Saudi Arabia to extend visas of expats in countries facing travel ban until July 31

Saudi Arabia to extend visas of expats in countries facing travel ban until July 31
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Saudi passports directorate extended the exit and re-entry visas of expatriates stranded abroad until July 7. (SPA)
The General Directorate of Passport said the visas will be extended automatically and without fees. (File/SPA)
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The General Directorate of Passport said the visas will be extended automatically and without fees. (File/SPA)
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Updated 09 June 2021

Saudi Arabia to extend visas of expats in countries facing travel ban until July 31

Saudi Arabia to extend visas of expats in countries facing travel ban until July 31
  • The extension is limited to expatriates from the 20 countries from which travel has been suspended
  • Private PCR tests lab in Riyadh closed due to violations

JEDDAH: On the directives of King Salman, the General Directorate of Passports on Tuesday extended the exit and re-entry visas of expatriates stranded abroad until July 7 without charging any fee.

The extension applies to residents from countries placed on the red list that currently faces a travel ban due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The visas will be extended automatically and with immediate effect.
The validity of visit visas of people stranded in the Kingdom will also be extended until July 7.

Action
The Directorate of Health Affairs in Riyadh has closed a private medical laboratory accredited for conducting polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests for those wishing to travel outside the Kingdom.
The Ministry of Health said that it had detected medical samples being transported randomly. After seizing the samples and tracking their virtual journey, they led to the Riyadh laboratory where several violations including posting negative results of samples that had not reached the laboratory.
Other violations included not adhering to precautionary procedures put in place to fight the pandemic, contracting with too many medical institutions resulting in receiving more samples per day than able to process, as well as several other violations that necessitated the closure of the laboratory.

HIGHLIGHTS

• Saudi Arabia reported 1,261 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

• The death toll has risen to 7,488 with 17 more virus- related fatalities.

The ministry added that the laboratory could face fines, suspension of its license, a ban from obtaining another license for two years, or permanent closure.
The ministry frequently conducts periodic and unplanned inspections of laboratory facilities, covering all regions of the Kingdom, daily.
It also responds to all reports and communications over alleged violations received from citizens on the toll free number 973. 
Herd immunity
Dr. Abdullah Assiri, assistant deputy minister of preventive health, said on his Twitter account that the Kingdom was seeking to reach herd immunity as soon as possible while providing maximum protection for high-risk groups.
“The interim goals are to vaccinate 70 percent of those aged 18 years and above — at least one dose — by the end of July 2021, (and) schedule the second dose within three months of the first dose for high-risk groups,” he added.
Saudi Arabia on Tuesday reported 17 more coronavirus disease (COVID-19) related deaths, taking the overall toll to 7,488.
There were 1,261 new cases, meaning that 459,968 people in the country have contracted the disease. A total of 9,698 cases remained active, with 1,580 patients in critical condition.
The ministry said 922 patients had recovered from the disease, increasing the total number of recoveries in the Kingdom to 442,782.
Saudi Arabia had so far conducted 19,929,037 PCR tests, with 92,398 carried out in the past 24 hours.
Testing hubs and treatment centers set up throughout the country have dealt with hundreds of thousands of people since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
Meanwhile, 15,130,213 people in the country have received a jab against COVID-19 to date.


Saudi Arabia announces 6 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 6 more COVID-19 deaths
Updated 25 September 2021

Saudi Arabia announces 6 more COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia announces 6 more COVID-19 deaths
  • The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom has increased to 535,892
  • A total of 8,694 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced six deaths from COVID-19 and 39 new infections on Saturday.

Of the new cases, 12 were recorded in Riyadh, 12 in Makkah, four in the Eastern Province, three in Madinah, two in Jazan, two in Najran, one in Asir, one in Tabuk, and one in Al-Jouf.

The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 535,892 after 50 more patients recovered from the virus.

A total of 8,694 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.

Over 41.4 million doses of a coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the Kingdom to date.


Saudi air defense intercepts Houthi drones headed towards kingdom

Saudi air defense intercepts Houthi drones headed towards kingdom
Updated 25 September 2021

Saudi air defense intercepts Houthi drones headed towards kingdom

Saudi air defense intercepts Houthi drones headed towards kingdom

RIYADH: The Saudi air defenses intercept two bomb-laden drones that were launched by the Houthi militants in Yemen towards the kingdom on Saturday, the Arab Coalition said. 

The coalition said Houthis continue to deliberately attack civilians and civilian objects. 


Ithra launches cultural and heritage programs

Ithra launches cultural and heritage programs
Updated 25 September 2021

Ithra launches cultural and heritage programs

Ithra launches cultural and heritage programs

DHAHRAN: In celebration of the 91st Saudi National Day, the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture has launched programs and activities to highlight diversity across the Kingdom.

Ithra will engage visitors through a cultural journey that embodies the unity of the Saudi people and their interdependence, from north to south and from east to west, through the Tafaseel exhibition.

The exhibition will express the diversity of fashion as part of Saudi Arabia’s cultural heritage across regions, as well as telling stories about the civilizations that inhabited them.

The national day activities aim to present a collection of interactive art, performances, traditional local crafts, cultural activities, workshops, and knowledge-based games for all age groups.

The activities continue until Saturday.

 


Two Holy Mosques management trains 600 female employees

Two Holy Mosques management trains 600 female employees
Updated 25 September 2021

Two Holy Mosques management trains 600 female employees

Two Holy Mosques management trains 600 female employees

MAKKAH: The General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques announced on Friday that it has so far trained around 600 female employees of its agencies or assisting agencies.

The Women’s Development Affairs Agency, led by Al-Anoud Al-Aboud, deputy president for women’s development affairs, employs 310 of those women.

Around 200 women work for the Agency for Women’s Scientific, Intellectual and Guidance Affairs, led by Noura Al-Thuwaibi.

The rest of the trained women work at the Agency for Women’s Administrative and Service Affairs, under the leadership of Kamelia Al-Daadi, the general presidency said in a statement.

 

 


Saudi Arabia joins global community to celebrate World Sign Day

Saudi Arabia joins global community to celebrate World Sign Day
Updated 25 September 2021

Saudi Arabia joins global community to celebrate World Sign Day

Saudi Arabia joins global community to celebrate World Sign Day

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia joined the international community by participating in World Sign Day, celebrated on Sept. 23.

The Ministry of Health implemented the “We Are with You” initiative to support deaf people, raising staff awareness about the deaf community. The MOH trained its staff to work with individuals who are deaf, teaching them sign language rules and basics, and helping them find ways to support deaf patients overcome challenges.

Sign language includes 35 manual symbols, each representing a letter of the alphabet, and five other symbols representing diacritics.

The Arabic language also includes numbers in its sign language system; Arabic sign language includes 53 manual symbols representing number, in single or multiple digits.

The MOH also launched the Awlawiya (Priority) Card, one of the Patient Experience Center’s initiatives to facilitate and accelerate procedures and services provided to some groups (including the deaf) inside health facilities.

 

 

Other electronic services include the Queries on Treatment Abroad Orders Service and the Mawid (Appointment) Service.

Moreover, it launched the Online Registration initiative for people with disabilities, including the deaf, through its E-Health system. The platform enables MOH officials to follow up on registration and classification electronically, as well as oversee the issuance of Transportation Discount Cards and Traffic Facilitation Cards.

The MOH linked the E-Health platform with other authorities, such as the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development and the Ministry of Education, by automating all procedures to ensure speed and uniformity of service provision. Furthermore, the ministry launched the Eshara app, which provides direct services to the deaf and hearing-impaired, and which allows them to benefit from the services offered by the 937 Service Center.

The app allows visual communication between deaf people and the remote sign interpretation communication center; the interpreter translates the signs as a third party through the digital platform by converting the sign language to spoken Arabic (and vice versa), serving as a mediator between the employee and the deaf person.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development launched a series of training programs about sign language basics in its branches in the Kingdom, trained its members and employees in all sectors to understand sign language, and raised their awareness on how to communicate with deaf people to ensure access of all services with ease.

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'We Are with You' campaign

It is the Saudi Ministry of Health initiative to support deaf people, raising staff awareness about the deaf community, teaching them sign language rules and basics, and helping them find ways to support deaf patients overcome challenges.