Order to arrest man torching woman’s car in Taif

File photo showing two Saudi police officers on patrol. (Reuters)
Updated 26 April 2019

Order to arrest man torching woman’s car in Taif

  • A video circulating on social media showed a young man pour gasoline over the parked black vehicle before setting light to it

RIYADH: Saudi prosecutors on Thursday ordered the arrest of a man seen on camera torching a woman’s car in the city of Taif.

A video circulating on social media showed a young man pour gasoline over the parked black vehicle before setting light to it. The arsonist is then seen staring at the camera and walking away to his own car.

Saudi Attorney General Sheikh Saud bin Abdullah Al-Mua’jab gave instructions for the arrest after confirming the authenticity of the film footage.

The car, which reportedly belonged to a woman called Amira, was completely destroyed in the morning blaze. In an interview with AlArabiya.net, Amira said she had a driving license and had only recently purchased the car. She hoped that the incident would act as a deterrent to others in the future.


350,000 books to feature at Jeddah fair

Updated 14 November 2019

350,000 books to feature at Jeddah fair

JEDDAH: Hundreds of authors from around the world are preparing to take part in a prestigious Saudi book festival.

The Jeddah International Book Fair, to be staged in South Obhur from Dec. 11 to 21, will feature more than 350,000 volumes to cater to all reading tastes.

Now in its fifth edition, the cultural event, run under the patronage of Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, will see the participation of 400 Saudi, Arab and international publishing houses from 40 different countries.

Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed, who is head of the fair’s supreme committee, has been coordinating the organization of the event which will include book-signing sessions by 200 authors.

The exhibition, occupying 30,000 square meters, is one of the biggest specialized expos in the Kingdom, and aims to promote reading and the cultural environment.

The fair will also include a program of seminars, lectures and indoor and outdoor theater productions, along with documentary films for families and children, and workshops in visual arts, photography and Arabic calligraphy.

The Jeddah fair is supported by Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, who believes it reflects the city’s culture and traditions, along with backing from Minister of Media Turki Al-Shabanah. SPA Jeddah