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Saudi Shoura Council chairman receives China ambassador

Wed, 2019-10-09 01:15 Shoura Council Speaker  Dr. Abdullah Al-Asheikh received China’s ambassador to the Kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency reported. Ambassador Chen Weiqing hailed the pioneering role of Saudi Arabia in the region and globally, remarking o

السلطات السعودية تمنع الشيخ العودة من الإتصال بذويه

أكد حساب «معتقلي الرأي» المعني بشؤون المعتقلين السعوديين، أن الداعية الشيخ «سلمان العودة» حُرم من الاتصال بعائلته خلال عيد الفطر
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السلطات السعودية تمنع الشيخ العودة من الإتصال بذويه

أكد حساب «معتقلي الرأي» المعني بشؤون المعتقلين السعوديين، أن الداعية الشيخ «سلمان العودة» حُرم من الاتصال بعائلته خلال عيد الفطر المبارك. وأشار الحسا...

رعب يسيطر على المعلمين في السعودية بعد قرار هذا القرار

مستقبل بات يهدد آلاف المعلمين السعوديين بعدما أصدرت وزارة التعليم قراراً يقضي بإبعاد المعلمين «المخالفين فكرياً» عن سلك التعليم، في ال
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رعب يسيطر على المعلمين في السعودية بعد قرار هذا القرار

مستقبل بات يهدد آلاف المعلمين السعوديين بعدما أصدرت وزارة التعليم قراراً يقضي بإبعاد المعلمين «المخالفين فكرياً» عن سلك التعليم، في الوقت الذي مازالت...

Saudi Arabia’s KAUST in global chip-development effort to thwart hackers

Tue, 2020-05-26 19:35 DUBAI: Scientists from one of Saudi Arabia’s most prestigious academic institutions are part of an international chip-designing team that is spearheading efforts to put hackers out of business. The goal of the KAUST team is to desig
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Saudi Arabia’s KAUST in global chip-development effort to thwart hackers

Tue, 2020-05-26 19:35 DUBAI: Scientists from one of Saudi Arabia’s most prestigious academic institutions are part of an international chip-designing team that is spearheading efforts to put hackers out of business. The goal of the KAUST team is to design an optical computer chip that can withstand security threats from quantum computers, which many believe will be able to crack existing communication methods in the near future. The optical chips enable information to be sent from one user to another via a one-time, unhackable mode of communication in “perfect secrecy.” This allows confidential data to be protected more securely than ever before on public classical communication channels. The scientists’ proposed system uses silicon chips containing complex structures that are irreversibly changed to send information in a one-time key that can neither be recreated nor intercepted by an attacker. The results, published in the scientific journal Nature Communications, open a new route toward implementing “perfect secrecy” cryptography on a global scale whose costs are economical too. “This new technique is absolutely unbreakable, as we rigorously demonstrated in our article,” said Andrea di Falco, a professor with the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of St. Andrews and first author of the study. “It can be used to protect the confidentiality of communications exchanged by users separated by any distance, at an ultrafast speed close to the light limit and in inexpensive and electronic compatible optical chips.” A person delivers a computer payload while working on a laptop on January 22, 2019 in Lille, during the 11th International Cybersecurity Forum. (AFP/File Photo) Although not used yet, the scientists have filed a patent besides the paper in “Nature Communications.” They are now in discussion with companies in the UK and US, in addition to being in contact with a company in Saudi Arabia. “It could help governments as well,” said Dr. Andrea Fratalocchi, associate professor of electrical engineering at KAUST and co-author of the research paper. “This technology, if implemented on a large scale, can put hackers out of business because it will create an impenetrable layer that no one can break.” With the right funding, prototypes can be deployed with high technological readiness within a couple of years. People work on computers on January 22, 2019 in Lille, during the 11th International Cybersecurity Forum. (AFP/File Photo) Current standard cryptographic techniques allow information to be sent quickly, but chances are they will be hacked by future computers and quantum algorithms. Redha Al-Ibrahim, a 24-year-old Saudi Ph.D. student at KAUST, said the drive to produce smaller and more efficient chips to enable powerful computing in small devices has led to the development of quantum computers. «Today, tech giants possess the resources and talent to build quantum computers and use them to perform tasks (earlier) believed to be impossible even with the world's most powerful machines,» he told Arab News. «Some of these tasks involving breaking today's most powerful encryption codes used by everyone daily to keep their information safe and their resources secure.» In this picture taken on May 8, 2017, a worker checks chip component circuits at the Oppo factory in Dongguan. (AFP/File Photo) The research team said that their new method for encrypting data is unbreakable and uses existing communication networks, plus takes up less network space than traditional encrypted communications do. The chip can be used by private customers who perform bank transactions, for instance, or in the military field, among others, which uses confidential information. “It’s based on integrated chips used on the sender and receiver,” Fratalocchi said. FASTFACT Optical Chips Promise many advantages over their electronic counterparts, including reduced power consumption and processing speedups. “The chips allow the exchange, on a public channel, of a key between the two people. The key is random; it’s different every time and no one can infer it from the communication exchanged between the two.” With this key, users can encode information in a way that no other user can decode. The security of this scheme is of the type “perfect secrecy,” a security that can be mathematically proven to never be broken — not by any user nor by technological advance. Fratalocchi said that three models of security are commonly used currently, adding that it would become possible to decrypt encrypted messages using a protocol called “mathematical security” in a few years. “This type of security is the one used in many symmetric key cryptographic protocols, such as the one used by the United States to encrypt confidential information,” he said. In this picture taken on May 8, 2017, smartphone chip component circuits are handled by a worker at the Oppo factory in Dongguan. (AFP/File Photo) “Another security protocol is defined as ‘probable security,’ which is employed in many public key cryptographies, such as in bank transactions. “All these paradigms are not based on unconditional proofs and are vulnerable to technological development. “No one can anticipate the technology of tomorrow. An attacker can just save the data of today and wait until the right technology is available to decrypt the information.” Fratalocchi’s research belongs to the third category, ”perfect secrecy,” which is the sturdiest of them all. Developed by Frank Miller in 1882, during the age of telegraphy, and patented in 1919 by Gilbert Vernam, it is called the one-time pad (OTP) or the Vernam cipher. In this picture taken on May 8, 2017, smartphone chip component circuits are handled by a worker at the Oppo factory in Dongguan. (AFP/File Photo) At the time, Vernam claimed it was unbreakable but could not prove it mathematically. The proof became available in the late 1940s. “What we did is to create a physical implementation of the Vernam cipher and experimentally prove it,” Fratalocchi told Arab News. “With the advent of more powerful and quantum computers, all current encryptions will be broken in very short time, exposing the privacy of our present and, more importantly, past communications.” Fratalocchi said that an attacker might store an encrypted message sent today and wait for the right technology to become available to decipher the communication. “Implementing massive and affordable resources of global security is a worldwide problem that this research has the potential to solve for everyone, and everywhere,” he said. The new method uses the classical laws of physics — the second law of thermodynamics in particular — to protect the messages. Dr. Andrea Fratalocchi, associate professor of electrical engineering at KAUST and co-author of the research paper. (Supplied) Keys generated by the chip, which unlock each message, are never stored nor communicated with the message, nor can they ever be recreated, even by the users themselves. This adds an extra level of security. “A novel form of security must be made available for the future, when current technologies becomes obsolete, making everyone's information vulnerable,” Al-Ibrahim told Arab News. “This research introduces a new form of security, which depends on a random, unpredictable physical structure that is made uniquely for each individual.” Fratalocchi said Saudi Arabia is an interesting country for researchers of his ilk because its informatic infrastructure is quite advanced. “Here, you can perform almost any task online or from any ATM, ranging from any type of government service to paying fines,” he said. “In Europe, cyber development in the government sector is not as advanced. Saudi Arabia would be an excellent user of this perfect secrecy system for securing any type of communication.” In this picture taken on May 8, 2017, smartphone chip component circuits are handled by a worker at the Oppo factory in Dongguan. (AFP/File Photo) The team is currently working on developing commercial applications of the patented technology, a fully functional demo and user-friendly software for the system. “We are confident of our results,” Fratalocchi said. “The work took a very long time. I started the idea of using a complex system for communicating security in my post-doctoral research, which was funded from an award that I won from the Enrico Fermi Center for Study and Research in Rome.” When he moved to KAUST in 2011, Fratalocchi worked on it with Valerio Mazzone, his Ph.D. student, and their collaborators in the UK and the US. It took about five years, with trial and error, to discover the correct system. “The main difficulty was to find a system that would scale up and could be used on users separated by arbitrary distances,” Fratalocchi said. “The most important experiment happened around three years ago, when we found the correct configuration in a scalable system that wasn’t too expensive.” Looking to the future, Dr. Aluizio Cruz, co-founder and CEO of the Center for Unconventional Processes of Sciences (CUP Sciences) in California and co-author of the Nature Communications report, said: “This system is the practical solution the cybersecurity sector has been waiting for since the perfect secrecy theoretical proof” by Vernam. Cruz added: “It will be a key candidate to solving global cybersecurity threats, from private to national security, all the way to smart energy grids.” ------------------- @CalineMalek Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaKing Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST)KAUSTHackersEditor’s Choice In new leap for AI: computer chips that can smellMicrosoft, Sony partner on streaming games, chips and AI

Saudi Arabia's human resources minister says time for business to resume

Tue, 2020-05-26 21:15 RIYADH: The time has come for Saudi Arabia to open businesses and restart commercial activity, the minister of human resources and social development said on Tuesday. Ahmed Al-Rajhi’s comments come as the Kingdom announced several s
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Saudi Arabia's human resources minister says time for business to resume

Tue, 2020-05-26 21:15 RIYADH: The time has come for Saudi Arabia to open businesses and restart commercial activity, the minister of human resources and social development said on Tuesday. Ahmed Al-Rajhi’s comments come as the Kingdom announced several steps to reduce the lockdown implemented to stop the spread of coronavirus. “I feel proud of our sons and daughters working in various sectors, who have responded to this pandemic with strength, steadfastness and sincerity,” Al-Rajhi said on state TV. “During the past months, the state apparatus, through their harmonious and integrated work, have proven their worth in managing the crisis caused by this pandemic. “Now, after stopping for a period of two and a half months, it is time for businesses to return and open activities, as it is an essential component in pushing the economic wheel.” The minister said it was important to maintain a balance between health protection and the needs of the economy. He said reopening businesses did not mean measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 had been lifted. Businesses must familiarize themselves with the measures specified by the health ministry for each sector, Al-Rajhi said. He said getting activity going again while controlling the spread of the virus “will preserve labor market gains in employing male and female citizens, and expand to creating new future jobs.” Al-Rajhi praised public sector workers for managing to work remotely during the lockdown and keep services going. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: CoronavirusSaudi ArabiaAhmed Al-Rajhi Saudi heath ministry reports 12 new coronavirus deaths

Saudis, expats ready to restart their lives, vow to stick to health guidelines

Tue, 2020-05-26 21:04 RIYADH: Saudis and expats on Tuesday cautiously welcomed the government’s decision to ease lockdown restrictions, saying the risk was not over and people should strictly abide by the Health Ministry’s guidelines to keep the coronavi
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Saudis, expats ready to restart their lives, vow to stick to health guidelines

Tue, 2020-05-26 21:04 RIYADH: Saudis and expats on Tuesday cautiously welcomed the government’s decision to ease lockdown restrictions, saying the risk was not over and people should strictly abide by the Health Ministry’s guidelines to keep the coronavirus at bay. The restrictions will be lifted in three phases, during which the authorities will monitor and assess the situation and introduce changes if needed. People said they were excited to see their lives getting back to normal after weeks of restrictions to stem the spread of the coronavirus in the Kingdom. Abdulelah Hamed, a 28-year-old Saudi pharmacist, welcomed the new decisions, saying that strict measures were in favor of the public’s safety. “Though it was a chaotic period, our government chose to help and educate us so that we emerge from this crisis unscarred and prepared citizens.” Saudi journalist Nouf Al-Oufi, 30, said that the decisions depend on the awareness of society. “The Kingdom has taken necessary actions since the beginning of the spread of the virus and was one of the leading countries in taking early measures to protect the health of its citizens.” She said: “The past three months have served as lessons for citizens on how to take care of their health, the health of their families.” Shahana Parveen, a teacher at the New Middle East International School in Riyadh, said: “We are very happy that the lockdown will end soon and things will get back to normal.” She said, however, that risk remained. “It is of utmost importance to comply with the ministry’s health and hygiene guidelines. We should continue maintaining social distance, avoid gatherings, wear masks and sanitize hands and utensils.” Murshid Kamal, convener at the India Islamic Cultural Center, Middle East region, told Arab News: “It’s a welcome move by the government. Saudi Arabia has done pretty well compared to other countries in the world. I urge community members to take care while going out in terms of hygiene and maintain the highest degree of social distancing norms to combat COVID-19.” Mohammed Aslam Jameel, a travel supervisor at Global Travel Solutions in Riyadh, said: “It is highly appreciated that the government is taking measures in an excellent way to ease the curfew in phases and allowing reopening of workplaces, mosques and other essential businesses.” “It is commendable that they have analyzed the situation and taken appropriate steps to boost public morale,” he said. Since domestic air operations will resume on June 1 as announced, Jameel hoped international flights would also begin soon.  M. Arshad Ali Khan, a schoolteacher in Riyadh, said: “The whole world is facing a challenging time due to COVID-19. This is a health emergency and an unprecedented situation. People are confined at home, their work and offices are closed. They were experiencing mental stress and anxiety, especially expatriates in the Kingdom.” “At this juncture I would like to thank and appreciate the role of the Saudi government and also welcome the decision returning to normal life with the blessing of Almighty. I urge people to follow the Health Ministry’s guidelines and avoid nonessential travel, gathering, follow all government instructions, and minimize outdoor activity,” he said. He also emphasized basic health precautions, especially frequent hand washing with soap and water, the practice of good coughing/sneezing etiquette, and the heeding of all security advice. Zafar Hasan said: “As the coronavirus is still spreading with cases reported daily, I don’t think it is necessary to work from the office; we could work virtually like before to continue working from home.” He added that attending the office only on a need-to basis was required, and while going out precautionary measures must be taken such as ensuring proper hygiene, disinfection and social distancing. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaCoronavirus Saudi Arabia's human resources minister says time for business to resumeSaudi heath ministry reports 12 new coronavirus deaths

Domestic flights to resume in Saudi Arabia

Tue, 2020-05-26 22:52 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) said on Tuesday that domestic flights through national carriers will start again on Sunday. The authority said it had completed operational preparations to gradually l
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Domestic flights to resume in Saudi Arabia

Tue, 2020-05-26 22:52 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) said on Tuesday that domestic flights through national carriers will start again on Sunday. The authority said it had completed operational preparations to gradually lift the suspension introduced to tackle the spread of coronavirus. “This is to ensure safe journeys for travelers through Saudi airports, while taking all necessary precautions and health measures,” it said. The authority will also work in coordination with airports, air carriers and companies operating in the civil aviation sector to meet the demand in the local market. Saudi Arabia suspended international flights from March 15 and domestic flights from March 21 in response to the spread of COVID-19. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: CoronavirusSaudi Arabiaflights Domestic tourism to resume in Egypt; coastal cities ‘healthier’, says minister

Houthi missile injures three women in Saudi Arabia

Tue, 2020-05-26 23:01 RIYADH: Three women were wounded by a Houthi attack towards a town in the Saudi border region of Jazan, the Saudi Press Agency reported Tuesday.  Spokesman for the Civil Defense in Jazan, Mohammed Al-Ghamdi, said the center received
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Houthi missile injures three women in Saudi Arabia

Tue, 2020-05-26 23:01 RIYADH: Three women were wounded by a Houthi attack towards a town in the Saudi border region of Jazan, the Saudi Press Agency reported Tuesday.  Spokesman for the Civil Defense in Jazan, Mohammed Al-Ghamdi, said the center received a report claiming that military missile was launched towards a town located near the border in Jazan. Three women have suffered minor injuries and one house was damaged due to the missile.  The women were transferred to a hospital and their health condition is stable. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaJazanhouthi attack Yemen’s Marib imposes coronavirus curfewYemeni army kills Houthis, liberates parts of Sanaa

السعودية تعلن رسميا مواعيد عودة العمل بالقطاعين الحكومي والخاص

أعلن وزير الموارد البشرية في المملكة العربية السعودية، أحمد بن سليمان الراجحي، الثلاثاء، أن عودة موظفي القطاع العام تدريجيا إلى العمل ستبدأ
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السعودية تعلن رسميا مواعيد عودة العمل بالقطاعين الحكومي والخاص

أعلن وزير الموارد البشرية في المملكة العربية السعودية، أحمد بن سليمان الراجحي، الثلاثاء، أن عودة موظفي القطاع العام تدريجيا إلى العمل ستبدأ اعتبارا م...

رايتس ووتش تطالب السعودية بالإفراج عن ابني ضابط مخابرات لاجئ

دعت منظمة «هيومن رايتس ووتش» الحكومة السعودية إلى الإفراج عن ابنيْ ضابط المخابرات السعودي السابق «سعد الجبري»، الذي يعيش في المنف
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رايتس ووتش تطالب السعودية بالإفراج عن ابني ضابط مخابرات لاجئ

دعت منظمة «هيومن رايتس ووتش» الحكومة السعودية إلى الإفراج عن ابنيْ ضابط المخابرات السعودي السابق «سعد الجبري»، الذي يعيش في المنفى بكندا منذ عام 2017...

الصين تقلص النفط السعودي في أبريل

أوردت بيانات الجمارك الصينية، الثلاثاء، ارتفاع واردات البلاد من النفط الخام الروسي خلال أبريل/ نيسان الماضي، بينما خفضت وارداتها من النفط ال
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الصين تقلص النفط السعودي في أبريل

أوردت بيانات الجمارك الصينية، الثلاثاء، ارتفاع واردات البلاد من النفط الخام الروسي خلال أبريل/ نيسان الماضي، بينما خفضت وارداتها من النفط السعودي خلا...

Saudi Arabia allows mosques to open for weekly Friday prayers

Tue, 2020-05-26 16:42 RIYADH: Mosques in Saudi Arabia are to reopen for Friday prayers this week as the Kingdom relaxes measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. The Ministry of Islamic Affairs said mosques will be open to the public for the weekly prayers f
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Saudi Arabia allows mosques to open for weekly Friday prayers

Tue, 2020-05-26 16:42 RIYADH: Mosques in Saudi Arabia are to reopen for Friday prayers this week as the Kingdom relaxes measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. The Ministry of Islamic Affairs said mosques will be open to the public for the weekly prayers from May 31 until June 20, except in Makkah. A circular issued to mosque staff by Sheikh Abdullatif bin Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman Al-Asheikh, the Islamic affairs minister, said windows and doors must be open at all times and copies of the Qur’an must be temporarily withdrawn. “Worshippers must keep two meters apart and leave a row of space empty between each row,” he said. “They must also wear face masks at all times, bring their own prayer mats and perform ablution at home.” Imams must ensure worshippers avoid crowding when entering and exiting the mosques and children under 15 are not allowed to enter. Water coolers and the distribution of food and drinks are not permitted, as well as incense and miswak, which is used to clean teeth. Mosques must also close all toilets and places of ablution. The instructions follow other announcements in the Kingdom relaxing aspects of the lockdown, including reducing curfews and allowing more movement of people.  The circular to mosque staff also said educational programs and workshops for memorizing the Qur’an should continue remotely online until further notice. Smaller mosques can open 15 minutes before the call to prayer and should close 10 minutes after they finish. Mosques with larger crowds can open 20 minutes before prayers and should close 20 minutes after they finish, and the sermon should not last more than 15 minutes. The Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages, which attract millions of travelers from around the world, will remain suspended until further notice, the ministry said. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaMosquesCoronavirusSheikh Abdullatif bin Abdul Aziz bin Abdul Rahman Al-AsheikhMinistry of Islamic Affairs Saudi heath ministry reports 12 new coronavirus deaths Saudi Arabia eases coronavirus lockdown restrictions

Saudi heath ministry reports 12 new coronavirus deaths

Tue, 2020-05-26 17:02 RIYADH: Twelve more people have died from COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia and 1,931 new cases have been discovered, the health ministry said Tuesday. The new cases have raised the total number to 76,726 and the overall virus-related death tol
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Saudi heath ministry reports 12 new coronavirus deaths

Tue, 2020-05-26 17:02 RIYADH: Twelve more people have died from COVID-19 in Saudi Arabia and 1,931 new cases have been discovered, the health ministry said Tuesday. The new cases have raised the total number to 76,726 and the overall virus-related death toll to 411.  The ministry urged people to respect social distancing, specifically important to protect the elderly and patients.  It said the Kingdom is ahead of a transitional phase preparing to return to normal life.  It reassured people saying that the Saudi health sector is strong and has a long expertise. Earlier Tuesday, the Kingdom announced that the curfew would be eased and restrictions on peoples’ movement and businesses would be relaxed. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: CoronavirusSaudi Arabia UAE reports 779 new coronavirus cases, additional recoveries and deathsSaudi Arabia allows mosques to open for weekly Friday prayers

محمد بن سلمان.. مالكا لنيوكاسل خلال ساعات!

كشف مصدر فرنسي أن ولي العهد السعودي «محمد بن سلمان» على وشك إتمام صفقة شراء نادي «نيوكاسل يونايتد» الإنجليزي لكرة القدم، مشيرا إلى
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محمد بن سلمان.. مالكا لنيوكاسل خلال ساعات!

كشف مصدر فرنسي أن ولي العهد السعودي «محمد بن سلمان» على وشك إتمام صفقة شراء نادي «نيوكاسل يونايتد» الإنجليزي لكرة القدم، مشيرا إلى أن الإعلان الرسمي ...

في ثالث أيام العيد بالدول الخليجية.. وفيات وإصابات جديدة بكورونا

أعلنت الدول الخليجية، اليوم الثلاثاء، تسجيل وفيات وإصابات جديدة بفيروس كورونا المستجد، إضافة إلى تعافي حالات جديدة....
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في ثالث أيام العيد بالدول الخليجية.. وفيات وإصابات جديدة بكورونا

أعلنت الدول الخليجية، اليوم الثلاثاء، تسجيل وفيات وإصابات جديدة بفيروس كورونا المستجد، إضافة إلى تعافي حالات جديدة....

Startup of the Week: Sepale offers long-lasting blooms

Tue, 2020-05-26 03:31 JEDDAH: Qualified chemical engineer Fahad Andergeeri became a florist after spotting a gap in the market. “The idea for Sepale came when I couldn’t find a good flower shop here (in Jeddah), nothing compared with Dubai or New York
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Startup of the Week: Sepale offers long-lasting blooms

Tue, 2020-05-26 03:31 JEDDAH: Qualified chemical engineer Fahad Andergeeri became a florist after spotting a gap in the market. “The idea for Sepale came when I couldn’t find a good flower shop here (in Jeddah), nothing compared with Dubai or New York,” he told Arab News. “So I decided to open up my own brand.” The 27-year-old entrepreneur started his online store to sell long-lasting blooms that people could cherish. He also introduced top-notch chocolate and packaging as quality is something Andergeeri is particularly proud of.  “We try to keep everything very high quality, the packages are high-end, the roses are some of the best in the world, and the chocolates are imported from Belgium. We wouldn’t sell fresh flowers in the beginning, we would sell preserved roses that last for a year or more.” Preserved roses are fresh roses that are chemically treated to live for longer periods of time. Andergeeri’s passion for flowers started in childhood. “I spent a lot of time browsing on Instagram. At that time, I knew that there were very few shops that specialized in selling flowers.” He became curious and started to familiarize himself with local vendors. He said that the rose industry in Jeddah was still developing when he entered the market, so he decided to import roses from abroad. “It took time to learn and figure (it) out. I researched a lot and traveled to places like the Netherlands and China. It was a challenge in the beginning but once we got better at it, it got easier.” The whole process took him six months of sampling, researching, and changing the products to suit the brand image. The packaging is what makes the shop unique, he added. “I wanted to give the receiver something that is a complete gift they can keep for the maximum amount of time. It is not like a bouquet that you will keep for a few days and then throw away.” He aims to become one of the leading flower shops in the market by 2030. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaStartup of the Week Startup of the Week: Building bridges and reviving a dying skillStartup of the Week: Design firm’s message is loud and clear

KSRelief continues water supply project in Yemen

Tue, 2020-05-26 03:37 HAJJAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) continued the implementation of its water supply and environmental sanitation projects in a number of directorates in the Yemeni Hajjah governorate. Between May 14-
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KSRelief continues water supply project in Yemen

Tue, 2020-05-26 03:37 HAJJAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) continued the implementation of its water supply and environmental sanitation projects in a number of directorates in the Yemeni Hajjah governorate. Between May 14-20, approximately 101,000 liters of healthy drinking water and 202,000 liters of water for other purposes were pumped into tanks, benefiting a total of 5,600 people. The projects come within the framework of the Kingdom’s relief efforts to improve the living conditions of Yemenis through the country’s humanitarian crisis. KSRelief has implemented 1,295 projects worth $4.4 billion throughout the world.  In Yemen, KSRelief has carried out hundreds of humanitarian projects, including initiatives in the health sector, food security, education, emergency communications, and sanitation.  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) KSRelief distributes aid in Lebanon, YemenInternational organizations hail KSRelief humanitarian efforts

SR137m of debt paid via Saudi Interior Ministry’s Furijat

Author: Tue, 2020-05-26 03:46 JEDDAH: The value of debt paid through donations as part of the Interior Ministry’s Furijat initiative has reached more than SR137 million ($36.4 million), according to a report published on its Twitter account. Accordi
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SR137m of debt paid via Saudi Interior Ministry’s Furijat

Author: Tue, 2020-05-26 03:46 JEDDAH: The value of debt paid through donations as part of the Interior Ministry’s Furijat initiative has reached more than SR137 million ($36.4 million), according to a report published on its Twitter account. According to the report, 1,024 citizens and residents have benefited from the program in the 18 days since its launch. The initiative aims to provide a simple, safe medium through which to donate money to pay the debts of people convicted in non-criminal financial cases and who are eligible for benefits from government support programs. In collaboration with the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, the Saudi Authority for Data and Artificial Intelligence and the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), Furijat will be accessible via the Absher electronic platform. Through Absher, donors can make payments by clicking on the application icon on the directorate’s website, and choosing the category of beneficiary and the amount to donate. The process may be completed via the SADAD payment system provided by SAMA.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Furijat

Home alone: Saudis and expats try to beat the holiday blues

Author: Tue, 2020-05-26 03:42 JEDDAH: For different reasons many people living in the Kingdom have found themselves alone for the holidays due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, their spirits dampened as they are forced to stay home alone
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Home alone: Saudis and expats try to beat the holiday blues

Author: Tue, 2020-05-26 03:42 JEDDAH: For different reasons many people living in the Kingdom have found themselves alone for the holidays due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, their spirits dampened as they are forced to stay home alone, away from loved ones. As the pandemic enters its third month in Saudi Arabia, flights have not yet resumed, strict social distancing and safety measures are still in place and curfews have been reimposed to curb the spread of the virus during the Eid holidays. Many families are stranded in cities across the Kingdom, while Saudis studying and working abroad are either stuck or have chosen to spend summer where they are out of fear they will not be able to return and start their new semesters. Some people were able to move in with their families and quarantine together, while others were deprived of that chance. A number of Saudi nationals, including students, have been repatriated in the past couple of weeks while others are still waiting for their turn. Yousef Al-Ayesh, a 21-year-old senior student at Arizona State University, has been at home since late March as a precautionary measure. He said that Eid with his family in Jeddah was one event that everyone looked forward to all year long. Under normal circumstances the first three days of Eid would be filled with events — family dinners at night and beach excursions during the day. Although he would be sleep-deprived, he would still make the most of the little time he spent with his family due to his studies. “With all that’s going on, it doesn’t even feel like it’s Eid,” he told Arab News.  “It most probably would have been different if I was back in Saudi Arabia but I still wouldn’t have been able to celebrate it the same way. It’s not that bad here (in the US) now since restaurants have reopened and my friends and I have the outdoors to enjoy, have a barbecue, or just hang out. I would have felt worse if I was alone. Ramadan was already odd enough, I don’t think I would have been OK if it were the case without them.” Although his family lives 8,000 miles away he did not feel alone as his group of friends decided to celebrate together, even without the perks of new clothes and eidiyas from aunts and uncles. It’s an exceptional year for us and one that is teaching us a lesson on various levels, but we must adapt either way. Fareed Abdullah Fareed Al-Ayesh hoped to be repatriated to the Kingdom soon and spend some time with his family after his mandatory quarantine. Fareed Abdullah Fareed, a 29-year-old expat working and living in Riyadh, said this year’s Eid was tough without his family. Although he is used to living alone because of his job, Eid was the one occasion he looked forward to the most every year because he got to travel to Cairo and be with his family. “My family moved from Jeddah to Cairo about four or five years ago and Eid is a significant occasion in the family, Eid Al-Fitr is significantly more special than Eid Al-Adha even,” he told Arab News. “I look forward to traveling to see them every year since moving to Riyadh but wasn’t able to with the lockdown, so we all got together on FaceTime video call and spent the whole day speaking to family members.” Like many expats, Fareed has spent the past months at home and said it was hard for him and his family but that communication had made the ordeal slightly easier. “It’s an exceptional year for us and one that is teaching us a lesson on various levels, but we must adapt either way,” he added. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaCoronavirus (COVID-19) Saudis find innovative ways to give Eid gifts amid pandemicSaudi Arabia reports 9 new COVID-19 deaths

Saudi Arabia eases coronavirus lockdown restrictions

Tue, 2020-05-26 04:24 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced the easing of restrictions that has halted much of the activity in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. As of Sunday 31, May, the curfew on all areas of the Kingdom will be eased, except Makkah.
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Saudi Arabia eases coronavirus lockdown restrictions

Tue, 2020-05-26 04:24 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced the easing of restrictions that has halted much of the activity in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. As of Sunday 31, May, the curfew on all areas of the Kingdom will be eased, except Makkah. Movement in cities and within the regions of the country will again be permitted, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday. The easing will mean the Kingdom’s 24-hour lockdown is relaxed with a curfew from 3 p.m to 6 a.m until Sunday, after which the hours will change to 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.. Makkah will remain under a full 24-hour lockdown. On June 21, all curfews in the Kingdom will be lifted and prayers at Makkah’s mosque will be permitted. Before then, social distancing guidelines must continue to be adhered to and gatherings of more than 50 people will continue to be banned. Authorities have also allowed the attendance at ministries, government agencies and private sector companies, and the return of their office activities. Some economic and commercial activities will also be allowed to take place including those at wholesale and retail shops, as well as malls. Cafes will be permitted to operate once more. However, all job sectors where social distancing rules are harder to achieve such as beauty salons, barbershops, sports and health clubs, recreational centers and cinemas will remain closed. Umrah pilgrimage and international flights will continue to be suspended until further notice. The new rules are subject to constant evaluation at the health ministry and can be changed if the situation warrants it. Earlier, Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah, the health minister, said: “The phases start gradually until we return to normalcy, with its new concept based on social distancing.”  He added that the precautionary steps taken by the Kingdom early in the outbreak helped to limit the spread of the virus.  Now, he said, the ministry has developed a plan for the next phase that relies on two main factors: The capacity of the health care system to cope with critical cases, and the expansion of testing to identify new infections as soon as possible. Reassuring the Saudi nation on Monday, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said: “The bad conditions will pass, God willing, and we are heading toward the good, God willing.”  The Kingdom recorded 2,235 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, taking the total to 74,795, and the death toll rose by nine to 399. Worldwide the virus has infected more than 5.5 million people and killed nearly 350,000. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaCoronavirus Saudi Arabia will ease COVID-19 lockdown from Thursday

أمر باعتقال سعودي نشر معلومات حول موعد فتح المساجد!

أصدرت النيابة العامة السعودية أمرا بالقبض على مواطن بتهمة نشر وترويج معلومات حول موعد فتح المساجد في ظل الإجراءات الاحترازية لمواجهة فيروس ك
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أمر باعتقال سعودي نشر معلومات حول موعد فتح المساجد!

أصدرت النيابة العامة السعودية أمرا بالقبض على مواطن بتهمة نشر وترويج معلومات حول موعد فتح المساجد في ظل الإجراءات الاحترازية لمواجهة فيروس كورونا....

Saudi Arabia will ease COVID-19 lockdown from Thursday

Mon, 2020-05-25 21:21 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will begin to ease its COVID-19 lockdown from Thursday. Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah said the easing will be done in phases and will depend on reports on the spread of the virus.  The first phase will begi
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Saudi Arabia will ease COVID-19 lockdown from Thursday

Mon, 2020-05-25 21:21 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will begin to ease its COVID-19 lockdown from Thursday. Health Minister Tawfiq Al-Rabiah said the easing will be done in phases and will depend on reports on the spread of the virus.  The first phase will begin with expanding capacity to serve «critical patients» and the second phase will include intensifying COVID-19 tests and early detection . Speaking in a press conference on Monday, the Health Minister said the people of the Kingdom had shown a “high amount of responsibility in practicing social distancing.”  «After five months since this pandemic have started, where the global health systems faced great difficulties in dealing with it, the society has become today more aware of this virus and implementing the measures of the social distancing, as it is a new experience for all of us,» he said in remarks quoted by the Saudi Press Agency.  -------- READ MORE: Saudi crown prince says COVID-19 will pass Saudi Arabia reports 9 new COVID-19 deaths -------- Rabiah said imposing the precautionary measures during an early phase of the pandemic had put the Kingdom in more control of the virus spread. «We are proud of the Saudi experts in this field who are internationally recognized, and we rely on their experiences in dealing with that virus,» he added.   The minister said that people should continue taking precautionary measures while leaving their homes by using facemasks and hand gloves. The Health Ministry recorded nine new fatalities and 2,235 new cases of coronavirus in the Kingdom on Monday. The new deaths have increased the virus-related toll in Saudi Arabia to 399 and the total number of confirmed cases to 74,795.  It also said the number of recoveries has risen to 2,148, raising the total number of recovered cases 45,668. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: CoronavirusSaudi Arabia Saudi Arabia reports 9 new COVID-19 deaths

Study says work-life balance disturbed by remote working culture

Author: Tue, 2020-05-26 00:45 RIYADH: In the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, governments around the world introduced strict measures to curb its spread. Due to the unavailability of a vaccine against the virus, social distancing
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Study says work-life balance disturbed by remote working culture

Author: Tue, 2020-05-26 00:45 RIYADH: In the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, governments around the world introduced strict measures to curb its spread. Due to the unavailability of a vaccine against the virus, social distancing is here to stay for the foreseeable future. And with stringent coronavirus measures, companies have made arrangements for employees to work from home. As there is no clarity about an end to this viral outbreak, debate on work-life balance has been ignited. A new study titled “How COVID-19 changed the way people work” — conducted by global cybersecurity company Kaspersky — reveals how quarantine has influenced how people work from home. The “new normal” that workers are now facing is starting to have an impact on their work-life balance. Nearly a third (31 percent) of workers said they are spending more time working than they did before. However, 46 percent said they have increased the amount of time they spend on personal activities. This increased time on “personal activities” may be attributed to the fact that many people do not have to spend time commuting. The study added that it has become harder for workers to separate working and personal activity, especially when it comes to IT. It further stated that 55 percent of workers are now reading more news compared with life before the pandemic. Workers are also developing a habit of using personal services for work, increasing digital risks, including the disclosure of sensitive information.  Some 42 percent of employees use personal email accounts for work-related matters, and 49 percent admit their usage has increased when working from home.  “Organizations cannot just fulfill all user requests, such as allowing staff to use any services. It is necessary to find a balance between user convenience, business necessity and security. To achieve this, a company should provide access to services based on the principle of only supplying minimal and necessary privileges, implement a VPN and use secure and approved corporate systems,” said Andrey Evdokimov, chief information security officer at Kaspersky. He added: “These types of software may have certain restrictions that slightly reduce usability, but offer greater assurances in providing security measures.” Dr. Waquar Ahmad Khan, an assistant professor at Taibah University, Madinah told Arab News: “The COVID-19 outbreak and the subsequent work-from-home imperatives and lockdowns have led to significant changes in the workings and lifestyles.” He highlighted that working from home has both positive and negative aspects.  “Being an academic I can say that teaching is an occupation with low suitability to work from home. To teach remotely without socializing can compromise both teachers and students’ academic performance and mental health,” he said. There are other issues from the new working culture. Support from colleagues is now harder to find, at least face-to-face, he said, adding that anxieties about the public health issues itself are high. Dr. Majed Al-Hedayan, a legal expert, told Arab News that the pandemic has led to a restructuring of the concept of job commitments. “It has become an ambitious and optimistic view contrary to what it was before the pandemic that the performance of workers was below the level of ambition,” he added. “This motivates public and private entities to adopt a methodology for remote working in the coming period after the pandemic,” said Al-Hedayan.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia will ease COVID-19 lockdown from ThursdaySaudi tax authority conducts 1,335 inspections to protect VAT system

Saudi Arabia reports 9 new COVID-19 deaths

Mon, 2020-05-25 18:01 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia recorded nine new deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, the health ministry said. The total death toll in Saudi Arabia since the pandemic began is now 399. The ministry also said 2,235 new cases have been discovered, br
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Saudi Arabia reports 9 new COVID-19 deaths

Mon, 2020-05-25 18:01 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia recorded nine new deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, the health ministry said. The total death toll in Saudi Arabia since the pandemic began is now 399. The ministry also said 2,235 new cases have been discovered, bringing the total number of cases to 74,795. The cities that saw the most cases were Riyadh with 765, then Makkah with 416, and Jeddah with 350. The health ministry also said that 2,148 cases have recovered, bringing the total number of patients who have recovered to 45,668. More than five million people have been infected with the virus globally and almost 350,000 have died. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Coronavirus Saudi crown prince says COVID-19 will passSaudi tax authority conducts 1,335 inspections to protect VAT system

تقرير يفضح أكذوبة ترامب حول فرص العمل بصفقات السلاح للسعودية

نشر موقع «defensenews» المتخصص بتكنولوجيا الدفاع تقريرا جديدا كشف فيه عن حقيقة تصريحات الرئيس الأمريكي دونالد ترامب التي يقول فيها إن بيع الأ
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تقرير يفضح أكذوبة ترامب حول فرص العمل بصفقات السلاح للسعودية

نشر موقع «defensenews» المتخصص بتكنولوجيا الدفاع تقريرا جديدا كشف فيه عن حقيقة تصريحات الرئيس الأمريكي دونالد ترامب التي يقول فيها إن بيع الأسلحة للس...

السفارة الأمريكية بليبيا تكذب خبراً نشرته قناة سعودية

نفت السفارة الأمريكية في ليبيا السبت، خبرا نشرته قناة «الحدث» السعودية، بشأن وصول وفد أمريكي إلى مدينة بنغازي الليبية، لبحث مساعي الحل..
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السفارة الأمريكية بليبيا تكذب خبراً نشرته قناة سعودية

نفت السفارة الأمريكية في ليبيا السبت، خبرا نشرته قناة «الحدث» السعودية، بشأن وصول وفد أمريكي إلى مدينة بنغازي الليبية، لبحث مساعي الحل....

إبن سلمان يستهدف أسرة ضابط الاستخبارات السعودي الهارب

قالت مصادر استخبارية غربية إن مسؤولا أمنيا سعوديا رفيع المستوى، عمل لسنوات ضابط اتصال مهما مع جهاز الاستخبارات البريطانية الخارجية، إم آي 6،
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إبن سلمان يستهدف أسرة ضابط الاستخبارات السعودي الهارب

قالت مصادر استخبارية غربية إن مسؤولا أمنيا سعوديا رفيع المستوى، عمل لسنوات ضابط اتصال مهما مع جهاز الاستخبارات البريطانية الخارجية، إم آي 6، وبعض وكا...

Saudi crown prince says COVID-19 will pass

Mon, 2020-05-25 09:50 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has exchanged Eid greetings with senior government officials, saying that he believed the “bad (coronavirus) conditions will pass,” adding “we are heading towards the good
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Saudi crown prince says COVID-19 will pass

Mon, 2020-05-25 09:50 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has exchanged Eid greetings with senior government officials, saying that he believed the “bad (coronavirus) conditions will pass,” adding “we are heading towards the good, state news agency SPA reported. “What pains me this Eid, is that it’s a day of joy and it’s our duty as Muslims to rejoice and I couldn’t be with you today,” the crown prince said during a video call with senior Ministry of Defense officials on Sunday. “But the bad conditions will pass, God willing, and we are heading towards the good, God willing. This is thanks to the fortitude of the men of Saudi Arabia, both military and civilians.” Saudi Arabia celebrated the first day of Eid al-Fitr in a state of 24-hour lockdown, imposed last week to slow the spread of COVID-19. Earlier King Salman thanked people in Saudi Arabia for abiding by the curfew. “I greatly appreciate you celebrating Eid while staying at home and practicing social distancing,” he said on Saturday in a speech delivered by acting Minister of Media Majid al-Qasabi. سمو #ولي_العهد يقدم - عبر الاتصال المرئي - التهنئة لمنسوبي #وزارة_الدفاع بمناسبة #عيد_الفطر المبارك.#واس pic.twitter.com/rwGxijKzk3 — واس الأخبار الملكية (@spagov) May 24, 2020 Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: CoronavirusCOVID-19Mohammed bin SalmanSaudi Arabia Saudis find innovative ways to give Eid gifts amid pandemicKing Salman: Saudi Arabia will overcome coronavirus with 'resolve and positivity'

حماس: الإفراج عن المعتقلين الفلسطينيين بالسعودية أولويتنا

قال ماهر صلاح رئيس حركة المقاومة الإسلامية حماس في منطقة الخارج في رسالة وجهها للمعتقلين الفلسطينيين بالسعودية بمناسبة عيد الفطر السعيد، إن
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حماس: الإفراج عن المعتقلين الفلسطينيين بالسعودية أولويتنا

قال ماهر صلاح رئيس حركة المقاومة الإسلامية حماس في منطقة الخارج في رسالة وجهها للمعتقلين الفلسطينيين بالسعودية بمناسبة عيد الفطر السعيد، إن حريتكم أو...

اليمن.. طيران العدوان يشن سلسلة غارات على صعدة وحجة

شن طيران العدوان السعودي الأمريكي اليوم الاثنين، سلسلة غارات على محافظتي صعدة وحجة، بعد يوم من ارتكابه جريمة بحق المواطنين في منطقة مران بصعد
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اليمن.. طيران العدوان يشن سلسلة غارات على صعدة وحجة

شن طيران العدوان السعودي الأمريكي اليوم الاثنين، سلسلة غارات على محافظتي صعدة وحجة، بعد يوم من ارتكابه جريمة بحق المواطنين في منطقة مران بصعدة، مخلفا...

تفاصيل عن 'دية' خاشقجي التي دُفعت لابنه صلاح!

أكد حساب “العهد الجديد” الشهير بتسريباته السياسية على موقع التواصل الاجتماعي “تويتر”، بأنه تم دفع دية لـ صلاح جمال خاشقجي مقابل مقتل والده
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تفاصيل عن 'دية' خاشقجي التي دُفعت لابنه صلاح!

أكد حساب “العهد الجديد” الشهير بتسريباته السياسية على موقع التواصل الاجتماعي “تويتر”، بأنه تم دفع دية لـ صلاح جمال خاشقجي مقابل مقتل والده داخل القنص...

السعودية.. وفاة العتيبي حارس الملوك ورفيقهم

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Pandemic turns Eid sour as millions stay home to curb virus in Saudi Arabia

Mon, 2020-05-25 02:20 RIYADH: This year Eid Al-Fitr celebrations around the world have been subdued due to the coronavirus pandemic. The holy month of Ramadan and the Eid of 2020 will be remembered as a time when traditions had to be broken to fight the sp
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Pandemic turns Eid sour as millions stay home to curb virus in Saudi Arabia

Mon, 2020-05-25 02:20 RIYADH: This year Eid Al-Fitr celebrations around the world have been subdued due to the coronavirus pandemic. The holy month of Ramadan and the Eid of 2020 will be remembered as a time when traditions had to be broken to fight the spread of the virus. The first day of Eid went by without morning congregations in mosques. Due to social distancing, parties and other family events, which are usually a hallmark of the Eid festivities, did not take place. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, air travel has been suspended globally. This has affected expatriates living in Saudi Arabia who usually travel back to their home countries to celebrate this important occasion with their loved ones. Rafiul Akhtar, a finance professional working with Advanced Electronics Co. Ltd. (AEC) in Riyadh, said: “Eid Al-Fitr follows weeks of fasting and marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. It came amid a lockdown period due to the pandemic, which is indeed very painful.” “For an expat like me, celebrating Eid away from my family is a heartbreaking experience,” he said. Akhtar said that he had never imagined celebrating Eid without family and friends and away from his home country. Left with limited options due to a 24-hour curfew, like many others Akhtar found cooking the best way to spend his time. “I tried making it a little festive by testing my culinary skills by preparing seviyan or vermicelli (a traditional Indian sweet) and biryani, a rice dish with meat and rich Indian spices.” Akhtar said that to get a feel of Eid he tried to change the mood by decorating his place. “I spent most of my time chatting to my family and friends using videocalling apps,” he said. “God willing, this tough time will also pass. The Saudi government has taken many steps to overcome this pandemic. These steps are important to contain the spread of the virus,” Akhtar said. Sharing his experience of spending Eid during the pandemic, Abrar Hussain, a senior corporate account manager at global IT company Citrix Inc., said: “This year Eid Al-Fitr’s celebrations have been overshadowed by the fear of the pandemic.”   “Eid is a festival of greeting and meeting, get-togethers and lavish feasts with families and friends,” he said. “But this year we offered Eid prayers at home and celebrating the festival at home with family, enjoying the traditional Eid delicacies, greeting near and dear ones remotely and virtually. The virus fears have dampened the spirit of the celebration,” he said. Zeenat Enam, a homemaker, said: “This is unprecedented and will go down in history as a unique year when people prayed at home as against usual Eid congregations and stayed indoors without meeting and greeting families and friends.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Eid Al FitrCoronaviirus Ithra marks Eid Al-Fitr with parade in Saudi Arabia's Eastern ProvinceSaudi Arabia records 2,399 new COVID-19 cases

Regional CSR Network selects Princess Hind as global ambassador

Author: Mon, 2020-05-25 02:29 JEDDAH: In recognition of her leading role advocating community services in the Kingdom, the Regional Network for Social Responsibility (CSR), a member of the UN Global Compact, has chosen Princess Hind bint Abdulrahman Al
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Regional CSR Network selects Princess Hind as global ambassador

Author: Mon, 2020-05-25 02:29 JEDDAH: In recognition of her leading role advocating community services in the Kingdom, the Regional Network for Social Responsibility (CSR), a member of the UN Global Compact, has chosen Princess Hind bint Abdulrahman Al-Saud as the global social responsibility ambassador. Commenting on her appointment, she said: “I am honored to be selected as an ambassador to support the fight against the pandemic.” On March 25, the Regional CSR Network launched a campaign to support the international response to combat the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The drive will continue until June 25. “The campaign is to advocate international efforts to combat COVID-19 with Arab participation and community leaders were chosen as global ambassadors to spread useful information to members of the community through various channels to combat the virus,” said Princess Hind on Rotana Khalijia’s Sayidaty show last April. Princess Hind, a long-time champion of community service, considers volunteerism an honorable means to give back to one’s community by utilizing skills and efforts of young men and women and fighting hand in hand with authorities against the pandemic. “Anyone can participate through signing up on the networks’ website and request to document their (volunteer) efforts that must exceed 20 hours,” she added. Through the “We all are responsible” initiative launched by the Saudi Ministry of Health, she called on volunteers to play a role that could make a positive impact on their communities.  As a community leader, she has personally participated in a campaign “we help and assist” where she delivered medications to patients of King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Riyadh. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Princess Hind bint Abdulrahman Al-SaudCSR Network Saudi ministry, Red Sea Development company sign deal for CSR initiativesBahri to nurture CSR culture in Saudi Arabia

Saudis find innovative ways to give Eid gifts amid pandemic

Mon, 2020-05-25 03:04 RIYADH: Due to the ongoing pandemic, Saudis are exploring different ways to exchange gifts and eidiya. They are mostly relying on internet and different apps available to solve this problem by sending e-gifts and transferring money usin
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Saudis find innovative ways to give Eid gifts amid pandemic

Mon, 2020-05-25 03:04 RIYADH: Due to the ongoing pandemic, Saudis are exploring different ways to exchange gifts and eidiya. They are mostly relying on internet and different apps available to solve this problem by sending e-gifts and transferring money using electronic channels. “I got my eidiya this year from my cousin though STC (app),” said Waleed Bukhari. “I normally receive cash from the family’s elders, but I was happy to get something different.” An eidiya is hard to define. Its literal translation is “of Eid” and it is usually a money gift that children — and sometimes adults — receive on the morning of the first day of Eid, with amounts generally depending on one’s age. The Saudi Telecom Co.’s payment app, STC Pay, is offering a fun way for people to send their eidiya money electronically. There are options to customize the envelope and attach a personal message, and many might find this a suitable alternative to the traditional aspect of doling out Eid money. But some prefer to send e-gifts instead of money for Eid. Dana Al-Harbi, a college student, said her parents never gave her money for Eid but that she had yet to receive an Eid gift from them that she did not love. A box to hold money with ‘Blessed Eid’ written on it in Arabic. “Money is useful, sure, but they’ve always given me stuff I appreciated much more,” she told Arab News. “They put a lot of love and thought into their gifts, and that’s more important to me than money.” Some stores offer special boxes or envelopes to hold cash in interesting ways, or sell cards with a little slot for holding rolled-up bills. Some decorate bouquets of flowers with money, hide money inside chocolate wrappers, or even make scavenger hunts for their families with bills hidden around the house for them to find. Wafaa Al-Mansour, a mother of five, recommends handing out gift cards. “There’s something I don’t like about straight-up giving cash out, and I’m always out of the loop when it comes to what my children want as gifts, so I give them the option to choose what they like, but also make sure they’re not wasting money on something I don’t approve of,” she told Arab News. She recommended gift vouchers offered by different bookstores as a good option. “I like to get the SR100 ($26.66) vouchers, as they’re an appropriate amount, the ones under 12 get three and the ones over 12 get five. They can choose to buy books, toys, games, stationery, or even do what my sons did and save up the vouchers for the more expensive electronics. They got their PlayStation that way,” she said. Haifa Abduljaleel prefers to send her three kids their cash by bank transfer, a process that she says has made her life much easier over the years. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Eid Al-FitrCoronaviruseidiyas Saudi Eid festivities set to be most colorful yetEid in Saudi Arabia’s Hijaz region marked by family reunions

Saudi tax authority conducts 1,335 inspections to protect VAT system

Mon, 2020-05-25 05:17 RIYADH: The General Authority for Zakat and Tax (GAZT) has implemented an extensive inspection campaign to shops in the retail sector, the Saudi Press Agency reported. It aims to ensure the commitment of shop owners to the value-adde
Saudi Arabia

Saudi tax authority conducts 1,335 inspections to protect VAT system

Mon, 2020-05-25 05:17 RIYADH: The General Authority for Zakat and Tax (GAZT) has implemented an extensive inspection campaign to shops in the retail sector, the Saudi Press Agency reported. It aims to ensure the commitment of shop owners to the value-added tax (VAT) system and the implementation of its regulations, and the non-implementation of the tax’s updated value before schedule. In cooperation with the Ministry of Commerce, GAZT has implemented 1,335 inspection visits, with the participation of all the authorities’ branches in different regions since the announcement of increasing the VAT to 15 percent from 5 percent on May 11. The number of shops penalized for tax violations has reached 421, and violations varied from not keeping records, documents and tax invoices to failing to collect VAT. GAZT called on owners of commercial enterprises to commit to the scheduled date to implement the new VAT of 15 percent on products and services, starting July 1, 2020. It stressed that its inspection campaigns will continue in markets and shops to ensure the commitment of people responsible for tax regulations in the Kingdom. GAZT called on all consumers to report any enterprises that implement the new VAT before its due date on the authority’s official website gazt.gov.sa through the unified number 19993 or the VAT’s special app. GAZT had issued an instruction manual for transitional provisions related to increasing the original VAT to 15 percent, available on the authority’s official website.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia

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