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Saudi king, crown prince congratulate Malawi president on election victory

Author: Tue, 2020-06-30 02:59 RIYADH: King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent a cable to congratulate President Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi on his election victory. Chakwera was sworn in on Sunday, hours after unseating former leader Pete

العفو الدولية تنتقد مواصلة بيع بريطانيا أسلحة للسعودية

انتقدت منظمة العفو الدولية بريطانيا لمواصلة بيعها الأسلحة للسعودية، متهمة لندن بتجاهل القانون الدولي....
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العفو الدولية تنتقد مواصلة بيع بريطانيا أسلحة للسعودية

انتقدت منظمة العفو الدولية بريطانيا لمواصلة بيعها الأسلحة للسعودية، متهمة لندن بتجاهل القانون الدولي....

فوكس نيوز: الإمارات أفشلت اتفاقاً لحل الأزمة مع قطر

تقول فوكس نيوز إن الإمارات طلبت من السعودية وقف دعم الاقتراح الذي سيؤدي إلى حل الأزمة مع قطر....
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فوكس نيوز: الإمارات أفشلت اتفاقاً لحل الأزمة مع قطر

تقول فوكس نيوز إن الإمارات طلبت من السعودية وقف دعم الاقتراح الذي سيؤدي إلى حل الأزمة مع قطر....

السعودية تغلق باب التسجيل لأداء الحج للأجانب المقيمين

يغلق اليوم الجمعة باب التسجيل للراغبين في أداء مناسك الحج، من غير السعوديين، المقيمين داخل المملكة، والذين يمثلون 70% من إجمالي حجاج هذا العام.
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السعودية تغلق باب التسجيل لأداء الحج للأجانب المقيمين

يغلق اليوم الجمعة باب التسجيل للراغبين في أداء مناسك الحج، من غير السعوديين، المقيمين داخل المملكة، والذين يمثلون 70% من إجمالي حجاج هذا العام....

Saudi king, crown prince condole with UAE leaders on Sharjah official’s demise 

Fri, 2020-07-10 05:16 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Crown Prince Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent messages of condolences on Friday to the leaders of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the death of Sheikh Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, deputy rule
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Saudi king, crown prince condole with UAE leaders on Sharjah official’s demise 

Fri, 2020-07-10 05:16 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Crown Prince Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent messages of condolences on Friday to the leaders of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on the death of Sheikh Ahmed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, deputy ruler of the emirate of Sharjah. «(We) ask God Almighty to bless him with the grace of his mercy and forgiveness, and accommodate him in his vast paradise,» King Salman said in separates messages to UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and to Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, Saudi deputy prime minister and minister of defense, also sent separate messages to the two leaders expressing his sympathies, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. Sheikh Al Qasimi passed away in London on Thursday, according to the Emirates News Agency (WAM).  The state news agency announced a three-day mourning period in Sharjah.       Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: UAEObituarySharjah Saudi crown prince calls Brazilian president to check on his health Saudi parents find unique ways to keep an eye on their children’s online activities

كالامارد: محكمة قتلة خاشقجي في السعودية «مسرحية ساخرة»

وصفت مقررة الأمم المتحدة المعنية بحالات الإعدام خارج نطاق القضاء أغنيس كالامارد، المحاكمة التي جرت في السعودية لقتلة الصحفي جمال خاشقجي بالم
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كالامارد: محكمة قتلة خاشقجي في السعودية «مسرحية ساخرة»

وصفت مقررة الأمم المتحدة المعنية بحالات الإعدام خارج نطاق القضاء أغنيس كالامارد، المحاكمة التي جرت في السعودية لقتلة الصحفي جمال خاشقجي بالمسرحية الس...

بريطانيا تدخل على خط مقتل خاشقجي بهذا القرار

اعلن وزير الخارجية البريطاني، دومينيك راب، ادراج عشرين سعوديًا على قائمة منتهكي حقوق الإنسان، على رأسهم سعود القحطاني وماهر المطرب، المتهما
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بريطانيا تدخل على خط مقتل خاشقجي بهذا القرار

اعلن وزير الخارجية البريطاني، دومينيك راب، ادراج عشرين سعوديًا على قائمة منتهكي حقوق الإنسان، على رأسهم سعود القحطاني وماهر المطرب، المتهمان بقتل جما...

إبن سلمان يفتح صفحة جديدة لحذف معارضيه

ينوي ولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان توجيه تهم صادمة لولي العهد السابق محمد بن نايف. حيث يعد ولي العهد بن سلمان اتهامات بالفساد وعدم الولاء ضد
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إبن سلمان يفتح صفحة جديدة لحذف معارضيه

ينوي ولي العهد السعودي محمد بن سلمان توجيه تهم صادمة لولي العهد السابق محمد بن نايف. حيث يعد ولي العهد بن سلمان اتهامات بالفساد وعدم الولاء ضد سلفه و...

Muslim World League delivers COVID-19 medical aid to Pakistan

Author: Fri, 2020-07-10 02:19 The Muslim World League (MWL) delivered a package of medical supplies and materials to the Pakistani government to aid in its fight against COVID-19. Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malki and a number of of
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Muslim World League delivers COVID-19 medical aid to Pakistan

Author: Fri, 2020-07-10 02:19 The Muslim World League (MWL) delivered a package of medical supplies and materials to the Pakistani government to aid in its fight against COVID-19. Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan Nawaf bin Saeed Al-Malki and a number of officials attended the event in Islamabad. The supplies include EKG monitors, oxygen devices, ventilators, pulse oximeters, medicines and protective equipment. Saad Al-Harthi, MWL regional director, said the project includes providing a package of medical supplies as a third stage in the fight against the outbreak. SPA Islamabad Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Muslim World League (MWL) Muslim World League secretary-general honored for interfaith workMuslim World League launches emergency virus aid to 16 countries

High-tech social distancing project at Riyadh airport

Author: Fri, 2020-07-10 02:28 RIYADH: Riyadh Airports Co. (RAC) has launched an “interactive analysis” project to monitor social distancing at King Khalid International Airport. RAC bills the project as the first of its kind in Middle Eastern airpo
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High-tech social distancing project at Riyadh airport

Author: Fri, 2020-07-10 02:28 RIYADH: Riyadh Airports Co. (RAC) has launched an “interactive analysis” project to monitor social distancing at King Khalid International Airport. RAC bills the project as the first of its kind in Middle Eastern airports. It uses artificial intelligence software and machine learning technologies and aims to stop the spread of COVID-19 by ensuring social distancing is maintained all travelers in the airport. It includes software that will instantly alert airport staff if areas are becoming too crowded. The system has already been implemented in Terminal 5 of the airport. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia SAL launches operations at Riyadh airport’s cargo village26 million passengers visit Riyadh airport in 2018

Contest launched to discover young Saudi talents

Author: Fri, 2020-07-10 02:33 RIYADH: The King Abdul Aziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba) announced that registration for its new competition “Mawhoub” is available on its website. Students wishing to participa
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Contest launched to discover young Saudi talents

Author: Fri, 2020-07-10 02:33 RIYADH: The King Abdul Aziz and His Companions Foundation for Giftedness and Creativity (Mawhiba) announced that registration for its new competition “Mawhoub” is available on its website. Students wishing to participate and develop their skills and capacities in science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and computing can register online on https://mawhiba.sa/Mawhoob before Sept. 21. Participants must be Saudi citizens or children of Saudi mothers and between grades six and 10 at school. Tests for the Mawhoub competition this year will be taken online. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia

Saudi consumers welcome decision by various companies to bear VAT burden

Fri, 2020-07-10 02:53 RIYADH: Saudi companies are promoting discounts on products in a bid to reduce financial pressure on customers following Saudi Arabia’s decision to triple the value added tax (VAT) from 5 to 15 percent, starting July 1. The Kingdom a
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Saudi consumers welcome decision by various companies to bear VAT burden

Fri, 2020-07-10 02:53 RIYADH: Saudi companies are promoting discounts on products in a bid to reduce financial pressure on customers following Saudi Arabia’s decision to triple the value added tax (VAT) from 5 to 15 percent, starting July 1. The Kingdom announced the move on May 11 as part of new measures to mitigate the economic repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic. LuLu Group, the leading hypermarket chain in the Kingdom, told Arab News: “This week we have the campaign ‘VAT on us, savings on you.’ We are bearing the 15 percent VAT for the customers.” The chain also issued a booklet with a list of products on discount. “We are giving discounts on all products mentioned in the booklet to compensate customers,” the company said. Ahmad AR, CEO of Danube and BinDawood, said his stores would also maintain competitive prices for consumers. “From a grocery retail perspective, shopping will continue to remain a priority for all individuals and families. It is too early to offer a firm view or discuss the impact of purchasing habits of consumers,” he said. “When it comes to discounts, our pricing strategy is always to maintain the most competitive prices at Danube. Customers trust our brand because the overall shopping experience we offer is unique across all verticals, including product offering,” he added. Shoppers in the Kingdom have welcomed the campaign. Manal Mukhtar, an English teacher at a private school in Riyadh, told Arab News: “We are already experiencing price increases without taking the VAT into consideration. Now we have this to worry about as well. I am grateful to all the companies that have offered to shoulder the additional costs while we get our bearings, but I hope the cost of living allowance will return now that lockdown is over. If the VAT is going to affect us that much, we are probably going to need it.” Saudi Arabia suspended the cost of living allowance last month. Khalid Sultan, a university student in Riyadh, said: “While we can’t deny that it’s generous of the companies that have offered to shoulder the additional cost of the VAT themselves, it raises the question of how long it will last.” He added: “If it’s only a month or so, all they’re doing is prolonging the inevitable. It’s an appreciated gesture, but it only presents a short-term solution.” Aljohara Alsubaie, an executive secretary, also welcomed the move, “especially since the news broke that we would no longer be receiving a higher cost of living allowance with our salaries.” She hopes that larger companies will also follow suit, “especially those that can obviously afford it.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia Saudi consumers are optimistic on recoveryInnovative Saudi restaurateurs launch Saudi Arabia’s first fresh food robot

Saudi parents find unique ways to keep an eye on their children’s online activities

Fri, 2020-07-10 03:05 JEDDAH: With children immersed in the technology of today, ensuring their safety is a hot topic. Many parents have found unique ways to keep a watchful eye on their children’s online activity. A recent study by cybersecurity company
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Saudi parents find unique ways to keep an eye on their children’s online activities

Fri, 2020-07-10 03:05 JEDDAH: With children immersed in the technology of today, ensuring their safety is a hot topic. Many parents have found unique ways to keep a watchful eye on their children’s online activity. A recent study by cybersecurity company Kaspersky found that 23 percent of parents in Saudi Arabia are unaware of the online media their children consume. Parents in this day and age have to constantly educate themselves to understand what their children are up to and the trends they follow. According to the survey, 76 percent of children consume vlog content. Of this amount, 71 percent watch content on games and toys, 41 percent watch computer gaming vlogs, 39 percent watch movie content and 37 percent view music-related material. The issue has caused family conflict across the Kingdom, with 60 percent of parents complaining that their children spend too much time on the internet, and 50 percent saying they do nothing useful online. Andrey Sdenko, lead web content analyst at Kaspersky, said: “Being digitally educated and involved in social media activities is a must do for a parent nowadays, as the lack of knowledge in this field can trigger some conflicts in the family.” He added: “In order to understand your child, to be able to communicate with them and discuss certain modern trends of an evolving world, you have to read more and be present on the internet.” Rafa Saeedi, a working mother of three, cautioned against monitoring children too closely. “You cannot be a hawk all the time; sometimes my kids would lock themselves in their rooms and watch YouTube where I don’t have access to them. Sometimes the same channel that has children’s cartoons will also upload material that is inappropriate even for adults. When this happens, I have to report them constantly,” she said. She added that she found different means of monitoring her children, such as using the same iCloud account where she can view their search history. Parents cannot ignore the stark reality that the internet and devices are an important aspect of everyone’s lives these days, children included. All the mothers that Arab News interviewed agreed on the same point — keeping a constant eye on children is not possible and may damage relationships. Amal Turkistani, a mother of five, said she tries her best to oversee content, but not in an overbearing manner. She urged vigilance, but said: “These kids are bestowed upon us like a gift; we must preserve them. They shouldn’t know that you are monitoring them because it can affect them.” Siwar Bandar, a mother of two daughters, said that she definitely monitors her kids. “A big part of social media evolution over the decade has meant that parents have to be aware of what children are consuming. The question for me isn’t whether they will be exposed to social media or not; the question is how do I raise digitally responsible individuals,” she said. “We had a conversation about how long they want to spend on the internet and what programs they were allowed to watch. I would rather give them a phone when they are older and they shouldn’t be used in the bedroom and in public spaces,” she added. Turkistani said she set up her son’s gaming area in the living room instead of his bedroom so he can be in an open space where she can watch him without imposing on his private space. “I don’t recommend leaving children in early development unattended, because they are not aware of what is out there on the internet,” she said. Some mothers suggested using parental controls on apps to filter and block inappropriate content and set time limits on how long children can stay online. Rafa Saeedi said she lets her kids watch silly things as long as it is not doing them any harm “Parents have to keep up with their kids, and be involved with what the kids consume,” she said. “I am trying my best to be a good mother, but you can not be perfect. Sometimes you are annoying to the children and that is just part of being a mother,” she added. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia Steps to protect children, empower women in cyberworld announced in Riyadh25 Saudi children trained in cybersecurity

Saudi Arabia announces 41 more COVID-19 deaths

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1594300902218482400Thu, 2020-07-09 16:40 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 41 more deaths from COVID-19 and 3,183 new cases of the disease on Thursday. Over ten percent of new cases were recorded in Riyadh with the capital re
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Saudi Arabia announces 41 more COVID-19 deaths

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1594300902218482400Thu, 2020-07-09 16:40 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 41 more deaths from COVID-19 and 3,183 new cases of the disease on Thursday. Over ten percent of new cases were recorded in Riyadh with the capital reporting 364 new cases. Dammam recorded 247 new infections, Jeddah 246, Hufof 196 and Taif 181. The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 161,096 after 3,046 more patients recovered from the virus. A total of 2,100 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: CoronavirusSaudi Arabia Pregnant women in Saudi Arabia warned to take special care during pandemicEmpowerment and inclusion of Saudi women ‘essential for economic growth’

Makkah governor maps tourism-sector growth for region

Thu, 2020-07-09 01:50 Makkah region’s great potential and natural diversity were key factors toward developing a flourishing tourism sector, its governor has claimed. Speaking during a video conference call with Saudi Minister of Tourism Ahmed Al-Khatib,
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Makkah governor maps tourism-sector growth for region

Thu, 2020-07-09 01:50 Makkah region’s great potential and natural diversity were key factors toward developing a flourishing tourism sector, its governor has claimed. Speaking during a video conference call with Saudi Minister of Tourism Ahmed Al-Khatib, Makkah Gov. Prince Khalid Al-Faisal discussed prospects to further open up the region as a visitor destination. Prince Khalid pointed out how the growth of tourism had helped to boost the economy of Asir region during his time as governor there and noted some of the challenges that had been successfully overcome, including local community opposition to the whole concept of tourism. “During the era of King Faisal, a Saudi-American committee was formed. It visited all of the Kingdom’s regions and was asked to build a national park. This project, which was the first of its kind in the Kingdom, came more than four decades ago and constituted the nucleus of the region’s tourism,” he said. “Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud adopted the recommendation presented by the forum held in Abha more than 20 years ago to establish a supreme commission for tourism and submitted it to the government,” Prince Khalid added. He then thanked Al-Khatib for ministry projects and initiatives being implemented in the region. Al-Khatib lauded the prince for his leading role in establishing the Kingdom’s tourism concept, and his constant support for regional tourist-related schemes. Prince Khalid was also briefed about ministry programs planned for the region’s provinces through the Saudi summer, titled “Breath.” The event will feature a range of activities in Jeddah, Taif, and King Abdullah Economic City and aims to highlight the Kingdom’s various tourist destinations and historic, natural, and cultural attractions.   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaMakkahsaudi tourism Fahd Hamidaddin, CEO and board member of the Saudi Tourism AuthoritySaudi Tourism Ministry unveils new logo

Mazen Johar, CEO of KSA's Aircraft Accessories and Components Co.

Thu, 2020-07-09 01:57 Mazen Johar was recently appointed CEO of Aircraft Accessories and Components Co. (AACC), a subsidiary of Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI). The board of directors wished Johar success in his new role, and said they hope that h
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Mazen Johar, CEO of KSA's Aircraft Accessories and Components Co.

Thu, 2020-07-09 01:57 Mazen Johar was recently appointed CEO of Aircraft Accessories and Components Co. (AACC), a subsidiary of Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI). The board of directors wished Johar success in his new role, and said they hope that he will ensure the success of AACC’s next phase of development, and help achieve the company’s strategic goals, thereby enabling it to play an active role in meeting the aspirations of Saudi Arabia. Johar began overseeing the company’s operations from July 6, taking over from Dr. Mansour Bineid who had been CEO since March 2016. Johar has more than 20 years experience of executive leadership and his expertise includes budget management, strategic planning, transportation, logistics, project management, and more. In addition to his new role, he has been a deputy minister for industrial services at the Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources since July 2019 and has served as executive director and CEO of Nova Water, COO of ground handling at Saudia Cargo, and vice president of commercial and support services at Basic Chemical Industry. He has also held several leadership positions at Procter & Gamble, having spent almost 18 years working for that company in countries including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Turkey. Johar holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran. He also obtained an Executive MBA from the University of Nottingham in England and attended a global business course at Harvard Business School in the US. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Who's Who Amal Omar Al-Katheiri, executive manager of local initiatives at Alwaleed PhilanthropiesDr. Hisham Al-Haidari, executive head of the Authority for the Care of Persons with Disabilities

Empowerment and inclusion of Saudi women ‘essential for economic growth’

Author: Thu, 2020-07-09 02:17 JEDDAH: The empowerment and economic inclusion of Saudi women are necessary steps for the creation of a more productive society that supports improved economic growth. This was the conclusion of a discussion on Wednesday ho
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Empowerment and inclusion of Saudi women ‘essential for economic growth’

Author: Thu, 2020-07-09 02:17 JEDDAH: The empowerment and economic inclusion of Saudi women are necessary steps for the creation of a more productive society that supports improved economic growth. This was the conclusion of a discussion on Wednesday hosted by the G20’s women’s engagement group, W20. The virtual meeting of the group, which is organized and presided over by Saudi non-profit Al-Nahda Philanthropic Society for Women, concluded the national dialogues on Saudi women’s economic participation. The panelists presented and discussed a number of recommendations for government entities designed to facilitate the professional development and empowerment of women in the economy, technology and entrepreneurship. “These dialogues highlighted the Kingdom’s efforts to empower women economically, and what was (previously) discussed in (a) closed session on Tuesday confirms that we still have a lot of work to do,” said Princess Moudi Bint Khalid, chair of Al-Nahda Society’s board of directors. “We hope that these sessions will have a significant impact on the development of policies and programs aimed at empowering women, and activate monitoring and follow-up systems.” The recommendations focused on four areas: financial inclusion, digital inclusion, labor inclusion and inclusive decision-making, with women’s entrepreneurship a common thread running through them all. The participants highlighted the crucial importance of financial inclusion as a key driver of financial independence and capacity building for women, which builds confidence and effective participation in their country’s economy. “The current crisis has raised awareness of the need to improve production and increase productivity to a higher level, meaning (there is) a crucial need to involve women more in the market,” said Saudi entrepreneur Lateefa Al-Walan. She presented the group’s initial recommendations for the empowerment of women in the field of entrepreneurship, which included: offering support through the increased inclusion of women in professional groups, societies and networks; more training in financial literacy and investment; and the establishment of a minimum quota for the number of places for women on organization’s governing boards. “Entrepreneurship is the largest sustainable resource for any country, and especially so during the current crisis,” said Al-Walan. “Growing businesses also help in diversifying sources of income and raising domestic product. By supporting them, we enable the country’s biggest goals relating to the empowerment of the private sector.” She added that sustained high-level engagement by, and commitment of, women are essential to challenging the stereotypes about their abilities. Most of panelists agreed that social behaviors and legal restrictions are among the greatest obstacles to the advancement and empowerment of women in Saudi Arabia. While many of the legal obstacles are being removed as a result of the ongoing reforms in the Kingdom, it can be more difficult and take longer to alter deep-rooted social behavior and challenge stereotypes. “Changing women’s perceptions about themselves is essential for success in entrepreneurship because working in this field is risky and needs courage and confidence,” added Al-Walan. Shahd Attar, executive director of the technology and communications department at the Ministry of Investment presented recommendations for digital inclusion. She stressed the necessity of considering the needs of all sections of society when designing and creating technical tools, so that the final product does not have any in-built bias. “Our main recommendation is to promote the equal participation of women in the design and development of technology, and that they must be at the heart of the creation of the technical solution and not only as consumers of technology,” Attar said. She agreed with Al-Walan that stereotypes can create uncertainty or lack of confidence in women about pursuing a career or developing their abilities in technical fields. Mounirah Al-Qahtani, a public policy consultant at Saudi Aramco, said that changes to the law are the main driver of social change. She presented recommendations designed to improve the inclusion of women in the workforce. These mainly focused on the removal of discriminatory, gender-based labor laws and the promotion of equal rights for women and men, including paternity leave and improved child care services, to increase the sense or responsibility among Saudi families. Salma Al-Rashed, director of Al-Nahda Society’s development program, said the organization will work with governmental institutions to encourage the adoption of W20 recommendations. Saudi Arabia holds the presidency of the G20 this year and the group’s annual summit is due to be held in Riyadh in November. The W20 if one of several independent engagement groups, led by organizations from the host country, that focus on different sections and sectors of society and develop policy recommendations for consideration by G20 leaders. 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Arab coalition cleared of rights violations in Yemen

Author: Thu, 2020-07-09 02:24 RIYADH: The Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) of the Arab coalition for Yemen has investigated four cases that were reported in the media. It found that the rules of engagement had been followed by the coalition for Ye
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Arab coalition cleared of rights violations in Yemen

Author: Thu, 2020-07-09 02:24 RIYADH: The Joint Incidents Assessment Team (JIAT) of the Arab coalition for Yemen has investigated four cases that were reported in the media. It found that the rules of engagement had been followed by the coalition for Yemen in each case. The JIAT reiterated its commitment of transparency while presenting its findings in the submitted cases, and it revealed details in a professional and fact-based way. Addressing a press conference in Riyadh on Wednesday, JIAT spokesman Mansour Al-Mansour said: “In one case, it was claimed that a military vehicle of the Houthi militia was targeted in front of a restaurant in Zabid, Hodeidah governorate, on Jan. 3, 2018.” He said the JIAT investigated the incident and reviewed all documents, including procedures and rules of engagement, daily mission schedule, after-mission report, satellite images, provisions and the principles of International humanitarian law and its customary rules, as well as an assessment of evidence. It found that on the alleged date, the coalition forces did not carry out any aerial missions in Zabid, and that the nearest military target that was hit by the coalition on the date of the claim was in Al-Khokhah directorate, about 41 km away from Zabid. Referring to another case, he said it was claimed that coalition forces had targeted the Mothalath Ahim market in Hajjah governorate on July 4, 2015. FOURCASES • In one case, it was claimed that a military vehicle of the Houthi militia was targeted in front of a restaurant in Zabid, Hodeidah governorate, on Jan. 3, 2018. • In second case, it was claimed that coalition forces had targeted the Mothalath Ahim market in Hajjah governorate on July 4, 2015. • In third case, it was claimed that the coalition forces had targeted a house in Talan, Kushar, directorate of Hajjah governorate on March 10, 2019. • In fourth case, it was claimed that a house was targeted in Midi directorate of (Hajjah) governorate on April 22, 2018. The JIAT investigated the incident and found that Mothalath Ahim, which is 16 km from the international borders of Saudi Arabia, was at the time of the military operation under the control of the Houthi armed militia and the former president’s forces. Intelligence reports confirmed the discovery of a ballistic missile inside a hangar in a semi-isolated location. There were gatherings of Houthi armed militia and the former president’s forces, and military vehicles at Mothalath Ahim, which was considered a legitimate military target, based on Article 52, Paragraph 2 of the First Additional Protocol to the Geneva Conventions. Moreover, the coalition forces took all feasible precautions by studying and defining the target’s environment, using a guided bomb that was commensurate with the target, and minimizing collateral damage while achieving the desired military advantage of the military based on Rule No. 17 of the customary international humanitarian law. In another case it was claimed that the coalition forces had targeted a house in Talan, Kushar, directorate of Hajjah governorate on March 10, 2019. Al-Mansour said the coalition forces units had detected through reconnaissance a vehicle carrying Houthi armed militia fighters. It was confirmed by ground elements that the fighters got out of that vehicle and entered a building in Jabal Talan, which was considered to be a legitimate military target. In fourth case, it was claimed that a house was targeted in Midi directorate of (Hajjah) governorate on April 22, 2018. The JIAT investigated the incident and found that the coalition forces observed gatherings of Houthi militias and a ballistic missile launcher in the area of operations concealed in an isolated area. The coalition forces therefore carried out an air mission against these two targets. The JIAT found that coalition forces had not targeted a civilian house in Midi directorate as alleged. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia No evidence found that Arab coalition forces in Yemen attacked fishing boatInvestigators reject claims that Arab Coalition forces in Yemen bombed market in Saada

Pregnant women in Saudi Arabia warned to take special care during pandemic

Thu, 2020-07-09 02:34 JEDDAH: Pregnant women have been told to take special care in following precautionary measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Saudi Ministry of Health has cautioned, as they are thought to be particularly at risk from complicatio
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Pregnant women in Saudi Arabia warned to take special care during pandemic

Thu, 2020-07-09 02:34 JEDDAH: Pregnant women have been told to take special care in following precautionary measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Saudi Ministry of Health has cautioned, as they are thought to be particularly at risk from complications. The ministry’s recommendations come as many have expressed concerns about the impact of the infection on their health. The ministry has reiterated the importance of practicing hand hygiene, maintaining social distancing to limit the spread of the virus and wearing a mask in public at all times, especially in areas where it's hard to observe social distancing. The ministry announced a total of 3,036 new cases of in the Kingdom on Wednesday, bringing to 220,144 the number of people in Saudi Arabia have now contracted the disease. There were 60,035 active cases, 2,263 of them critical. 37 percent of the newly announced cases are female, 63 percent are male. Of those infected, 86 percent were adults of working age, 5 percent were over 65 and 9 percent were children. 3,211 new recovered cases have been announced, taking the total number of recoveries to 158,050, while 42 new deaths were reported, raising the death toll to 2,059. The ministry urges everyone to use the self-assessment service in the “Mawid” application or to visit Tataman clinics that have been set up by the ministry for those who feel they are displaying COVID-19 symptoms; there are 237 such clinics. It also recommends calling 937, its central operator, for consultations and inquiries around the clock. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaCoronavirus Saudi Arabia spends more than $57 billion on coronavirus stimulusSaudi Arabia records 42 more deaths from COVID-19

Saudi Arabia submits Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri as candidate to head WTO

Wed, 2020-07-08 18:00 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia submitted royal court advisor Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri as a candidate to head the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Wednesday, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.  In its memorandum to the WTO, the Kingdom affirmed it
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Saudi Arabia submits Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri as candidate to head WTO

Wed, 2020-07-08 18:00 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia submitted royal court advisor Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri as a candidate to head the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Wednesday, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.  In its memorandum to the WTO, the Kingdom affirmed its great belief in the multilateral trading system and the vital role that the organization plays in this system. A WTO document showed that the nomination had been received by the organization: “The following communication, nominating Mr Mohammad Maziad Al-Tuwaijri for the position of director-general, has been received from the delegation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 8 July 2020.” Al-Tuwaijri was the Kingdom’s economy and planning minister from November 2017 till March 2020 when he was appointed as an advisor to the royal court. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaMohammed Al-TuwaijriWorld Trade Organization (WTO) Saudi Arabia records 42 more deaths from COVID-19Saudi anti-graft agency probes 105 corruption cases in different sectors

Human rights officials visit 2,094 Saudi prisons

Wed, 2020-07-08 21:02 JEDDAH: Saudi Human Rights Commission (HRC) representatives made 2,094 visits to prisons and detention centers throughout the Kingdom in one year, according to a report by the organization. HRC spokesperson, Norah Al-Haqbani, said tha
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Human rights officials visit 2,094 Saudi prisons

Wed, 2020-07-08 21:02 JEDDAH: Saudi Human Rights Commission (HRC) representatives made 2,094 visits to prisons and detention centers throughout the Kingdom in one year, according to a report by the organization. HRC spokesperson, Norah Al-Haqbani, said that the aim of the visits was to ensure that convicts and detainees were being afforded their rights under Saudi laws and regulations. The commission’s visits included 835 to detention centers, 614 to general prisons, 557 to security facilities, 49 to social observation centers, and 39 to care institutions for girls. Al-Haqbani pointed out that huge progress had been made due to the ongoing replacement of paperwork by electronic processing, increased collaboration between authorities and agencies, and the introduction of new mechanisms to speed up procedures. She noted the need for the swift completion of construction work on buildings to house categories of convicts and detainees requiring specific facilities. The HRC carried out 414 visits to other government agencies in various regions of the Kingdom to detect violations of convicts and detainees’ rights, taking appropriate regulatory measures, Al-Haqbani said. She added: “Visits were made to various institutions including 259 to shelters and social institutions, 117 to hospitals and health care centers, 20 to educational institutions, in addition to visits to other institutions.”   Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaSaudi Human Rights Commission (HRC) Saudi rights chief meets Doctors Without Borders humanitarian representativeSaudi rights body: Blocking government services should be used sparingly

أكثر من نصف مليون إصابة في الدول الخليجية منذ ظهور كورونا

واصلت الدول الخليجية تسجيل مزيد من الإصابات بفيروس كورونا، بالتزامن مع استمرار تسجيل الإصابات بمعظم دول العالم....
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أكثر من نصف مليون إصابة في الدول الخليجية منذ ظهور كورونا

واصلت الدول الخليجية تسجيل مزيد من الإصابات بفيروس كورونا، بالتزامن مع استمرار تسجيل الإصابات بمعظم دول العالم....

Saudi anti-graft agency probes 105 corruption cases in different sectors

Author: Wed, 2020-07-08 10:19 RIYADH: The Saudi Control and Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) has initiated 105 corruption cases in the health, interior, power, and education sectors. The cases involved fraud, bribery, and financial and professional c
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Saudi anti-graft agency probes 105 corruption cases in different sectors

Author: Wed, 2020-07-08 10:19 RIYADH: The Saudi Control and Anti-Corruption Authority (Nazaha) has initiated 105 corruption cases in the health, interior, power, and education sectors. The cases involved fraud, bribery, and financial and professional corruption. A Nazaha official said the Kingdom will continue to pursue cases of misappropriation of public money and harming state interests. One of the cases involves the arrest of three employees working at the Saudi Electricity Co. for receiving a bribe amounting to €535,000 ($604,570) from a French company and opening bank accounts in another country (at the request of the company) for money laundering. Another case is the arrest of a university faculty member for asking for a bribe amounting to SR80,000 ($21,328) from a number of companies working on different projects at the university. The authority also arrested a doctor at the Ministry of Health for violating the regulations at a quarantine facility. A brigadier general was arrested for using his official vehicle to facilitate the passage of another private vehicle through security points during the curfew period. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabiacorruption Saudi Arabia takes part in forum to review sustainable goalsSaudi deputy defense minister, British defense secretary discuss regional security

Saudi Arabia records 42 more deaths from COVID-19

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1594213593801432600Wed, 2020-07-08 16:25 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 42 more deaths from COVID-19 and 3,036 new cases of the disease on Wednesday. Of the new cases, 288 were reported in Riyadh, 243 in Jeddah, 187 in Tai
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Saudi Arabia records 42 more deaths from COVID-19

Author: Zaynab KhojjiID: 1594213593801432600Wed, 2020-07-08 16:25 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia announced 42 more deaths from COVID-19 and 3,036 new cases of the disease on Wednesday. Of the new cases, 288 were reported in Riyadh, 243 in Jeddah, 187 in Taif, 171 in Hufof and 142 in Makkah. The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 158,050 after 3,211 more patients recovered from the virus. A total of 2,059 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: CoronavirusSaudi Arabia Saudi deputy defense minister, British defense secretary discuss regional securitySaudi Arabia urges international community take firm stand against Iran

Saudi Arabia conducts 60k PCR tests daily in fight against COVID-19

Author: Wed, 2020-07-08 04:09 JEDDAH: Saudi health authorities are conducting 60,000 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests daily in a bid to check the spread of COVID-19, Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly said at a press briefing on T
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Saudi Arabia conducts 60k PCR tests daily in fight against COVID-19

Author: Wed, 2020-07-08 04:09 JEDDAH: Saudi health authorities are conducting 60,000 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests daily in a bid to check the spread of COVID-19, Health Ministry spokesman Dr. Mohammed Al-Abd Al-Aly said at a press briefing on Tuesday.  So far, over 2 million PCR tests have been conducted in the Kingdom, indicating the efficiency of its health-care system, he added. Jalal Al-Owais, supervisor general of the ministry’s Emergency, Disasters and Ambulatory Transportation General Department, said: “One of the directives given by our leadership was to increase the number of hospital beds in critical care units. In only three months, capacity has risen by 30 percent. This shows the Kingdom’s great care and attention to its people’s health and safety.” Timely action helped health facilities cope with the number of patients effectively, he added. On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia recorded 3,392 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of infections to 217,108. A total of 60,252 cases are active, of which 2,268 are in critical condition. With 5,205 new recoveries, the total number of people having recovered from COVID-19 has reached 154, 839. The death toll in the Kingdom stands at 2,017, with 49 new fatalities. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: COVID-19Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Saudi Arabia records 3,392 new COVID-19 cases Number of recoveries from COVID-19 reaches 149,634 in Saudi Arabia

Saudi deputy defense minister, British defense secretary discuss regional security

Author: Wed, 2020-07-08 05:39 RIYADH: Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman discussed regional and global security with British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace on Tuesday. They discussed the partnership between the two countries, especia
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Saudi deputy defense minister, British defense secretary discuss regional security

Author: Wed, 2020-07-08 05:39 RIYADH: Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman discussed regional and global security with British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace on Tuesday. They discussed the partnership between the two countries, especially in the defense field, and the efforts made by the two nations to “enhance regional and international security,” said a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency. Wallace expressed Britain’s appreciation for Saudi Arabia’s role in addressing threats to stability in the region, especially in regards to protecting maritime corridors. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia Saudi deputy defense minister meets ruler of Oman

Saudi Arabia takes part in forum to review sustainable goals

Author: Wed, 2020-07-08 06:57 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is taking part in the High-level Political Forum 2020, UN central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Sustainable Development Goals. The online for
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Saudi Arabia takes part in forum to review sustainable goals

Author: Wed, 2020-07-08 06:57 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is taking part in the High-level Political Forum 2020, UN central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Sustainable Development Goals. The online forum taking place from July 7 to 17 has been organized under the theme “Accelerated action and transformative pathways: Realizing the decade of action and delivery of sustainable development.” Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan is leading the Saudi delegation comprising representatives of several government agencies. During the forum, the annual progress report on the sustainable development goals will be launched, which will include the efforts of participating countries, their projects, and initiatives to achieve the 2030 sustainable development goals. Through its participation, Saudi Arabia confirms its global efforts and its awareness of the importance of the international community’s cooperation in achieving common goals. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaUNsustainable development goals Saudi Arabia conducts 60k PCR tests daily in fight against COVID-19Saudi Arabia urges international community take firm stand against Iran

السعودية توجه بتصفية الشيخ الحريزي وجماعة هادي توضح

نشرت وسائل اعلام مرتبطة بالرئيس اليمني المستقيل عبد ربه منصور هادي ان السلطات السعودية اصدرت توجيهات بتصفية الشيخ الحريزي ....
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السعودية توجه بتصفية الشيخ الحريزي وجماعة هادي توضح

نشرت وسائل اعلام مرتبطة بالرئيس اليمني المستقيل عبد ربه منصور هادي ان السلطات السعودية اصدرت توجيهات بتصفية الشيخ الحريزي ....

Rights, legal frameworks on agenda of Saudi anti-trafficking workshop

Tue, 2020-07-07 23:07 JEDDAH: More than 50 members of the Saudi National Committee of Workers Committees (SNCWC) benefited from a two-day workshop on the rights, responsibilities and legal frameworks regarding combating human trafficking. Organized by the S
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Rights, legal frameworks on agenda of Saudi anti-trafficking workshop

Tue, 2020-07-07 23:07 JEDDAH: More than 50 members of the Saudi National Committee of Workers Committees (SNCWC) benefited from a two-day workshop on the rights, responsibilities and legal frameworks regarding combating human trafficking. Organized by the Saudi Human Rights Commission’s National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking (NCCHT) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the workshop was part the SNCWC’s mandate to safeguard labor rights in the Kingdom. Nasser Al-Jaryad, SNCWC chairman and chair of this year’s Labor20, one of the G20’s engagement groups, opened the event by affirming the SNCWC’s importance in combating human trafficking. “It’s the committee’s mission to promote human rights in general and workers’ rights in particular. We take this mission very seriously, and we take the fight against trafficking very seriously,” he said. Experts from various organizations participated in the training sessions. “The IOM will spare no effort in continuing to support the Saudi anti-trafficking committee in carrying out its tasks successfully,” said Mohammed Zarkani, head of the IOM mission in Bahrain. “We’re glad to be a key partner in the Kingdom’s effort, and we hope to build on recent momentum for the coming years.” Sarah Al-Tamimi, vice chair of the NCCHT, said the SNCWC “has an important role to play here. Their access and insights are invaluable to the protection of workers and the fight against trafficking at large. We look forward to building on this fruitful partnership.”     Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi ArabiaAnti-trafficking Saudi Arabia steps up fight against human trafficking: UNODCSaudi Arabia boosts efforts to fight human trafficking mechanism

KSRelief to distribute Eid gifts among orphans in Yemen

Author: Tue, 2020-07-07 23:23 RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) signed an agreement on Tuesday to implement a project entitled “Their Happiness is Our Hope”, which will provide Eid kiswa (gifts) to orphans in war-
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KSRelief to distribute Eid gifts among orphans in Yemen

Author: Tue, 2020-07-07 23:23 RIYADH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) signed an agreement on Tuesday to implement a project entitled “Their Happiness is Our Hope”, which will provide Eid kiswa (gifts) to orphans in war-hit Yemen. “KSRelief signed an agreement with the Al-Khair Charity for Humanitarian Relief to carry out the project for the upcoming Eid Al-Adha festival,” Nasser Al-Nafe, a KSRelief spokesman told Arab News. The agreement was signed by KSrelief’s assistant supervisor general (Operations and Programs), Ahmed Al-Baiz. Fahad Al-Osaimy, head of KSRelief’s Urgent Aid Department, said Eid gifts will be distributed to 84,750 beneficiaries, including orphans in the governorates of Aden, Hadhramaut, Lahij, Hodeidah, Mahrah, Ma’rib, Shabwah, Abyan, Taiz and Ad Dali. The center is carrying out a series of such programs to support orphans around the world. This initiative is just one of many humanitarian projects implemented by KSRelief in Yemen, he said. Meanwhile, the center’s landmine clearance project (Masam) continues to deactivate explosive devices in Yemen. During the first week of July, teams deactivated a total of 1,092 explosive devices, including 3 anti-personnel mines, 298 anti-vehicle mines, 17 improvised explosive devices and 774 pieces of unexploded ordnance. Since the project began in June 2018, the Masam teams have deactivated a total of 172,823 mines planted by the Iranian-backed Houthis. Houthi militants have deployed more than 1 million explosive devices in populated areas throughout Yemen during the conflict, according to the center. These devices have killed or seriously injured many innocent civilians and remain a serious threat to safety and security in Yemen. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: KSReliefYemenorphans Emergency Center for Epidemic Control, KSRelief provide medical services in YemenKSRelief launches COVID-19 awareness initiative in Yemen

Saudi Arabia and UN's fight against terrorism lauded at launch of 'virtual expo'

Tue, 2020-07-07 23:35 LONDON: Saudi Arabia has been a crucial partner alongside the United Nations in countering terrorism, the Kingdom’s UN ambassador said. Abdallah Al-Mouallimi made the comments as the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) l
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Saudi Arabia and UN's fight against terrorism lauded at launch of 'virtual expo'

Tue, 2020-07-07 23:35 LONDON: Saudi Arabia has been a crucial partner alongside the United Nations in countering terrorism, the Kingdom’s UN ambassador said. Abdallah Al-Mouallimi made the comments as the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) launched on Tuesday a “virtual expo” into its work. “The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been a crucial partner alongside the United Nations in countering terrorism and extremism,” Al-Mouallimi, who is chairman of the center’s advisory board, said. “It is my intention to underscore the continued Saudi support for the UNCCT as the Centre of Excellence in countering terrorism,” he added. The UNCCT was set up in 2011 to promote international counter-terrorism cooperation and support member states implement the global counter-terrorism strategy. Saudi Arabia funded the project with $110 million. Al-Mouallimi hosted the launch of the virtual expo on Tuesday.  The expo “showcases the Centre as a global leader in preventing and countering terrorism and violent extremism through capacity‑building efforts around the world,” the UNCCT said. The virtual expo will run for four weeks online. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Abdallah Al-MouallimiUnited Nations Counter-Terrorism CentreUN INTERVIEW: Saudi envoy to UN Abdallah Al-Mouallimi says US protests show strength of American societySaudi Arabia chairs UN counter-terrorism meeting

Saudi Arabia urges international community take firm stand against Iran

Wed, 2020-07-08 03:07 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia called on the international community to take a firm stand against Iran and that appropriate measures be taken to continue an arms embargo against the regime. Saudi Arabia also urged the Iranian nuclear and ballist
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Saudi Arabia urges international community take firm stand against Iran

Wed, 2020-07-08 03:07 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia called on the international community to take a firm stand against Iran and that appropriate measures be taken to continue an arms embargo against the regime. Saudi Arabia also urged the Iranian nuclear and ballistic programs be taken seriously.   Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (SPA) In a session on Tuesday, the cabinet reviewed the Security Council's discussion of the UN Secretary-General's report on Iran's involvement in the missile attacks that targeted the Kingdom last year. Ministers reiterated the Kingdom’s commitment to the stability of the region and that Saudi Arabia will not under any circumstances allow any transgression of its borders. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia Saudi Cabinet calls for talks over Ethiopian damSaudi Cabinet denounces attacks by Yemen’s Houthis on Saudi Arabia

Expat businessmen optimistic about life after COVID-19 lockdown

Author: Wed, 2020-07-08 03:28 JEDDAH: Expat business owners in Saudi Arabia hit by loss of sales during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown period have expressed hope for the future as trading gradually gets underway again. Many foreign-run f
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Expat businessmen optimistic about life after COVID-19 lockdown

Author: Wed, 2020-07-08 03:28 JEDDAH: Expat business owners in Saudi Arabia hit by loss of sales during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) lockdown period have expressed hope for the future as trading gradually gets underway again. Many foreign-run firms operating in the Kingdom have been facing uncertain times due to curfews and restrictions put in place throughout the Kingdom to stop the spread of the virus. But with the easing of precautionary measures allowing the resumption of commercial activities, expat business proprietors are looking forward with optimism to life after lockdown. According to the World Investment Report 2020, published by the UN Conference on Trade and Development, investment had a key role to play in countering the long-term developmental impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on national economies. Awais Misri, the Pakistani CEO of Ramsons Trading Co. in Jeddah, told Arab News: “Saudi Arabia has been more protected and insulated from the worst effects of the COVID-19 depression, so I see consumption rebounding at least initially and that’s because Saudi Arabia’s economy is generally robust.” His company, which supplies hotels, caterers, restaurants, and cafes in Makkah and Madinah with food products, along with supermarkets, was heavily impacted by the lockdown but he was confident of bouncing back. “People are tired of being at home, they want to go out and spend; hence, consumption will go up and possibly even higher than pre-COVID-19 levels, at least initially,” Misri added. Many expat business owners have praised the Saudi government for its role in helping them survive the COVID-19 outbreak. Mahmood Khan, from India, who has a clothing manufacturing business in Riyadh, told Arab News: “Fortunately, some retailers were able to sell online, which proved successful for many businesses. However, for companies like ours, we were closed for the past three months. It has affected our revenue significantly. Up to 70 percent in sales were lost. “With the curfew lifted and tremendous efforts put in by the government to ensure health and safety, we are positive that we will come out of these trying times soon. We have already seen a surge in orders and deliveries for the end of the year,” he added.  Another factory owner said the pandemic had forced production to be halted. Jeddah-based Pakistani-British clothing retailer Farhan Ashfaq said: “This, of course, impacted our workers and community. “However, we applaud the way Saudi Arabia has fought against COVID-19 to protect its citizens and residents. The government ensured safety first and has opened up businesses so we can get back on our feet and flourish.” Startups dealing with the aftermath of the unprecedented health crisis were also hopeful of being able to resume business as usual. Iman Azmat, an Indian-Canadian fashion retailer based in Dammam, said: “This has been a very trying time for all startups, especially those that began their journey in 2019. “However, with the curfew being lifted and as things go back to normal, we hope to achieve the aims we set out with in the near future. Many foreign investors are eyeing Saudi Arabia as the beacon of hope.” Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: COVID-19ExpatsSaudi lockdown Saudi Arabia extends validity of exit, entry visas for expatsStranded expats told to wait until COVID-19 crisis is over before returning to Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia records 3,392 new COVID-19 cases

Author: Tue, 2020-07-07 17:10 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has recorded an additional 49 deaths and 3,392 new COVID-19 infections, the health ministry said on Tuesday.  The new figures bring the official total in the Kingdom to 217,108 infections and 2,017 de
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Saudi Arabia records 3,392 new COVID-19 cases

Author: Tue, 2020-07-07 17:10 RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has recorded an additional 49 deaths and 3,392 new COVID-19 infections, the health ministry said on Tuesday.  The new figures bring the official total in the Kingdom to 217,108 infections and 2,017 deaths.  The health ministry said 5,205 have recovered from the virus, bringing the total number of recoveries to 154,839.  The highest of the new cases were recorded in Riyadh, with 308 infections. Qatif came in second, with 246 cases reported. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: CoronavirusSaudi Arabia Number of recoveries from COVID-19 reaches 149,634 in Saudi ArabiaSaudi Arabia’s 6-point plan to jumpstart global economy

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