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Vacationing within the Kingdom is cheaper than going abroad

I do not believe there is any subject that has been discussed with so much depth in the media as the issue of Saudis going abroad for their vacations.

Water shortage due to plant maintenance

Several neighborhoods in Jeddah reported water shortages for a week because of maintenance being carried out inside a water desalination plant.

Women will change the Muslim world

Perhaps the first female role model that comes to my mind is Khadija Bint Khuwaylid (may Allah be pleased with her), the first wife of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

‘You deserve more’ Keep me in your prayers: King Salman

‘You deserve more’ Keep me in your prayers: King Salman

“Dear people: You deserve more and whatever I do will not be able to give you what you deserve,” Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman said on his official Twitter account after issuing a spate of Royal Decrees ordering a massive SR110 billion ($29.3 billion) spending that include payments of two months bonus salary to all Saudi state employees and a series of other subsidies.

2-month bonus to all Okaz staff

2-month bonus to all Okaz staff

Okaz Organization for Press and Publication will disburse two-month salary as bonus to all its employees, Abdullah Saleh Kamel, chairman of the Board of Directors of the organization, has said.

Okaz for E-Publishing declares 2-month bonus for employees

Okaz for E-Publishing declares 2-month bonus for employees

The Board of Directors of Okaz Company for Electronic Publishing has decided to pay a bonus equal to two months’ basic salary to all its employees.

Employers reluctant to allow free movement of expats

Employers reluctant to allow free movement of expats

THE Council of Ministers recently announced that withholding the passports and other official documents of expatriates by their employers is a legal violation.Many Saudi sponsors continue to withhold the passports and official documents of their expatriate employees to ensure they enter and exit the country on their terms.Lawyers have argued that the act is a violation of the law and human rights of foreign workers, Al-Riyadh daily reported.

Greedy landlords and the housing shortage

Greedy landlords and the housing shortage

AS land prices have risen and the conditions for applying for a housing loan have become more difficult.

Prosperity, NOT protests, could define Sisi’s rule

Prosperity, NOT protests, could define Sisi’s rule

A CRACKDOWN on protests in Egypt is not expected to provoke widespread unrest that threatens President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s rule.

Silent gestures

Silent gestures

Fighters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) gesture in the northern Syrian town of Kobani, Friday.

Carpetbagging or collecting? Mining N. Korea’s art market

Carpetbagging or collecting? Mining N. Korea’s art market

AFTER years of flying to North Korea with “bags full of money” and returning with hundreds of works of art, investor Frans Broersen believes he has pre-emptively secured a lucrative slice of a market so specialized it doesn’t really exist.Some critics describe Broersen’s strategy as more akin to carpetbagging than collecting, and dispute the overall quality of the works he purchased during the course of seven trips to Pyongyang beginning in 2005.

How Draghi got divided ECB to say ‘yes’ to money-printing

How Draghi got divided ECB to say ‘yes’ to money-printing

WHEN Mario Draghi announced the European Central Bank’s trillion-euro scheme to buy government bonds, he acknowledged that in the round of strategies to revive inflation and boost the economy, the bank had just played its last hand.Asked by reporters what would happen if the plan to purchase 60 billion euros of assets a month for 19 months failed, Draghi answered: “We have Plan A. Period.”

Praises and wishes for the new King

This refers to the article “King Salman gives bonus to state employees, reshuffles Cabinet” (Jan. 30).

Misyar marriages is legalized infidelity

I find the article “For husbands who want a Misyar marriage” by Tarfah Abdulrahman (Jan. 30) a bit shocking.

One-sided argument that cuts both ways

With reference to the article “Evolutional jealousy” (Jan. 30), there is an old saying that comes to mind on this issue: “A daughter’s a daughter for life; A son’s a son until he takes a wife”.

Why is the Arab World in this sorry state? (Jan. 25)

Firstly, it is the families’ responsibility to raise their children away from the extremists.

‘We’ll adhere to sound policies of predecessors’ (Jan. 24)

Again, we start another chapter of a challenging journey of a new king, his highness, King Salman. We wish him good health and long life.

King Abdullah dies, new ruler is Salman (Jan. 23)

We, Myanmar Muslims, never forget King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz. He lives in our hearts. He had helped us so much.

Erdogan urges Islamic unity against ‘modern Lawrences’ (Jan. 22)

May Allah keep him fine and protect him from all setbacks. Long live Erdogan! We love him. He plays a pivotal role to show the strength of Islam.

KSA deplores continued mocking of Islam by Charlie Hebdo (Jan. 22)

I am a Catholic Christian. I love Saudi Arabia and I respect its people, their beliefs, culture, laws and most especially, their religion.

Nurturing the playful mind

Nurturing the playful mind

ACCORDING to a recent study, there has been a 5 percent increase in the sales of non-electronic toys in the $122

Why do we feel depressed?

As Saudis, we tend to avoid talking about mental illnesses. Many people go to see psychiatrists secretly because they do not want others to know.

Saudi aid convoy leaves for Syria

A convoy of 20 large trucks carrying more than 250 tons of food products and clothes departed for Syria Wednesday night as part of the Saudi aid campaign to the Syrian people.

Two Americans come under gunfire

Two US citizens came under gunfire Friday in the Eastern Province and one of them was wounded, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Egypt court designates Hamas military wing a terrorist group

A Cairo court banned the military wing of Gaza-based group Hamas on Saturday, designating it a terrorist organization.

Bahrain strips 72 unrest convicts of citizenship

Bahrain said on Saturday it had revoked the citizenship of 72 people convicted of "harming the interests of the kingdom."

30 killed as attacks rock Egypt’s Sinai

Militants fired a barrage of rockets and set off a car bomb Thursday killing at least 30 people, mostly soldiers, in Egypt’s North Sinai province, where security forces are battling a raging

PLO: New settlements ‘war crime’

Israeli plans to build 430 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank constitute a “war crime”, a senior Palestinian official said Friday.

Syria talks end without visible results

Representatives of the Syrian government and the opposition wrapped up four days of consultations in Moscow on Thursday with a general statement avoiding any of the difficult issues surrounding the

Top Congress figure lashes out at Rahul

Beleaguered Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi came under new pressure Friday when a former minister accused his aides of waging a dirty tricks campaign against her and said his Congress party

Death toll in Pakistan bomb blast hits 35

A police official says the death toll from a blast at a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan has risen to 35. Sain Rakhio Mirani, the deputy inspector general for Shikarpur district where the blast

Korean Air chief apologizes in court

Korean Air Lines Chairman Cho Yang-ho said on Friday he had scolded his daughter for expelling a crew member from a flight over the way she was served nuts in first class.

AU calls for force to fight Boko Haram

The African Union called Friday for a regional five-nation force of 7,500 troops to defeat the “horrendous” rise of Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamist militants.

Aquino vows justice for 44 dead police

Philippine President Benigno Aquino pledged justice for the families of 44 police commandos killed by Muslim rebels during a botched anti-terror operation, as he led tributes on Friday – a national

Rap mogul ‘Suge’ Knight arrested

Death Row Records founder Marion “Suge” Knight was arrested early Friday on a murder charge in a fatal hit-and-run.

Top Kurd officer killed in IS attack

The Islamic State jihadist group killed a senior Kurdish commander and five fighters Friday in a major attack in Iraq’s Kirkuk province, while bombings elsewhere left at least nine dead.

Tunisian activists take to the streets with art

Tunisian activists take to the streets with art

POST revolution Tunisia is all too familiar with protest – usually through demonstrations — but one group of activists

Dark day for Woods raises prospect of the 'yips'

Dark day for Woods raises prospect of the 'yips'

Stunned golf fans at the Phoenix Open were left to ponder how the mighty have fallen after Tiger Woods plunged to new

Djokovic-Murray final set

Djokovic-Murray final set

Djokovic fought off defending champion Stan Wawrinka.

UAE edges 10-man Iraq to win 3rd-place playoff

UAE edges 10-man Iraq to win 3rd-place playoff

Striker and captain Ahmed Khalil scored goals on either side.

Best offense runs into best defense in Asian final

Best offense runs into best defense in Asian final

Australia will try to unlock the Asian Cup’s stingiest defense.

Sharapova out to end Serena’s dominance

Sharapova out to end Serena’s dominance

One of the few players with the game to trouble Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova’s decade-long losing streak to the

England beats India to set up Australia final

England beats India to set up Australia final

England will face Australia in Sunday’s tri-series final after winning its One-Day International against India at the

Blakely powers Purefoods over GlobalPort

Blakely powers Purefoods over GlobalPort

Despite playing with a dislocated left shoulder, long-time Purefoods import Marqus Blakely still managed to stamp his

McIlroy surges ahead with flawless 64

McIlroy surges ahead with flawless 64

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy stormed into a one-shot lead in the Dubai Desert Classic with a sparkling second-round 64

Huawei’s focus on premium smartphone strategy pays dividends

Huawei’s focus on premium smartphone strategy pays dividends

Huawei has announced the 2014 financial performance of its Consumer Business Group (BG).

Real Estate investors not concerned by 30-70 rule

Real Estate investors not concerned by 30-70 rule

A downturn in the Kingdom’s real estate market due to new mortgage regulations isn’t likely, said a leading real

Turki Al-Dakhil appointed new GM of Al Arabiya

MBC Group’s Chairman Sheikh Waleed Al-Ibrahim announced the appointment of Turki Al-Dakhil as the new General Manager of Al Arabiya News Channel.

Japan airlines foresee smooth earnings

Japan’s two biggest airlines on Friday projected smooth full-year earnings, with All Nippon Airways (ANA) placing a $2.2 billion order for Boeing and Airbus planes, while rival Japan Airlines (JAL)

Qatar Airways buys 10% of IAG

Qatar Airways announced Friday it has bought nearly 10 percent of the parent company of British Airways and Spain’s Iberia, deepening wealthy Qatar’s business ties to Europe and intensifying

Honda cuts full-year profit forecast

Honda on Friday slashed its full-year net profit forecast by 3.5 percent to $4.6 billion in the face of soaring recall costs from an exploding airbag crisis linked to at least five deaths.

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