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Haramain train station in Jeddah nears completion
Business & Money | Sunday 6 December, 2015 8:22 am
The arrival and departure lounges at the Jeddah station for the Haramain high speed train have been completed, according to Saudi Railways Organization CEO Muhammad Al-Suwaikit. “The second phase of the Haramain High Speed Rail project will be complete by the end of 2016. We have so far ...
King to deliver annual speech at Shoura on Wednesday
Government | Sunday 6 December, 2015 5:21 am
Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman will deliver a key policy-making address to the Shoura Council on Dec. 23 (Rabiul Awwal 12). He is expected to focus on the Kingdom’s internal and external policies. The announcement was made on Saturday by Shoura Council Speaker Dr. Abdullah...
Government issues 250,000 Umrah visas
Government | Sunday 6 December, 2015 5:20 am
Haj Minister Bandar Hajjar has said that 250,000 Umrah visas have been issued since the season began a month ago. He said that last year a total of 6 million visas were issued. The number was made possible due to the sheer speed of issuing visas which resulted from single visa’s taking...
Strong Saudi-Japan ties in focus at National Day celebrations
Business & Money | Sunday 6 December, 2015 4:55 am
The Japanese community joined their diplomatic mission here to celebrate their National Day, marking the occasion with patriotic enthusiasm. Japanese Ambassador Norihiro Okuda hosted the National Day reception to celebrate the 82th birthday of Japanese Emperor Akihito. Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal ...
Mobily launches direct carrier billing with Google
Technology & IT | Sunday 6 December, 2015 4:54 am
Etihad Etisalat (Mobily), announced recently the launch of direct carrier billing service with Google, to make it easier for Android users to purchase apps, games, and digital content on their devices. With the introduction of direct carrier billing with Google, Mobily’s customers can now...
AccessAbilities Expo committed to facilitate inclusion, empowerment of the disabled
Healthcare | Sunday 6 December, 2015 12:52 am
On the occasion of United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities, commemorated on December 3 every year, AccessAbilities Expo 2016 reiterated its commitment to contributing to the UAE’s vision of becoming the world’s most disabled-friendly nation and empowering the...
50% Saudization in ICT
Business & Money | Saturday 5 December, 2015 12:50 pm
A study by the Communications and Information Technology Commission has said that Saudis form 50 percent of the total cadres in the field of information and communications technology. It said most of them work in large organizations, with 250 employees and more, and government departments which...
Kingdom joins the world in holding disability day
Healthcare | Saturday 5 December, 2015 12:48 pm
Saudi Arabia joined the world in observing International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) with activities spread over weeks supporting the cause in order to foster awareness among citizens and expatriates alike on development and human rights for all. Started in 1992 by the United Nations,...
New projects at KAIA set to be ready by end of 2016
Business & Money | Saturday 5 December, 2015 12:47 pm
Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal and Jeddah Gov. Prince Mishaal bin Majed reviewed the New King Abdul Aziz Airport (KAIA) project by visiting the site recently. A number of officials from the Civil Aviation Authority and the project contractor were present during the visit. Prince Khaled...
Community involved in improving education
Culture & Education | Saturday 5 December, 2015 12:46 pm
Minister of Education Azzam Al-Dakhil launched a platform on Thursday to foster development initiatives with the participation of both the MoE and the community. “The move aims to achieve further growth and development of education through the reception of ideas in everything related to...
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