Saudis think of ways to spend bonus

Updated 06 February 2015

Saudis think of ways to spend bonus

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman’s order to pay two-month bonus salary to government employees has made several bachelors to rush their wedding plans for the next summer vacation, while some others decided to settle their outstanding debts, including the Saher traffic fine and payment of house rents in advance. Employees still continuing their university studies plan to pay up their tuition fees.
When asked about what he would do with the additional salaries ordered by the king, Hammoud Al-Shomaily, a government employee in Jeddah, thanked King Salman for his generous gesture and said he would pay some money to his mother and sisters as well as pay the rent arrears.
“We pray for the success of all the initiatives taken by the king. Payment of two salaries is a gift from a father to his sons and daughters, and we are proud of our wise leaders who understand the needs of the citizens and help them meet the needs of their daily life,” he added.
Abdullah Muhammad, a teacher in Jeddah, said he would give a share of the extra money he received to his mother and the rest he will spend on building a mosque in his village and repaying his debts. He also prayed for the king to have success in all his efforts and also for continued security and safety in the Kingdom.
Abdul Razaq Al-Zahrani said: “The wise leadership in the Kingdom has ensured safety and security in the Kingdom despite the conflicts and wars raging around us. This is the natural outcome of making the Book of Allah and the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him) our constitution.”
He added that the king issued this order as he knows about the burden of life each one of the employees are facing. He said he would pay advance rent for his apartment with the additional salary he received.
Yezid Al-Amri said with the bonus payment he received he would pay for a number of basic needs, including house rent and tuition for his private studies.
Majed Al-Shahri said he thanked the Almighty for granting a wise leadership to the Kingdom whose major concern is the welfare of the people. “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman understands the needs of the citizens and contributes to lighten their burdens, and that is why he ordered the payment of two bonus salaries to all employees, pensioners, students receiving scholarship in the Kingdom and abroad. It is the proof for his keenness to ensure the welfare of the people,” he said, adding that he would spend the amount for his wedding reception.
“We in the Kingdom enjoy enviable peace and security despite the raging wars in countries around us. The king’s order to pay two month’s salaries will have far-reaching impact on the people’s lives,” said Ibrahim Al-Otaiby.


Jazan’s coffee bean production expected to reach 300 tons in 2020

Al-Dayer accounts for 80 percent of Jazan’s coffee production. The number of farmers in the region has exceeded 700. (Photos/Supplied)
Updated 7 min 6 sec ago

Jazan’s coffee bean production expected to reach 300 tons in 2020

  • Coffee bean trees are planted and cultivated at an altitude of 800-2,000 meters above sea level

JAZAN: The seventh Coffee Beans Festival starts on Jan. 30, amid expectations that more than 300 tons of coffee beans will be produced and enter the Saudi market by the end of 2020 due to increased production in the Jazan mountains.
“This year’s festival is completely different in terms of activities, with more focus on displaying the local products of Saudi coffee bean farmers,” Dr. Mefarah Al-Malki, director of the festival, told Arab News.
“There are new programs to turn the spotlight on the achievements of Saudi young men and women.”
Award-winning coffee farmer Hussain Hadi Al-Malki, from Al-Dayer governorate, said the Jazan region produced 250 tons of coffee beans last year, but this year production will reach 300 tons.

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• Coffee bean trees are planted and cultivated at an altitude of 800-2,000 meters above sea level. The higher the altitude, the greater the yield and quality. 

• Coffee bean trees need special care, and take up to five years from the time a seed is planted until production.

He added that Al-Dayer accounts for 80 percent of Jazan’s coffee bean production, and that the number of coffee farmers in the region has exceeded 700.
Coffee bean trees are planted and cultivated at an altitude of 800-2,000 meters above sea level. The higher the altitude, the greater the yield and quality.
Coffee bean trees need special care, and take up to five years from the time a seed is planted until production.
Hussain said coffee trees should be pruned properly, and their top branches should be cut off so the tree is not taller than 2 meters.
“Planting coffee trees in the Kingdom faces several challenges such as labor, water for irrigation and costs. There are no real capital investments in this field,” he told Arab News.
“Farmers need support from the time they grow coffee beans to the yield stage in order to cover associated expenses and costs.”