Over 3 million held for residency, labor, border violations across KSA

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3,723 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators. (AN photo)
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3,723 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators. (AN photo)
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3,723 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators. (AN photo)
Updated 28 April 2019

Over 3 million held for residency, labor, border violations across KSA

  • 1,237 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws

RIYADH: More than 3 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in a year-long roundup, according to an official report.
Since the campaign began in November 2017, there have been 3,030,767 offenders, including 2,361,511 for violating residency regulations, 466,038 for labor violations and 203,218 for border violations, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The report said that 51,313 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 49 percent of whom were Yemeni citizens, 48 percent were Ethiopians and 3 percent were of other nationalities.
2,142 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and 3,723 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators. 1,237 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws.
Immediate penalties were imposed against 447,649 offenders; 410,123 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; 514,400 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 7,60,456 were deported. 


Cinema investment in Saudi Arabia set to hit SR5bn in 2020

Updated 5 min 25 sec ago

Cinema investment in Saudi Arabia set to hit SR5bn in 2020

  • Saudi conference study reveals 140 cinemas planned for Kingdom creating estimated 5,300 jobs
  • One of the main goals of the Vision 2030 reform plan was to increase household spending on domestic entertainment from 2.9 percent to 6 percent of total expenditure

RIYADH: Investment in building new cinemas in Saudi Arabia was expected to top SR5 billion ($1.33 billion) during 2020, according to latest figures.

Data published ahead of the Cinema Build KSA 2020 conference, taking place at the Fairmont hotel in Riyadh on Feb. 19 to 20, revealed that 140 movie theaters were planned to open in 30 malls throughout the Kingdom, creating more than 5,300 job opportunities.

The Saudi cinema industry would see enormous growth and was set to become the leader in the region having already gained attention from stakeholders around the globe, research from conference partner Great Minds Group predicted.

With a total of 1,323 screens planned for the country, demand for materials and resources to build cinemas has increased dramatically.

The Cinema Build KSA report revealed that an estimated 158,760 cinema seats and more than 5,953,500 square feet of carpet would be required to realize this year’s growth plans, in addition to more than 18,852,750 square feet of gypsum boards, wall panels, and specialist ceiling materials and 1,250 air-handling units.

One of the main goals of the Vision 2030 reform plan was to increase household spending on domestic entertainment from 2.9 percent to 6 percent of total expenditure, considering that Saudi nationals spent about $30 billion annually on tourism and entertainment outside the Kingdom.

Supporting and enhancing the fast-growing cinema sector would not only recover Saudi investments abroad but would also create more than 5,314 job opportunities in 2020 in the Saudi market, according to the Cinema Build KSA report.

The Saudi cinema industry was predicted to see enormous growth and being the largest gathering of cinema stakeholders in the Kingdom, Cinema Build KSA 2020 aims to serve as a learning center for building world-class film theaters.

The event is organized by Eyes of Cities in association with the Great Minds Group. Boasting more than 300 attendees, at least 30 sponsors and exhibitors, and 25 international speakers, the second annual conference will cover a broader aspect of the burgeoning cinema industry in the Kingdom.