Investment, security to top agenda during Saudi Crown Prince India visit

:: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is set to arrive in India on Tuesday as part of his Asian tour, which kick started in Pakistan and will end in China at More »

Public Prosecution to handle customs probes in Saudi Arabia

:: King Salman on Tuesday issued a royal decree to transfer investigations and prosecutions of customs cases to the Public Prosecution, instead of the General Customs Authority, within a period not exceeding More »

King Salman receives officials from anti-corruption agencies

:: Senior officials from different government monitoring and anti-corruption agencies called on King Salman at his palace in Riyadh on Monday. The king stressed the need for fighting graft and the importance More »

Port paves way for ‘new era of economic affluence’ in Saudi Arabia

:: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (center) at the launch of the King Abdullah Port on Monday. King Abdullah Port, the fastest-growing container port in the world, is considered a major success More »

Saudi anti-corruption crackdown recovers $106 billion in assets

:: Saudi investigators have recovered assets worth more than $106 billion in an anti-corruption crackdown ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the royal court said on Wednesday. The funds are in More »


Riyadh, Manila spur efforts to resolve recruitment issues

Matters related to the recruitment of Filipino workers, including maids, nurses and technicians, topped the agenda of the Saudi-Philippine Business Council, which recently met in Manila, said Saad Al-Baddah, head of the Saudi delegation. “We discussed several important issues of

Saudi hero saves 2 children from fire

A Saudi who works at the Civil Defense Department in Riyadh has been honored for his efforts to save the lives of two children from a fire that broke out at a gas station in Saleel, 575 kilometers southeast of

Shisha cafe culture may spread MERS faster

The shisha cafe culture may further exacerbate the spread of the coronavirus in Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries, said a senior physiology professor at King Saud University (KSU) on Wednesday. Sultan Ayoub Meo, professor and consultant at KSU’s

SMS joins battle against MERS

The Health Ministry sent out thousands of SMSes on Thursday as part of its awareness program to contain the spread of the MERS coronavirus, which has infected over 500 people in the Kingdom. Acting Health Minister Adel Fakeih launched a

Jeddah airport to install more AC units

Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport will be equipped with new air conditioning units to cool travelers during the scorching summer months. Authorities have stepped up efforts to provide additional cooling facilities, in addition to upgrading existing air conditioners at the

Asir seeks investors for souvenir shops

Tourism experts and economists have urged investors to place their money in souvenir shops in Asir because they could make returns of between 30 and 100 percent. Muhammad Al-Ammra, director of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA) in

Govt survey of car dealer services is ‘misleading’

The former chairman of the national committee for car dealers at the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) has strongly criticized a recent survey conducted by the Commerce and Industry Ministry on dwindling automobile customer satisfaction, saying the misleading survey is

Many Saudi women becoming sole breadwinners

Many assume that women who are obliged to financially support their families are either divorcees, widows or single. Yet many married women are increasingly forced to fend for their families simply because their spouses do not provide for them, either

Filipino nurse dies of coronavirus in Jeddah

A Filipino nurse who was working at a leading private hospital in Jeddah died after she became infected with the coronavirus. Twenty-eight-year-old Michelle Coloquio was admitted to King Fahd Hospital on May 7 after contracting the deadly virus and died

Global MERS death toll passes 200-mark

The world’s total death toll from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus has passed the 200-mark and is still going up. As of Thursday, the cumulative global number of MERS infections since September 2012 was 661, of which 205

Singh’s revolt adds to Modi, BJP woes

Rajeev Sharma

By: Rajeev Sharma The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), currently India’s main opposition party and a hot favorite of poll surveys, political analysts and even bookies to form the next government in the April-May general election, is going through its own

Fake currency issue worries India ahead of elections

  By: RAJEEV SHARMA Fake Indian currency notes, or FICN as it is known in the intelligence/security jargon, is a menace that has been dogging India since the advent of cross-border terrorism almost three decades back. But now this menace

Nobody killed the Congress

Rajeev Sharma

By: Rajeev Sharma The jury met in New Delhi on May 19. Its single-point objective was to investigate the bloodbath caused by the just-concluded Indian elections in the Indian National Congress. The jury comprised of the two Gandhis: Sonia and

Sharif’s quest for peace with India

  By: SALAHUDDIN HAIDER By extending an olive branch, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had thrown the ball in Indian Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi’s court. However, that was partly reciprocated Wednesday when Modi invited Sharif for May 26. Only time

Overqualified Saudis

Abdullah Sayel

By : ABDULLAH SAYEL Out of 3,445 vacancies in government jobs, 1,010 jobs remain vacant for an astonishing reason. What we need to know now is that 2,210 male candidates and 225 female candidates were found suitable for 2,435 vacancies.

HotSpot: Modi’s drumbeat

  By: BIKRAM VOHRA What if they were not crocodile tears that Modi cried for Advani, even as he sought a handkerchief and sipped water and cracked his voice with emotion in a scene so bizarre and yet so effective.

Renewed call on OPEC

  By: ALSIR SIDAHMED Once again the world looks around and calls on OPEC to be ready and pump more oil to compensate for possible supply shortage and ease the tight market, thus confirming its position as supplier of last

Oil prices climb to $110 as US crude inventories decline

Oil rose to $110 a barrel on Wednesday, supported by an unexpected decline in US crude inventories last week and by persistent disruption to Libya’s output amid renewed fighting. The US Energy Information Administration report, released at 1430 GMT, said

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