Middle East

Makkah, Mar 2: Sheikh Saleh Al-Talib, an imam at Makkah’s Grand Mosque, said that Muslim solidarity is essential for survival. “We live in a world that only respects the strong and the united,” he said during the Friday sermon. “Muslims don’t want another religion to rule them, so they must unite. We are in need of brotherhood, true conduct that achieves our goals and justice to prevail in our

New Delhi, Feb 28: Three men have confessed in a Saudi Arabian court that they buried alive five Asian men — suspected to be Indians — on a farm in an eastern province of the kingdom four years ago, local media reported. The crime, committed in 2010, came to light after skeletons were discovered during digging on the farm. According to a report published on Friday in the English language Arab News

Makkah, Feb 28: Forty-five-year-old Syed Laeequddin Quadri, from Maharashtra, India, was standing in quiet contemplation straining his head to look at the golden crescent atop the majestic Makkah Clock Tower. “That is unbelievable,” he told Arab News after Dhuhr prayers on Thursday. “Being a construction expert, I can imagine how much steel and concrete must have been poured into this gigantic

Riyadh, Feb 24: Saudi Arabia’s Grand Mufti and President of Council of Senior Scholars and General Presidency of Scholarly Research and Ifta Sheikh Abdulaziz Bin Abdullah Al-Sheikh has appealed to citizens and residents, especially the wealthy to contribute generously to the Saudi National Campaign to Support Brothers in Syria While lauding Custodian of the Two Holy Mosque King Abdullah’s generous

Abu Dhabi, Feb 23: The education regulatory body in Abu Dhabi has framed a new guideline that will revise public school teacher pay scales based on their performance. This, the Abu Dhabi Education Council (Adec) explains, will be gradually introduced in public schools, and could be a model that the private schools in the emirate could emulate. “The new School Organisation Structure will impact all

Dubai, Feb 16: William ‘Bill’ Duff, who served as Shaikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum’s trusted financial expert during the early development of the emirate, passed away on Friday at his residence in Jumeirah. He was 92. Duff died of natural causes at 4.30pm on Friday. He is survived by his wife, Irenka, two daughters, Diana and Sheila, and four grandchildren. “The good thing was he passed away

Riyadh, Feb 15: Oliver Twist asked for more and did not get any soup. For most of the GCC states, it is a question of taking far too much and not eating it. According to the Rome-based Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), a third of the food produced globally is wasted and this costs the global economy $750 billion annually, a figure higher than the GDP of several developed countries. The GCC

Abu Dhabi, Feb 14: The Ministry of Interior’s Child Protection Center launched the “Hemayati” Mobile Application to improve the safety and protection services available for children. This application comes as a response to directions set by the Higher Leadership. It allows parents to know the whereabouts of their children, and determine times of arrival and departure of children to and from school

Jeddah, Feb 10: Authorities in the Kingdom are set to implement new rules to give the right “treatment” to employees who have been misusing the provision of medical leave by producing bogus sick leave certificates in collusion with some medical practitioners. What is more, doctors indulging in such unethical practices will be seen as the bigger partner in the crime, attracting harsher penalties

Sana’a, Feb 9: The father of an eight-year-old Yemeni girl who has recently started crying stones has urged philanthropists to help him treating his daughter from her baffling condition. Mohammad Saleh Al Jaharani, said that the eyes of his daughter, Saadia, began producing stones 14 days ago and has spent thousands of Yemeni Rials on visits to local doctors. “I once spent YR50,000 (Dh870) a day