Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council has called on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to allow proven businessmen to visit the kingdom without sponsorship from a citizen in a bid to attract more foreign investment. The council, which advises the king on legislation and policy but has no power to implement changes,...
Saudi Arabia waged early Thursday “Operation Decisive Storm” against the Houthi coup in Yemen and in support of legitimate President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi. A Saudi air campaign was launched overnight which has already resulted in the elimination of several Houthi leaders. Yemen air space is currently under full control of the...
World's Biggest Pilgrimage Now Underway, And Why You've Never Heard of it!
It's not the Muslim Hajj, or the Hindu Kumbh Mela.. Known as Arbaeen, it is the world's most populous gathering and you've probably never heard of it! Not only does the congregation exceed the number of visitors to Mecca (by a factor of five, in fact), it is more...
GCC surprise meeting ends rift with Qatar
The surprise meeting of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) leaders ended Monday evening after resolving schism with member state Qatar, Al Arabiya News Channel’s correspondent reported. Gulf leaders from the six-nation alliance also agreed on the return of Saudi, Emirati, and Bahraini envoys to Qatar, ending eight months of tense relations. The...
Forbes magazine has ranked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah as the most powerful person in the region, and 11th on its world list. In a media statement, Forbes Magazine-Middle East said that King Abdullah was chosen several times over the years as one of the most...
The Kingdom remains the leading donor of humanitarian aid to the United Nations, a leading official from the multilateral body said Wednesday. Ibrahim Jawdat El-Ziq, UN resident coordinator in the Kingdom, was speaking as the body prepares to celebrate its 69th anniversary by illuminating the iconic Kingdom Tower with...
A woman here has been granted a divorce from her husband after she used a spy software on his phone to catch him cheating with her best friend. The woman told a court here recently that she had installed the software on her husband's phone after a sudden change in...
The United States on Thursday concluded a deal with key Arab nations to launch a coordinated military campaign against the militants of the Islamic State, formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and Al Sham (ISIS). In a statement issued in Washington, the US State Department said that members of...
Saudi working hours law
Saudi Arabia is reportedly shelving plans to bring in a 40-hour working week for the private sector that includes giving employees two days off per week. The plan by Saudi Arabia’s labour ministry has hit the buffers following pressure from investors and the business community, it was reported on Wednesday. A...
Saudi Arabia busts cell of ISIS recruiters
The Saudi interior ministry said Tuesday it detained eight individuals for trying to recruit youth into “extremist groups abroad.” Al Arabiya News channel that the recruits were for the the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). “Security authorities conducted on Monday an operation that led to the arrest of eight...
Top 4 incredible health benefits of fasting in Ramadan
The month of Ramadan is a period of fasting, sacrifice, giving, piousness and self-training with the hope that these qualities will extend beyond this month and stay with us throughout the year. Indeed, the essence of fasting in Ramadan is spiritual. Nevertheless, this holy month also offers a number...
Bill Gates speaks in Washington
Philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates warned of a financial bubble in the United States that risked bursting in the near future, Saudi Arabia’s AlRiyadh newspaper reported Thursday. Financial crises take place because capitalism is subject to a financial and economic cycle, the billionaire said at a press conference in...
The symptoms of MERS-CoV include: Acute Respiratory Illness Cough Fever shortness of breath Difficulty of breathing Pneumonia Severe Diarrhea Approximately 40 percent of those who tested positive with MERS have died, according to Reuters, although it is not known how many do not know they are infected because the disease's symptoms have not been dangerous enough to...
The washing of hands and avoiding crowded places is key to avoid catching the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) which has so far killed close to 100 people, medical professionals say. Although the World Health Organization (WHO) has said that that the virus is not a concern for public health...
Market maker - Ronaldo Mouchawar
On the products side, Souq.com recently launched its babyware category, and the chief executive says that “a natural extension would also be home… be it home décor and so on” as well as widening existing categories. But the real sea-change will come in the form of digital content and...
Deciding how much your show is worth when it comes to sponsorship is a bit tricky, and just throwing a price tag per episode can either devalue the episode or simply over price it. So to make your lives easier, here is a simple calculation which will help you...
Paint the town red with Jeddah Art Week
Jeddah Art Week (JAW) will get the creative juices flowing in Saudi Arabia on Friday as it opens its doors for six days of contemporary art exhibitions. Twelve exhibitions will open throughout the week and are set to explore the different takes on modern art that artists from Saudi Arabia...
Television personality Kim Kardashian arrives at the 53rd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles
Kim Kardashian’s famous good looks are not for all it seems. A woman in Saudi Arabia reportedly went about changing her hairstyle and pursued plastic surgery in a bid to look like the reality TV star, after she noticed her husband admiring the celebrity. “I noticed that he admires Kim Kardashian,...
hijab style
Muslim consumer expenditure in the clothing / fashion sector will soar to $322 billion by 2018, from an estimated $224 billion in 2012, said a report. This represents the potential Islamic values inspired ‘modest’ clothing market for Muslims worldwide, said the State of the Global Islamic Economy 2013 Report. The report,...
Saudi businesses have welcomed the Labor Ministry’s decision to postpone the implementation of a draft proposal that aims to restrict the stay of foreign workers to seven years and discourage them from bringing their families to the Kingdom. “We have postponed the implementation of this draft decision and other draft...
The Afghan who hasn’t missed prayer at the Prophet’s Mosque for 37 years
An Afghan national has set an example of piety by never missing one single prayer behind the imam of the Prophet’s Mosque. Haji Muhammad has become very popular in Saudi Arabia's Madinah because for a quarter of a century he has appeared on Saudi TV wearing the same black turban...
Arab Tweeps, Selfie Olympics
Arabs have “hijacked” the Selfie Olympics, several tweets read this week, after the online competition to post the most risky poses continues to heat up. The “Selfie Olympics,” a game which has gone viral on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter since the start of January, requires social media users to join...
Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saudia, is returning to Manchester airport after a gap of seven years with a direct route to Jeddah this spring. Flights will run three times with passengers offered a 5 percent discount if booking direct through the carrier’s website. The flights will depart from the airport’s terminal two...
29 injured as Saudi jet makes emergency landing
A Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 767 jet made an emergency landing in the kingdom's Muslim holy city Medina on Sunday, injuring 29 people, the airline and aviation authority said. The Saudia aircraft was travelling from Iran's second city of Mashhad with 315 people on board, General Authority of Civil Aviation...
First female lawyer’s office opens in Saudi Arabia
ayan Alzahran has opened the first female lawyer’s office in Saudi Arabia, Al Arabiya News Channel reported on Thursday, two months after she and three other women were granted licenses to practice the profession in the kingdom. “Our activity is not restricted to cases involving only women. Saudi Arabia’s lawyer...
Saudi man gets 80 lashes for ‘defaming’ Kuwaiti singer
The Riyadh Criminal Court has sentenced a Saudi man to a three-month jail term, 80 lashes and a fine of 10,000 riyals ($2,600) after defaming a Kuwaiti singer on Twitter and Facebook. The Saudi man was accused of posting defamatory messages on social media, including allegations of immoral conduct about...
As part of a comprehensive plan to streamline the domestic service sector, the Kingdom has decided to sign agreements with six labor-exporting countries to recruit domestic helpers. “Labor Minister Adel Fakeih will travel to New Delhi on Wednesday to ink the new labor pact for the recruitment of domestic workers...
The Kingdom’s religious police have warned the public against celebrating the New Year’s Eve, an Arabic newspaper reported on Sunday. The Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vices (Haia) based its warning on a religious edict issued by the Council of Senior Islamic Scholars banning such...
French Muslim woman celebrates 20 years in Saudi Arabia
A French woman celebrated on Thursday her 20th year in Saudi Arabia, reported Al Arabiya News Channel. Originally from Paris, Marjuite Bastermadjan chose to live in the kingdom after she married a Syrian man and converted to Islam, a religion she called “clean, pure and true.” The French citizen, who moved...
MANILA, Philippines - Unlike most stories from the Middle East, this one is something happy from sad. After chef Federico "Rico" Reyes died of an apparent heart attack in Jeddah last September, his widow Laarni not only had to grapple with the grief of losing a husband, but also...