Saturday, 23 August 2014  -  27 Shawwal 1435 H

Saudi businessmen should endeavor to improve the Kingdom’s image abroad

If a businessman throws a luxurious party spending hundreds of millions of euros for the marriage of his son or daughter in a European capital, it does not necessarily have any big news value.

Why religious hypocrites are dangerous

I thought the phenomenon of some people pretending to be religious would not last long because it was a cheap trick that would not deceive people.

Who goes to Paradise and who to Hell?

I do not have the audacity to say that one person will go to Paradise and another will go to Hell because I believe that only Allah can determine that, not His creatures.

Hararis hold on to their history, heritage

Hyenas howl and feast on flesh every night outside the ancient walls of Harar — a primeval city that is holding out against the pressures of the modern world.

Working women seek recognition

It is common to hear about the social contributions and positive influences made my men in Saudi society. Since men make up a majority of the labor force and have more opportunities than women.

Jailed for someone else’s debt

In Riyadh’s Al-Malaz prison, a 45-year-old prisoner recounts how he ended up in jail after he took out a loan to help a widow.

A growing realization

Adopting a child is one of the most compassionate gestures one can make.

Davutoglu: The architect of Turkey’s foreign policy

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who will be Turkey’s next prime minister, is a loyal ally of incoming president Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the chief architect of an assertive but increasingly controversial foreign policy.

Look, no hands! Test driving a Google car

The car stopped at stop signs. It glided around curves. It didn’t lurch or jolt. The most remarkable thing about the drive was that it was utterly unremarkable. This isn’t damning with faint praise.

A boon for food tycoons

In the escalating dispute between Russia and the West over Ukraine, a group of businessmen with Kremlin connections are emerging as likely beneficiaries of the tit-for-tat sanctions.

Urban Gardening — Where was your tomato before it reached your plate?

The green salad on your plate is a great low calorie lunch, with high fiber and water content. But have you ever thought that your salad may not actually be as healthy and vitamin rich as you expect?

Saudi’s progressive art scene

“Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.”

Saudi hip-hop band Run Junxion launches new album

With its unpolished lyrics and catchy beats, Run Junxion may look like “just another hip-hop band.” It isn’t: Not only is it one of very few hip-hop groups in Saudi Arabia, the launch of their second CD earlier this month proves these guys are determined to stay.

Families claim rights against domestics

Many Saudi families have claimed they have incurred huge losses as a result of recruiting domestic workers, who remain at their sponsor’s house for only a few months before running away to illegally work for other families.

Hamas executes 18 Israel 'collaborators'

Palestinian militants in Gaza City executed 18 men on Friday for allegedly helping Israel in its six-week assault on the territory.

WHO: Draft strategy set to fight Ebola

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday that it had drawn up a draft strategy plan to combat Ebola in West Africa over the next six to nine months.

Eradicate the sponsorship system!

With regard to the report “Firms get five days to appeal iqama transfer” (Aug 20), the sponsorship system should be eradicated for good as it only adds more problems to an already confused system.

It’s difficult to do business in Saudi Arabia

With regard to the post “Saudi Arabia does not welcome foreign investments” (Aug 20), it is because of the nature of the culture here that it is difficult to establish a business. Not everyone can understand it and the government tries to explain it to investors.

“Why do maids in Kingdom commit such gruesome murders?” (Aug 9)

If maids are treated humanely, they will act humanely. Most maids are treated like animals by their employers, and in the worst cases they may be raped by a male member of the family.

“Economists divided over benefits of Sanid scheme” (Aug 18)

Why should working Saudis pay for the unemployed? There should be no unemployment when there are so many foreign workers. Tax the foreigners and that will get rid of most of them, leaving the jobs for Saudis. Problem solved.

Indian Consulate Mushaira: A journey of romance, realism and faith

It was a journey of romance, realism, existential dilemma and sublime faith.

MoL allows experts for women’s shops

The deputy Minister of Labor for Special Programs, Fahad Al-Tekhaifi, has said the ministry will soon allow stores that sell women’s clothes and accessories, factories that employ women and

Gaza stance lands Russel Brand death threats

British actor, comedian and author Russell Brand has been labeled as anti-Semitic and received death threats following

Dozens killed in attack on Sunni mosque

A suicide bomber and several gunmen attacked a Sunni mosque in a volatile province outside Baghdad during Friday prayers.

Houthis protest against govt

Tens of thousands of Yemenis demonstrated in the capital Sana'a on Friday in a protest called for by the Shiite Houthi movement, which wants the government to resign and reverse a decision on

Libya stadium hosts taped execution

An armed group carried out a videotaped execution of an Egyptian man in a football stadium in Libya, in what Amnesty said Friday highlighted the country's descent into lawlessness.

Noodles: Friend or foe?

Kim Min-koo has an easy reply to new American research that hits South Korea where it hurts — in the noodles.

Reactions in Asia to instant noodles study

A recent US study linking instant noodles consumption by South Koreans to some risks for heart disease.

Indian police rearrest hunger striker

Indian police on Friday rearrested a woman who has been on hunger strike for 14 years to protest against rights abuses, just two days after she was released on the orders of a court.

Talks resume to end Pakistan drama

The party of Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan said Friday it was resuming talks with the government aimed at ending tense protests, even as it submitted the resignations of 34 lawmakers

Ukraine accuses Russia of ‘invasion’

Ukraine on Friday accused Moscow of invading after Russia unilaterally sent the first part of its mammoth aid convoy into east Ukraine, warning against any attacks on the trucks.

Indian author Ananthamurthy dies

Acclaimed Indian writer Udupi Rajagopalacharya Ananthamurthy, famed for his novels and poems, died Friday at the age of 82 from renal failure.

Kerala state announces alcohol ban

Authorities in Kerala have announced a ban on alcohol to tackle a growing abuse problem in the southern Indian state, a popular tourist destination.

Taxi firms for unified insurance deal

Investors in the transport sector are implementing a unified insurance contract to solve problems they are facing from insurance companies.

Aramco to produce low-cost gasoline

Saudi Aramco is investing $30 million with Siluria Technologies, Inc. of San Francisco, to produce low-cost gasoline from natural gas.

India’s RSS and its divisive agenda

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat has received brickbats for his controversial description of India as a “Hindu nation.”

2013 Pak elections were rigged!

I am writing with regard to the article “Pakistan shows mix reaction toward Imran Khan’s call for Civil Disobedience” (Aug 21). The 2013 elections were the most rigged not only in the history of

Grand Mufti’s words welcomed

I am writing with regard to the article “Grand Mufti: IS is Islam’s ‘enemy No. 1’” (Aug 20). I hope more Muslim leaders will renounce violence against all religious groups. I also hope that Muslims

“Boxed in by barriers” (Aug 20)

Thank you, Tariq Al-Maeena! This needed to be said, especially by a Saudi man. This practice is a cultural innovation and has no basis in Islam so it shouldn’t even be on the radar of the religious

“Women power in improved curricula” (Aug 9)

Separate schools, colleges, universities, and scientific research laboratories for Muslim women must be established in Muslim countries to educate them to lead the future modern Muslim world.

“Abandoning infants: A rising problem” (Aug 9)

It is sad to think that these children cannot be adopted and given a caring family environment. We should help children like these.

McEvoy stunner as Phelps strikes gold

Australia’s Cameron McEvoy upset a star-studded field to win the 100m freestyle at the Pan Pacific Championships

Hamilton fastest in 2nd practice

Lewis Hamilton posted the fastest time in the second practice of the Belgian Grand Prix Friday.

Djokovic could face Murray in quarters

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray were put on a quarterfinal collision course for the US Open.

Kvitova moves into semis

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova moved into the semifinals of the Connecticut Open.

Ajmal to miss match for tests on his action

Under-scrutiny Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal will miss part of his side’s one-day series against Sri Lanka as he

Neymar sprains ankle; Barca faces Elche tomorrow

Brazilian superstar Neymar has suffered an ankle sprain in training, Barcelona announced Friday, adding to the club’s

Injured Isner pulls out

John Isner’s preparations for the US Open hit a setback Thursday when a sprained ankle forced him to withdraw from the

Carlin clinches 800m, treble for Hosszu

Jazmin Carlin launched herself into the upper realms of distance swimming with victory in the 800 meters freestyle

Battle over North Sea’s black gold

North Sea oil has been at the center of fierce debate over Scotland’s future ahead of an independence vote next month.

Apple iPhone fever

Suppliers to Apple Inc. are scrambling to get enough screens ready for the new iPhone 6 smartphone.

Nissan Patrol shatters sales records

The famed Nissan Patrol, dubbed the ‘Hero of All Terrains in Life’.

Maserati turns 100 in stunning passion

Maserati celebrated its 100th anniversary in grand style at Monterey Car Week. Maserati isn’t a stranger to the famous

Latest BMW M models fuel enthusiasts’ interest

Two powerful new BMW M vehicles – the all-new BMW M3 Sedan and BMW M4 Coupé – arrived at Mohamed Yousuf Naghi Motors.

Volkswagen popularity and success pay off

The sole distributor of Volkswagen in Dubai and the Northern Emirates confirmed the Volkswagen CC delivered the best

Destination UAE
Forget those who think traveling abroad is the only way to explore festivals and get a taste of the best entertainment.
Of all the atrocities committed in Syria since its uprising in 2011 which has killed almost 200,000 people, the Ghouta sarin gas attack was the worst single incident.