Middle East

Riyadh, Apr 4: The Ministry of Health has announced quarantine measures for Haj and Umrah pilgrims who are coming from countries that have a high rate of infectious diseases. The ministry had sent out the circular to the Foreign Ministry that would be circulated among overseas missions spelling out the requirements for visa issuance for various countries. Ziad Al-Memish, undersecretary to the

Jeddah, Apr 3: Giving another boost to the Kingdom’s higher education, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has ordered the establishment of three new universities in Jeddah, Bisha and Hafr Al-Baten. It brings the total number of public universities in the Kingdom to 28. Higher Education Minister Khaled Al-Anqari said King Abdulaziz University’s branches in north Jeddah as well as the

Jeddah, Apr 2: Saudi scholarship students and other passengers are delighted as Saudi Arabian Airlines’ (Saudia) launched direct flights to Los Angeles. “This is very good news,” said Abdelelah Saaty, dean of the College of Business in Rabigh, who is a regular traveler to the US and had obtained his master’s degree from the University of Southern California. “Before launching this new Saudia

Jeddah, Mar 31: The body of an Indian expat who had fallen into a coma after being hit by a car within merely two months of arriving in the Kingdom was finally repatriated on Saturday after almost two years since the fatal incident occurred. Thirty-one-year-old Zahid Hussain, from Bihar in India, had arrived in a remote village near Khamis Mushait in May of 2012 to work as a heavy vehicle driver

Riyadh, Mar 29: The Labor Ministry has announced tough new measures to curb the illegal trade in visas, with a one- to two-year recruitment ban on companies involved in such activities. If the number of expatriates transferred by a company to other employers exceeds 15 percent, it would only be allowed to recruit new workers after one year, a ministry official said. “If the transfers are more than

Riyadh, Mar 28: Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has appointed his half-brother and country's former intelligence chief Prince Muqrin bin Abdul Aziz as the deputy crown prince, paving the way for him to become a future monarch. "Prince Muqrin will receive oath of allegiance as crown prince in case the position becomes vacant, and as king in case the positions of king and crown prince become vacant," a

Jeddah, Mar 27: The Jeddah Municipality is considering a decision to impose fines of anywhere between SR500 and SR1,000 on people who spray-paint profanities and indecent drawings on the city’s walls in both popular and remote neighborhoods, Abdulaziz Al-Ghamdi, municipality spokesman said. Municipality maintenance teams have embarked on repainting several walls and public utilities in

Jeddah, Mar 27: Some 600,000 Saudis, who graduate every year and enter the job market, pose a big challenge to the government to provide them with employment, a senior Labor Ministry official said. Abdul Monem Al-Shahri, director of the Labor Office in Makkah, said over 330,000 Saudi students graduate from schools every year. According to another report, nearly 318,000 graduate from Saudi

Cairo, Mar 24: A court in Egypt on Monday sentenced 529 supporters of ousted president Muhammad Mursi to death after a mass trial, judicial sources said. Islamist backers of Mursi are facing a deadly crackdown launched by the military-installed authorities since his ouster in July, with hundreds of people killed and thousands arrested. The sentence was delivered in the second hearing of a trial

Riyadh, Mar 23: Saudi Arabia’s growing importance in regional and international affairs, as well as its relations with the US, will come under the spotlight when US President Barack Obama visits the Kingdom on Friday. The Kingdom is the last leg of the president’s six-day trip, which will include stops in the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Vatican City. Obama will hold talks with King Abdullah on