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Saudi Gazette, Thursday, September 20, 2018


Jeddah mayor offers full support to university

By Saleh Fareed

Saudi Gazette


Mayor of Jeddah

Saleh Al-Turki, accompanied by

a host of officials and mediaper-

sons, visited the University of

Business and Technology (UBT)

on Monday.

The newly appointed mayor

made his first visit to UBT and

discussed the mayoralty’s sup-

port to the education sector and

partnership with the university.

Dr. Abdullah Dahlan and Dr.

Osama Junaidi, UBT’s chair-

man and director respectively,

received the mayor and his del-


Junaidi briefed the mayor

about the programs offered by

the university.

Al-Turki later met with deans

of faculty, heads of department

and faculty members. He toured

the Faculty of Engineering and

was briefed on the most impor-

tant achievements and services

provided to the students, in ad-

dition to some of the projects

implemented by the college.

He also visited the univer-

sity’s library, which works on

many initiatives including a

special printing press. The li-

brary contains several sections

equipped to meet all the require-

ments of students.

The mayor also toured the

Institute of English Language

and some of its facilities.

Addressing the faculty and

students, Al-Turki said: “We

have a responsibility to and a

partnership with UBT to make

the institution all that it can be.

Colleges and universities are

important parts of local and

national economies — more so

now than any other time in our

history. They are job creators.

We live clearly in a technology-

based economy where innovation

is so important and, coming back

to the initial point, the workforce

is the critical part of that equa-

tion. You are that workforce, you

are that future.”

Al-Turki met with members

of the faculty and spoke about

his happiness over the great po-

tential of the university.

“Jeddah has several universi-

ties and our role is important in

supporting them, in order to cre-

ate an attractive environment for

foreign investment. Achieving

the economic goals sought by the

Kingdom is a social and educa-

tional demand,” Al-Turki said.

He pointed out that Jeddah

Municipality is working to renew

Jeddah’s urban identity within 24

months. “Under the guidance of

the emir of Makkah region, it is

our duty to take care of Jeddah’s

identity,” he said.

During the visit, Dr. Dahlan

officially inaugurated a new

hall named after the mayor. In

addition, he announced the al-

location of special scholarships

from Jeddah Municipality worth

SR1 million to the students of

the University of Business and


Chairman of the University of Business and Technology (UBT) Dr.

Abdullah Dhahlan presents a memento to Mayor Saleh Al-Turki.




in summer

Saudi Gazette report


During the just-con-

cluded summer holidays various

Saudi regions received as many

as 11.3 million tourists who

spent a total of more than SR13.5

billion on their trips, according

to the Saudi Commission for

Tourism and National Heritage


The commission said the

spending was an increase of

about 12 percent over the previ-

ous summer.

The commission’s center for

information and tourist research

said there were more than 2.3

million tourist trips inside the

Kingdom made by foreign tour-

ists. This is an increase of 21.2

percent over the previous year,

it said.

Quoting a statement by the

center, Al-Watan newspaper

reported on Wednesday that the

Kingdom collected about SR8.7

billion from the tourists, who

did not include those who came

Various Saudi regions receive over 11 million tourists this summer.

Jeddah Mayor Saleh Al-Turki with officials and members of the faculty during his tour of the University of Business and Technology (UBT) on Monday.

Father drops

charges against

bus driver in



Saudi Gazette report


The father of a

boy who was found dead in his

school bus in Saihat on Sunday

dropped the charges against the

bus driver whose negligence had

allegedly resulted in the child’s


Qatif Education Affairs

formed a committee to look into

the death of Abdulaziz Mustapha

Al-Muslim, a second grader at

Ibn Khaldoun Primary School in


The head of Education Af-

fairs in Qatif said the case was of

utmost importance and the com-

mittee had met with the principal

of the school to understand the

details of the incident.

Riyadh Al-Ghanim, the de-

ceased boy’s uncle, said Abdu-

laziz had been left behind in the

school bus on another occasion


“He slept in the bus but had

survived that time because it was

winter and the outside tempera-

ture was not very high. This time

he was found in the bus uncon-

scious and was taken to hospital.

His father asked me to check up

on him at the hospital and the

doctor informed me that the boy

died five minutes after arrival,”

said Al-Ghanim.

He asked how come the driv-

er did not see a student sleeping

in the bus, especially that such

incidents happened in the past.

Qatif Education Affairs re-

leased a statement asking the

principals of all private and pub-

lic schools to inform the parents

if any student did not show up in

the class.

All attendance records should

be reflected on the Nour portal

and parents should be notified

in the quickest ways possible in

case their children failed to show

up in class.

Mustapha Al-Muslim, the

boy’s father, said the case had

been under investigation by Pub-

lic Prosecution since Sunday.

“The driver was only hired a

month and a half ago and I had

warned him about my son’s habit

of sleeping in the bus. I specifi-

cally told him that he has to be

the one to drive the bus and not

to allocate the responsibility to

anyone else. My job has night

and day shifts and I was unable

to drop my son to school. I had a

deal with the driver to ensure my

son’s safety,” said Al-Muslim.

He said when his son was

left behind in the school bus last

time he started dropping him

off to school himself. He had

cut off the agreement with the

driver because of his negligence,

Al-Muslim said, adding that he

contracted the present driver af-

ter it became difficult for him to

drop the child to school because

of work responsibilities.

“We have finished preparing

for my son’s funeral. We only

received my son’s body a few

hours ago,” said Al-Muslim said

on Wednesday before the burial

took place in Hofouf Cemetery

after funeral prayers in Al-Ahsa.

Abdulaziz Al-Muslim


renewal for

local Haj

firms from

Sept. 30

By Abdullah Al-Dahhas

Okaz/Saudi Gazette


The Ministry

of Haj and Umrah has said

it will start receiving ap-

plications for the renewal

of licenses of domestic Haj

service companies from

Sept. 30.

The licenses of all Haj

service companies are re-

newed annually and will

terminate with the end of

the Haj season each year.

The ministry said

the issuance of the new

licenses would continue

for a month after which

no application for renewal

would be considered.

The ministry said the

local Haj companies would

be given official letters to

be presented to the Min-

istry of Commerce and

Investment to renew their

commercial registration

and to include the com-

pany’s new address if it so


It asked the owners of

local Haj companies and

their directors to present

letters proving their clean

criminal record and similar

letters to the Civil Affairs

Department to obtain let-

ters about their civil affairs


The ministry said no

Haj company or establish-

ment will be given letters

to present to the Ministry

of Commerce and Invest-

ment after Oct. 3.

Legal training center introduced best practices: Justice Ministry

Saudi Gazette report


The Saudi Ministry of

Justice has revealed that the legal

training center, which was of-

ficially launched in August 2017,

has already conducted over 70

training programs that were at-

tended by 2,129 judges.

In addition, it held seven

workshops and training sessions

for the judicial staff. The sessions

were attended by 134 notaries and

150 lawyers.

It has successfully launched

a law diploma program with the

enrollment of over 1,100 male

and female lawyers.

The ministry has launched

the training center as part of its

ongoing plans to enhance the per-

formance of the legal sector and

everyone who works under its

umbrella from judges to notaries,

legal staff and lawyers.

“We believe there is great

potential for this center as we

have seen excellent results since

its launch,” the ministry said in a


The legal training center is

functioning as a platform to ex-

change knowledge and experience

in the legal sector. Judges are be-

ing trained on the best practices in

different legal areas like handling

cases related to commercial and

business sector, labor law, crimi-

nal proceedings and other diverse

cases, the statement added.

Similarly, the law diploma at

the center provides practical train-

ing in legal practice in the final

year of study, where students will

join law firms and start handling

real cases, attend court hearings

and use their knowledge to pres-

ent cases.

Successful completion of law

diplomas will qualify law students

to obtain licenses from the minis-

try to start legal practice.

Meanwhile, the ministry an-

nounced that it has published all

rulings in commercial disputes

issued in the past 12 months on its

web portal:

The move came as part of the

ministry’s efforts to support its

own research and development

plans. It has made the rulings

available online and will update

them on a monthly basis.

According to the business

intelligence platform, the number

of rulings for commercial cases

in the past year reached 16,102

rulings, of which 8,016 concerned

sales and supply cases, 8,016

construction and commercial of-

fices, 1,707 companies and other


Commercial courts were first

launched in October 2017 in

Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam,

in addition to a number of com-

mercial departments across the

Kingdom. All commercial cases

were then transferred to those

specialized courts and entities.

Commercial courts receive

cases related to various commer-

cial activities by companies and


Mobile notaries

Mobile notaries provided

15,321 notarial services since

their launch in mid-2016.

The Ministry of Justice

launched the mobile notary initia-

tive free of charge to serve those

who cannot visit notary offices in


The mobile notary service is

easy to obtain; the service can be

requested through a mobile app,

email address or through a unified

phone number. The person who

requests the service will receive

an appointment where the notary

will visit him/her and provide the

service on the spot.

The mobile notary services

can be requested through the uni-

fied phone number: 920025888,

or email:


or by using the mobile notary app

on mobile devices.

Mobile notaries were first ini-

tiated in Riyadh, then expanded to

eight other major cities including

Makkah, Madinah, Jeddah, Dam-

mam, Al-Khobar and others.

According to the

tourism commission,

the Eastern Province

received about

45 percent of the

tourists followed by

Riyadh, which had

a 27 percent share.

Makkah region had a

16 percent share.



commission, the Eastern Prov-

ince received about 45 percent of

the tourists followed by Riyadh,

which had a 27 percent share.

Makkah region had a 16 percent


SCTH said about 39 percent

of the tourists traveled to vari-

ous parts of the Kingdom to visit

their friends and relatives. Those

traveling for business repre-

sented about 31 percent while

those doing shopping were about

12 percent.

The commission said the ma-

jority of the tourists, or about 51

percent, visited various parts of

the Kingdom for entertainment.

The center said there were

more than 9.4 million tourist

trips abroad this summer, which

is an increase of about 7.4 per-

cent over their number in 2017.

It said Saudis traveling

abroad for tourism spent about

SR30.5 billion, which is a drop

of about 4.6 percent over their

spending the previous year.

According to the center, the

average expenditure of each tour-

ist was SR1,196.

It said most of the foreign tour-

ists came from the GCC countries,

Southeast Asia, the Middle East,

East Asia and the Pacific, North

America and Africa.

for religious visits. The revenue

generated was about 15.9 percent

more than last year.

According to the tourism