King Salman issues directive to pay SR1.7bn to social security beneficiaries

King Salman issued a directive to pay more than SR1.7 billion to the beneficiaries of social security on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr. (SPA)
Updated 13 June 2018

King Salman issues directive to pay SR1.7bn to social security beneficiaries

  • King Salman issues a directive to pay more than SR1.7 billion to the beneficiaries of social security
  • The directive was announced by the Minister of Labor and Social Development

JEDDAH: King Salman issued a directive to pay more than SR1.7 billion ($0.45 billion) to the beneficiaries of social security on the occasion of Eid Al-Fitr.
This was announced by Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmed bin Suleiman Al-Rajhi, who thanked the king for his directive, which will help beneficiaries in meeting their needs during Eid Al-Fitr, and said that the directive reflects the care given by the king to the beneficiaries of social security.
Eligible beneficiaries of the social security program include widows, orphans, deserted family members, and people with temporary or permanent debilitating health conditions and disabilities.
The program aims to protect Saudi households from the direct and indirect impacts of economic reforms, compensating for an increase in prices as subsidies on electricity and petrol are cut, and value-added tax (VAT) is applied to goods.


Four Saudi students to compete at international science and engineering fair

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Four Saudi students to compete at international science and engineering fair

  • Intel ISEF is the world’s largest pre-college science competition
  • The four women from Jeddah were winners at the Kingdom’s National Olympiad for Scientific Creativity

RIYADH: Four Saudi students will represent the Kingdom at a major international science and engineering fair in the US later this year.

The four women from Jeddah were winners at the Kingdom’s National Olympiad for Scientific Creativity. They will be competing against more than 1,700 students from 77 countries at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) for more than $5 million in awards and scholarships.

The Saudi students traveling to Arizona in May are Dan Mohammed Al-Yafei and Tharaa Tariq Al-Dabbagh, who won an award at the olympiad in the field of science and the environment, and Lana Fahd Al-Abbasi and Zeina Tariq Maimani, who won in the field of physics and astronomy.

Intel ISEF is the world’s largest pre-college science competition and is an opportunity for young minds around the world to share ideas and showcase cutting-edge projects.

Intel ISEF says the winners are selected on their creative ability, scientific thought, as well as the thoroughness, skill and clarity shown in their projects.

Former Intel ISEF participant Wud Al-Saadoon won first place in the finals of the Kingdom’s National Olympiad for Scientific Creativity after working extensively on her project. She discovered her passion for science when she was in third grade, passing all aptitude tests for elementary, intermediate and high school and registering in Mawhiba enrichment programs starting from elementary school to high school.

“These programs allow students to enrol temporarily in a Saudi university,” she told Arab News. “This is how I participated as a high school student in the second olympiad program before I enrolled at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals.”

She specialized in renewable chemical energy and made a special device which won her third place in a local competition.

She then qualified for Intel ISEF, where she won fourth place in the field of chemical energy last year.