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Banana festival at Thee Ain Heritage Village

Hamid Al-Shammary, undersecretary at Al-Baha governorate, opens the banana and pandanus festival at Thee Ain Heritage Village on Monday. — SPA

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Tabuk citizen loses home of 20 years to court order

Saudi Gazette report  TABUK — A citizen in Tabuk got the shock of his life when the house he had been living in for more than 20 years was sold in a public auction without his...

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Room rents in Makkah, Jeddah up 50 percent

Saudi Gazette report  JEDDAH – Hotels and furnished apartments in Makkah and Jeddah have increased their rates by 50 percent since the start of the school holidays last week. The...

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Open-air market bustling with holiday shoppers in Madinah

Since the start of mid-year school holidays, the holy city of Madinah is bustling with visitors from all over the Kingdom. The picture shows visitors thronging the open-air market in Uhud. —...

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Morsi calls on expats to prop up Egypt’s economy

Samar Yahya Saudi Gazette   JEDDAH — Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who was in the Kingdom to attend the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit in Riyadh, called on...

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Getting visit visas still a lingering issue

Salem Sahab Al-Madinah newspaper   The US Consul General in Dhahran, Joseph Hood, recently said his country had removed all hurdles impeding the smooth processing of visit visas for...

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Abolish the Kafala system and end problems in labor market

Abid Khazandar Al-Riyadh newspaper   The biggest gift a Saudi can get are work visas, which have become quite profitable to trade in the black market. People who sell work visas have...

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Mature women a hit in EP clothes shop

Saudi Gazette report  DAMMAM – A women’s clothes shop in Al-Khobar decided to only hire women aged 45 to 50 after all their previous young employees quit, Al-Watan daily...

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Women still marginalized in private sector: JCCI official

Fatima Muhammad Saudi Gazette   JEDDAH — The head of the hospitality committee at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry said on Tuesday that Saudi women should start...

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Alumni honors Kerala Muslim leader Thangal

  JEDDAH – The Jeddah chapter of Government College Malappuram Alumni hosted a reception in honor of prominent Kerala Muslim leader Panakkad Sayed Sadiq Ali Shihab Thangal, who is...

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Makkah’s Souq Al-Haramiyah haven for overstayers

MAKKAH – People of different cultures and backgrounds throng Makkah’s Souq Al-Juma (Friday Market), located next to Al-Mansour Bridge, to snap up bargain electrical appliances,...

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Aura: The art of living

Mariam Nihal Saudi Gazette   RIYADH — Born and raised in the Middle East, Aura is a fashion icon for modern homes. Launched in 2010, Aura’s first store is located...

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Athar Alshabab make holidays fun for young patients

Amal Al-Sibai Saudi Gazette    JEDDAH – Illness knows no age, time, or season. Since the weather in Jeddah is spring-like with cool breezes and clear, sunny skies, most...

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Tourism influx sparks exodus from Jeddah

Ibrahim Al-Qirbi Okaz/Saudi Gazette   JEDDAH — With the midyear school holidays well under way, Jeddah residents are leaving the coastal city for other regions of the...

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Prince Alwaleed receives Dr. Mustafa Othman Ismael, Sudan’s Minister of...

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, Chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), receives at his office in Riyadh Dr. Mustafa Othman Ismael, Sudan’s Minister of Investment, and an accompanying...

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PSCDR defers announcement of award winners

RIYADH — The Prince Salman Center for Disability Research (PSCDR) has pushed back the date for announcing the winners of the coveted Prince Salman Award for Disability Research to October...

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IISD career fair attracts top institutions in India, Gulf

Saudi Gazette report  DAMMAM — A two-day career fair began at International Indian School, Dammam, on Wednesday with at least 14 higher education institutions from the Kingdom,...

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Saudi student in US wins King award

Saudi Gazette report  DAMMAM — A Saudi student was recently honored by the University of Alabama with the Dr. Martin Luther King Award, which promotes peaceful coexistence among...

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Riyadh mother celebrates son’s wedding with machine gun fire

Mishal Al-Otaibi Saudi Gazette   RIYADH — Women invitees to a wedding east of Riyadh were surprised to see the bridegroom’s mother receiving them on arrival at the...

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Emergency services training for women finally reaches Jeddah

Saudi Gazette report   JEDDAH — The female wing of the Saudi Red Crescent Authority (SRCA) has started providing training on first aid and emergency services to Saudi women in...

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