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King Salman outlines vision for ‘stability and unity’
Government | Saturday 24 January, 2015 12:05 am
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has pledged to continue the current policies of the government, to ensure stability and unity in the country. In a speech following the death of King Abdullah on Friday, King Salman also urged the nation’s citizens to pledge their allegiance to new...
Social Affairs Ministry admits charities raised funds illegally
Government | Thursday 22 January, 2015 8:22 am
The Ministry of Social Affairs has revealed that law-enforcement agencies closed down some of its charities because they had raised funds illegally from the public.In reports sent to the Shoura Council, officials at the ministry admitted that these offices had committed the offenses, but did not...
Fingerprints a must for ID renewals from Wednesday
Government | Monday 19 January, 2015 2:19 am
Fingerprinting will be a must for all male and female expatriates for renewal and issuance of iqama from Rabi Al-Thani 1 (Jan. 21).Sources at the Passport Department said that the fingerprint of male and female expatriates will be necessary for the renewal of residence permits (iqama); the...
Shoura OKs panel on domestic violence
Government | Monday 19 January, 2015 2:13 am
The Shoura Council on Tuesday voted a proposal to establish a special executive committee to deal with domestic violence. This topic is a priority on the council’s agenda, sources told Arab News.The Ministry of Social Affairs recently submitted a proposal to establish a special executive...
Eight detours set to ease traffic at Grand Mosque
Government | Thursday 15 January, 2015 3:01 am
Makkah’s traffic department has approved eight detours to ease congestion close to the Grand Mosque caused by huge numbers of Umrah pilgrims and visitors.Col. Salman bin Mayous Al-Jumaihi, director of the traffic department, said the measures have been taken to prevent pilgrims heading to the...
Mataf expansion to be ‘completed before Haj’
Government | Thursday 8 January, 2015 10:27 am
The ongoing expansion of mataf, or circumambulation area around the Kaaba, would be completed before this year’s Haj, said Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais, head of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques, on Wednesday.Inspecting the Haram expansion project here, he said thousands of pilgrims would be able...
King Abdullah ‘recovering from illness’
Government | Tuesday 6 January, 2015 8:46 am
Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, on Monday reassured the public about the health of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.Presiding over a Cabinet meeting in Riyadh, Prince Salman thanked local and international well-wishers for their concern about the king,...
New drive against illegals
Government | Sunday 4 January, 2015 10:10 am
Inspection teams aim to intensify their efforts to streamline Saudi Arabia’s labor market, according to local media.The Labor Ministry’s first campaign against undocumented migrant workers, carried out in cooperation with the Interior Ministry, proved to be a success, say officials and...
Ministry planning 160 housing projects in Saudi Arabia
Government | Sunday 4 January, 2015 10:08 am
The Housing Ministry announced it is working on the implementation and design of 160 housing projects across the Kingdom.Other similar projects are being promoted through the private sector, such as real estate developers and national construction companies, in order to pump more housing units in...
King Abdullah in stable condition
Government | Saturday 3 January, 2015 10:54 am
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, who is suffering from pneumonia, is in a stable condition but needs assistance to breathe with a respirator, a Royal Court statement said on Friday.The royal court said the king wanted the public to know his condition because this is in line with his ...
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