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.


Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs. (SPA)
Updated 23 October 2019

Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

  • The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness

RIYADH: The minister of culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, on Tuesday, adopted a plan to establish the Institute of Traditional Arts at the Royal Academy of Arts.
The institute will begin receiving applications for the fall of 2020, targeting 1,000 students and trainees in long- and short-term programs.
The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness.
The institute also aims to encourage artists through programs or partnership with relevant sectors.
The institute is part of the Academies of Arts’ initiative, which was announced in the Ministry of Culture’s first package last March, and the among the quality of life program’s initiatives. The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs, with the first being specialized in heritage and traditional arts and crafts.