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1,988 Saudi women wed non-Saudis in 2011

RIYADH – Of the 162,880 marriage contracts issued by courts in the Kingdom in 2011, 1,988 contracts were issued to Saudi women who tied the knot with non-Saudi males while 2,640 contracts were issued...

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Courts handled 5,519 annulment cases

Haifa Al-Zahrani Saudi Gazette JEDDAH – Courts all over the Kingdom looked into 5,519 marriage annulment cases since the beginning of this Hijri year. Makkah province led the way with 2,165...

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Salary increases and price hikes are conjoined twins

  Mohammed Ahmed Al-Hassani Okaz newspaper When the government increases the wages of its employees, market prices will automatically jump, even if the hikes are only nominal. The prices of...

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Two million unemployed: What is the solution?

  Rashid bin Mohammed Al-Fuzan Al-Riyadh newspaper I read a recent statement by the Minister of Labor Adel Fakieh in which he said there were 2 million unemployed Saudis, 85 percent of them...

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Municipality ex-director acquitted of charges

Abdul Rahman Al-Ali Saudi Gazette JEDDAH – The Jeddah Administrative Court decided to acquit Sunday a former municipality director accused of abusing his powers to purchase lands without...

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Co-education classes a primary effort

    Tamadher Al-Rehaili Okaz/Saudi Gazette JEDDAH — The Ministry of Education had years ago issued a directive to merge the primary classes of boys and girls...

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Pakistani doctors host free medical camp

Faiz Al-Najdi Saudi Gazette RIYADH — The Pakistan Embassy hosted a huge free medical camp at its premises on Friday, treating over 700 patients. The camp, organized by the Pakistan...

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Egyptian expatriates question ‘yes’ vote, fear uncertain future

Renad Ghanem Saudi Gazette  JEDDAH — As controversy swirls between the yeas and the nays over the proposed draft constitution in Egypt, the nation headed by President Mohammed Morsi...

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Bangladesh Liberation Day marked in Jeddah

Syeda Amtul Saudi Gazette  JEDDAH — Bangladeshi social and cultural organization (JASAS) organized a celebration of their country’s 41st Liberation Day at a local...

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3,500 highly educated Saudis unemployed!

Badar Bin Saud Okaz newspaper The King Abdullah Scholarship Program, which has entered its eighth year, should be continued for several reasons. Most important among them is accessibility to higher...

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Land transport companies reject new labor fees, may call it a day

Saudi Gazette RIYADH — Investors in the land transport sector cannot pay the new annual fees of SR2,400 levied on foreign workers to renew Iqamas and work permits, the National Committee for...

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Most drugs smuggled into Gulf countires are adulterated

Mishal Al-Otaibi Saudi Gazette/SPA RIYADH — Over 80 percent of drugs smuggled to the Gulf countries are mixed with cheap substances, or adulterated, according to a drugs expert in Kuwait....

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Child swap fears at Hail hospital is unfounded

HAIL – An expatriate father refused to pick up his newborn girl from Hail Maternity and Children’s Hospital where his wife gave birth after fearing his child had been swapped with...

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Saudi family learns lost relative is jailed in Iraq

RIYADH — A Saudi family from Jubail has found out that one of their sons is incarcerated in Iraq, it was reported on Thursday. In a telephone call received about two weeks ago that lasted...

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Quake strikes Hail region

HAIL — An earthquake measuring 3.2 on the Richter Scale struck Hail Region Sunday evening. The spokesman of the Civil Defense in the region, Captain Abdulrahim Al-Juhani said that the quake...

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Methanol firm in Saihat closed

SAIHAT — The municipality of this Eastern Province town has closed down the offices of the methanol company, which has been flooding thousands of liters of poisonous methanol gas onto the...

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Prince Khaled Bin Sultan visits military units in the Northwestern Region

Prince Khaled Bin Sultan, Deputy Minister of Defense, inspecting the Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz Seventh Brigade during his visit to the military units in the Northwestern Region. Prince Khaled was...

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‘A Message of Hope’ for mentally-handicapped children

Samar Yahya Saudi Gazette JEDDAH — Rania Othman is founder of the Resalt Amal Centre, a specialized rehabilitation and care center for mentally challenged children. She recently spoke to...

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‘Qesat Reda’a’ unfolds

Asian Consul General Club Spouse Group brings unity in diversity through fashionThe mesdames of the Asian Consul Generals Club (ACGC) Spouses Group (L-R) : Omega Garibay of the Philippines, Fauzia...

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Princess Seeta passes away

RIYADH – Princess Seeta Bint Fahd Al-Damir died on Tuesday. She was 90. Princess Seeta was mother of Asir Emir Prince Faisal Bin Khaled Bin Abdul Aziz. Funeral prayers for the princess will...

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