Saudi Arabia arrests 11,958 illegals in one week

Saudi police have arrested hundreds of illegals breaching country’s law. (SPA)
Saudi police have arrested hundreds of illegals breaching country’s law. (SPA)
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Updated 24 June 2023
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Saudi Arabia arrests 11,958 illegals in one week

Saudi police have arrested hundreds of illegals breaching country’s law. (SPA)
  • A further 90 people were caught trying to cross into neighboring countries, and eight were held for involvement in transporting and harboring violators

RIYADH: Saudi authorities arrested 11,958 people in one week for breaching residency, work and border security regulations, according to an official report.

From June 15-21, a total of 6,481 people were arrested for violations of residency laws, while 3,427 were held over illegal border crossing attempts and a further 2,050 for labor-related issues.

The report showed that among the 403 people arrested for trying to enter the Kingdom illegally, 46 percent were Yemeni, 50 percent Ethiopian, and 4 percent were of other nationalities.

A further 90 people were caught trying to cross into neighboring countries, and eight were held for involvement in transporting and harboring violators.

The Saudi Ministry of Interior said that anyone found to be facilitating illegal entry to the Kingdom, including providing transportation and 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 crown prince congratualtes newly elected prime minister of Pakistan

Saudi crown prince congratualtes newly elected prime minister of Pakistan
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Saudi crown prince congratualtes newly elected prime minister of Pakistan

Saudi crown prince congratualtes newly elected prime minister of Pakistan

RIYADH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman has congratulated Mohammed Shahbaz Sharif, on the occasion of his being sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan.

The Crown Prince sent a cable to Sharif on Monday expressing  “his sincere congratulations and best wishes for success and prosperity for his country, and for the brotherly people of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, further progress and prosperity.”

Pakistan’s newly elected lower house of parliament on Sunday elected Shehbaz Sharif as prime minister for a second time, putting him back in a role he had stepped down from ahead of general elections on Feb. 8. 

Sharif, the candidate for his Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and coalition allies, secured a comfortable win over Omar Ayub Khan of the Sunni Ittehad Council (SIC) backed by the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party of jailed former PM Imran Khan.


Saudi civil defense joins search and rescue exercise in Tunisia

Saudi civil defense joins search and rescue exercise in Tunisia
Updated 04 March 2024
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Saudi civil defense joins search and rescue exercise in Tunisia

Saudi civil defense joins search and rescue exercise in Tunisia

RIYADH: The Saudi General Directorate of Civil Defense is taking part in a collaborative mission with the Kingdom’s search and rescue team in Tunisia.

The White Operation Hypothesis exercise is being held until March 7, reported the Saudi Press Agency, and underlines the ongoing cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Tunisia in civil protection and defense.

It aims to use hands-on experience to bolster the capabilities and knowledge base of the international search and rescue team.

The exercise features various simulated scenarios involving rubble and water, providing an opportunity for valuable practical training.


KSrelief provides aid for orphans in Albania

KSrelief provides aid for orphans in Albania
Updated 04 March 2024
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KSrelief provides aid for orphans in Albania

KSrelief provides aid for orphans in Albania

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s aid agency KSrelief is collaborating with the Muslim community in Albania to support orphans in the country.

Monthly financial assistance will be provided to 206 beneficiaries in 10 provinces covering healthcare, education and living expenses.

The project includes weekly education sessions on community and social interaction.

KSrelief has successfully implemented a collaborative project with the Muslim Community of Albania. (SPA)

Elsewhere, KSrelief has provided 645 food parcels to the most vulnerable and displaced families in the Northern State of Sudan, benefiting 3,870 individuals.

In Yemen, KSrelief continued its mine-clearance project, Masam. Its operators successfully dismantled 669 mines across various regions during the fourth week of February.

These included 23 anti-personnel mines, 109 anti-tank mines, and 537 unexploded ordnance.


Saudi ministry launches portal for muslims wanting to organize iftars in Grand Mosque

An e-portal through which people can request permits to provide iftar at the Grand Mosque during Ramadan has been launched.
An e-portal through which people can request permits to provide iftar at the Grand Mosque during Ramadan has been launched.
Updated 04 March 2024
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Saudi ministry launches portal for muslims wanting to organize iftars in Grand Mosque

An e-portal through which people can request permits to provide iftar at the Grand Mosque during Ramadan has been launched.

RIYADH: Muslims wanting to organize iftars to be held in the Grand Holy Mosque during Ramadan can apply for a permit through an online government portal, state news agency SPA reported on Sunday.

The General Authority for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques has launched an e-portal through which people can request permits to provide iftar spreads at the mosque in Makkah during the holy month.

Applications can be submitted by visiting the general presidency's website, choosing iftar banquets and continuing registration procedures to issue the permits.

Ramadan is expected to start within the next week.


Dhahran Art Group presents diverse works at 70th show

Dhahran Art Group presents diverse works at 70th show
Updated 03 March 2024
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Dhahran Art Group presents diverse works at 70th show

Dhahran Art Group presents diverse works at 70th show
  • Themed ‘Araaqa: Deep Rootedness,’ the artists presented works in various media inspired by their culture, heritage

DHAHRAN: For four days this week, the lavender carpet was rolled out in front of the iconic Ad Diwan Hall in the Aramco compound leading into the 70th annual Dhahran Art Group show which concluded on March 2.

During the show, the Aramco community came together to listen to live piano, enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres and mingle with local artists showcasing. This year’s theme was “Araaqa: Deep Rootedness.”

Among the participants was Jordanian artist Suad Sami, a familiar face in the local art scene. Armed with a degree in interior design and an insatiable desire to further her creative passions in every form and medium, she completed a jewelry design course 13 years ago, which inspired her to create a small collection of carefully-curated and thoughtfully sourced stones.

Jordanian artist Suad Sami is among the artists who presented works at the 70th annual Dhahran Art Group show which concluded on March 2. (AN photo)

After teaching art classes locally for a time and realizing she would rather make art than teach it, Sami took a leap of faith and invested in herself by become an entrepreneur.

Arab News spoke to Sami a decade ago when she was only a few years into her jewelry business. At that time, she was known for her horoscope pieces.

As an artist, you always want to sprinkle in a bit of your essence into your pieces, something that is distinctly you.

Suad Sami, Jordanian artist

“I design pieces that can be worn on an everyday basis which is simple yet extravagant, casual yet fancy, simple yet extravagant enough to complement women’s beauty and enhance their style,” she told Arab News in 2014.

Serene Rana. (AN photo)

Fast-forward to 2024, she feels she has evolved and improved on her craft — but her inclination to design elegant bespoke pieces in a sort of curated capsule collection remains. She unveiled two necklaces at the Dhahran Art Group’s annual fine art show.

Discussing one of her jewelry designs on display, she told Arab News: “The sword has been a well-known tangible symbol of strength for Arabs. I designed this one specifically for Founding Day and wanted to bring in something new to the table — not something already available in any shop.

“I always strive to design something timeless and unique, not something the eye has seen. As you know, the gold market in Saudi Arabia is huge so I needed to make something to stand out. As an artist, you always want to sprinkle in a bit of your essence into your pieces, something that is distinctly you.”

Art by Serene Rana. (AN photo)

Also, in an artful symbol of solidarity, Sami showcased a series of paintings she crafted showcasing tatreez, the Palestinian-style stitch. She also showcased paintings of birds perched on a bench.

The Dhahran Art Group show is a cornerstone of the local art community, and to Sami it is about more than just showcasing her works. “I love art in all its forms. My daughter is also a designer and used to display her work alongside me at this show in the past. She moved to Dubai now and became a mother and couldn’t be here today — but I’ll keep the tradition going,” she said.

Because of my heritage — I’m from Afghanistan — I wanted to make art that would reach people and would give meaning and change the way people think.

Serene Rana, Artist

Serene Rana, a towering eighth-grader, found out about the show through her mother, who bought her a small set of acrylic paints and a fresh white canvas a few summers ago. Rana found it to be a fun way to pass the time and to express herself.

Jordanian artist Suad Sami is among the artists who presented works at the 70th annual Dhahran Art Group show which concluded on March 2. (AN photo)

At 13-years-old, this was her first big show. She told Arab News: “I think I’m the youngest one here, so it’s kind of intimidating, but at the same time, it feels like I belong here.”

The self-taught artist proudly displayed multiple paintings as people stopped by to ask her about her process and what each piece meant.

“I had a dream and it kind of looked like this — it was in the galaxy so I painted that,” she said of one of her paintings.

Jordanian artist Suad Sami is among the artists who presented works at the 70th annual Dhahran Art Group show which concluded on March 2. (AN photo)

Her early works were mostly void of people but soon after, she started to insert more of her emotions into the pictures.

“I first painted a landscape; it was like a fairytale almost. But as I kept progressing in my art, I realized that because of my heritage — I’m from Afghanistan — I wanted to make art that would reach people and would give meaning and change the way people think,” she explained.

Her pieces, inspired by pop art and surrealism, represent her journey navigating the delicate and dramatic space balancing teen angst with female empowerment and everything in between.

“I was influenced a lot by the pop art style. I feel every color has a certain emotion, so when I want to convey sadness and when I want to convey anger, I use a different color,” she added.

It took Rana about a year to paint the canvases on display, and she is already planning for the next show.

“I think a lot of these pieces hanging here were influenced by my culture — the cultural richness — but I want to go back to solidifying that one idea. I think in my next painting, I would want to go to my heritage more,” she added.

There were also a wide variety of artists on display of both genders, some seasoned figures like Sami and others new-time artists, like Rana. The diverse works ranged from paintings, large and small sculptures to accessories and mixed-media pieces.

As in the previous 69 iterations, the group show was curated locally by the Dhahran Art Group and each participating artist had the option to include a for-sale sticker on their displayed work.