562,961 expats arrested for violating Saudi labor, residency and border security laws

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Most crimes committed by workers who stay in Kingdom illegally. (Photo courtesy: Saudi Public Security Department)
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Most crimes committed by workers who stay in Kingdom illegally. (Photo courtesy: Saudi Public Security Department)
Updated 12 February 2018

562,961 expats arrested for violating Saudi labor, residency and border security laws

RIYADH: A total of 562,691 expatriates have been arrested since November last year for violating the labor, residency and border security regulations of the country.
The program was carried out under the nationwide campaign dubbed “A nation without violators.”
According to an announcement from the Public Security Division in the Kingdom, those arrested included 382,921 who did not have valid residence permits (Iqama), 127,566 without valid work permits, and 52,204 people who had violated the border security system.
A total of 7,996 people were apprehended while illegally entering Saudi Arabia. About 69 percent were Yemeni nationals, 29 percent Ethiopians and 2 percent were from other nationalities, along with 501 people arrested while trying to run away from the Kingdom.
The total number of those involved in the transporting and harboring of the violators was 1,092.
The number of citizens detained for involvement in transporting or harboring the violators was 176, 162 of whom were released after completing the legal procedures, whereas the remaining 14 detainees are awaiting completion of procedures.
The total number of violators being subjected to the procedures is 11,939, including 9,828 men and 2,111 women.
Immediate penalties were imposed against 100,005 violators; 80,963 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; 89,339 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 127,221 were deported.
According to a Riyadh Police official, most of the crimes are committed by workers who stay in the Kingdom illegally. Those interested in staying legally have always come to the authorities to regularize their stay in the Kingdom, he added.

Riyadh Season Boulevard zone opens with spectacular parade

Updated 18 October 2019

Riyadh Season Boulevard zone opens with spectacular parade

  • The Riyadh parade is thought to be the biggest parade in Kingdom to date

RIYADH: More than 1,500 performers and 25 floats took part in a parade and carnival on Thursday night that officially launched Riyadh Season’s Boulevard zone. The crowds that gathered for the fun-packed event were also treated to motorcycle displays, fireworks and other surprises.

The Boulevard lit up at 9 p.m. for the start of the 90-minute event, which featured some of the international artists who will perform as part of Riyadh Season. Afterwards, the zone’s food and drink outlets, outdoor cinema and fountain shows officially opened.

The audience watched the parade, performances and displays from specially constructed stands. Food trucks offered a selection of tasty snacks, and organizers also provided prayer rooms, toilets, first-aid stations and other facilities.


GEA president Turki Al-Sheikh gave an opening speech: “Our dearest people, in the beginning of this season, we welcome you and our guests in Riyadh.

“I want to share a story with you all; once upon a time, I was from a middle-class family. My mother and father would gather both their salaries to have us travel to see the world, and then we would stay in Riyadh for a year. These were our capabilities (at the time) and there was nothing to do in Riyadh. Who would've thought that we’d see all of this in Riyadh, and in our beloved country?

“This wouldn't have been possible without -of course Allah first- a person who has the qualities and vision of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.”

He tweeted: “Riyadh traffic police estimated we have exceeded 600K which means ten times the capacity.”

In addition to the opening-night festivities, the Boulevard zone, which covers 400,000 square meters, will host a wide range of entertainment options and activities for all ages, including the outdoor cinema, restaurants, and sports, music and theatrical events. It has three main venues: The 22,000-seat Mohammed Abdu Theater, the 6,000-seat Abu Bakr Salem Theater, and the 2,000-seat Baker Al-Sheddi Theater.

The parade is just one of more than 100 events featuring local, regional and international performers taking place during the Riyadh Season festival, which continues until mid-December at 12 zones across the city: the Boulevard; the Front; Riyadh Car Show; Winter Wonderland; Riyadh Stadiums; the Diplomatic Quarter; Al-Muraba’a; Al-Malaz; Wadi Namar; Nabd Al-Riyadh; Riyadh Safari; and Riyadh Sahara. It has been organized with the support of Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of the General Entertainment Authority and president of Riyadh Season.

The ambitious 2019 Saudi Seasons initiative, the first of its kind in the region, was launched in February and includes 11 local seasons covering most parts of the Kingdom. Designed to promote the fledgling Saudi entertainment sector and boost tourism, it is attracting some of the biggest names in world entertainment.

The Riyadh parade is thought to be the biggest parade in Kingdom to date. It follows a folklore parade at the Mawtni (My Nation) cultural event in Yanbu to mark Saudi National Day this year, and a parade during the Jeddah Season festivities in the city’s Obhur district.

The parade had a special surprise; the appearance of DJ Carnage who took to the stage dressed in complete Saudi attire and performed his successful electronic show.

The musician also took to Twitter to celebrate the night and how he had had a hand in “making history,” tweeting: “A huge thank you to @Turki_alalshikh  ..... what you did for your country last night... was so special... thank you for having me... we made history.”