Austria to accept Saudi driver's license

You don't need an international driver's license while visiting Austria anymore. Your Saudi driver's license will suffice. (Reuters)
Updated 06 June 2016

Austria to accept Saudi driver's license

RIYADH: The Saudi driver's license will now be valid in Austria too, according to an announcement made by the Directorate General of the Traffic Department in Riyadh.
The Austrian authorities have officially recognized the Saudi driver's license, allowing the holders of such licenses to drive their vehicles in Austria,” an official from the directorate general said here.
The decision came after coordinated discussions of the issue between the Saudi General Department of Traffic and its Austrian counterpart, he noted, recalling that the deal was negotiated on a directive from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior.
The local driver's license is currently accepted in all GCC countries as well as some other countries.
A frequent Saudi traveler told Arab News that in countries such as the United States and the UK, he did not have any problem using his Saudi driver's license to rent cars.
A local travel agent said that the people from Saudi Arabia normally take an international driver's license with them to avoid any hassles at the other end.
He said the such licenses are issued to anybody who has a Saudi license on a payment of a modest fee by accredited agents in the Kingdom. An expatriate holding a Saudi driver's license will not be issued an international driver's license for use in his country.


Saudi anti-graft agency probes 105 corruption cases in different sectors

Updated 08 July 2020

Saudi anti-graft agency probes 105 corruption cases in different sectors

  • A Nazaha official said the Kingdom will continue to pursue cases of misappropriation of public money
  • The cases involved fraud, bribery, and financial and professional corruption

RIYADH: The Saudi Control and Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) has initiated 105 corruption cases in the health, interior, power, and education sectors.
The cases involved fraud, bribery, and financial and professional corruption.
A Nazaha official said the Kingdom will continue to pursue cases of misappropriation of public money and harming state interests.
One of the cases involves the arrest of three employees working at the Saudi Electricity Co. for receiving a bribe amounting to €535,000 ($604,570) from a French company and opening bank accounts in another country (at the request of the company) for money laundering. Another case is the arrest of a university faculty member for asking for a bribe amounting to SR80,000 ($21,328) from a number of companies working on different projects at the university.
The authority also arrested a doctor at the Ministry of Health for violating the regulations at a quarantine facility.
A brigadier general was arrested for using his official vehicle to facilitate the passage of another private vehicle through security points during the curfew period.