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New Royal Decrees

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New appointments • Relieving Eng. Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Naimi, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources, of his post. • Relieving Dr. Bandar bin Mohammed bin Hamza Assad Hajjar, Minister of Haj, of his post.  • Relieving Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan bin Mohammed Al-Rabiah, Minister of Commerce and Industry, of his post and appointing him as Minister of Health. • Relieving ... Read More »

Saudi Binladin workers burn company buses in Makkah

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MAKKAH: Several company buses of Saudi Binladin Group were burned in Makkah on Saturday night, in the latest trouble facing the construction giant. Maj. Nayef Al-Sharif, the spokesman for the Civil Defense in Makkah, said late Saturday that firefighters put out the blaze without any injuries reported. The attack comes a day after the company terminated employment for 50,000 foreign ... Read More »

Shoura Council to study Green Card plan in Saudi Arabia

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JEDDAH: The Shoura Council is expected to have in-depth discussions on the planned Green Card for expatriates soon after other government bodies study it, according to several members of the consultative body. This comes in the wake of Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announcing Monday that the new residence system would be introduced for Muslims and Arabs within the ... Read More »

Shoura to discuss tax on expat remittances

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JEDDAH: The Shoura Council is expected to have a discussion this Sunday on a proposed tax on expatriate remittances. The proposal from the Shoura’s finance committee had been drafted by member Hossam Al-Anqari, according to a report in a local publication. This comes in the wake of discussion in all Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries on this issue. According to ... Read More »

Vision exudes hope, positivity

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JEDDAH: Arab leaders and global analysts have termed the Saudi Vision 2030 “bold and ambitious.” Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Abu Dhabi’s crown prince, tweeted: “The Saudi Vision 2030 is an ambitious program from the decisive king and the man who makes historical decisions.” He added: “Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s interview was an honor to future generations and the vision looks ... Read More »

Visionary post-oil economic plan announced 

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The Kingdom announced sweeping economic reforms on Monday to reduce its dependence on oil and ensure long-term sustainable development, with plans for a massive $2 trillion sovereign fund to boost its global investment power. In an exclusive interview with Al-Arabiya News Channel on Monday, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, second deputy premier and defense minister, said the implementation of ... Read More »

Vision 2030: Excitement is in the air

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JEDDAH: Saudis and expatriates are waiting with bated breath for details of the new Saudi vision for the country’s future to be unveiled tomorrow by Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Most Saudis believe the national transformation plan will change their lives and future.  The national transformation plan — Vision 2030 — which the deputy crown prince spoke about in ... Read More »

Schools off in rain-hit Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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RIYADH: Heavy rain lashed several parts of the capital on Tuesday evening, resulting in traffic jams and motorists and pedestrians getting trapped in flooded streets, even as the Met department issued a warning about more rain in the city over the next two days.  According to the Education Department, all schools in Riyadh region will remain closed on Wednesday.  Madinah, ... Read More »

Police tear-gas migrants on border; dozens hurt

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IDOMENI/ATHENS: Dozens of people were hurt Sunday when police fired tear gas at hundreds of migrants as they tried to break through the Greek-Macedonia frontier, where over 11,000 people are stranded. It was the latest violence to erupt at the flashpoint Idomeni crossing, where huge numbers of migrants and refugees have been camped out since mid-February after Balkan states closed ... Read More »

KSA’s green card plan for expats welcomed

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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s plan to issue permanent residence or “green cards” to foreign workers has been warmly welcomed by the expatriate community.  In an interview with Bloomberg, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman disclosed plans for issuing such cards similar to the US green card system that allows hiring more foreign workers for a fee. The plan will abolish the ... Read More »

Fingerprints not registered yet? Forget Iqama-related services

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JEDDAH: The Directorate General of Passports (Jawazat) has blocked the iqama services of expats who have failed to register their fingerprints and that of their dependents, including children aged 6 and above. Earlier, it was only mandatory for expat children aged above 15 to register their fingerprints. Talal Al-Shalhoub, spokesman for the directorate, told Arab News on Tuesday that all ... Read More »

Riyadh governor takes part in Bangladesh I-Day event

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RIYADH: The 45th Independence Day and National Day celebrations of Bangladesh got a royal touch with Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar attending the event here on Sunday.  Prince Faisal was received by Bangladesh Ambassador Golam Moshi and his colleagues. After meeting the guests, the governor cut a cake to mark the occasion.  Bangladesh Chief of Army Staff Gen. Abu ... Read More »

BIPP move gives illegally detained expats hope

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RIYADH: The Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution (BIPP), through its Twitter account, has called on citizens and residents to inform it of any illegally detained person. “Whoever has information on any person imprisoned or detained illegally should report the issue to the BIPP,” said the bureau.  The move is based on Article 40 of the Criminal Procedure Law. The ... Read More »

24-hour jail for using cell while driving

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RIYADH: The Interior Ministry has announced that motorists caught using their phones while driving would be jailed for 24 hours, and have their licenses suspended for traveling over 160 kmph on the nation’s roads. Col. Abdulaziz Al-Luhaidan, head of the commission for the development of traffic bodies, made the announcement Monday on a radio program. Sixty people were penalized last ... Read More »

Final tests of Riyadh Metro train underway

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RIYADH: The first phase of the Riyadh Metro project has been completed, with final tests taking place of the train for the multibillion-riyal public transport system, according to the High Commission for the Development of Riyadh. The train is undergoing tests to check its readiness for Riyadh’s climate. It would be transported to the Kingdom in the coming months, said ... Read More »

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