King Salman receives Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al-Thani

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Iraq acknowledges abuses committed against civilians in Mosul campaign

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UAE Minister: Qatar must end politicization of Hajj after King Salman initiative

:: The UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Anwar al-Gargash, said on Thursday that Qatar’s politicization of Hajj must come to an end following the initiative taken by More »

Iran reform leader Mehdi Karroubi on hunger strike over 6-year house arrest

:: Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi, under house arrest for the past six years, was hospitalized Thursday after going on hunger strike a day earlier to demand a trial More »

Who is Abdullah Al Thani, descendant of ruling family which built modern Qatar?

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Category Archives: Government

New labor e-service to ensure justice

Minister of Labor Mufrij Al-Haqbani

Minister of Labor Mufrij Al-Haqbani launched here on Monday an online legal labor consultation service to acquaint workers and employers with their rights and duties. Speaking on the occasion, Al-Haqbani said the new service, titled “Mustasharak Al-Ummali”

Cabinet reviews key issues

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Monday briefed the Cabinet over the phone call he received from the king of Bahrain, the call he made to the president of Nigeria, and the results of

1,545 officials to monitor polls

The Executive Committee of the Municipal Elections has appointed 837 controllers and 708 inspectors to monitor the Dec. 12 elections. Judea Al-Qahtani, head of the committee and spokesman for the elections, was quoted as saying in a

KSA signs tourism pact with Serbia

The Kingdom signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Republic of Serbia for cooperation in cultural heritage promotion as well as tourism. The MoU was signed in Belgrade, the Serbian capital, by Prince Sultan bin Salman,

Firms to be fined for stating incorrect reason for dismissal

The General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) has announced that it would fine employers SR10,000 for denying workers their entitlements under the system by not correctly stating the reasons for their dismissal. Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Abduljabbar, GOSI’s

World health chief says U.S., Saudi discussing MERS vaccine

Margaret Chan

The United States and Saudi Arabia may prepare a vaccine for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) to try and head off the next outbreak of the disease, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on

Transfer of sponsorship through Abshir from next week

Saudi Arabia’s Passports Department (Jawazat) will launch two services for the issuance of multiple visas and sponsorship transfer of expatriates through the Abshir electronic system on the portal of the Ministry of Interior from next week. This

Al-Dakhil orders use of new logo in official correspondence

Dr. Azzam Al-Dakhil

Education Minister Dr. Azzam Al-Dakhil has directed all ministry departments to adopt the new logo which was launched last Thursday in the presence of senior officials. In a recent newspaper report, Al-Dakhil said that the new logo

Nitaqat: Saudis in private sector up to 1.7 million

The number of Saudis working in the private sector during 2015 rose to 1.7 million, up from about 700,000 in 2011, while the number of Saudi women working in the sector reached about 400,000 employees, up from

Muqeem era begins

The Passport Department has started issuing the new identity card, Muqeem, for expats. However, the department has denied a report on that the card would allow expatriates to travel without visas to GCC countries, according to

Govt receives flak over 11% unemployment

Despite strategies adopted by the Ministry of Economy and Planning, unemployment in the Kingdom is between 11 and 11.7 percent, according to an online newspaper. The Shoura Council has given the economy and planning committee additional time

Muqeem only after valid iqama expires

Exchanging the Muqeem card with the iqama is not required for those who still have valid iqamas, and is only needed for those whose iqamas have expired and have to be renewed, said the General Directorate of

Saudi Arabia set to implement new labor law

The Ministry of Labor will start implementing the new labor law from Oct. 18, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday. There are 38 amended Articles in the new labor law. Updates are mostly regarding disciplinary procedures,

Online iqama services drive local agents out of business

The new online service of Passport Department, including renewal of residence permits and other procedures related to expatriate workers, closed the door of profitable business of muaqeb, a local agent who was playing an “essential” role to

‘Integrated planning resulted in Haj free of infectious diseases’

Khalid Al-Falih

The Kingdom successfully implemented an integrated health plan during the Haj season to make the sacred areas free of communicable diseases, Health Minister Khalid Al-Falih said in Kuwait on Tuesday. The minister who was leading the Saudi

Shoura asks Housing Ministry to show its products to citizens

The Shoura Council has asked the Ministry of Housing to present its time and developmental plans to provide housing products to citizens. Chaired by Speaker Abdullah Al-Ashiekh, the Shoura Council also asked the ministry to coordinate with

Shoura to vote on new housing plan

The Shoura Council will vote on the recommendations of the Housing and Services Committee at its 53rd session in Riyadh on Monday. The recommendations include a request to the Housing Ministry to put forward its time schedule

1.5m jobs created for Saudi youth in 2014

The Ministry of Labor created 1.5 million jobs for young Saudi men and women in 2014, a six percent rise from the previous year. This is according to Labor Minister Mofarrej Al-Haqbani, who said the ministry has

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