No big vehicle for expat family with less than five members

Updated 13 March 2016

No big vehicle for expat family with less than five members

JEDDAH: Residents with less than five members in the family will not be allowed to own a vehicle with seven seats or more, the General Directorate of Traffic has said.
The directorate has sent a circular to all its departments, saying that registration or ownership of such vehicles by expatriates should be rejected if the condition is not met, local media reported on Saturday.
It has excluded families that have five or more members from the order, provided they present proof and assure the authorities that they will not engage in transporting passengers illegally.
“The reason for the ban is to stop the wrongful use of such vehicles by some residents like transporting school students or other passengers,” Owaida Kishi, chairman of the Vehicles Committee in the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was quoted as saying.

350,000 books to feature at Jeddah fair

Updated 14 November 2019

350,000 books to feature at Jeddah fair

JEDDAH: Hundreds of authors from around the world are preparing to take part in a prestigious Saudi book festival.

The Jeddah International Book Fair, to be staged in South Obhur from Dec. 11 to 21, will feature more than 350,000 volumes to cater to all reading tastes.

Now in its fifth edition, the cultural event, run under the patronage of Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, will see the participation of 400 Saudi, Arab and international publishing houses from 40 different countries.

Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed, who is head of the fair’s supreme committee, has been coordinating the organization of the event which will include book-signing sessions by 200 authors.

The exhibition, occupying 30,000 square meters, is one of the biggest specialized expos in the Kingdom, and aims to promote reading and the cultural environment.

The fair will also include a program of seminars, lectures and indoor and outdoor theater productions, along with documentary films for families and children, and workshops in visual arts, photography and Arabic calligraphy.

The Jeddah fair is supported by Minister of Culture Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, who believes it reflects the city’s culture and traditions, along with backing from Minister of Media Turki Al-Shabanah. SPA Jeddah