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Taif airport will ease pilgrim load at KAIA

Taif , Apr 10: Taif airport may soon become a key disembarkation point for pilgrims coming in from the neighboring states.

The airport has seen a 250 percent jump in air traffic in 2012, according...

Number of Lankan runaway maids swells

Riyadh, Apr 8: The number of runaway housemaids seeking refuge at the Sri Lankan mission has doubled following the government’s enforcement of the Nitaqat program in recent weeks, a senior official from the Sri Lankan Embassy...

Free tickets likely for Indian workers stranded in KSA

Riyadh, Apr 6: With top level talks planned between India and Saudi Arabia over the fallout of the Kingdom’s Nitaqat program, the Indian government is reportedly planning to provide free air tickets for thousands of “deserving...

Nitaqat: Strain of uncertain future takes its toll on foreigners

Jeddah, Apr 4: The Ministry of Labor’s surprise checks of shops, institutions and businesses have wreaked havoc on the lives of many expatriates.

Expat workers told Arab News of the closures of their employers’ grocery shops, beauty parlors, salons,...

Saudi: New Shoura proposal for gratuity welcomed

Riyadh, Apr 1: Saudis across the Kingdom have welcomed the new Shoura Council proposal to increase end of service benefits (ESB) of civil servants, saying it would encourage public servants to work hard and improve the living conditions of retirees...

90% of firms owned by Saudi women run by expats

Jeddah, Mar 30: Ninety percent of Saudi women's businesses are dominated by expatriates, who are most often married to these women citizens, said a business leader in Jeddah.

Abdullah bin Mahfouz, a member of the...

New labor drive targets cover-up businesses

Jeddah, Mar 29: In another significant move to Saudize jobs and prevent cover-up businesses, the Labor Ministry has instructed the so called “owners” of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to work for their firms full-time and...

Dubai Police's new-look patrol cars on the streets

Dubai, Mar 28: After months of speculation, prototypes and feedback from the public, it appears Dubai Police has finally shifted gear to unveil its all-new patrol car to protect the city streets.

The...

Saudi Arabia set to make call on Skype, Viber and WhatsApp blocks

Jeddah, Mar 27: An agreement is expected to be reached between the Saudi telecommunication sector and operators of WhatsApp, Viber and Skype, Al Arabiya reported Tuesday, after the Saudi government threatened to block the messaging applications...

Fatwa: Divorce SMS sent in anger is invalid

Dubai, Mar 27: An SMS message sent by a husband to his wife containing the word ‘divorce’ is enough to make the divorce valid, according to a fatwa of Dubai’s Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities.

A report...