Yemeni visitors receive 6-month extension

Updated 17 June 2016

Yemeni visitors receive 6-month extension

RIYADH: The General Directorate of Passport has announced the extension of visit visas for Yemeni citizens residing in the Kingdom for another six months.

The current visit visas will expire on 20th of Ramadan (June 25). Authorities have finalized all preparations to extend the visas as of 13th Ramadan as a gesture of Kingdom’s continued support to Yemeni people, the announcement said.
However, the Passport Department said it would not accept applications for extending the visas through traditional visits to its offices.
The visas will be extended electronically after payment of the prescribed fees and conduction of the extension procedures through the host account at the “Absher” portal as from Ramadan 13th to 19th and delivery of the visas through the “Wasil” service, the statement added.


GCC summit calls for greater economic integration among Gulf countries 

Updated 10 December 2019

GCC summit calls for greater economic integration among Gulf countries 

  • Heads of the delegations land in Riyadh before the 40th Supreme Council meeting gets under way
  • King Salman tells the summit that the GCC has overcome many crises in its history

RIYADH: The GCC summit called for greater regional economic integration as the meeting chaired by King Salman came to a close in Riyadh on Tuesday.

The final statement, read by GCC General Secretary Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, called for finalizing legislation for financial and monetary unity by 2025, according to the meeting's final communique.

The statement also called for boosting military and security cooperation to maintain regional security.

The 40th Supreme Council meeting was chaired by King Salman, who met the heads of each delegation as they landed.

They included the UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, Oman's Deputy Prime Minister for the Council of Ministers Fahd bin Mahmoud Al-Said and Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

In his opening remarks, King Salman said the GCC had managed to overcome many crises that the region has faced.

At a preparatory meeting on Monday, Gulf foreign ministers approved the nomination of former Kuwaiti Finance Minister Nayef Al-Hajraf as the next secretary-general of the GCC.

His term will begin in April 2020 following the end of Al-Zayani’s term.