failure to comply with measures to prevent the spread of the disease. Many of these people transmit the virus to loved ones and friends who then also face a long road to recovery or, in some cases, a fight for their life.