Saudi Arabia arrests 20,667 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 13 April 2024
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Saudi Arabia arrests 20,667 illegals in one week

Saudi police have arrested hundreds of illegals breaching country’s law. (SPA)
  • The report showed that among the 959 people arrested for trying to enter the Kingdom illegally, 53 percent were Ethiopian, 44 percent Yemeni, and 3 percent were of other nationalities

RIYADH: Saudi authorities arrested 20,667 people in one week for breaching residency, work and border security regulations, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.

According to an official report, a total of 14,805 people were arrested for violations of residency laws, while 3,860 were held over illegal border crossing attempts, and a further 2,002 for labor-related issues.

The report showed that among the 959 people arrested for trying to enter the Kingdom illegally, 53 percent were Ethiopian, 44 percent Yemeni, and 3 percent were of other nationalities.

A further 58 people were caught trying to cross into neighboring countries, and nine 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), as well as 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.

 


Turkish pilgrim’s life saved after stroke

Turkish pilgrim’s life saved after stroke
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Turkish pilgrim’s life saved after stroke

Turkish pilgrim’s life saved after stroke
  • Specialized medical team at King Abdullah Medical City in Makkah saved the life of a 70-year-old Turkish pilgrim
  • Patient regained full consciousness and was able to speak and move her limbs within less than an hour

MAKKAH: A specialized medical team at the King Abdullah Medical City in Makkah saved the life of a 70-year-old Turkish pilgrim who suffered a stroke.

The team performed a minimally invasive procedure that involved inserting a catheter into the brain to unblock the clogged artery and remove a blood clot.

The patient regained full consciousness and was able to speak and move her limbs within less than an hour.

She was then placed in the intensive neurological care unit for monitoring.


Basking in blessings: Pakistanis among celebrities sharing joy ahead of Hajj

Basking in blessings: Pakistanis among celebrities sharing joy ahead of Hajj
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Basking in blessings: Pakistanis among celebrities sharing joy ahead of Hajj

Basking in blessings: Pakistanis among celebrities sharing joy ahead of Hajj
  • High-profile figures performing Hajj this year include former Indian professional tennis player and doubles world No. 1 Sania Mirza
  • Malaysia-based public orator Zakir Abdul Karim Naik, Pakistani TV host Nida Yasir and Pakistani actress Reema Khan also performing Hajj

RIYADH: Every year Muslims from across the world gather in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah ahead of the Hajj pilgrimage, a once-in-a-lifetime spiritual journey for many.

With Hajj beginning on Friday, June 14, pilgrims will congregate in the tent city of Mina, near Makkah.

Among the worshippers will be celebrities taking time out of their busy schedules to connect with their faith.

High-profile figures performing Hajj this year include former Indian professional tennis player and doubles world No. 1 Sania Mirza; UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev; New Zealand heavyweight boxer and former professional rugby player Sonny Bill Williams; Malaysia-based Indian Islamic public orator Zakir Abdul Karim Naik; Pakistani television host and former actress Nida Yasir; and Pakistani actress, film director and producer Reema Khan.

Mirza took to social media to express her hopes and preparations for this “transformative experience,” one of the five pillars of Islam.

In a message on X, she sought “forgiveness for any wrongdoings and shortcomings,” saying that her heart is “filled with gratitude for this chance to seek redemption and spiritual renewal.”

She added: “I pray that Allah accepts my prayers and guides me on this blessed path. I am deeply fortunate and feel immensely grateful. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I embark on this journey of a lifetime. I hope to come back as a better human being with a humble heart and stronger Imaan.”

Mirza will be accompanied by her sister Anam, a fashion curator, entrepreneur and vlogger, and Anam’s Indian cricketer husband Mohammad Asaduddin, son of cricketing legend Mohammad Azharuddin.

Taking to Instagram, Anam wrote: “As I embark on the most significant journey of my life, the pilgrimage to Hajj, I wanted to share a few words with you. This journey is not just a physical one, but a deeply spiritual experience that I’ve been preparing for, both in heart and mind. It’s a time for reflection, repentance, and renewal of faith.”

Makhachev, just days after defeating Dustin Poirier in their UFC title clash, said that he and his family are heading to Makkah to perform Hajj.

Hasib Noor, a scholar with Islamic Relief UK, posted a photo with the fighter on X, writing: “In Madinah — The City of True Humanly Brotherly Love. Allah uses him for the benefit of Islam & Muslims, guides others through him.”

Sonny Bill Williams posted a video message on X with the caption: “I’ve been invited to perform Hajj, Alhamdullilah.”

Williams is only the second person to represent New Zealand in rugby union after first playing for the country in rugby league, and is one of only 43 players to have won the Rugby World Cup twice.

Naik, the founder and president of the Islamic Research Foundation and Peace TV, praised the Hajj arrangements.

In a message posted on X on Tuesday, he said that his family were invited by Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, Saudi Arabia’s Hajj minister.

It added: “Dr. Zakir Naik landed in Jeddah this morning. Alhamdulillaah 3 officials were there to receive him. On entering the VIP lounge he completed immigration & came out of the airport in less than a minute. Never did Dr. Zakir Naik experience such a fast and prompt service in his life & that too during Hajj.”

Pakistani television host Nida Yasir wrote on Instagram as she departed for Saudi Arabia: “Duaon me yaad rakheaga (remember me in prayers). Leaving for Hajj. Kaha suna mauf (Apologies for any wrongdoings).”

Pakistani television host Nida Yasir embarking on Hajj. (Supplied)

Pakistani actress Reema Khan was in Madinah ahead of Hajj.

Sharing a picture of herself on Instagram, she wrote: “Allhumdullilah arrived in Madinah on Friday morning.”


KKIA launches new route from Riyadh to Sarajevo

KKIA launches new route from Riyadh to Sarajevo
Updated 13 June 2024
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KKIA launches new route from Riyadh to Sarajevo

KKIA launches new route from Riyadh to Sarajevo
  • Partnership with Saudi airline flyadeal will see seven weekly flights between the two cities, using an Airbus A320

RIYADH: King Khalid International Airport has announced that direct flights between Riyadh and the Bosnian capital Sarajevo will begin this month.

A partnership with Saudi airline flyadeal will see seven weekly flights between the two cities, using an Airbus A320. This could see 1,302 passengers traveling the route each week.

Ayman AboAbah, CEO of Riyadh Airports Company, which manages and operated KKIA, said: “flyadeal’s launch of this new route between Riyadh and Sarajevo supports the objectives of the Saudi Aviation Strategy, as it adds to Riyadh’s international destinations as well as its current role as the most attractive tourist, cultural, sports and entertainment destination in the region. We at RAC are targeting more international destinations to connect with Riyadh, by air in the future.”

Steven Greenway, flyadeal’s CEO, said: “flyadeal looks forward to serving our exciting summer destinations, returning to seven popular hotspots in Europe, central Asia and Egypt, with our first new route of the season launched between Riyadh and Sarajevo in Bosnia Herzegovina.”


Saudi Arabia participates in the Global Event for Defense and Security Eurosatory 2024

Saudi Arabia participates in the Global Event for Defense and Security Eurosatory 2024
Updated 13 June 2024
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Saudi Arabia participates in the Global Event for Defense and Security Eurosatory 2024

Saudi Arabia participates in the Global Event for Defense and Security Eurosatory 2024

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is set to participate in the Global event for Defense and security Eurosatory 2024 in Paris on June 17. 
The General Authority for Military Industries (GAMI) is collaborating with the Saudi government to help organize the Kingdom’s participation in the event, which will continue until June 21.
The Saudi pavilion will include participants from the Ministry of Investment, the General Authority for Defense Development and other national institutions specializing in military industries.  
The Kingdom’s participation in Eurosatory aims to boost its position in international forums and focus on welcoming investors worldwide to the military industries sector. 
Saudi Arabia’s efforts to develop research and innovation in the military industries will be highlighted at the event. 
As part of Saudi Vision 2030, the Kingdom aims to develop national military industries capabilities, and localize this sector by over 50% by 2030.


Basking in blessings: Celebrities share their joy ahead of Hajj

Basking in blessings: Celebrities share their joy ahead of Hajj
Updated 13 June 2024
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Basking in blessings: Celebrities share their joy ahead of Hajj

Basking in blessings: Celebrities share their joy ahead of Hajj
  • High-profile pilgrims join the millions embarking on the spiritual journey

RIYADH: Every year Muslims from across the world gather in the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah ahead of the Hajj pilgrimage, a once-in-a-lifetime spiritual journey for many.

With Hajj beginning on Friday, June 14, pilgrims will congregate in the tent city of Mina, near Makkah.

Among the worshippers will be celebrities taking time out of their busy schedules to connect with their faith.

High-profile figures performing Hajj this year include former Indian professional tennis player and doubles world No. 1 Sania Mirza; UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev; New Zealand heavyweight boxer and former professional rugby player Sonny Bill Williams; Malaysia-based Indian Islamic public orator Zakir Abdul Karim Naik; Pakistani television host and former actress Nida Yasir; and Pakistani actress, film director and producer Reema Khan.

Mirza took to social media to express her hopes and preparations for this “transformative experience,” one of the five pillars of Islam.

In a message on X, she sought “forgiveness for any wrongdoings and shortcomings,” saying that her heart is “filled with gratitude for this chance to seek redemption and spiritual renewal.”

She added: “I pray that Allah accepts my prayers and guides me on this blessed path. I am deeply fortunate and feel immensely grateful. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I embark on this journey of a lifetime. I hope to come back as a better human being with a humble heart and stronger Imaan.”

Mirza will be accompanied by her sister Anam, a fashion curator, entrepreneur and vlogger, and Anam’s Indian cricketer husband Mohammad Asaduddin, son of cricketing legend Mohammad Azharuddin.

Taking to Instagram, Anam wrote: “As I embark on the most significant journey of my life, the pilgrimage to Hajj, I wanted to share a few words with you. This journey is not just a physical one, but a deeply spiritual experience that I’ve been preparing for, both in heart and mind. It’s a time for reflection, repentance, and renewal of faith.”

Makhachev, just days after defeating Dustin Poirier in their UFC title clash, said that he and his family are heading to Makkah to perform Hajj.

Hasib Noor, a scholar with Islamic Relief UK, posted a photo with the fighter on X, writing: “In Madinah — The City of True Humanly Brotherly Love. Allah uses him for the benefit of Islam & Muslims, guides others through him.”

Sonny Bill Williams posted a video message on X with the caption: “I’ve been invited to perform Hajj, Alhamdullilah.”

Williams is only the second person to represent New Zealand in rugby union after first playing for the country in rugby league, and is one of only 43 players to have won the Rugby World Cup twice.

Naik, the founder and president of the Islamic Research Foundation and Peace TV, praised the Hajj arrangements.

In a message posted on X on Tuesday, he said that his family were invited by Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, Saudi Arabia’s Hajj minister.

It added: “Dr. Zakir Naik landed in Jeddah this morning. Alhamdulillaah 3 officials were there to receive him. On entering the VIP lounge he completed immigration & came out of the airport in less than a minute. Never did Dr. Zakir Naik experience such a fast and prompt service in his life & that too during Hajj.”

Pakistani television host Nida Yasir wrote on Instagram as she departed for Saudi Arabia: “Duaon me yaad rakheaga (remember me in prayers). Leaving for Hajj. Kaha suna mauf (Apologies for any wrongdoings).”

Pakistani actress Reema Khan was in Madinah ahead of Hajj.

Sharing a picture of herself on Instagram, she wrote: “Allhumdullilah arrived in Madinah on Friday morning.”