Middle East

As deadline expires, illegal foreigners queue up to leave Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, Nov 3: Thousands of illegal foreigners, mostly unskilled workers from Asia, are rushing to leave Saudi Arabia before an amnesty expires on Sunday as they risk being fined or even jailed.

Nearly a million...

Sponsor no-show hampers status correction exercise

Jeddah, Nov 1: With the Nov. 3 deadline for work status correction rapidly approaching, many expats are now being told that they are required to report to the Passport Department with their previous sponsors to finalize...

To hire a Saudi and not assign him a job is illegal

Jeddah, Oct 29: The Ministry of Labor has warned establishments against falling prey to illegal practices by registering Saudi nationals in the facility without really assigning them jobs.

The ministry said establishments that resort to...

Experts want Makkah’s Islamic sites preserved

Makkah, Oct 27: Experts have called on the government to protect various ancient sites and mosques in Makkah because of their religious and historical importance.

Talal Al-Sharif, an Islamic antiquities expert, said the buildings...

Taxi firms fear losing revenue if women drive

Jeddah, Oct 26: Taxi operators here say they would lose 60 percent of their revenue and may even have to close shop if women are allowed to drive in the city.

Saudi women have...

Women driving advocates drop demonstration plans

Jeddah, Oct 26: Organizers of the women’s “Oct. 26 Driving Campaign” abandoned their plans late Friday by canceling Saturday’s driving demonstration throughout Saudi Arabia following intense pressure from the Ministry of Interior that said it will...

No driving licenses for women

Jeddah, Oct 25: Several Saudi women who applied for driving licenses at Dallah Driving School in Jeddah had their applications rejected on Thursday by traffic officials.

Naila Attar, a Saudi businesswoman, went with two...

Dhahran harassment incident sparks outrage

Jeddah/Dhahran, Oct 24: A group of young women were repeatedly harassed Tuesday by men at a Dhahran mall, triggering an angry wave of reaction across the country against it.

The two-minute video shows a group...

Social media users slam Rihanna’s visit to Shaikh Zayed Mosque

Abu Dhabi, Oct 23: The recent visit of American singer Rihanna to Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi drew a lot of flak especially from social media websites with people denouncing her visit when she...

120,000 to be summoned next Sunday for performing Haj illegally

Abha, Oct 22: The Ministry of Interior has sent a strongly-worded circular to all regional governorates asking them to start taking stringent penal action against those Saudis and expatriates who performed Haj without a permit.

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