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Civil defense teams rescue residents and animals trapped in Riyadh floods

Rain showers with hail led to flooding in some valleys, roads and neighborhoods Civil Defense officials cautions the public to remain careful and to follow safety guidelines at all times RIYADH: Inclement weather affecting parts of Saudi Arabia have caused flooding in some areas, prompting rescue operations by the Directorate for Civil Defense, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said on ... Read More »

Black days ahead for Bangladeshi expatriates in abaya shops

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JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — A pall of gloom has descended on the downtown of Balad in Jeddah which houses most of the garment shops that include children and women wear as deadline for Saudization of these shops nears. A majority of these shops are being run by Bangladesh expatriates. Although the shops and kiosks are located on narrow lanes, they are ... Read More »

After EU, Saudi Arabia raises red flag over cancerous fungicide presence in Basmati rice

Following reports of European countries testing premium variety basmati rice imported from India with traces of cancer causing fungicide tricyclazole, Saudi Arabia has also asked exporters to cut use of fungicide. Significantly, Saudi Arabia is the largest importer of basmati from the country, with 70% of the $2 billion (Rs 12,000 crore) consignment headed for it. Reports suggest that the ... Read More »

Work permit issuance, renewal linked to house rent contracts

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia — The issuance or renewal of work permits has been linked with the authentication of house rent contracts in the Ejar network, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development and the Ministry of Housing announced on Monday. This is in implementation of the Council of Ministers’ decision issued in February 2017 that made it mandatory for the Labor ... Read More »

Profession change allowed in Saudi Arabia

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia — Employers can now change expat workers’ job titles mentioned on their iqamas (residence permits). The Ministry of Labor and Social Development (MLSD) on Sunday (July 22) lifted an year-old ban on the change of professions. The move is believed to pave the way for applying a new occupation matrix and allowing profession change based on the ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia to build churches for christian citizens

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In wake of wide Saudi Arabian cultural and social global openness, for the first time in the country’s history it has signed a cooperative agreement with the Vatican to build churches for Christian citizens to advocate the important role of religions and cultures in renouncing violence, extremism, terrorism and achieving security and stability in the world.   The agreement was signed by ... Read More »

1,500 expats leaving Saudi Arabia on a daily basis

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RIYADH — As many as 811,000 expatriates have left the Kingdom on final exit visa in the past 18 months, Al-Hayat Arabic newspaper reported on Wednesday quoting the Directorate General of Passports (Jawazat). According to the Jawazat, an average of more than 1,500 expatriates left the Kingdom on a daily basis on final exit visa during this period. During the ... Read More »

66,267 jobless expats in Saudi Arabia

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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 »

King Salman orders $15 million aid for Myanmar Rohingya refugees

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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

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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?

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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 »

Expats in last-minute rush as amnesty ends today

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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 »

Saudi Arabia launches new banknotes

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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 »

Riyadh court sentences 15 Iran ‘spies’ to death

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JEDDAH: Fifteen people who have been accused of spying for Iran were sentenced to death by the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh, local media reported on Tuesday. Fifteen other suspects were slapped with prison terms ranging from six months to 25 years, while two of the accused were acquitted, Al-Riyadh newspaper said. The sentencing capped 10 months of trial, which ... Read More »

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