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Heat-resistant marble slabs in Grand Mosque

Workers lay heat-resistant marble slabs outside the Grand Mosque in Makkah. All courtyards of the Haram will be paved with the well-known white marble tiles from the Greek island of Thassos that do not...

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The miraculous rise in Saudis’ level of happiness

 Mazen Baleelah Al-Madinah IT is not just possible that someone would jump from the 26th to the first position in a year when it comes to happiness and satisfaction. If this happened to an...

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Police deny rumors on Bahra shooting spree

Saudi Gazette report BAHRA — Jeddah police denied rumors of a shooting spree occurring in Bahra on Friday.  The rumors had been spread through social media networks, but the police...

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Calls mount for resuming Thai recruitment

Saudi Gazette report RIYADH – Scores of recruitment offices have called upon the authorities to open the door for recruitment from Thailand, according to Yehya Al-Maqbool, chairman of the...

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Prince Sultan vows sweeping changes to tourism festivals

Saudi Gazette report RIYADH – Prince Sultan Bin Salman, President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), has vowed to introduce sweeping changes to tourism festivals all...

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Philippine embassy warns forgers

RIYADH — The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh has clarified that documents authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila and countersigned and stamped by the Saudi Embassy in the...

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Two expats jailed for theft

RIYADH – Two Sudanese expatriates were jailed for four years each and 600 lashes by Riyadh General Court for stealing car tires. Riyadh police caught the men while they were stealing the...

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Police crack down on fireworks dealers

TABUK – Police in Tabuk have started cracking down on fireworks dealers. Many people have been arrested for selling dangerous fireworks to boys and young men. The crackdown was launched to...

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Aramco employees rescued from desert

ABQAIQ — Civil Defense rescuers saved four Aramco employees who went missing in the Empty Quarter desert. Their car got stuck in the desert and they could not free it. There was no network...

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8 poisoned after eating watermelon

TAYMA — Eight children were poisoned after eating watermelon, according to Tayma Hospital medical director Abdullah Aziz Al-Shawli. The children were admitted to the emergency unit suffering...

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Two dead, three injured in crash

MAKKAH — Two women were killed while two people and a child injured when their car overturned on their way to Makkah, according to Makkah Red Crescent spokesman Ali Al-Ghamdi. Also, a woman...

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Lightning strikes power pole

KHAMIS MUSHAYT — Lightning struck a high-voltage power pole in Khamis Mushayt and caused a fire to break out in a small room inside a house 40 meters away. However, all family members escaped...

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Pakistani forum honors community leaders

  Faiz Al-Najdi Saudi Gazette RIYADH — "Halqa Ahbab-e-Fikr-O-Fun, a Riyadh based Literary Forum, hosted an iftar/dinner reception for the community leaders during this past...

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Saudi Cricket Center hosts iftar party

  Saudi Cricket Center hosts iftar party Saudi Cricket Center’s (SCC) CEO Nadeem Nadwi hosted an iftar party at Mehfil restaurant Sunday. Among the attendees (seen in the picture...

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Three young men trapped in well

ABHA — Civil Defense rescuers saved three young men who got trapped inside a deep well while they were swimming, according to Asir Civil Defense spokesman Lt. Col. Maeed Al-Shehri. The young...

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Seeing with the heart, not the eyes

Amal Al-Sibai Saudi Gazette JEDDAH — Where there is a will there is a way. We hear that motivational saying often when we encounter difficult times to push us to keep trying and to never...

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The importance of tolerance

Fahd Al-Ahmadi Al-Riyadh IN February 2010, I was on a leisure trip to a beautiful place known as the "Blue Mountains" in Australia. I was accompanied by my mother, wife and 20 other...

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We can eradicate unemployment

Abed Khazandar Al-Riyadh  There are two countries with a population of over 1 billion. These two countries have successfully managed to bring down total unemployment. The unemployment among...

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Charities: Don’t give money to beggars

Faisal Aboobacker Ponnani Saudi Gazette DAMMAM — Beggars across the Kingdom have become more active during the holy month, especially in front of mosques, traffic signals, restaurants and...

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Municipality takes the heat as cleaners toil under hot sun

Saudi Gazette report JEDDAH — The municipality in Jeddah has reportedly had its cleaners out on the streets during the hot morning hours, sparking a fierce debate over worker rights. Talal...

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