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Why does Saudi Arabia recruit so many expat workers?

There are some things that I don’t understand about the Ministry of Labor. Although it has clearly done a good job of creating job opportunities and fighting unemployment, it continues to increase the number of expatriates recruited from abroad year after year.

The Haia must reform itself

The recent attack against a British expatriate and his Saudi wife in Riyadh has uncovered the loopholes and shortcomings prevailing in the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.

Where have all the Saudi technical graduates gone?

Technical trades in Saudi Arabia are dominated by expatriates. Take, for example, the case of the central computerized system in a govt office.

Autism in a new light

Autism is spreading in the Kingdom and according to latest studies, it is estimated to affect over 400,000 children.

Congratulations, you are a divorcee!

Divorce has been traditionally viewed as a negative outcome in Saudi society. However, for an increasing number of women, divorce is an event that puts an end to a life of misery and offers hope for a brighter future.

Terrorism in its third wave

Terrorism is dawning on us in a new guise. It has taken on a more native appearance and slowly crept into our minds and language.

UN’s flight marks a new era on Israel-Syria front

For four decades, a multinational United Nations mission has quietly monitored the sleepy Golan Heights — providing a symbol of stability between bitter enemies as it enforced a truce between Israel and Syria.

Question of succession: After Abbas, who?

Most Palestinians have known only two leaders: Yasser Arafat, the stubble-chinned firebrand fond of checkered scarves and olive fatigues, and Mahmoud Abbas, a smooth-shaven father figure who favors Western suits and ties.

Scots Free: No

Supporters of Scottish independence reacted with bitter disappointment on Friday as their hopes of breaking away from Britain were dashed, with some breaking down in tears in the streets of Edinburgh.

SABIC signs agreement with German company to fast-track R&D catalysis

The Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic) has entered into an agreement with hte in Heidelberg, Germany, to set up a satellite laboratory for high throughput experimentation to increase its research and development (R&D) efficiency.

Revolutionary BMW i8 arrives in Saudi Arabia

BMW’s i8 plug-in hybrid sports car is expected to cause a sensation on the roads when it goes on sale across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia this month.

The Era of Female Artists in Saudi Arabia

Samsung ‘Launching People’ winner Sara Osta, launched her first art exhibit in Jeddah.

Can’t get enough fiber in your diet? Turn to Flax Seeds

Living in the Kingdom, it is tempting to fall into the pattern of eating a diet rich in white, starchy carbs that are practically void of fiber; such as rice, savory breads, the famous mana’eesh (cheese or thyme or meat pies), sweet pastries, and Afghani tameez bread.

Profile of a Saudi woman sentenced to die

A murder that shocked Makkan society recently involved a Saudi woman who set her abusive husband on fire.

Father blames hospital for medical error

A father has accused a hospital here of damaging his eight-year-old son’s testicle.

MOL: Beauty Salon business exempted

The Ministry of Labor has decided not to require businesses in the field of beauty salon and sewing supplies to hire female workers after many owners of such businesses opposed the step, said Fahad Al-Tekhaifi, assistant undersecretary for private programs.

German Muslims rally against extremism

Muslims across Germany are holding a day of prayers and rallies on Friday to condemn Islamic extremism and a backlash against their faith that has seen arson attacks on mosques.

Google, Apple harden encryption lock

Google and Apple on Thursday said they are hardening encryption tactics on devices powered by their mobile operating systems and tossing away the keys.

Probe into video of teacher’s ripping act

The Ministry of Education is probing a video showing a male teacher tearing apart a photo showing a group of female elementary students from a book and asking his students to do the same.

Holding fast in Aleppo

A rebel fighter holds a position in a rebel-held area of the Syrian northern city of Aleppo, Friday.

France begins strikes on IS targets

France carried out its first air strike against the Islamic State group in Iraq Friday.

‘Happy’ Iranians get jail, lashes

Seven young Iranians featured dancing to Pharrell Williams’ hit “Happy” in a video that went viral on the Internet have been given suspended jail and lashes sentences, a lawyer said Friday.

Yemen rebels halt flights; TV off air

International airlines have suspended flights to Yemen’s capital as fighting between rebels seeking greater political clout and Islamists backed by the army encroaches on the country’s main airport,

Iraq needs outside help: Sistani

Iraq’s most important Shiite religious leader Ali Al-Sistani endorsed international intervention against Islamic State in the country on Friday, following US and French air strikes, but called for

Morocco expands anti-terror laws

Morocco’s government has presented a new law criminalizing training with extremists with the intent to commit terrorist acts.

Scottish vote: Who won? Who lost?

Who won and who lost in Scotland’s independence referendum?

Isolated Peruvian tribe risks human contact, and disease

Six Mashco Piro tribeswomen crouched low as they escaped back into the jungle after raiding a remote lodge.

Lady Gaga dons hijab for shopping in Istanbul

While US pop queen Lady Gaga is well known for her extravagant taste in clothing.

Game breeders rake in big bucks

When South Africa’s deputy president bid on a two million dollar buffalo in 2012, he was criticized for being

Modi: Qaida holds no appeal for Muslims

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says A-Qaida is “delusional” if it believes it holds any appeal for India’s large Muslim population.

Floods shut down Manila, 3 killed

Torrential monsoon rains worsened by a tropical storm flooded large swathes of the Philippine capital and nearby provinces Friday, leaving at least three people dead and displacing tens of thousands

Zambia president: ‘I am not dead’

Zambia’s elusive President Michael Sata made a rare public appearance Friday, opening a new session of parliament and declaring “I am not dead.”

Thieves steal SR3m from armored truck

A group of thieves raided an armored truck and stole around SR3 million.

Four bike-rental stations to be set up

The Jeddah Municipality will set up two bike rental stations at Al-Rawdah Walkway north of Prince Muhammad Bin Abdulaziz Road and another two at North Corniche, said spokesman Muhammad Al-Bogmi.

Haia and Islamic University sign MOU

President of Islamic University Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Sanad and Chief of the Commission of the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia) Dr. Abdullatif Al-Asheikh signed a memorandum of

Comedy theater

Is there any nation in the world which can openly humiliate the only superpower and get away with it?

Congratulations Scotland and UK!

Congratulations to the people of Scotland for voting to remain in the United Kingdom.

Terrorism is a cancer in the Muslim community

With regard to the article “Wrong to equate terrorism with jihad – Scholars” (Sep. 18), terrorism is a disease like cancer. Though it is against Shariah, that cancer is present in the Muslim

Haia must conform to the teachings of Islam

I am writing with regard to the article “Haia chief: I have more powers than ministers” (Sep. 17). I appreciate the work being done by Dr. Abdullatif Al-Asheikh the head of the Commission for the

‘Young Saudis must learn to respect the law’ (Sep. 13)

First Saudis must learn how to wait in a queue in restaurants and at ATMs and learn how to respect expats and others in public places.

‘We need a Ministry of Expatriate Workers’ (Sep. 13)

It’s all about education. Saudi education is not good. A young Saudi child doesn’t want to be a doctor; rather he wants to be a kafeel (sponsor)like his father. I really hope I see a change in my

‘Law-enforcer or law-breaker?’ (Sep. 10)

Police should be allowed to pass through traffic; it’s not about them having more power or misusing it. It’s about them having freedom of movement at all times, as they need to protect us.

‘‘Easy Taxi – Your taxi one touch away’’ (Sep. 12)

Taxi services in Saudi Arabia absorb our money. Drivers usually ask for high prices if you are a woman because they know that women in Saudi Arabia can’t drive and they take advantage of the

‘Small enterprises a better option’ (Sep. 12)

Sometimes the truth is hard to accept, but it is the reality. Many Saudis get hired just because the company has to obey government rules.

‘Coins in demand for Jeddah parking’ (Sep. 15)

It’s actually a good system, but in those countries where this system is implemented, they have several alternate transport solutions such as Metro trains, easy route buses, etc.

‘’Haia’ cool sheikh!’ (Sep. 16)

Expatriates should respect the laws and traditions of Islamic countries, not only in Saudi Arabia.

Incheon Games begin

South Korean President Park Geun-hye opened the Incheon Asian Games at a glittering, K-Pop inspired ceremony Friday as

Hamilton quickest in Singapore

Lewis Hamilton laid down an early marker that he will be the man to beat in the Singapore Grand Prix.

Platini criticizes FIFA watch probe

UEFA President Michel Platini is going to keep his luxury watch.

FIFA faces more calls for transparency

FIFA faced more calls for greater transparency.

Tsonga’s London hopes hit

Local favorite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s hopes of reclaiming his Open de Moselle title were ruined Friday when the top seed

Li Na retires citing knee issues

China’s Li Na, Asia’s only Grand Slam singles champion, announced her retirement from tennis Friday, succumbing to the effect of long-term knee injuries.

Wit and wisdom of Li Na

China’s Li Na, the first Asian to win Grand Slam singles titles in tennis, announced her retirement from the sport

Inter, Sevilla off to winning start

Three-time European champion Inter Milan opened its Europa League campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 win away to

Japan at crossroads

Japan on Friday downgraded its assessment of the economy for the first time in five months.

The world’s best luxury sedan arrives in Mideast

The new Flying Spur V8 has arrived at Bentley dealers across the Middle East.

Saving grace for Yahoo

Yahoo is making amends for years of blundering with one smart move: an early investment in China's Alibaba Group that

Trailblazing Aston Martin idol of motoring journalists

Haji Husein Alireza & Co. Ltd. (HHA), the sole agent for Aston Martin cars in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Maserati turns 100

The unique Maserati Centennial international gathering marks the culmination of the company’s official centenary

A racing car built for performance

Renault is restating its passion for motor sport with a racing car of spectacular styling and exceptional performance.

Israel’s settler population in the West Bank increased by a robust two percent in the first half of the year, even as Israel was conducting peace talks with the Palestinians.