Saudi Arabia arrests 15,000 illegals in one week

Saudi authorities arrested more than 15,000 people in one week. (SPA)
Saudi authorities arrested more than 15,000 people in one week. (SPA)
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Updated 26 December 2021

Saudi Arabia arrests 15,000 illegals in one week

Saudi authorities arrested more than 15,000 people in one week. (SPA)
  • A further 34 people were caught trying to cross into neighboring countries, and 27 were held for involvement in transporting and harboring violators

RIYADH: Saudi authorities arrested more than 15,000 people in one week for breaching residency, work and border security regulations, an official report has revealed.

From Dec. 16 to 22, a total of 7,777 people were arrested for violations of residency rules, while 5,375 were held over illegal border crossing attempts, and a further 1,924 for labor-related issues.

The report showed that among the 208 people arrested for trying to enter the Kingdom illegally, 64 percent were Yemeni and 28 percent were Ethiopian.

A further 34 people were caught trying to cross into neighboring countries, and 27 were held for involvement in transporting and harboring violators.

The authorities transferred 81,670 offenders to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents. A further 2,242 people were transferred to complete their travel reservations and 8,875 were deported.

The Saudi Ministry of Interior said that anyone found to be aiding illegal entry to the Kingdom, including transporting and providing shelter, could face imprisonment for a maximum of 15 years, a fine of up to SR1 million ($260,000), or confiscation of vehicles and property.

Suspected violations can be reported on the toll-free number 911 in the Makkah and Riyadh regions, and 999 or 996 in other regions of the Kingdom.


Saudi Arabia investment gives yoga a new twist

The Saudi Yoga Committee aims to increase the number of yoga centers and studios in all cities of the Kingdom. (Supplied)
The Saudi Yoga Committee aims to increase the number of yoga centers and studios in all cities of the Kingdom. (Supplied)
Updated 26 June 2022

Saudi Arabia investment gives yoga a new twist

The Saudi Yoga Committee aims to increase the number of yoga centers and studios in all cities of the Kingdom. (Supplied)
  • Training academies, modern studios to promote sport in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Yoga — an ancient art, science and sport combined — is getting a modern twist as Saudi Arabia begins planning specialist academies and training institutes to cater for the growing community of devotees in the Kingdom.

As part of the 8th International Yoga Day, the Saudi Yoga Committee, in cooperation with the Ministry of Sport, launched its own page on the Nafes platform to encourage investment in yoga by opening halls, academies and institutes to train instructors, and to speed up the issuing of licenses for studios and centers.

“Due to the strong demand for yoga in the Kingdom, the committee aims to increase the number of yoga centers and studios in all cities so that it is easier to access and practice yoga,” said Nouf Al-Marwaai, president of the Saudi Yoga Committee.

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As part of the 8th International Yoga Day, the Saudi Yoga Committee, in cooperation with the Ministry of Sport, launched its own page on the Nafes platform to encourage investment in yoga by opening halls, academies and institutes to train instructors, and to speed up the issuing of licenses for studios and centers.

Al-Marwaai said that these services and centers are concentrated in the main cities, but growing demand has recently been noticed in southern regions in Asir and Abha, in the north in Tabuk and Hail, and in the west in Makkah and Madinah, Yanbu and Rabigh, as well as in smaller cities such as Al-Aflaj and on the outskirts of the Riyadh region.

“They all have a community of yoga instructors and practitioners,” she said.

Nouf Al-Marwaai, president of the Saudi Yoga Committee.

Al-Marwaai said that the committee has launched other initiatives to promote yoga sports in Saudi Arabia.

“In addition to registering yogaasana players in the Saudi Yoga Committee, and issuing licenses to yoga trainers and teachers in cooperation with the Ministry of Sport on the Nafes platform, we are also inviting all yoga practitioners to participate in the first professional yogasana competition in the Kingdom,” she said.

“The aim of the competition is to create a platform for yoga professionals in the Kingdom, and expand the concept of yoga tournaments and competitions, as the Saudi Yoga Committee cooperates with International bodies such as the Asian Yogasana Sports Federation and the World Yogasana Sports Federation to form local, regional and international championships.”

The competition will be a traditional yogasana competition, consisting of three compulsory poses. The first three winners will be honored with financial prizes and will be added to the Saudi Yoga Committee as professional players.

Entrants simply post a 10-second video while holding the pose on Instagram or Twitter, mentioning the Saudi Yoga Committee account and the following hashtags #Saudi_Yoga_Competition.

Al-Marwaai said that the competition will encourage the practice of different types of yoga.

The competition began on June 21 and results will be announced on July 3.

“The Saudi Yoga Committee expects a great response to these initiatives due to a large number of yoga lovers, practitioners and trainers in the Kingdom,” she said.

Recently, Al-Marwaai was a guest of the Embassy of India in Riyadh, while Saudi Yoga Committee CEO Ahmed Al-Saadi attended a ceremony at the Indian Consulate in Jeddah.


Bahraini king meets Saudi FM

Bahraini king meets Saudi FM in Manama. (Supplied)
Bahraini king meets Saudi FM in Manama. (Supplied)
Updated 26 June 2022

Bahraini king meets Saudi FM

Bahraini king meets Saudi FM in Manama. (Supplied)
  • King Hamad conveyed his greetings and appreciation to King Salman and the crown prince, wishing further progress and prosperity to Saudi Arabia and its people

MANAMA: Bahrain’s King Hamad received Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Faisal bin Salman at Al-Sakhir Palace in Manama on Sunday.
Prince Faisal conveyed the greetings of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Bahrain’s king and its brotherly people, wishing them continuous progress and prosperity.
King Hamad conveyed his greetings and appreciation to King Salman and the crown prince, wishing further progress and prosperity to Saudi Arabia and its people.
They discussed bilateral relations, issues of relevance to the Arab and Muslim worlds, and regional developments. The meeting was attended by Prince Sultan bin Ahmed, Saudi ambassador to Bahrain.


King Abdullah University of Science and Technology launches partnership with Ocean Aero

 King Abdullah University of Science and Technology launches partnership with Ocean Aero
Updated 26 June 2022

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology launches partnership with Ocean Aero

 King Abdullah University of Science and Technology launches partnership with Ocean Aero
  • KAUST intends to his Ocean Aero’s advanced submarines to enhance marine research of the Red Sea

THUWAL: The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) has formed a partnership with "Ocean Aero," a manufacturer of autonomous marine submarines.

The goal of the collaboration is to improve university research in the Red Sea by bringing advanced scientific submarines to the Kingdom.

“In response to the UN Ocean Decade and Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, KAUST is further dedicating itself to Red Sea research” said KAUST Director of Core Laboratories and Research Infrastructure, Daniel Acevedo Velez.

He continued by saying that “This collaboration is just one of many of our efforts reflecting this goal. We are very excited to have Ocean Aero as partners, as not only their vehicles, but their shared expertise will significantly advance this project.

“We couldn’t be happier to work alongside the oceanographers, researchers, and marine scientists at KAUST.

By providing a platform to reach deeper into data collection in the Red Sea than ever before, we’re able to do more science for less resources in a safe, consistent, and reliable way” said Kevin Decker, CEO of Ocean Aero.

The first stage of the KAUST-Ocean Aero collaboration began with the arrival of Triton submarines at the university.

KAUST also intends to collaborate with Ocean Aero on training and operational tasks, allowing the university to make novel advances in ocean science and marine biology.


Bangladesh religious affairs minister praises Saudi Arabia’s efforts to serve pilgrims

Bangladesh religious affairs minister praises Saudi Arabia’s efforts to serve pilgrims
Updated 26 June 2022

Bangladesh religious affairs minister praises Saudi Arabia’s efforts to serve pilgrims

Bangladesh religious affairs minister praises Saudi Arabia’s efforts to serve pilgrims
  • The minister highlighted the Kingdom’s keenness to ensure pilgrims are able to perform rituals comfortably
  • He expressed appreciation to the authorities for their role in the success of the Makkah Route initiative

RIYADH: Bangladesh’s Minister of State for Religious Affairs Mohammed Faridul Haque Khan has praised the Kingdom’s efforts to facilitate Hajj and Umrah rituals for pilgrims, Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.

The minister highlighted the Kingdom’s keenness to ensure pilgrims are able to perform rituals comfortably, and expressed appreciation to the authorities for their cooperation and role in the success of the Makkah Route initiative.

The Makkah Route initiative is part of Saudi Arabia's Guests of God Service Program and seeks to provide visitors to the holy sites with the finest possible services to help them perform their Hajj rituals easily and comfortably.

Five countries are featured in the initiative: Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Morocco, and Bangladesh.

It includes issuing visas, ensuring compliance with health requirements, and codifying and sorting luggage at airports in the home countries of pilgrims.

Pilgrims arriving from these countries can bypass entry procedures on their arrival in the Kingdom, go directly to the buses waiting for them, and travel to their accommodation in Makkah and Madinah. Their luggage is handled and delivered directly to them at their accommodation.


Saudi virtual hospital saves life of 70-year-old heart victim

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Updated 26 June 2022

Saudi virtual hospital saves life of 70-year-old heart victim

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  • Patients of the virtual hospital will no longer need to travel to different parts of the Kingdom to be seen by specialized physicians, nor will they be limited by 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. clinic hours

RIYADH: A cardiology team at Saudi Arabia’s Seha Virtual Hospital supervised a remote operation to save the life of a 70-year-old woman suffering from severe heart pain.

The patient arrived at the emergency department of King Fahd Specialist Hospital in Tabuk, complaining of severe pain in her chest.

After communicating with specialists from the cardiology team at Seha Virtual Hospital, located 1,000 kilometers away in the capital Riyadh, a decision was reached to operate on the woman and correct a life-threatening heart defect.

The operation, supervised by SVH consultants, was successful. The patient stayed for two days in the intensive care unit before being transferred to the inpatient department for another two days.

She has left the hospital in good health and is receiving follow-up treatment in the outpatient clinic.

With a growing live network of 130 connected hospitals, Seha Virtual Hospital is the largest of its kind in the world. The only other virtual hospital to rival it is in the US, with 43 connected hospitals.

Patients of the virtual hospital will no longer need to travel to different parts of the Kingdom to be seen by specialized physicians, nor will they be limited by 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. clinic hours.

Earlier, an official told Arab News that patients can now receive second and third medical opinions from the same consulting room.

Unlike simple video calls with doctors, the virtual hospital allows patients to visit their local hospital and attend a real-time live video clinical session with top specialists from across the Kingdom. During the session, vitals signs can be shared, while tests and X-rays can also be taken and shared with the network of specialists.

Emergency interventions can be provided round the clock, and real-time consultations with top specialists will guide local junior staff in dealing with complex cases.

Seha Virtual Hospital covers 12 main specialties and more than 35 subspecialties, including hospital-at-home follow-ups, where chronically ill patients, from the comfort of their homes, can stay connected with doctors.