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Saudi Gazette Newspaper

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       RIYADH — The Supreme Judicial Council will set up 14 special courts in Makkah, Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah to consider urgent lawsuits during the Haj. The council’s spokesman Sheikh Salman Al-Nashwan said the courts will start operating from Dhul Hijja 1 (Sept. 14). He said the courts, which were established within the services being p

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       MAKKAH — Commander of the Passport Haj Forces Maj. Gen. Daifullah Bin Sattam Al-Huwaifi has warned Saudis and expatriates against transporting illegal pilgrims and said anyone caught committing this crime will be locked up for six months and made to pay a heavy fine. He said the vehicles will be confiscated and the expatriates will be deport

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       RIYADH — Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Asheikh, who is also head of the Senior Scholars Commission and the Ifta Council, will be in Makkah from Sunday together with the council’s members to give fatwas (religious edicts) and answer queries from pilgrims. The council’s spokesman, Sulaiman Abu Abat, said the Grand Mufti and the c

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       RIYADH — A total of 796,581 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom until Wednesday, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported, quoting an official statistical report from the Passport Department. According to the report, 780,474 pilgrims arrived by air, 9,039 by land and 7,068 by sea.

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       MAKKAH — Commander of the Civil Defense Haj Forces Maj. Gen. Hamad Al-Mubdil has confirmed that all preparations have been completed in Makkah, Madinah and the Holy Sites to provide maximum degree of safety and security to the pilgrims. Addressing a press conference attended by commanders of all Civil Defense units in Haj operations at Grand

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      Saudi Gazette report  JEDDAH – Dr. Saad Bin Khaled Al-Jabri, minister of state and member of the Cabinet, has been relieved of his position. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman has issued a royal order on Thursday in this regard, the Saudi Press Agency reported. Al-Jabri was

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      Hassan Al-Amer Al Watan   During the Haj of 2013, I met a young man whom I used to know a long time ago. He was staying in the same tent as I was. At the time when I knew him, he was infamous for his reckless driving which put his family, especially his father, under a lot of pressure. I thought that this man must have c

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      Rashid Al-Fawzan Al Riyadh   Many government agencies and businesses require that new employees undergo medical tests before joining, which of course is the legitimate right of any agency or business. Ministry of Education spokesman Mubarak Al-Osaimi said candidates applying for educational positions should undergo drug

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      Dr. Fayez Abdullah Al-Shehri Al Riyadh   I cannot understand the despicable jokes about Saudi women In social media. Why do we have people who waste their time mocking Saudi women? Why do most of these jokes end up being retweeted and circulated in social media? There is apparently some kind of organized a

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       RIYADH – Fahd Al-Biladi, a Border Guard soldier, was shot dead Thursday when his post came under fire from Yemen, security spokesman at the Ministry of Interior said. The border guard outpost in Al-Tuwal sector in the southern Jazan province came under heavy fire from across the border at around 7 a.m. This resulted in an exchange of fire wi

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      Saudia Vice President Ahmed Alwassiah hands a letter of condolences from Director General Saleh Al-Jasser to Ma. Theresa Fernandez, mother of the late flight attendant April Joie Fernandez (Inset), in Manila.  — Courtesy photo   SAUDI Arabian Airlines has named a training hall at its Manila office after flight attendant Apri

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      Saleh Fareed Saudi Gazette   SOME 2,000 young Saudis interacted with experts in various fields for five long hours in an enthusiastic and lively atmosphere at a conference hosted by King Salman Youth Center (KSYC) in Jeddah recently. The conference, entitled Khattet (Plans), was held at King Faisal Confere

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      Henry Allen Hurst   The roots of date palms go deeper than most trees and so does the love for the fruit they bear in the hearts of date lovers in the Arabian Peninsula and around the Islamic world. Saudis express their passion for date fruit at the Buraidah Dates Festival. The storied market takes place annually

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    RIYADH — Minister of Commerce and Industry Tawfiq Al-Rabiah has issued an order banning the sale or promotion of electronic cigarettes. This was in line with the recommendation from the minister of health, according to Dr. Abdulaziz Bin Saeed, deputy minister of health for public health. He thanked ministers of health and commerce and industry for ta

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  • 09/11/15--14:00: No MERS cases among pilgrims
  • RIYADH — Minister of Health Khaled Al-Falih has said no case of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) was reported among the Haj pilgrims. “However, one case of suspected coronavirus was registered in Madinah outside the central Haram area, far away from where the pilgrims are staying,” the minister said. He added that more than 25,

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  • 09/11/15--14:00: 1,000 women guides mobilized
  • MAKKAH — The Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques has mobilized more than 1,000 women guides to serve female pilgrims at the Grand Mosque and its courtyards. Their duties include teaching pilgrims about the correct way of performing the rites of Haj and how to conduct themselves inside the Grand Mosque. They also guide the women worship

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    JEDDAH — The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will hold an emergency meeting on Sunday at its headquarters in Jeddah to discuss the ramifications of the Syrian refugee crisis and mobilize efforts to address it. The OIC General Secretariat has extended invitation to attend the open-ended meeting of the Executive Committee at the level of the

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    RIYADH — The Supreme Court on Friday called on all Muslims across the Kingdom to look for the crescent of Dhul Hijjah on Sunday (Dhul Qada 29) evening. “Anyone who sights the crescent with the naked eye or through binoculars should register their testimony at the nearest court or report to any other competent authority,” the court said in a st

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    JEDDAH — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman lauded the initiative of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) and the Saudi Arabian Airlines to print the images of the two holy mosques and other Saudi landmarks on the fuselages of four aircraft as part of promoting tourism.   The King watched the

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    Saghiya Al-Shammary Al-Jazirah Many of the crimes that occur in our country remain unsolved without any clues or leads because the authorities are not convinced of the importance of installing surveillance cameras in both public and private places. Surveillance cameras can help police solve crimes, and I am certain that the cameras would

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