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Umrah visa’s validity limited to two weeks

Jeddah, Jun 9: The Haj Ministry has decided to limit the validity of Umrah visas to only 14 days because of the ongoing work to expand the mataf — the cicumambulation area.

According to...

Saudi: 240,000 expats legalize status

Jeddah, Jun 7: Nearly 240,000 expatriates have so far corrected their work status by transferring their sponsorship to companies where they presently work or to new employers, since the announcement of an amnesty for illegals two...

Expat women abusing domestic helper visas

Jeddah, Jun 5: Hundreds of expatriate housewives who overstayed their Haj and Umrah visas are now becoming domestic workers in name only so that they can stay in the Kingdom with their husbands, Arab News has...

Election should create political epic in Iran: Khamenei

Tehran, July 4: Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the upcoming presidential election in Iran should create a political epic in the country.

The most important matter in the [presidential] election is to create...

Information ‘not enough’: Saudi Shoura censures ministry

Jeddah, Jun 4: The Shoura Council yesterday lambasted the Ministry of Culture and Information for presenting a weak annual report to the consultative body and said the report failed to meet its expectations.

“The ministry’s report gave poor...

Free Wi-Fi takes off at Jeddah airport

Jeddah, Jun 3: Passengers using King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah can now enjoy free Internet services.

The General Authority of Civil Aviation yesterday launched the service at departure lounges of KAIA’s Northern and Southern...

Saudis need extra training 'to replace expats'

Jeddah, Jun 2: The Labor Ministry has made it mandatory for any organization, whether schools, companies or offices, to reserve vacancies in 19 job categories for only Saudis.

These are: Executive HR manager, HR manager,...

Ministry of Labour specifies works exempt from midday-break rule

Dubai, Jun 1: The Ministry of Labour (MoL) has issued an administrative order specifying exemptions from the recently-announced midday break rule for labourers who work in the sun.

Workers can continue in banned hours...

Expats rejoice as Indian rupee plummets

Jeddah, May 30: The Indian rupee dropped to its lowest level in 10 months and one Saudi riyal was fetching almost Rs. 15 yesterday. "My remittance fetches more rupees now." This is how the average Indian expatriate...

Eight tunnels to ease traffic in Makkah

Jeddah, May 30: Eight new tunnels, including two for pedestrians, are under construction in the holy city of Makkah to ensure free flow of pilgrims and vehicles, press reports said yesterday.

“The tunnels are constructed...