ThePlace: Al-Rajajeel, in the northwestern Saudi province of Al-Jouf

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Updated 25 January 2020

ThePlace: Al-Rajajeel, in the northwestern Saudi province of Al-Jouf

  • Each group of columns is made up of between two and 10 stones which stand perpendicular to the plateau and are thought to be the motifs for funeral rituals

The archeological site of Al-Rajajeel (meaning “the Men”) consists of a group of stone pillars believed to date from the fourth century B.C.
Located 22 km south of Sakaka, in the northwestern Saudi province of Al-Jouf, there are 50 separate sets of standing stones all approximately 3 meters high.
They bear unknown inscriptions and are randomly positioned on a series of low terraces overlooking a wide valley which is intersected by a road leading to the Nafud region.
Each group of columns is made up of between two and 10 stones which stand perpendicular to the plateau and are thought to be the motifs for funeral rituals.
This photograph was taken by Sultan Al-Zaid as part of the Colors of Saudi competition.

 


Saudi passport directorate expands e-services through Absher

Saudi passport office said that the services will promote e-transactions and make it easier for people to get in touch with officials. (SPA)
Updated 01 April 2020

Saudi passport directorate expands e-services through Absher

  • Saudi Arabia’s information and communications technology sector makes up 4 percent of the Saudi gross domestic product

RIYADH: The Saudi General Directorate of Passports is offering a “messages and applications” service to people through the Absher online platform.
Beneficiaries can use the service by logging into their account on Absher, choosing the “My Services” option, general services, messages and applications, then clicking on the “General Directorate of Passports” link and selecting the required service from a list including “identification of residents, visas, transfer of information, transfer of information and change of profession, suggestions.” After writing their message, they simply click the “send” button.
The passport office said that the services will promote e-transactions and make it easier for people to get in touch with officials at the directorate to discuss their problems.
The Kingdom’s information and communications technology (ICT) sector makes up 4 percent of the Saudi gross domestic product.
The sector has experienced significant regulatory change, expressed across several public- and private-sector investment drives since the launch of Vision 2030.
Saudi Arabia is also the region’s largest ICT market, ranking 13th globally, with a value of $28.7 billion (SR107 billion) in 2019 and strong growth in both the consumer and enterprise segments.