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Dr. Abdullah Owaiqil Al-Sulami, president of the Jeddah Literary Cultural Club

Sat, 2020-05-23 00:01 Dr. Abdullah Owaiqil Al-Sulami is the president of the Jeddah Literary Cultural Club and an Arabic language professor at the King Abdul Aziz University’s (KAU) college of arts and humanities in the city. Al-Sulami received his bache

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs reopens at 30% capacity 

Author: Sun, 2020-05-31 15:15 Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs reopened its offices across the Kingdom on Sunday with strict measures in place to keep the spread of the coronavirus under control, Saudi state agency SPA reported.   Offices
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Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs reopens at 30% capacity 

Author: Sun, 2020-05-31 15:15 Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs reopened its offices across the Kingdom on Sunday with strict measures in place to keep the spread of the coronavirus under control, Saudi state agency SPA reported.   Offices within the ministry will be working at a 30% capacity where employees will be required to have a minimum of a two-meter distance from each other, wear face masks, wash their hands regularly and not share office tools.  Employees will be required to communicate via email and telephone and use remote video calling for meetings and workshops.   The ministry announced that it had prepared workplaces in the ministry’s office and its branches for recommencement of work.  The ministry and its branches have also completed sterilization, cleaning and maintenance operations.  Upon entering the offices, employees will have their temperatures checked and those with a high temperature will be referred to the ministry of health immediately.  Those who violate the measures will not be permitted entry. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia and Russia in talks on new anti-COVID-19 treatment

Sun, 2020-05-31 16:28 DUBAI: Russia has developed a promising new treatment for the coronavirus COVID-19 which it could soon trial in partnership with Saudi Arabian health experts. The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), the country’s sovereign wealt
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Saudi Arabia and Russia in talks on new anti-COVID-19 treatment

Sun, 2020-05-31 16:28 DUBAI: Russia has developed a promising new treatment for the coronavirus COVID-19 which it could soon trial in partnership with Saudi Arabian health experts. The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), the country’s sovereign wealth fund which has collaborated with the Kingdom on many investment projects, is set to unveil the new drug, Avifavir, at a virtual press conference in Moscow today (Mon). RDIF said that the drug, which “has shown high efficacy in treating patients with coronavirus during clinical trials,” had received a registration certificate from the Russian health ministry. Kirill Dmitriev, the RDIF chief executive, told Arab News: “We are in talks with our Saudi partners about possible supplies of Avifavir to Saudi Arabia. We shared with them the positive results of clinical trials in Russia. Our partners expressed interest in starting a clinical trial of Avifavir in the Kingdom.” Avifavir, which disrupts the reproduction mechanisms of coronavirus, is the first Russian direct antiviral drug that has proven effective in clinical trials. The drug has been well studied, since it has been used in Japan since 2014 against severe forms of influenza, RDIF said. Dmitriev added: “Afivavir is not only the first antiviral drug registered against coronavirus in Russia, but it is also perhaps the most promising anti-COVID-19 drug in the world. It was developed and tested in clinical trials in Russia in an unprecedentedly short period of time enabling Afivavir to become the first registered drug based on Favipiravir in the world.” Favipiravir is a drug that has proven effective in the treatment of infected patients in China and in clinical trials in Russia. Preparations are currently underway for the mass production of the drug. Avifavir proved to be highly effective during the clinical trials involving I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University, Lomonosov Moscow State University and other medical and academic institutions, it added. The final stage of trials on 330 patients is ongoing with the approval of the Russian ministry of health. It was developed by RDIF in partnership with Chemrar, a Russian pharmaceuticals research and development group. RDIF has invested significant resources into anti-COVID measures since the outbreak of the pandemic, developing a high speed testing kit along with Japanese partners, as well other diagnostic and support systems. It is believed to be working on a vaccine against the virus which could soon be unveiled, according to Moscow sources. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: CoronavirusCOVID-19RussiaSaudi Arabia Egypt receives more stranded citizens amid coronavirus pandemicSaudi Arabia reopens mosques after 2 month coronavirus lockdown

Saudi Arabia announces 23 more deaths from COVID-19

Sun, 2020-05-31 17:55 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 23 more deaths from COVID-19 and 1,877 new cases of the disease on Sunday.  Of the new cases, 586 were recorded in Jeddah, 504 in Riyadh, and 159 in Makkah. The total number of confirmed coronavirus cas
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Saudi Arabia announces 23 more deaths from COVID-19

Sun, 2020-05-31 17:55 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 23 more deaths from COVID-19 and 1,877 new cases of the disease on Sunday.  Of the new cases, 586 were recorded in Jeddah, 504 in Riyadh, and 159 in Makkah. The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the kingdom has reached 85,261.  The health ministry also announced that 3,559 more patients had recovered from the coronavirus, bringing the total number of people who have recovered in the Kingdom to 62,442. A total of 503 people have died from COVID-19 in the Kingdom so far. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaCoronavirus Saudi Arabia reopens mosques after 2 month coronavirus lockdownSaudi Arabia’s Ministry of Islamic Affairs reopens at 30% capacity 

حصيلة عربية جديدة بالوفيات والمصابين بكورونا

أعلنت دول خليجية، اليوم الأحد، حصيلة جديدة للإصابات الناجمة عن فيروس كورونا المستجد....
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حصيلة عربية جديدة بالوفيات والمصابين بكورونا

أعلنت دول خليجية، اليوم الأحد، حصيلة جديدة للإصابات الناجمة عن فيروس كورونا المستجد....

كشف مواعيد عودة رحلات الطيران بين دول خليجية وعربية

كشفت شركة الخطوط الجوية القطرية، اليوم الأحد، عن موعد استئناف رحلاتها من الدوحة إلى العاصمة الأردنية عمّان، فيما تستعد الإماراتية لتسيير 65 ر
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كشف مواعيد عودة رحلات الطيران بين دول خليجية وعربية

كشفت شركة الخطوط الجوية القطرية، اليوم الأحد، عن موعد استئناف رحلاتها من الدوحة إلى العاصمة الأردنية عمّان، فيما تستعد الإماراتية لتسيير 65 رحلة أسبو...

مصر تعيد 167 مواطن من العالقين في السعودية

استقبل مطار مرسى علم الدولي رحلة قادمة من جدة وعلى متنها 167 راكبا مصريا من العالقين بالسعودية، ضمن رحلات الجسر الجوي التي أقرتها الحكومة المصر
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مصر تعيد 167 مواطن من العالقين في السعودية

استقبل مطار مرسى علم الدولي رحلة قادمة من جدة وعلى متنها 167 راكبا مصريا من العالقين بالسعودية، ضمن رحلات الجسر الجوي التي أقرتها الحكومة المصرية....

ذكرى هدم قبور ائمة البقيع (ع) على يد الوهابية وآل سعود

الـ 8 من شوال يصادف ذكرى مريرة على قلوب أحبة أهل بيت النبوة (عليهم السلام)، ألا وهو ذكرى هدم قبور أئمة البقيع (عليهم السلام) على أيدي الطغاة الذي
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ذكرى هدم قبور ائمة البقيع (ع) على يد الوهابية وآل سعود

الـ 8 من شوال يصادف ذكرى مريرة على قلوب أحبة أهل بيت النبوة (عليهم السلام)، ألا وهو ذكرى هدم قبور أئمة البقيع (عليهم السلام) على أيدي الطغاة الذين لم...

انطلاق الرحلات الداخلية في السعودية بهذه الشروط

انطلقت صباح اليوم الأحد، أول رحلة جوية داخلية من «مطار الملك عبد العزيز الدولي» الجديد باتجاه العاصمة الرياض عبر الخطوط السعودية، بعد ت
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انطلاق الرحلات الداخلية في السعودية بهذه الشروط

انطلقت صباح اليوم الأحد، أول رحلة جوية داخلية من «مطار الملك عبد العزيز الدولي» الجديد باتجاه العاصمة الرياض عبر الخطوط السعودية، بعد توقف لفترة كإجر...

Saudi Arabia reopens mosques after 2 month coronavirus lockdown

Sun, 2020-05-31 12:09 Thousands of mosques across Saudi Arabia have reopened for the first time in more than two months, Saudi state news agency SPA reported. Worshipers have been ordered to follow strict guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus
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Saudi Arabia reopens mosques after 2 month coronavirus lockdown

Sun, 2020-05-31 12:09 Thousands of mosques across Saudi Arabia have reopened for the first time in more than two months, Saudi state news agency SPA reported. Worshipers have been ordered to follow strict guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The government has asked people to keep a distance of two meters between rows, wear face masks and to bring their own prayer mats. Mosques were cleaned and sterilized by local authorities, including Qurans and Quran holders. Precaution has also been taken when opening doors and windows during prayer times and when worshipers enter the mosques. Mosques will be opened 15 minutes before the call to prayer and will close 10 minutes after prayer. The first call to prayer on Fridays will start 20 minutes before prayer time, and mosques will be opened 20 minutes before and will close 20 minutes after. The Friday sermon prayer should not exceed 15 minutes, authorities warned. The new measures come as Saudi Arabia and other countries around the world begin to loosen restrictions following weeks of curfews and lockdowns. Also Sunday, the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem that had been closed since mid-March reopened for prayers. Worshipers waited outside the gates, many wearing surgical masks. As they entered, they were stopped to have their temperature taken. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Coronavirus

Jazan governor inaugurates Al-Aridhah’s new hospital building

Author: Sun, 2020-05-31 00:53 JAZAN: Jazan Gov. Prince Mohammed bin Nasser bin Abdul Aziz inaugurated the new building of Al-Aridhah Hospital on Saturday. During the inauguration, Prince Mohammed listened, via videoconferencing, to a detailed explanatio
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Jazan governor inaugurates Al-Aridhah’s new hospital building

Author: Sun, 2020-05-31 00:53 JAZAN: Jazan Gov. Prince Mohammed bin Nasser bin Abdul Aziz inaugurated the new building of Al-Aridhah Hospital on Saturday. During the inauguration, Prince Mohammed listened, via videoconferencing, to a detailed explanation by Minister of Health Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah about the characteristics of the new building, which cost SR45.5 million ($11.83 million), with a clinical capacity of 50 beds. Al-Rabiah detailed the health services that the hospital will provide to the people of the Al-Aridhah governorate and its residents, centers and villages, noting that this project was carried out by the ministry, represented by the Directorate General of Health Affairs in Jazan, under the guidance of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He also praised Jazan’s governor and his deputy for following up on all projects and works executed by the Ministry of Health in the region. Abdul Rahman Al-Harbi, the director general of Health Affairs in Jazan, explained to the governor the characteristics of the new building, which is equipped with the most advanced medical equipment. He described its various clinics and departments, including intensive care, hypnosis, emergency, radiology, laboratory, diagnostic and therapeutic services provided round the clock. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: JazanSaudi Arabia Saudi Arabia could return to extreme precautionary restrictions, minister warnsHopeful and hopeless: Survey reveals mixed feelings about post-lockdown life in Saudi Arabia

Saudi king, crown prince congratulate president-elect of Burundi on victory

Author: Sun, 2020-05-31 05:03 King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday congratulated Evariste Ndayishimiye on winning the presidential election in Burundi. The king and crown prince wished Ndayishimiye success and the people of Burun
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Saudi king, crown prince congratulate president-elect of Burundi on victory

Author: Sun, 2020-05-31 05:03 King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday congratulated Evariste Ndayishimiye on winning the presidential election in Burundi. The king and crown prince wished Ndayishimiye success and the people of Burundi further progress and prosperity.  Ndayishimiye, who was the ruling party’s candidate, was on Monday declared victorious after winning 68.72 percent of the vote. Opposition leader Agathon Rwasa received 24.19 percent. Ndayishimiye, 52, is a former army general and will replace President Pierre Nkurunziza. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaBURUNDI King Salman: Saudi Arabia will overcome coronavirus with 'resolve and positivity'King Salman chairs online Cabinet session

شاهد: الإعلان عن مجلس تنسيقي لإزاحة بن سلمان يضم أمراء

كشف الناشط السعودي «عبد الرحمن السهيمي» عن تشكيل مجلس تنسيقي للمعارضة السعودية يضم ثلاثة أمراء من العائلة الحاكمة، يهدف إلى إزاحة الأمي
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شاهد: الإعلان عن مجلس تنسيقي لإزاحة بن سلمان يضم أمراء

كشف الناشط السعودي «عبد الرحمن السهيمي» عن تشكيل مجلس تنسيقي للمعارضة السعودية يضم ثلاثة أمراء من العائلة الحاكمة، يهدف إلى إزاحة الأمير "محمد بن سلم...

شاهد..فتح أبواب المسجد النبوي الشريف أمام المصلين

أدى مئات المصلين صلاة فجر الأحد في المسجد النبوي الشريف بالمدينة المنورة، بعد فتحه أمامهم بقرار من السلطات السعودية، لتنهي حالة إغلاق له استم
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شاهد..فتح أبواب المسجد النبوي الشريف أمام المصلين

أدى مئات المصلين صلاة فجر الأحد في المسجد النبوي الشريف بالمدينة المنورة، بعد فتحه أمامهم بقرار من السلطات السعودية، لتنهي حالة إغلاق له استمرت لأساب...

What gives Saudi Arabia the confidence to ease coronavirus restrictions

Sat, 2020-05-30 23:20 RIYADH: As Saudi Arabia implements a three-stage plan to introduce a return to normal life in less than a month, experts have urged citizens and residents to keep practicing social distancing, wear face masks in public settings and main
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What gives Saudi Arabia the confidence to ease coronavirus restrictions

Sat, 2020-05-30 23:20 RIYADH: As Saudi Arabia implements a three-stage plan to introduce a return to normal life in less than a month, experts have urged citizens and residents to keep practicing social distancing, wear face masks in public settings and maintain hand hygiene among other precautionary measures. The confidence behind the government’s move to relax the coronavirus lockdown stems not just from the hope that all sectors will abide by the officially recommended preventive protocols, but also from adequate stocks of essential commodities and protective items such as face masks, hand sanitizers and gloves. There are an estimated 50 industrial units in the Kingdom that produce medical goods, along with seven factories dedicated to the development of respiratory devices. Each is doing its part to serve the country and its residents at a critical moment in history. One of them is Enayah, Saudi Arabia’s largest manufacturer of medical masks and gowns and comprehensive medical packs. On any given day, the production lines at the Enayah factory in Riyadh hum with the noise of blue and yellow plastic sheets being turned by machines and skilled workers into surgical gowns and other medical products that meet international standards. Enayah, in Riyadh, is Saudi Arabia’s largest manufacturer of medical masks and gowns and comprehensive medical packs. (AN Photo) “We are producing medical products for the local market. We are also exporting to the GCC and Arab countries as well as to Europe through our foreign partners,” Abdel Hakim Al-Madhi, general manager of Enayah, told Arab News. Enayah, which is making 250,000 comprehensive medical packs a week, has set for itself a production target of 800,000 gowns a week and a total of 10 million medical masks for the month of June. “What we are seeing today is an abundance of goods and commodities in all markets, hypermarkets, stores and warehouses,” said Abdulrahman Al-Hussain, spokesperson for the Saudi Ministry of Commerce and Investment (MCI). He said that unlike many other countries that ran into problems at the start of the crisis, the Kingdom’s markets did not experience any shortage or instability. He attributed the situation to the crisis and contingency plans put in place by the Saudi government, especially the MCI and its partners, who worked with a clear purpose and focus to produce such an outcome. “Consumers are satisfied. Consumer confidence in Saudi Arabia is ranked first in the world and surpasses the levels of more than 35 international economies,” Al-Hussain told Arab News. “The adequate levels of supplies that we have witnessed during this crisis are the result of rationing.” Enayah, in Riyadh, is Saudi Arabia’s largest manufacturer of medical masks and gowns and comprehensive medical packs. (AN Photo) Al-Hussain said that Saudi consumers can rest assured about goods and commodities in stock — “availability is of the highest levels in the Middle East” — but urged shoppers to be moderate in their consumption. “As we always say, what exceeds your need is a need for someone else,” he told Arab News. “Consumers, be they citizens or residents, are satisfied that products and commodities are in abundance. There is no reason to buy more and overconsume. I will always recommend consuming in moderation.” Between March 1 and mid-May, MCI teams conducted more than 153,878 field inspections, which detected 14,096 violations and resulted in instant fines being applied to the violators, Al-Hussain said. Over the same period, the MCI responded to 119,830 electronic-service requests as part of its effort to assist the business sector. FASTFACT IN NUMBERS - 787,465 COVID-19 tests carried out in KSA - 57,013 Total number of recoveries - 81,766 Total COVID-19 cases reported (Source: KSA Health Ministry figures, as of May 29, 2020) It also received 170,979 calls and inquiries at its business sector call center, established 481 initiatives for businessmen to mitigate the effects of the crisis (“our merchants are benevolent”), and enabled the production of 19 million medical masks and 210 tons of sterilizer. Production of sanitizer lotions has been bumped up to 50 tons per day — twice the pre-coronavirus crisis rate — at Avalon Pharma’s factory in Riyadh’s Industrial City. (AN Photo) The MCI has seized products from price offenders and reintroduced them to the market at fair prices. “The inspections have proved that there is an abundance of basic and consumer goods. Price violations have dropped by more than 60 percent so far,” he told Arab News. “There is overall price stability. The MCI is dealing with the issue rigorously and strictly. “Consumer rights have always been a red line that cannot be crossed. There is an electronic system in the MCI that has more than 116 products whose prices are monitored. If there is a price violation, it will be immediately detected.” Teams from the Ministry of Commerce and Investment have conducted tens of thousands of field inspections across the Kingdom, detected thousands of violations and levied instant fines. (AN Photo) Addressing the situation in a broader context, Al-Hussain said: “We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused an economic crisis in all countries. I think that one of the main pillars of the Kingdom’s vision is the private sector and commercial establishments. “Government agencies have provided financial packages of more than SR170 billion ($45 billion) to mitigate the effects of this pandemic. “These packages — provided by the Ministry of Finance, the Monetary Agency and the Ministry of Human Resources — were in the form of an exemption or postponement of the payment of some government fees. “They were given in the form of loans, in the form of supporting local content, in the form of supporting the salaries of Saudis working in private-sector facilities. Everything that arises again will be dealt with as needed.” According to Al-Hussain, the incentives provided by the government to ensure a stable market have benefited a total of 9,000 factories, about 3,000 of which have been working at full production capacity to provide food and pharmaceutical products needed by the market. Meanwhile, online shopping has soared by 400 percent over a two-month period, resulting in delivery hiccups. Some consumers have complained of shipping delays as some vendors have been unable to run normal commercial operations during curfew hours. Teams from the Ministry of Commerce and Investment have conducted tens of thousands of field inspections across the Kingdom, detected thousands of violations and levied instant fines. (AN Photo) As e-commerce sorts out its logistical problems, Saudi retail stores and shopping malls are reopening their doors to the public, albeit with strict rules in place. Children under the age of 15 are not allowed entry into commercial retail centers. The elderly and people with chronic illnesses (of the heart, lung or kidney) and immunity-related conditions are being advised to stay at home. Shoppers must undergo temperature checks at the entrance to stores, with those showing readings higher than 38C being transferred to the nearest medical center. They are also being asked to maintain two meters from each other, wear face masks and gloves, avoid product testing, and not be accompanied by more than one person. As Saudi Arabia eases lockdown restrictions, resumes domestic flights and allows prayers in mosques, the vital contribution of those ensuring a seamless supply of medical disinfection and hygiene products to meet domestic demand is being tacitly acknowledged. Among them is Avalon Pharma, the Kingdom’s largest manufacturer of sanitizing lotions. Production has been bumped up to 50 tons per day — twice the pre-coronavirus crisis rate of 25 tons per day — at the company’s factory in Riyadh’s Industrial City. The production lines at Avalon Pharma could not have been busier when Arab News visited the premises on a recent weekday. Separate teams were weighing and preparing chemical components, monitoring the manufacturing process, and labelling the bottles filled with the lotion before placing them in cartons. “We have been exporting our products to other countries — neighboring states, including those in the GCC bloc. We have also been exporting to the Arab countries of North Africa,” Dr. Rasheed Al-Rasheed, the factory director, told Arab News. “But since the coronavirus crisis started, we have been focusing on the local market.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaCoronavirusEditor’s Choice Documentary reveals the history of Saudi Arabia’s battle against diseasesPreventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further

Abdulrahman Al-Fadley, Saudi minister of environment, water and agriculture

Author: Sun, 2020-05-31 00:51 Abdulrahman Al-Fadley has been the Kingdom’s minister of environment, water and agriculture since January 2015. He has extensive experience in operational management, as well as expertise in project and investment manag
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Abdulrahman Al-Fadley, Saudi minister of environment, water and agriculture

Author: Sun, 2020-05-31 00:51 Abdulrahman Al-Fadley has been the Kingdom’s minister of environment, water and agriculture since January 2015. He has extensive experience in operational management, as well as expertise in project and investment management. He is chairman of the Saudi Arabian Grains Organization, the Irrigation and Drainage Authority, the Agricultural Development Fund, the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection, the Saudi Wildlife Authority, the Saline Water Conversion Corporation, the National Water Co., and the Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Co. (SALIC).  Al-Fadley has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from King Saud University, Riyadh. He worked in the petroleum industry for 13 years before joining Almarai food company in 1996, where he was the general manager and deputy CEO of its main factories in Al-Kharj. He was then appointed CEO of Almarai between 2000 and 2015. He also served as the chairman of International Dairy and Juice Limited, a joint venture between PepsiCo and Almarai, and also chaired the Dairy and Food Polytechnic, which Almarai established in collaboration with the General Organization for Technical Education and Vocational Training to nationalize the dairy product industry. Al-Fadley was chairman of the United Farmers Holding Company’s board of directors, a SALIC board member, and a member of the engineering board of King Saud University’s College of Engineering. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Who's Who Hana Abdullah Alomair, Saudi film directorAhmed bin Mohammed Al-Dukhail, executive director of the Saudi Federation of Sports Medicine

Saudi Arabia could return to extreme precautionary restrictions, minister warns

Sun, 2020-05-31 01:07 JEDDAH: The Kingdom could return to extreme precautionary restrictions if the number of COVID-19 patients exceeds the medical sector’s capacity, Saudi Arabia’s Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah warned on Saturday. “Public awar
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Saudi Arabia could return to extreme precautionary restrictions, minister warns

Sun, 2020-05-31 01:07 JEDDAH: The Kingdom could return to extreme precautionary restrictions if the number of COVID-19 patients exceeds the medical sector’s capacity, Saudi Arabia’s Health Minister Dr. Tawfiq Al-Rabiah warned on Saturday. “Public awareness and adherence to precautionary measures is essential to continue the ease of restrictions,” Al-Rabiah said. “We continue monitoring the situation based on the number of critical cases in hospitals and their capacity to receive them. We want to be able to receive all cases that reach out to us and provide them with the care that they need. We are all in one boat in this situation, we are one team, and we must work together cautiously. Lack of commitment will definitely take us back to where we were.” There were 1,618 new cases reported in Saudi Arabia, meaning that 83,384 people have now contracted the disease. There are currently 24,501 active cases. The Health Ministry announced that 1,870 more patients had recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 58,883. More than 70 percent of coronavirus patients in the Kingdom have recovered from the disease. There were 22 new COVID-19-related deaths reported on Saturday, raising the total number of fatalities to 480. The ministry has assigned 30 health practitioners to carry out the third stage of an expanded examination plan to assess the prevalence of COVID-19 in the city of Makkah. FASTFACTS • 58,883 recoveries • 24,501 active cases The examination will take place at a center in the Al-Zaidi district, where citizens and expats will be tested inside their cars through 12 tracks without the need to leave their vehicles. The center has the capacity for over 1,000 tests daily and these will be carried out through appointments made on the ministry’s Sehaty app. Adjustments to previously announced social distancing measures and regulations were announced by the Saudi Interior Ministry on Saturday. These include new violation penalties, as the second stage of restriction-easing starts on May 31. Individuals who intentionally violate regulations will pay SR1,000 ($266). Breaches include not wearing a mask, not committing to social distancing marks and areas, refusing to undergo temperature checks at entrances, or not adhering to preventive protocols if their temperature is higher than 38 degrees Celsius. Private sector establishments that are found to be noncompliant with new preventive measures and protocols will pay a penalty of SR10,000. Penalties will be doubled upon repetition of the violation. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Coroanvirus Preventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew furtherHopeful and hopeless: Survey reveals mixed feelings about post-lockdown life in Saudi Arabia

47 shops closed in Jeddah for violating virus measures

Sun, 2020-05-31 01:19 JEDDAH: Jeddah municipality closed down 47 shops in the past two days as it intensified its inspection rounds of commercial enterprises, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday. A number of restaurants, grocery stores, butcher shop
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47 shops closed in Jeddah for violating virus measures

Sun, 2020-05-31 01:19 JEDDAH: Jeddah municipality closed down 47 shops in the past two days as it intensified its inspection rounds of commercial enterprises, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday. A number of restaurants, grocery stores, butcher shops, cafes and malls were shut down as they violated regulations and did not enforce preventive measures put in place to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as commercial activities have gradually resumed. The deputy mayor of sub-municipalities, Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Zahrani, said that the Jeddah municipality, represented by its sub-municipalities, started its inspections on Thursday. It stressed the enforcement of all preventive measures, most notably checking the temperature of the workers and shoppers, applying social distancing, and providing sanitizers and masks. He said there are part of the continuous inspections of all malls, restaurants, and delivery services to ensure those establishments’ commitment to enforcing the precautionary measures. Al-Zahrani also said rounds are also being conducted to monitor the continuous prohibition of all activities that cannot apply social distancing, such as barbers, beauty salons, recreational centers, cinemas, and health and sports clubs.  Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Coronaviirus Saudi Arabia could return to extreme precautionary restrictions, minister warnsWhat gives Saudi Arabia the confidence to ease coronavirus restrictions

10 million SMS sent to educate people for prayers in Saudi mosques

Sun, 2020-05-31 01:26 RIYADH: Ten million text messages (SMS) containing information on the precautionary measures approved by the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs were sent in the wake of the return of congregational prayer in mosques. The return of Frida
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10 million SMS sent to educate people for prayers in Saudi mosques

Sun, 2020-05-31 01:26 RIYADH: Ten million text messages (SMS) containing information on the precautionary measures approved by the Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs were sent in the wake of the return of congregational prayer in mosques. The return of Friday and group prayers in the Kingdom’s mosques — except in Makkah — comes as the second phase of easing restrictions begins on Sunday May 31 and will last until June 20. The informative messages that were broadcasted by the ministry in several languages included advice, directives and instructions, in line with the authorities’ decisions to ensure the safety of mosque-goers and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The Ministry of Islamic Affairs also increased its media presence through its participation in various satellite channels and social networking sites and through its digital platforms to educate the Saudi community about the importance of following the directions. The Saudi minister of Islamic affairs, Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh, announced on Friday the readiness of the Kingdom’s mosques to welcome worshippers after he completed field trips to check on necessary preparations. “Throughout our inspection trips, we found our mosques to have completed preparations and are in the best condition,” said the minister. “Whatever remains falls upon citizens. I hope that citizens and residents follow healthy precautionary measures as instructed by professionals. I hope that they’re careful with their own lives and the lives of others.”   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Ministry of Islamic AffairsCoronaviirus Saudi Arabia could return to extreme precautionary restrictions, minister warnsPreventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further

كورونا في العالم.. حصيلة الإصابات تقترب من الـ6 ملايين

أكدت إحصاءات أن حصيلة الإصابات بفيروس كورونا المستجد في العالم تقترب من عتبة الستة ملايين، فيما تحافظ الولايات المتحدة على الصدارة بفارق كبي
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كورونا في العالم.. حصيلة الإصابات تقترب من الـ6 ملايين

أكدت إحصاءات أن حصيلة الإصابات بفيروس كورونا المستجد في العالم تقترب من عتبة الستة ملايين، فيما تحافظ الولايات المتحدة على الصدارة بفارق كبير في قائم...

Saudi Arabia announces 22 new deaths from COVID-19

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1590848392173127800Sat, 2020-05-30 17:36 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 22 new deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday and 1,618 new cases of the virus. Of the new cases, 679 were recorded in Riyadh, 247 in Jeddah, 105 in Makkah
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Saudi Arabia announces 22 new deaths from COVID-19

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1590848392173127800Sat, 2020-05-30 17:36 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 22 new deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday and 1,618 new cases of the virus. Of the new cases, 679 were recorded in Riyadh, 247 in Jeddah, 105 in Makkah, 101 in Hufof and 84 in Dammam. The health ministry also announced 1,870 new cases of recovery, bringing the total number of people who have recovered from the illness to 58,883. A total of 480 people have died from the virus in the Kingdom so far. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior announced further measures and instructions for the public to prevent the spread of the virus as the Kingdom eases curfew restrictions. These include checking the temperature of employees and customers at entrances to malls and shopping centers, and the sanitization of shopping trolleys and baskets after each use. Fitting rooms and children’s play areas will remain closed, the ministry said. Anyone found not to be abiding by social distancing rules or not wearing a mask or face covering will be fined SR 1,000 ($266). Private sector establishments that do not abide by precautionary measures will be fined SR 10,000. A maximum of 50 people can gather in homes and in fields, or for social gatherings such as parties. Repeat offenders will receive fines double the original amount. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaCoronavirus Prophet’s Mosque to open to public in stages from SundayGolf courses in Saudi Arabia to reopen from May 31

KSRelief chief: Saudi Arabia is biggest donor to Yemen

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1590854197053518500Sat, 2020-05-30 19:13 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is the largest donor to humanitarian efforts in Yemen and its response to a donor conference held in 2015 is evidence of this, the head of the King Salman Humani
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KSRelief chief: Saudi Arabia is biggest donor to Yemen

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1590854197053518500Sat, 2020-05-30 19:13 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is the largest donor to humanitarian efforts in Yemen and its response to a donor conference held in 2015 is evidence of this, the head of the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) said on Saturday. The supervisor general of KSRelief, Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, said that meeting the humanitarian needs of the Yemeni people is a priority for the Kingdom. He added that he hoped the upcoming donors conference organized by the Kingdom in partnership with the United Nations would be supported and well received by the international community. Meanwhile, the UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator Mark Lowcock said the Kingdom donated more than $750 million last year and pledged $500 million in April. Lowcock added that this makes Saudi Arabia the biggest donor to Yemen, which requires $2.4 billion to fund the aid operation for the rest of the year. Of that figure, $180 million is needed urgently to fight COVID-19. Yemen’s Minister of Information Moammar Al-Eryani said that the Kingdom has always provided support to Yemen and continues to do so at a time when Iran is “providing nothing but killing, destruction, smuggled weapons, ballistic missiles … and explosive devices that kill Yemenis every day.” The donors conference for Yemen is due to take place on Tuesday at 4 p.m. Saudi time. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaKing Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief)Yemen Saudi Arabia to organize virtual donors conference for Yemen in partnership with UNUN officials appeal for Yemen funding amid pandemic

قلق عُماني كويتي من ثنائي بن سلمان وبن زايد.. ما السبب؟

كشف الكاتب والأستاذ في مركز جيمس بيكر، بجامعة “رايس” الأمريكية، “كريستيان كوتس يولريتشسن”، خلال ندوة مغلقة بواشنطن،” ان حالة من القلق وال
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قلق عُماني كويتي من ثنائي بن سلمان وبن زايد.. ما السبب؟

كشف الكاتب والأستاذ في مركز جيمس بيكر، بجامعة “رايس” الأمريكية، “كريستيان كوتس يولريتشسن”، خلال ندوة مغلقة بواشنطن،” ان حالة من القلق والتخوف تنتاب ...

معلومة مثيرة عن استهلاك المساجد للكهرباء في السعودية

قال وزير الشؤون الإسلامية في السعودية عبد اللطيف آل الشيخ إن فاتورة كهرباء المساجد تبلغ مليار ريال وتستنزف ربع ميزانية الوزارة متهماً موظفي ا
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معلومة مثيرة عن استهلاك المساجد للكهرباء في السعودية

قال وزير الشؤون الإسلامية في السعودية عبد اللطيف آل الشيخ إن فاتورة كهرباء المساجد تبلغ مليار ريال وتستنزف ربع ميزانية الوزارة متهماً موظفي الجوامع ب...

شاهد: مستشار بن سلمان 'الطفل' و'البلي ستيشن'

فيديو من برنامج « محميات»، الذي يبث على قناة العالم يستعرض فكاهة تركي آل الشيخ مستشار ولي العهد ،ولعبه البلي ستيشن مع صديقه حيث قام بتك
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شاهد: مستشار بن سلمان 'الطفل' و'البلي ستيشن'

فيديو من برنامج « محميات»، الذي يبث على قناة العالم يستعرض فكاهة تركي آل الشيخ مستشار ولي العهد ،ولعبه البلي ستيشن مع صديقه حيث قام بتكسير شاشة ، ...

ما سر اعلان ابناء الصحفي خاشقجي العفو عن قاتل والدهم؟!

فيديو من برنامج « محميات»، الذي يبث على قناة العالم يلقي الضوء على قضية مقتل الصحفي جمال خاشقجي ونشره وذبحه، والتي لاتزال قضية رأي عام و
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ما سر اعلان ابناء الصحفي خاشقجي العفو عن قاتل والدهم؟!

فيديو من برنامج « محميات»، الذي يبث على قناة العالم يلقي الضوء على قضية مقتل الصحفي جمال خاشقجي ونشره وذبحه، والتي لاتزال قضية رأي عام وبحث لبيان ا...

شاهد سفينة صافر.. «قنبلة موقوتة» قبالة سواحل الحديدة

تعطل السفينة النفطية «صافر» منذ العام الفين وخمسة عشر قبالة سواحل الحديدة غربي اليمن، وعدم سماح تحالف العدوان للفرق الفنية بصيانتها، يه
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شاهد سفينة صافر.. «قنبلة موقوتة» قبالة سواحل الحديدة

تعطل السفينة النفطية «صافر» منذ العام الفين وخمسة عشر قبالة سواحل الحديدة غربي اليمن، وعدم سماح تحالف العدوان للفرق الفنية بصيانتها، يهددان بتسرب نفط...

Preventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further

Sat, 2020-05-30 07:23 RIYADH: As Saudi Arabia moved closer to Phase 2 of the gradual relaxation of coronavirus lockdown rules, the Ministry of Interior announced precautionary measures and preventive protocols for several sectors to follow. The preventiv
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Preventive protocols issued as Saudi Arabia moves to relax curfew further

Sat, 2020-05-30 07:23 RIYADH: As Saudi Arabia moved closer to Phase 2 of the gradual relaxation of coronavirus lockdown rules, the Ministry of Interior announced precautionary measures and preventive protocols for several sectors to follow. The preventive protocols, prepared by the Ministry of Health,  covers the period from 8 Shawwal to 28 Shawwal 1441 in the Hijri calendar, corresponding to May 31 to June 20, 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. A ministry official said the protocols are provided for mosques;  the public; petroleum, petrochemical and gas and other industries; malls and retail centers, home delivery service, among others. The preventive protocols can be found at: https://covid19awareness.sa/archives/5460. The MOI urged all citizens, expatriates and concerned authorities «to implement these procedures and abide by their provisions in order to preserve the safety of all». Also on Saturday, the acting minister of economy and planning, Mohammad bin Abdullah Al-Jadaan, said the gradual lifting of the curfew «represents a new stage in the face of the global pandemic crisis and towards a gradual return to economic activities in the Kingdom to its normal levels.»   «The decisions were taken after continuous coordination between the Ministry of Health and the concerned authorities, relying on a focused plan that seeks to balance between procedures for reopening economic activities and maintaining the stability of health and social conditions,» said Jadaan, who is also the Kingdom's minister of finance. Al-Jadaan highlighted that the government has increased – during the last period through the state’s general budget – spending on urgent and necessary requirements to face the crisis. It has significantly strengthened the financial allocations for the Health and related services sector. The government also launched urgent support initiatives to mitigate the impact on the private sector, supporting the economy and to preserve the jobs of citizens in economic establishments, he said in a statement carried by the SPA.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Coronavirus Saudi Health Ministry starts third virus testing phaseSaudi minister calls on worshippers to respect safety measures in mosques

محمد بن سلمان أنفق 70 ألف دولار على الألعاب الالكترونية!

كشف موقع متخصص في ألعاب الإنترنت، صرف ولي العهد السعودي«محمد بن سلمان»، ما يناهز 70 ألف دولار، خلال 3 سنوات للمشاركة في لعبة «Battle Pass»
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محمد بن سلمان أنفق 70 ألف دولار على الألعاب الالكترونية!

كشف موقع متخصص في ألعاب الإنترنت، صرف ولي العهد السعودي«محمد بن سلمان»، ما يناهز 70 ألف دولار، خلال 3 سنوات للمشاركة في لعبة «Battle Pass» التشاركية ...

'خاشقجي' و'فلويد'..شبه بين القتيلين في آخر كلمات نطقا بها

«أنا أختنق.. لا أستطيع أن أتنفس».. بهذه الكلمات ربط «عبدالله»، نجل الداعية السعودي المعتقل «سلمان العودة»، بين اغتيال الصحفي &l
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'خاشقجي' و'فلويد'..شبه بين القتيلين في آخر كلمات نطقا بها

«أنا أختنق.. لا أستطيع أن أتنفس».. بهذه الكلمات ربط «عبدالله»، نجل الداعية السعودي المعتقل «سلمان العودة»، بين اغتيال الصحفي «جمال خاشقجي»، وموت المو...

تفاصيل هامة عن رجل خطير يلاحقه ابن سلمان!

كشف حساب سعودي شهير على موقع التواصل الاجتماعي “تويتر”، تفاصيل جديدة تتعلق بملاحقة ولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان، لمستشار ولي العهد المعت
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تفاصيل هامة عن رجل خطير يلاحقه ابن سلمان!

كشف حساب سعودي شهير على موقع التواصل الاجتماعي “تويتر”، تفاصيل جديدة تتعلق بملاحقة ولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان، لمستشار ولي العهد المعتقل، المسؤو...

ThePlace: Diriyah, a powerhouse of Saudi culture and commerce

Sat, 2020-05-30 01:49 Diriyah was the birthplace of the first Saudi state and, historically, a crossroads for pilgrims and traders. Nowadays, it is home to one of the Kingdom’s most ambitious heritage developments. Located on the outskirts of Riyadh, ami
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ThePlace: Diriyah, a powerhouse of Saudi culture and commerce

Sat, 2020-05-30 01:49 Diriyah was the birthplace of the first Saudi state and, historically, a crossroads for pilgrims and traders. Nowadays, it is home to one of the Kingdom’s most ambitious heritage developments. Located on the outskirts of Riyadh, amid an oasis on the banks of Wadi Hanifa, Diriyah’s mud-brick walls once surrounded a thriving desert city that was a powerhouse of culture and commerce. The citadel in Al-Turaif district, the area’s primary quarter, was the original seat of power for the Kingdom’s ruling Al-Saud family. In 1745, Riyadh was named the country’s capital, laying the foundations for what would become a unified Saudi Arabia. This photograph was taken by Bander Sagheer as part of the Colors of Saudi competition. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: ThePlaceDiriyah ThePlace: Dougha Handmade Pottery Factory in Al-AhsaThePlace: Al-Ahsa, the verdant land of Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province

Saudi Health Ministry starts third virus testing phase

Sat, 2020-05-30 02:01 RIYADH: The Ministry of Health launched its third large scale coronavirus testing phase on Friday. It started in Makkah and Madinah, and will move to Riyadh next week, followed by the rest of the regions. “The third phase will not inc
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Saudi Health Ministry starts third virus testing phase

Sat, 2020-05-30 02:01 RIYADH: The Ministry of Health launched its third large scale coronavirus testing phase on Friday. It started in Makkah and Madinah, and will move to Riyadh next week, followed by the rest of the regions. “The third phase will not include home testing and visits. However, it will include the testing of people in their cars through numerous specialized centers established in several cities, and testing in primary health care facilities,” the ministry said. “Citizens and residents will have the chance to book appointments and perform the tests on themselves through the Sehaty (my health) app.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Coronaviirus Prophet’s Mosque to open to public in stages from SundayDocumentary reveals the history of Saudi Arabia’s battle against diseases

Madinah health campaign benefits 60,000 people

Sat, 2020-05-30 01:01 MADINAH: A health awareness campaign in Madinah has benefited more than 60,000 people, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The General Directorate of Health Affairs in Madinah completed the campaign — under the slogan “We Return with
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Madinah health campaign benefits 60,000 people

Sat, 2020-05-30 01:01 MADINAH: A health awareness campaign in Madinah has benefited more than 60,000 people, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The General Directorate of Health Affairs in Madinah completed the campaign — under the slogan “We Return with Caution” — to raise awareness among people in public areas such as markets and squares since the coronavirus curfew’s end on Thursday. Madinah health affairs spokesman, Moayad Abu Unq, said that 12 teams and 24 groups had worked to implement social distancing and encourage businesses to uphold other preventive measures. These measures include checking shoppers’ temperatures, in addition to ensuring that at every entrance they are wearing masks, using hand sanitizer, and wearing gloves. The spokesman said that malls used audio and video broadcasts to raise awareness among shoppers, and that teams observed many shoppers complying with instructions. He said there would be a positive impact on controlling the spread of coronavirus because of people’s cooperation. This factor played the greatest role in combating the spread of the disease because people were adhering to preventive measures in order to protect their health, he added. The spokesman emphasized the importance of avoiding gatherings and shaking hands, the need to wear masks, covering the mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing with tissues or the elbow, avoiding touching the face, and maintaining a safe distance between people. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Coronavirus Prophet’s Mosque to open to public in stages from Sunday$40bn transferred from SAMA's FX reserves to PIF, says Saudi finance minister

KSA clears 369,000 hectares of desert locust swarms

Sat, 2020-05-30 01:11 RIYADH: The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture cleared locusts from 369,391 hectares of land in the Kingdom between Feb. 1 and May 28, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The ministry reported that the locusts’ breeding sea
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KSA clears 369,000 hectares of desert locust swarms

Sat, 2020-05-30 01:11 RIYADH: The Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture cleared locusts from 369,391 hectares of land in the Kingdom between Feb. 1 and May 28, the Saudi Press Agency reported. The ministry reported that the locusts’ breeding season in the Kingdom is almost over and said that “monitoring, exploration and control operations were continuous for four months during spring in Riyadh, Qassim, Hail, and Eastern Province.” The ministry claimed there was a possibility that such “invasions” could be repeated because of the “weak survey and control operations” in neighboring countries. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Locust Outbreak Saudi authorities clear 6,550 hectares of desert locust swarms

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