Saudi Arabia King Salman orders use of official terminology for persons with disabilities

Saudi Arabia King Salman orders use of official terminology for persons with disabilities

:: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has urged all government agencies to adopt the term “persons with disabilities” in all official communications and media statements. The directive came after a recommendation by the More »

Lebanese PM: Our relations don’t change according to whims of political forces

Lebanese PM: Our relations don’t change according to whims of political forces

:: Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri said in a speech Tuesday that his country’s relations with other Arab nations do not change according to the “whims and positions” of some political forces, More »

Iran’s Zarif: We will face any economic, military war efforts strongly

Iran’s Zarif: We will face any economic, military war efforts strongly

:: Tehran will defend itself against any war efforts, be they economic or military, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif said, according to Iraqi TV during a visit to Baghdad on Sunday. More »

King Salman promotes, appoints 25 judges at various levels

King Salman promotes, appoints 25 judges at various levels

:: King Salman issued a royal decree on Monday promoting 25 judges at the Board of Grievances at various levels. The Kingdom is taking various measures to revolutionize its judicial system. Recently, More »

Saudi Arabia intercepts Houthi missiles heading toward Mecca, Jeddah

Saudi Arabia intercepts Houthi missiles heading toward Mecca, Jeddah

:: Saudi Arabia’s air forces on Monday intercepted two Houthi ballistic missiles over Taif, one heading for Mecca and the other for Jeddah, according to eyewitnesses. The Kingdom’s air defense forces were More »

 

The wild world of insurance companies

By: ABDEL AZIZ ALUWAISHEG When dealing with insurance companies in Saudi Arabia, you get an impression that they still maintain the same posture as when they operated before insurance was legalized in 2003. It should not be surprising, however; as

Arab Spring economics, more than 3 years later

By: ABDEL AZIZ ALUWAISHEG Earlier this month, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released a lengthy study on the economic repercussions of “Arab Spring.” The study examines the economies of Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Yemen, Tunisia, and Libya and concludes that the

Two choices for Modi’s India

By : Syed Aijaz Zaka For someone who has seldom missed an opportunity to tear into Pakistan and Bangladesh, accusing the Congress government of being ‘soft on the terrorists,’ (“They are killing Bharat Mata’s sons on the border and you

Other Side of the Mirror: Good man walking

By: BIKRAM VOHRA I hate walking. My wife is a walker. She has converted one daughter into a walker and is working on the second. I have resisted it for ten years. If human being were made to walk they

Council to resolve family disputes proposed

The Ministry of Justice has proposed setting up a special council to resolve family disputes, including cases involving divorce, drug abuse and other social problems. The council would oversee dispute resolution across all government departments, the ministry said in its

Makkah mega project unveiled

The government plans to spend SR160 billion over the next 20 years to expand Makkah with a new residential area for 800,000 people. The Makkah Gate project was unveiled Wednesday in Jeddah by Osama Al-Bar, the mayor of Makkah, and

Uphold Kingdom’s global status as ‘cradle of Islam’

Deputy Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Prince Salman has called for greater efforts to strengthen Saudi role in the 57-member Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Prince Salman made this comment while hosting Mohammed bin Ahmed Tayeb, the Kingdom’s permanent

Celestial treat: Don’t miss meteor shower tonight

An unprecedented meteor shower will light up Saudi skies late Friday night, going into the wee hours of Saturday. The meteor shower will be visible across the Gulf states. “As many as 200 celestial bodies may be rushing to the

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

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