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Saudi home finance firm in final stages

Saudi Arabia’s national home finance company, Bidaya, may open its doors by the end of this year, part of efforts to raise low levels of home ownership in the country, its founding sponsor said.

MERS: Fakieh assures transparency

Labor Minister Adel Fakieh, who has been appointed acting Health Minister, visited on Tuesday King Fahd Hospital in Jeddah to check on the coronavirus cases as the death toll from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) climbed to 81 in the Kingdom.

World’s largest desalination plant goes on stream in Ras Al-Khair

Minister of Water and Electricity Abdullah Al-Hussayen commissioned the first phase of world’s largest desalination project here on Tuesday.

Hollande lauds KSA for Haj management

French President Francois Hollande lauded Saudi Arabia for shouldering a herculean task of hosting nearly three million Haj pilgrims every year and rendering them the best ever services and facilities.

Jawazat opens branch in Jeddah’s Red Sea Mall

The General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) inaugurated its new office at Red Sea Mall in Jeddah in order to improve and increase the provision of electronic services for citizens and residents.

Alwaleed hosts dinner in Saad Al-Hariri’s honor

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company, hosts a dinner in honor of Saad Hariri, former prime minister of Lebanon, at Kingdom Resort in Riyadh on Sunday.

Pakistan must cope with rapid changes in Kingdom: Minister

Pakistan’s Minister for Trade and Commerce Khurram Dastgir, who came to Saudi Arabia with a 20-member delegation recently.

UBT career fair attracts Saudi students

Over 60 establishments and organizations from private and public sectors are participating in the 8th annual career fair organized by University of Business & Technology (UBT).

Erdogan set for Europe tour to attract expat votes

Turkey’s prime minister will tour several European countries next month, a government source said on Tuesday, as he reaches out to expat Turkish voters ahead of a possible run for the presidency.

Iraqi parliament hopeful fought in Syria

An Iraqi Shiite who proudly fought Sunni rebels in Syria’s civil war is now running for parliament in his home country, where the conflict has raised already-high sectarian tensions.

Seabed hunt for Malaysia jet stretches beyond week

An air search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet was suspended for a day due to stormy weather on Tuesday as the painstakingly slow sonar scanning of a targeted patch of seabed continued.

Learning Arabic should be compulsory for expats

I am writing with regard to the article “Why isn’t English taught properly in our schools?” (Apr. 13). There is no doubting the fact that a good command of the English language, both spoken and

Doctors only want money, will not take MERS risks

With regard to the post “Doctors who resign because of MERS scare are unethical” (Apr. 19), it is like a soldier who refuses to go into battle or war to defend his country. Doctors just want the

Don't spend all of your money on your children

The article "We must invest in our children" (Apr. 19) tells the story of a taxi driver in Riyadh who sacrificed a lot so that his two sons could become doctors.

Stop stereotyping people

I am writing with regard to the article "Why do Saudis make sweeping generalizations about others?" (Apr. 19). I am ashamed to admit that I have been in Saudi Arabia so long that I can predict which

Countries underdeveloped because of cheap Asian labor

With regard to the article "Why are countries in our region underdeveloped?" (Apr. 19), how can a nation develop its people when it is addicted to cheap workers from Asia? When you have officials

Kingdom ‘struggling to tackle several health challenges’

Prof. Hasan Jamal, former chairman of the Saudi Society of Gynecology and Maternity, said health statistics for Saudi Arabia are very tragic and that World Health Organization (WHO) reports on the

Women themselves are responsible for their failure

WOMEN candidates in the recent elections to choose members for the Eastern Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s board of directors failed to win even a single seat.

6,000 jobs await women in Makkah

The labor market in Makkah has more than 6,000 vacancies for women to work in more than 1,500 shops as part of the third phase of the feminization of jobs recently launched by the Labor Ministry,

Shoura favors Arabic language in foreign schools’ curriculum

A special program in Arabic language must be part of the curriculum of international schools in the Kingdom, according to a provision of the draft law to protect Arabic language in the Kingdom.

Civil Defense to buy equipment worth SR771m

The Civil Defense Directorate on Tuesday signed a contract to buy 800 new advanced equipment and machinery for fire extinguishing, rescue operation and logistic support for its units at a total cost

The lost hope

IT seems that we have started to admit that we have been subjected to a ferocious cultural attack.

Woman desperate to find husband and prove kids’ identity

A woman is desperate to find her long-lost husband to prove the identity of their two children.

Palestinians play down threat to dismantle PA

The Palestinians on Tuesday played down a threat to dismantle the Western-backed Palestinian Authority, which is Israel’s interlocutor, if US-sponsored peace talks remain deadlocked.

Egypt vote turns into Sisi, Sabbahi contest

Egypt’s presidential election has turned into a contest between the ex-army chief lauded by millions for ousting an

Re-run of Ankara vote sought

The candidate for Turkey’s main opposition party has asked the Constitutional Court to order a re-run of a contested mayoral ballot in the capital Ankara, where he lost to Prime Minister Tayyip

New Syria chemical claims emerge

New claims have emerged that President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime may have launched attacks with an industrial chemical earlier this month, despite an international agreement to eliminate Syria’s

‘Almost one million Syrian refugees in Turkey’

The number of Syrian refugees in Turkey has reached “almost one million,” Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday, while pledging to keep accepting those fleeing the war.

Libyan charter panel elects liberal as head

Ali Tarhuni, a liberal politician and former rebel minister, was elected to head Libya’s constituent assembly, a spokesman for the body charged with drawing up a new constitution said Tuesday.

Iranian lawmakers seek probe into prison beatings

Iran’s official news agency says seven lawmakers have demanded a probe into alleged beatings of several political prisoners held at Tehran’s Evin prison.

Biden says Russia ‘trying to pull Ukraine apart’

US Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday accused Russia of “trying to pull Ukraine apart” and pledged Washington’s

Islamabad govt declares war on sprawling slums

Wrapped in a purple shawl, Mirjan wanders downcast among the ruins of the Islamabad.

S. Korea says North may be close to N-test

North Korea could well be preparing to carry out a fourth nuclear test.

Muslim children suffer discrimination in Indian schools: HRW

Some Indian teachers force children from lower castes and minority religions to clean toilets and sit separately from their classmates.

Vienna’s Versailles offers imperial hideaway

Schoenbrunn Palace was Marie-Antoinette’s summer childhood home and the beautiful and tragic Sissi’s favoured

Renaissance of Japan military

Pacifist Japan is gradually learning to love its military, with an apparent public relations campaign under way to

Militants kill second Somali lawmaker, threaten more attacks

Militants shot dead a Somali lawmaker on Tuesday, a day after blowing up one of his colleagues, and vowed to keep

Hilal advances in ACL

Al Hilal advanced to the knockout stage of the AFC Champions League for a seventh consecutive time as a goal by Nassir

Giggs takes over from Moyes

Manchester United Tuesday sacked manager David Moyes.

Guangzhou, Wanderers advance

A first-half double from Brazilian striker Elkeson rescued title-holder Guangzhou.

TNT demolishes Ginebra to barge into semifinals

Returning from a one-game absence due to a shoulder injury, import Richard Howell showed devastating form.

Long bans for Armstrong team

Lance Armstrong’s longtime coach Johan Bruyneel was banned for 10 years.

City stays alive in title race

Manchester City stayed alive in the English Premier League title race by beating West Bromwich Albion 3-1 thanks to

Maxwell lifts Punjab over Hyderabad

Glenn Maxwell produced yet another blistering knock of 43-ball 95 before Lakshmipathy Balaji returned with a

Nishikori makes winning return

Japan’s Kei Nishikori won his first clay match of the season returning from a three-week absence due to a groin injury

Microsoft tapped in Emirates world-wide football ad campaign

Emirates Airline has chosen Microsoft Advertising as one of its key partners.

‘Taste of the World at LuLu’ festival opens in Riyadh, Al-Khobar today

LuLu Hypermarket is hosting a food festival “Taste of the World at Lulu”

Trend Micro offers free scanners for computer and mobile users

Trend Micro Incorporated is giving away two free Heartbleed scanners for computers.

It’s getting easier to book a flight and check-in with a mobile phone

Providing mobile services to tech-savvy passengers just got easier for 120 airlines and ground handlers with the

Etihad offers travel tips for holiday makers

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, is offering personalZed travel tips to social media users as part of a brand-new online initiative, titled #EtihadSuggests.

Bankers tackle restructuring Sukuk the Islamic way in Dubai workshop

The Deloitte Islamic Finance Knowledge Center (IFKC) in the Middle East and the Islamic Research & Training Institute (IRTI), a member of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Group, has held a

Bollywood shows growing imprint in US

Bollywood this week throws its premier awards event for the first time in the United States, which has quietly become

Joss’ ‘In Your Eyes’ released online

“Avengers” director Joss Whedon released his newest film, “In Your Eyes.”

Duraid virtually attacks Ahlam

Syrian superstar Duraid Lahham’s fans were utterly shocked when the actor launched a violent verbal attack.

Royals rock Ayers Rock!

Britain’s Prince William and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, pose in front of the Uluru.

‘Crouching Tiger’ prequel to film in New Zealand

A prequel to the Oscar-winning Chinese martial arts epic “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” will be shot in New Zealand

When will Saudi organizations get serious about cybersecurity?
Richard Stiennon, Executive Editor, SecurityCurrent, and Chief Research Analyst, IT-Harvest, was in Riyadh recently at a
Unless, like the Roman emperor Diocletian, they become bored, dictators do not voluntarily give up their absolute power and perhaps follow the emperor’s example and take up gardening.