Middle East

Crashlanding in Madinah that hurt 29 under probe

Madinah, Jan 6: Twenty-nine passengers were injured when a Saudia flight suffered a landing gear failure and was forced to make an emergency landing in Madinah early Sunday, aviation officials said.

Flight SV2841, coming from...

Indian domestics: Hiring to begin ‘in two weeks’

Jeddah, Jan 5: A joint meeting of Saudi and Indian labor officials will be held soon to finalize procedures for the recruitment of domestics to work in the Kingdom, said Overseas Indian Affairs Minister...

Imams face the sack if sermons are politicized

Jeddah, Jan 3: Imams who politicize Friday sermons at mosques will not be allowed to continue in their positions, Islamic Affairs Minister Saleh Al-Asheikh said in comments published on Thursday.

“We have set up a...

Dubai shopping festival begins with a bang

Dubai, Jan 3: Since its inception 19 years ago the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) continues to attract people to its array of shopping and entertainment activities.The glittering opening at Al Seef Street on Thursday drew regular...

Expats wary after Twitter ruling

Riyadh, Dec 2: Expatriates here said they would be more cautious when using social networking sites after learning that a Riyadh court convicted a Saudi for falsely accusing a Kuwaiti singer of immoral behavior on his Twitter...

Haia chief for shorter prayer break

Jeddah, Jan 1: The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia) is considering shortening the time shops close for prayer, the Haia chief has said.

The period would be limited to just enough...

Passport stamp delay at Bahrain causeway under investigation

Alkhobar, Dec 31: The National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) has assigned a representative to examine the reasons behind the increased traffic during rush hours and vacations at the King Fahd Causeway.

Nazaha attributed the primary reason...

Makkah ready for Umrah pilgrims

Makkah, Dec 30: The Makkah Municipality has deployed all its resources to welcome Umrah visitors to the Grand Mosque and offer them the best services like healthy environment and amenities for a comfortable stay in the...

Way cleared for prince’s execution

Jeddah, Dec 29: Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, has cleared the way for the possible execution of a prince convicted of murdering a Saudi citizen. This follows the refusal by the victim’s father...

Three expats missing after Aramco’s oil platform sinks

Dammam, Dec 28: Three expatriate workers are missing after a mobile platform for maintenance services sank in Al-Safaniya offshore oilfield area on Friday.

Two of the missing are Indians and the third is a Bangladeshi,...