Wednesday, 23 July 2014  -  25 Ramadan 1435 H

How were we 50 years ago?

Some of us are fond of making comparisons between the situation of our country today and its situation 50 years ago.

Coronavirus found in air sample near Jeddah camel barn

Researchers in Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday they have found genetic traces of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus in the air.

Saudia 2nd best in punctuality among 43 airlines

The Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) ranked second among 43 international aviation companies that achieved the highest level of performance in on-time flight schedule worldwide last month.

Nod for women to contest, vote in municipal council polls

The Council of Ministers approved late Monday the Law of Municipal Councils that grants women equal rights.

KSA to open $530b bourse to foreigners in early 2015

The Kingdom plans to open its stock market, the Arab world’s biggest, to direct investment by foreign financial institutions in the first half of next year, the market regulator said on Tuesday.

Salman, Sharif discuss ways to enhance ties

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is on a private visit to Saudi Arabia, called on Crown Prince Salman Bin Abdul Aziz, deputy premier and minister of defense, here on Monday evening.

German engineer embraces Islam

A German engineer embraced Islam after he was convinced its teachings and its suitability for all times.

No safe place for civilians in Gaza: UN

Palestinian civilians in densely-populated Gaza have no place to hide from Israel’s military offensive and children are paying the heaviest price, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Pre-iftar is best time for exercise: Trainer

Ramadan signals the beginning of a downward spiral of weight gain for a lot of people. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Millionaire beggar arrested

An Arab national who managed to earn more than SR1.2 million through beggary was arrested in Yanbu. Col. Fahd Al-Ghanam, spokesman of Madinah Police, said that police squads nabbed the man after he was found begging in dubious circumstances.

Authorities in blame game over increase in Jeddah fire cases

A recent spate of fires in Jeddah governorate have triggered a row among several government departments and agencies, with each of them blaming one another for not taking more responsibility.

Gold trading expansion to spur demand in Kingdom

The Middle East will take a bigger share of gold demand as buyers from Kuwait to Saudi Arabia to the United Arab Emirates diversify investments and Dubai nears offering a contract for immediate delivery bullion.

I no longer talk to Obama: Erdogan

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he has stopped talking to US President Barack Obama on the phone,

66 hurt in Turkish tanker truck explosion

Turkey’s state-run news agency says a tanker truck carrying liquefied petroleum gas, or LPG, has overturned and exploded on a highway in southeast Turkey, injuring at least 66 people.

Dozens of Turkish cops detained for spying on govt

Dozens of police including high-ranking officers were detained in Turkey on Tuesday, accused of spying and illegal wire-tapping of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his inner circle in what the

Syrian opposition coalition dissolves interim govt

The Syrian National Coalition (SNC) opposition members said on Tuesday it had voted to force out its “interim government” and form a new one within a month.

Gaza paramedics ‘brothers’ bonded by horrors of war

At a dingy Gaza ambulance station, paramedics struggle to stay awake during 24-hour shifts that see them coming under

2,000 mercenaries fighting alongside Israel

The two Americans killed in fighting in the Gaza Strip followed in the footsteps of scores of Jews from around the

Medical team for Gaza

With reference to the article “Amid bloodshed, frenetic Gaza hospital improvises” (July 21), Gaza hospital doctors are unable to cope with the number of casualties.

Distressing Israeli attacks

The post titled “Stop Israeli terrorism in Gaza!” by Mir Gazanfar Ali Zaki, (July 22) raises the questions: Where is the Muslim world?

Hope for the better

I agree with the post “Saudi wives are spendthrifts” (July 22).

In their blood

This refers to your editorial “Rivals pitch Afghanistan toward disaster” (July 21). Quibbling has long been in Afghanistan’s history. The Afghans have never ever peacefully settle any issue. Since

A great idea

With reference to the article “Women’s clubs for marriage” by Mansour Ibrahim Al-Dakhil (July 22), the proposal to establish a Saudi women’s club for matchmaking is a great idea. It is unfortunate

Train with MH17 bodies reaches Ukraine base

A train carrying the remains of many of the 298 victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived at a Ukrainian

Britain plans new measures to prevent female genital mutilation

Britain is to make it compulsory for teachers and health workers to report cases of female genital mutilation (FGM), Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday.

Thai king endorses junta’s new constitution

Thailand’s junta won approval from the king on Tuesday for an interim constitution mapping out year-long political reforms expected to curb the influence of fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

Parts of Chinese city in quarantine after plague death -Xinhua

China has sealed off parts of its northwestern city of Yumen after a resident died of bubonic plague last week, state media reported on Tuesday.

Lanka’s militant monk rejects Dalai Lama as spiritual leader

A firebrand Sri Lankan monk on Tuesday criticized the Dalai Lama for urging the island's Buddhists to halt violence

Jakarta Gov. Widodo wins Indonesian poll

Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, who won the hearts of Indonesians with his common man image, won Indonesia’s

Cambodia opposition ends year-long boycott of Parliament

Cambodia’s main opposition party struck a deal on Tuesday with strongman premier Hun Sen to end its year-long boycott

Three arrested over child rape

Police have detained three people suspected of kidnapping and raping a 12-year-old boy, Al-Riyadh daily reported.

Alwaleed Foundation gives homes to 7,782 Saudis

The Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation, chaired by Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, provided 617 residential units to needy Saudi citizens, increasing the number of beneficiaries of its housing initiative to

Handicapped get special vehicles

The Ministry of Social Affairs has delivered 24 vehicles equipped to modern standards to handicapped people throughout the country.

King Abdullah Economic City

All the factors for the King Abdullah Economic City to be successful have been provided, including land and location.

Duba Port seized 10.84 million captagon pills

Duba Port customs authorities have seized 10.84 million captagon pills that were hidden in a heavy equipment container.

Traffic officers caught car drifting

Several traffic officers have been caught drifting with their cars over the past three months, said Riyadh Traffic Department Director Brig. Gen. Ali Al-Dubaikhi. The normal fines and penalties will

Real signs Colombian Rodriguez

Real Madrid has signed Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez from Monaco on a six-year contract, the La Liga club said

Dunga back as Brazil manager

Brazil named Dunga as its manager for the second time Tuesday.

Bardet, Van Garderen suffer as Rogers wins stage

Frenchman Romain Bardet and American Tejay van Garderen’s Tour de France podium hopes suffered a major blow Tuesday.

English FA wants Garcia files published

The English Football Association wants FIFA prosecutor Michael Garcia.

Cook still England captain

Alastair Cook retained the England captaincy while the selectors brought in uncapped Lancashire wicketkeeper Jos

Anderson hearing set for Aug. 1

England seamer James Anderson could be banned from the fourth Test at his Old Trafford home ground after the

Haase clinches Gstaad opener

Last year’s finalist Robin Haase had to fight through an extended case of first-match nerves to advance over Aleksandr

Athletes added to Games lineup as outbreak stemmed

The athletes’ village at the Commonwealth Games welcomed 1,000 more competitors from 25 countries Monday, and none of

UAE ranks third globally in mobile banking adoption

The UAE ranks as one of the world’s top three countries in mobile banking adoption, according to a new global SAP study on technology in banking.

Qatar Tourism Authority’s regional Eid promotions start

QATAR Tourism Authority (QTA) has launched a GCC-wide advertising campaign to promote events and activities taking place in Qatar during Eid in an effort to attract regional visitors.

Emerging stocks climb to 18-month high

Emerging market stocks rose to an 18-month high as Chinese shares climbed on bets the government will do more to boost growth. Russian equities rebounded and Saudi Arabia gained on plans to open the

Nowayrah Obhur Townhouses Phase-2

NOWAYRAH Real Estate Development Company announced the commencement of Phase-2 of Obhur Townhouses in the quiet beach

Air Arabia Group CEO wins top airline award

ADEL Ali, Group Chief Executive of Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier in the Middle East and North

Sony unveils all-in-one sound system in MEA

SONY Middle East and Africa FZE has launched the launch of the new MHC-V6D all-in-one sound system with 1440 watts RMS

Street fishing thrives in waterways of Paris

Quentin Nespoulous is standing by Canal Saint Martin, a once run-down waterway in Paris that has been cleaned up and

Donated skulls in Washington state lead to more human remains

Authorities in Washington state were looking for a person who donated three human skulls to a thrift store last month, and said on Monday their pleas for information had instead prompted the

22-metre tall inflatable toad in Beijing

People ride in a boat before a 22-metre tall inflatable toad displayed at a park in Beijing Monday.

Karen Gillian

Karen Gillian a cast member in the sci-fi motion picture “Guardians of the Galaxy” attends the premiere of the film at

‘Orange is the New Black’ inspires wardrobe change for inmates

Black and white are the new orange in a Michigan county where the sheriff has made a wardrobe change for jail inmates

Trends and forecasts for Saudi ICT
Recently, Mobily put out a newsletter titled, ICT Trends in Saudi Arabia. IDC was the knowledge partner in creating the
Tariq A. Al-Maeena
Dr. Ali Al-Ghamdi
French President Francois Hollande has said that the Israel-Palestinian conflict must not be imported to France and that his administration will not tolerate any act or speech that could cause a resurgence of anti-semitism and racism.