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Asian arrivals helping set new Umrah record

Jeddah, Mar 23: A large number of Umrah pilgrims arriving from Asian countries this week are about to set a new record.

The Ministry of Haj has indicated that more than 6 million pilgrims are...

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Kuwait to cut expats by 1 million

Kuwait City, Mar 21: Kuwait, where expats make up 68 percent of the population, plans to reduce the number of foreigners living in the Gulf state by 1 million over the next decade, a minister said....

18, including 16 Saudis, arrested for ‘espionage’

Riyadh, Mar 20: Saudi Arabia has arrested 16 Saudis, an Iranian and a Lebanese for espionage.

“The men were arrested in Makkah, Madinah, Riyadh and Eastern Province,” said Mansour Al-Turki, spokesman of the Interior Ministry.

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KSA goes tough on illegals

Riyadh, Mar 19: Saudi Arabia has announced new measures at the Cabinet meeting chaired by Crown Prince Salman, second deputy premier and minister of defense. The Council of Ministers yesterday adopted a series of decisions to...

Labor Ministry launches initiatives to bolster Saudization in private sector

Jeddah, Mar 18: Madinah Gov. Prince Faisal bin Salman yesterday commended the Labor Ministry’s efforts to create more job opportunities for Saudis and eradicate the country’s unemployment problem.

He received Labor Minister Adel Fakeih who...

Iran launches indigenous Jamaran 2 destroyer in Caspian Sea

Tehran, Mar 17: Iran launches the indigenously-manufactured Jamaran 2 destroyer in the Caspian Sea near the northern port city of Bandar Anzali in the presence of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Jamaran 2, a Wave-class warship, has...

Saudi King’s interfaith initiative inspires Indians

Jeddah, Mar 15: Inspired by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah’s interfaith dialogue initiative, the Kochi-based International Interfaith Dialogue India (IIDI) recently organized a seminar that stressed the unity of God and the need...

Billions earmarked for Madinah

Jeddah, Mar 14: The holy city of Madinah will have a major facelift shortly as a large number of development projects are being implemented there at a cost of more than SR 100 billion.

Crown...

Saudi Arabia wants world to stand up to Israeli aggression

Riyadh, Mar 12: The Council of Ministers yesterday condemned Israeli attempts to storm Al-Aqsa Mosque and its aggressive practices against worshippers, students and the Holy Qur’an, calling on the international community to take a firm stand against such provocative acts...

Over 550,000 to hone skills at Makkah forum

Jeddah, Mar 11: More than 550,000 young Saudi men and women are expected to participate in the third edition of Makkah Youth Forum 2013, which was launched here yesterday by Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal....