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Saudi personal income levels show sharp rise

Riyadh, Feb 23: Saudi Arabia’s per capita income rose 27.2 percent from 2010 to 2011 following an increase of 17.1 percent from 2009 to 2010, according to a report by the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA)....

King: Sound decisions expected from Shoura

Riyadh, Feb 20: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah on Tuesday swore in the country’s first female members of the Shoura Council, along with their male counterparts, and urged them to carry out the...

Girl with HIV-tainted blood may sue ministry

Riaydh, Feb 19: Dr. Muhsen Al-Hazimi, chairman of the Health Commission at the Shoura Council, said that the 12-year-old girl who receive an HIV-tainted blood transfusion has yet to be declared HIV-positive and there is a good possibility that...

More than 6 million Umrah pilgrims expected this year

Jeddah, Feb 16: Over six million Umrah pilgrims are expected in Saudi Arabia this year, one million more than last year, said Minister of Haj Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Hajjar, in a statement carried by the Saudi...

Drive ensures iqamas mention correct jobs

Jeddah, Feb 15: The Ministry of the Interior has ordered provincial governorates to record the actual jobs held by expats in their iqamas, according to an official at the Ministry of Labor.

The order was...

Saudi King receives condolences on Sattam’s death

Riyadh, Feb 14: King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Wednesday received condolences on the demise of Prince Sattam Bin Abdul Aziz, Emir of Riyadh region.

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Woman gives birth to three male, two female children in Dubai hospital

Dubai, Feb 12: A Syrian mother, Ranim Amir Borak, has given birth to quintuplets – three boys and two girls – via caesarean section at a hospital in Dubai.

The children,...

Strict measures to be taken against illegal visa traders

Jeddah, Feb 10: The Ministry of Labor has stepped up its efforts to contain the menace of illegal visa trading in the Kingdom with the help of foreign consultancy companies.

“The ministry is currently seeking...

A square meter of land in Makkah now costs SR 2 m

Jeddah, Feb 9: Investors may have to pay a whopping SR 2 million for a square meter of land in the central zone around Makkah by the end of 2013, said chairman of the real estate...

Over 61,000 illegals take recourse to amnesty

Abu Dhabi, Feb 7: Around 62,000 illegal immigrants have sought permits to leave the country under the two-month amnesty period that ended on February 4. Over half of them have already departed for their home countries.

Ruling out...