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Local Haj likely to get 40% cheaper
Government | Saturday 15 August, 2015 4:47 am
Prices for local Haj packages are expected to drop between 30 and 40 percent this year, according to an official at the Ministry of Haj. Most local Haj operators have begun to change their packages after the ministry announced the launch of the online portal for local pilgrims. According to the ...
Call to regulate entry of visitors to schools
Culture & Education | Friday 14 August, 2015 4:11 am
Education Minister Azzam Al-Dakhil has directed all the education departments across the Kingdom to appoint a guard at each school for boys and girls in order to regulate the entrance of parents or visitors. He stressed the need to document the data and information of each visitor, including...
Souq Okaz gets off to a colorful start
Culture & Education | Friday 14 August, 2015 3:08 am
Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal and head of the supervising committee of Souq Okaz opened the activities of the ninth edition of the festival on Wednesday. A number of intellectuals, poets, academics, artists and craftsmen from the Kingdom and abroad attended the event. The governor...
WHO: Majority of recent MERS patients were health workers
Healthcare | Friday 14 August, 2015 2:07 am
The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that a majority of those who recently contracted coronavirus in the Kingdom were health workers. The WHO statement was based on a Health Ministry report that notified the world organization of 17 additional MERS cases, including three...
KACST, KAUST joint panel to monitor projects
Culture & Education | Thursday 13 August, 2015 4:30 am
The King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) will form a joint scientific committee between the two sides to follow the progress of their joint ventures. The agreement was reached between the two parties during a...
Prince Khaled inaugurates annual Souk Okaz festival
Culture & Education | Thursday 13 August, 2015 4:17 am
Makkah Emir Prince Khaled Al-Faisal inaugurated the activities of the ninth edition of the 10-day annual Souk Okaz festival at Al-Arfa outside Taif on Wednesday. During the inaugural ceremony, Prince Khaled decorated Hizabr Mahmood Ali from Iraq with the Mantle Okaz Poet and Hassan Muhammad...
New city at Half Moon Bay in EP to create 90,000 jobs
Tourism & Hospitality | Thursday 13 August, 2015 4:13 am
The Eastern Province municipality is planning a model city comprising a residential, economic and tourism center in Half Moon Bay, Al-Aziziyah district.  The city would contribute significantly to expected growth in accordance with the master plan for the province, said EP Deputy Mayor...
Sports | Wednesday 12 August, 2015 10:48 am
  WWE LIVE will return to Saudi Arabia with three events at King Abdullah Sports City Sports Hall (AlJawhara Stadium) in Jeddah on Thursday 8 October, Friday 9 October and Saturday 10 October marking the first time WWE LIVE has been to Jeddah. Tickets will be available on Monday 10...
300,000 e-visas issued to foreign Haj pilgrims
Government | Wednesday 12 August, 2015 5:28 am
The Haj Ministry, in cooperation with the Foreign Ministry, has issued more than 300,000 Haj visas electronically to Haj pilgrims from abroad, local media said on Tuesday.  Issa Rowaas, Haj Ministry director-general and supervisor of the electronic portal, was quoted as saying that the...
Surveillance cameras to monitor new mosques
Government | Wednesday 12 August, 2015 5:23 am
All new and larger mosques in Jeddah must install internal and external surveillance cameras under new directives announced by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs. These measures will allow the ministry to monitor all activities and ensure no extremist speeches and sermons are being delivered,...