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The Saudi General Directorate of Passports and Expatriates Affairs said levy fees on expatriates’ dependents include all nationalities with no exceptions. The directorate added that residency permits and residency identities will not be renewed unless all levy fees on dependents are paid. New fees on dependents of residents and visitors went...
Saudi Arabia will become the first Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) country to impose excise tax at 100 percent on tobacco products and energy drinks, and 50 percent on soft drinks, from June 10. The news comes days after the UAE Federal Tax Authority (FTA) said it will start imposing excise...
Mohamed Alabbar has confirmed that his e-commerce platform noon is to relocate its permanent base to Riyadh after going live later this year. In a statement released, Alabbar – who is also chairman of Emaar, said: “Following the launch of noon, our permanent operational base will be in Riyadh, and...
The completion date for the world's tallest tower has been pushed back to 2019, a Saudi Arabian billionaire said Thursday, almost six years after launching the record-breaking project. Jeddah Tower is to rise more than a kilometre (almost 3,300 feet), placing it above Dubai's Burj Khalifa. "The project was delayed... but...
Saudi Arabia’s cabinet on Monday approved the GCC agreement for imposing a value added tax (VAT) from next year, the state news agency announced. In a session chaired by King Salman in Riyadh, the council of ministers gave its official approval to the measure, confirming that the kingdom is ready...
Saudi Arabia hopes its plan to bring a further 1.3 million women into the workforce by 2030 will be given a lift from ride-hailing apps Uber and Dubai-based rival Careem. The cars, which the government says should only be driven by Saudi men, offer women, who are banned from driving...
A statement from Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Interior has confirmed on Tuesday it has carried out the execution orders on Prince Turki bin Saud al-Kabir. The prince was found guilty three years ago by a Saudi court for murdering a young Saudi man following a group fight in al-Thumama region...
An Iranian delegation wrapped up its visit to Saudi Arabia on Friday without signing a final agreement on arrangements for the annual Hajj pilgrimage, the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has said. The ministry said the delegation decided to return to Tehran without signing the final agreement despite two...
Saudi Arabia will announce its “Vision 2030” on Monday, a comprehensive plan roadmap expected to include various economic and social aspects. The vision is set to prepare the kingdom for an era in which it does not rely heavily on oil, as well as including a highly-anticipated National Transformation Plan...
Saudi Arabia concluded on Thursday a 20-country joint military exercises that aimed at unifying armed tactics for the region’s stability. Saudi King Salman was present along with regional leadership like Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir, Yemen's President Abdrabbu Hadi and Egypt’s President AbdelFattah el-Sisi. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was also present...
RIYADH: Armed forces from around 20 countries including Pakistan and Malaysia are gathering in northern Saudi Arabia Sunday for "the largest, most important military manoeuvres" ever staged in the region, the official news agency SPA reported. The "Thunder of the North" exercise involving ground, air, and naval forces sends a...
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in his meeting with Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince and Defence Minister Muhammad Bin Salman assured him of Pakistan's support if any threat arises to Saudi Arabia's territorial integrity. According to a statement released from Prime Minister House, the prime minister welcomed the Saudi initiative...
Bangladesh, China, Nigeria, Fiji and Morocco are the most hopeful nations, while Italy is the least hopeful. The findings are from a new study conducted by WIN/Gallup International Association that interviewed people from 68 countries. A happy world in 2015 Looking back at the previous year, 66% of respondents to the WIN/Gallup...
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan reaffirmed on Thursday its support to Saudi Arabia, which is embroiled in a tense standoff with Iran, and the counter-terrorism coalition that it (Riyadh) was setting up. The reiteration of support for the Saudi government was made during a shortened visit by Saudi Foreign Minister Dr Adel Al-Jubeir...
Saudi Arabian finance minister Ibrahim Alassaf said the kingdom expects to introduce value-added tax in two years, aiming for a tax rate of around 5 percent, the Saudi-owned Al-Hayat newspaper reported on Wednesday. "VAT will be introduced gradually and be completed within two years, which is the time set for...
Women in Saudi Arabia have broken the Guinness World Record for the largest human “ribbon” to promote breast cancer awareness – on the same day as they voted for the first time in the country’s history. The 12 December was already set to go down in Saudi history as a...
Women usually face transport difficulties inside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia because their family providers are usually busy and they spend most of their time outside home. Many women need to go to work, visit their family or friends, entertain their children, or go shopping, in addition, some girls...
Almost half of the Middle East’s 6,000 richest individuals live in Saudi Arabia or the UAE, with their combined wealth amounting to $995 million, a new study has found. There are 1,495 ultra-wealthy individuals – defined as those with more than $30 million in net assets – living in Saudi...
Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on Saturday firmly rejected Iran’s criticism of its handling of the Hajj pilgrimage after Tehran demanded an inquiry into a stampede that killed at least 769 people. "I believe the Iranians should know better than to play politics with a tragedy that has befallen people who...
LONDON: Saudi Arabia trebled its global humanitarian aid input to $755 billion, placing it among the top 10 providers, a list traditionally dominated by Western nations, new figures showed on Thursday. The total aid figure hit a record $24.5 billion in 2014 boosted by a nearly $1 billion extra from...
Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court has announced that the first day of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan will be Thursday June 18, Al Arabiya News Channel reported. The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia has asked citizens to keep an eye out for the crescent moon on Tuesday, which, if...
Saudi Arabia and Russia have reached an agreement for collaboration between their space programs for peaceful exploration, Saudi media report. Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers signed off on the deal Monday. King Salman directed the head of the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology to sign a cooperation deal...
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) is taking legal action against the Portuguese aircraft-leasing company Hi Fly for flying an empty jet bearing the Saudia logo to an airport in Israel. A photo of the jet was circulated widely on social media last week, with Saudia initially denying that any of its...
RIYADH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman met with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in Riyadh on Thursday and discussed the Saudi-led Arab campaign to restore stability in Yemen. A statement of the Saudi Press Agency said the meeting was attended by Crown Prince Muqrin, Deputy Crown Prince...
Dubai - The Saudi-led coalition bombing Yemen for almost a month announced on Tuesday the end to its military operation, but a Saudi spokesman said forces would continue to target the Houthi movement as necessary. “Operation Decisive Storm has achieved its goals...(including) removing the threat to Saudi Arabia and neighbouring...
Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev arrived in Riyadh on Sunday on an official visit to the Kingdom. He was received by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman at the Riyadh Air Base. Amid the critical situation in the Middle East, the visit of a head from a Central Asian...
Saudi Arabia is home to the most multi-millionaires in the Gulf region, with a total of 3,160 living in the Gulf kingdom at the end of 2014, according to a new report. There were 100 more multi-millionaires, those with net assets of $10 million or more, living in Saudi...
Pakistan will send troops to Saudi Arabia to join the coalition fighting Yemeni Houthi rebels, a senior government official said on Monday, joining several Gulf states, Sudan, Egypt and Morocco. Largely Sunni Muslim Pakistan – a regional ally of Saudi Arabia, the Gulf’s main Sunni Muslim power – would join...
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif asserted that any threat to Saudi Arabia’s territorial integrity would evoke a strong response from Pakistan. This was said by Nawaz while chairing a high-level meeting at the PM House to discuss recent developments in the Middle East and to examine Saudi Arabia's request to...
Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes Wednesday against Houthi rebel positions in Yemen and pledged to protect its neighbor from Iran-backed Shiite militants. The announcement came after Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi fled by boat earlier in the day as rebels advanced to take the southern port city of Aden, where...