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Riyadh police arrest Pakistani gang in gold heist

JEDDAH — Six Pakistani nationals who allegedly robbed two gold shops of jewelry worth of SR10.6 million have been arrested in Riyadh. Police said the men had overpowered a gold shop employee in one of the streets in Riyadh, kidnapped him and forced him to open his shop. They then stole the jewelry and escaped in a car they had ... 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 »

What will we do when the expats leave from Saudi Arabia?


Tariq A. Al-Maeena : What will happen when all the expats leave? Will we lose all our colorful diversity? Are we Saudis up to the task? Will we ever be? Very demanding questions on an untried national society that has long been accustomed to let foreigners do all the work. With the dependent tax increasing annually, it is sure to challenge the ... Read More »

Philippine police kill 21 in overnight anti-drug raids


MANILA: Philippine police killed at least 21 people in a series of raids near the capital Manila, in the bloodiest night of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, official records showed on Tuesday. Duterte won a landslide victory in presidential elections last year after promising an unprecedented war on drugs in which tens of thousands of people would be killed. ... Read More »

Expats in last-minute rush as amnesty ends today


Irfan Mohammed Fatima Muhammad Saudi Gazette Jeddah — Thousands of undocumented expatriate workers intensified their efforts to benefit from an amnesty which is coming to an end on Monday. Expatriate affairs departments at deportation centers across the Kingdom from Arar in north to Asir in south witnessed huge crowds on Sunday. The Shumaisy deportation center on Harmain express road in ... Read More »

‘90-day amnesty for violators’ in Saudi Arabia


RIYADH — Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, has revealed an amnesty period of 90 days beginning March 29, for violators of the residency (iqama), labor and border security regulations, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said Sunday. This announcement by Crown Prince Muhammad came during the inauguration of the “Nation Free of Violators” Campaign at his ... Read More »

Dependents’ fees to be taken at the time of Iqama renewal


By Adnan Al-Shabrawi JEDDAH — The fees to be paid by expatriates for their dependents will be effective from July 2017 and will be collected along with the fees for Iqama (residence permit) renewal, according to sources at the department of passports (Jawazat). The sources, however, said the Jawazat is still waiting to receive instructions on the mechanism to collect ... Read More »

No tax on expat remittances but huge hike in levy and other taxes


Jeddah —There are no plans at present to impose any taxes on remittances by expat workers, Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri, secretary general of the Financial Committee at the Royal Court, was quoted as saying by Al-Madina Arabic daily on Saturday. The Shoura Council is discussing plans to impose a 2 to 6 percent tax on expat workers’ remittances. Former Shoura Council member ... Read More »

Bangladeshi farm workers launch agro league


By Syeda Amtul JEDDAH — A huge gathering of Bangladeshi expatriates witnessed the inauguration of the Bangladesh Krishok League’s (Bangladesh Farmers League — BKL) western Saudi Arabia branch at a function held at Hotel Holiday Inn in Jeddah recently. BKL President Mohammad Motahar Hossain Mollah inaugurated the ceremony. Giasuddin Mahmoud, vice chairman of Bangladesh International School Jeddah and president of ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia launches new banknotes


RIYADH: New Saudi banknotes and coins to commemorate the era of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman were officially launched here Tuesday night. Livestreaming of the launch of the new currency by the Riyadh-based Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) marked the formal release of the sixth issue of Saudi legal tenders. The new banknotes are identical in size ... Read More »

Saudi Oger workers file 31,000 complaints


RIYADH: A Saudi Oger source has said 31,000 Saudi and foreign employees have lodged complaints with the Labor Office about delayed wages. The company stopped receiving projects after the government received complaints of nonpayment of wages. Saudi Oger workers cannot leave the country as the Labor Ministry has stopped the employer’s services such as social security insurance and access to ... Read More »

Riyadh, Dhaka to sign 6 pacts


RIYADH: Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh will sign six major agreements in an effort to increase mutual cooperation and strengthen strategic partnership in regional and international affairs.  These accords are likely to be signed by the two sides following talks between Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed in Jeddah today. According to ... Read More »

10,000 Binladin workers to get pay


JEDDAH: The Saudi Binladin Group will pay the salaries of 10,000 of its employees during the month of May, Abdullah Al-Alyan, director general of the Labor Ministry’s Makkah branch, has said. He also told local media that the company will complete the transfer procedures of around 16,000 employees who have moved the sponsorship to other national companies.  Al-Alyan said the ... Read More »

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