Friday sermons in Saudi Arabia to focus on virus prevention

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Updated 05 June 2020

Friday sermons in Saudi Arabia to focus on virus prevention

RIYADH: The Kingdom’s minister of Islamic affairs has called for Friday’s sermons to focus on COVID-19 precautionary and preventive measures.

Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh’s directive is part of the ministry’s efforts to raise awareness in Saudi society, as Friday sermons play a role in guiding people and provide an opportunity to remind them about government instructions to fight the coronavirus.

Al-Asheikh also called on speakers to highlight the Kingdom’s work in the context of the pandemic. 


Saudi Arabia extends initiatives to relieve coronavirus economic effects

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Saudi Arabia extends initiatives to relieve coronavirus economic effects

  • The Kingdom has launched 142 initiatives to aid with economic effects of COVID-19
  • Residents whose visas have expired have a free month of extension

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has ordered authorities to extend some initiatives intended to alleviate economic effects of coronavirus, state news agency SPA reported on Thursday.
The extension aims to further support businesses and individuals through the current situation. The initiatives include the suspension of some fines and additional aid for citizens.
The unemployment insurance, Saned will continue working to help Saudi citizens working in the private industry. Import customs can be delayed for 30 days as long as there is a bank guarantee of payment.
Residents whose visas have expired have a free month of extension, in specific cases they can apply for another month afterwards.
Saudi Arabia has launched 142 initiatives to alleviate the economic effects of coronavirus since March 2020, valued at over $57 billion, the report added.