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What revenue will expat fees actually generate?

Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi Okaz recently published a financial analysis, prepared by Muhammad Al-Sobhi from Jeddah. The report said that the program of fees on expats and their dependents will bring in SR 133 billion in revenue in three years. This is part of the new programs announced by Saudi Arabia to diversify sources of income and increase job opportunities for ... Read More »

66,267 jobless expats in Saudi Arabia


RIYADH — The number of jobless expatriates in the Kingdom increased to 66,267 during the second quarter of the current year compared to 53,084 during the first quarter, according to the General Authority for Statistics (GaStat). GaStat said jobless expatriates represent about 9.3 percent of the total unemployed people in the Kingdom. Of these 66,267 unemployed expats, 45,562 are men ... Read More »

Aiming for the best


Amal Al-Sibai Saudi Gazette In everything we do, we always try to aim for the best. Students work hard to get accepted into the best colleges. At work, we push ourselves and put in extra hours to get the best position and to get promoted. When it’s time to purchase a car, we do a lot of research on the ... Read More »

Fire kills six people in Bangladesh clothing factory


DHAKA: Six people were killed Wednesday when fire swept through a clothing factory outside Dhaka, police said, just the latest fatal industrial accident to hit Bangladesh’s $30 billion garment industry. Firefighters recovered the bodies of five men and a woman from the top floor of a factory in Muktarpur, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of Dhaka, where it appeared ... Read More »

King Salman orders $15 million aid for Myanmar Rohingya refugees


DUBAI: Saudi’s King Salman has ordered the payment of $15 million aid for the Rohingya refugees fleeing from Myanmar as a result of genocide and torture. The announcement came in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) following a meeting of the Saudi Cabinet, which was briefed by Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabiah, general supervisor of Riyadh-based King Salman ... Read More »

Internet video calling apps to be unblocked next week in Saudi Arabia


RIYADH: Internet voice and video calling apps such as Skype, Viber and WhatsApp will be unblocked in Saudi Arabia from next week. Coordination between the Communications and Information Technology Commission and telecommunications service providers is under way to enable everyone to benefit from applications that provide voice and video communications over the Internet, said Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawahah, the minister ... Read More »

Akhbar Braille: Egypt’s first magazine for the blind


CAIRO: In a long-awaited achievement, Egypt now has its first magazine in Arabic Braille, offering visually challenged people an opportunity to work in journalism.  Akhbar Braille is published by Akhbar El-Youm, a semi-official daily newspaper in Arabic, and has columns on culture, art, sports, technology and politics. The Braille reading and writing system represents letters by raised dots. The editor ... Read More »

Controversial Indian show depicting child marriage pulled off air


DUBAI: Following intense backlash in India, Sony Entertainment Television said Tuesday that it has pulled its controversial show “Pehredaar Piya Ki” (Husband’s Guard) off the air. The show was launched last month on Sony Entertainment Television — a popular Hindi general entertainment channel in India — and was aired every weekday night in the prime 8:30 p.m. slot. The show ... Read More »

Shakib’s five-for puts Bangladesh on top


DHAKA: Shakib Al Hasan claimed five wickets to help dismiss Australia for 217 and give Bangladesh the upper hand on the second day of the opening Test on Monday. Australia, who resumed the day on a precarious 18-3, were bowled out early in the final session for 217 to hand the hosts a 43-run first-innings lead. By stumps they had ... Read More »

Hajj revenues poised to exceed $150bn by 2022: Experts


MAKKAH: Economic experts have said Hajj and Umrah revenues are poised to exceed $150 billion by 2022 in light of the expected mergers of economic blocs and groupings to meet the growing demand on Hajj and Umrah economics in terms of transport, commercial stores and expansion in small, medium enterprises (SMEs). Muhsin Al-Sharif, a member of the Committee of Real ... Read More »

9,000-km Java to Makkah journey on foot in a year


MAKKAH — It took an Indonesian youth exactly a year to cover on foot the 9,000-km-long journey from Central Java province to the holy city of Makkah to perform the Haj pilgrimage this year. Firm determination and courage of conviction helped Mochammad Khamim Setiawan in his adventure full of hazards but rich in spirituality. "Whenever he wants something, he'll try ... Read More »

All-out war warning in Sanaa as anti-govt alliance crumbles


SANAA: A colonel loyal to former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh and two Houthi militia members have been killed in Sanaa, in an unprecedented escalation of violence between the allies with Saleh’s party warning it could push the capital into all-out war. An anti-government alliance between Saleh and militia leader Abdul Malik Al-Houthi has crumbled over the past week, with ... Read More »

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