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Over 3 million Umrah visas issued so far, says Hajjar

JEDDAH — The number of Umrah visas issued this season has reached 3.1 million while the number of Umrah pilgrims who traveled to Makkah and Madinah so far crossed 2.6 million, Minister of Haj...

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Experience overshadows hope as airlines spread wings

  Saudi Gazette report  JEDDAH — Spokesman for the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) Khaled Al-Khaibari said Gulf Air and Qatar Airways will begin operating...

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MoH trained 140,000 employees: Al-Rabeeah

  Saeed Al-Khotani Saudi Gazette RIYADH — Minister of Health Dr. Abdullah Al-Rabeeah has said the Kingdom aims to have an advanced healthcare system that operates efficiently and...

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Sponsors are exasperated

Ihsan Buhulaiga Al-Yaum THOUGH there is much controversy over the crackdown against foreigners violating labor and residence laws that led to the closure of many establishments, we should appreciate...

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Separate mosques for expats?

Saeed Al-Suraihi Okaz IF Sheikh Al-Mutlaq had not, by his wisdom, humility and right spirit, contained a question asked to him by one of the viewers during his program on Al-Majd satellite channel, we...

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Court summons legal figure over coverup activity

  Abdulrahman Al-Ali Saudi Gazette JEDDAH — The Jeddah Criminal Court has summoned a prominent Saudi legal figure to personally appear in court over his alleged involvement in...

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Historic decision: Officials

  Saudi Gazette report   MAKKAH — The order issued by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to grant citizens plots of land that have already been...

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5 members of family injured in car crash

ABHA — Five members of a family were injured when their car swerved off the road in Khamis Mushayt and crashed into trees. They were all rushed to a nearby hospital. In Al-Qassim, three...

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Attempt to smuggle hashish bricks foiled

ABHA — Asir police foiled Wednesday a young man’s attempt to smuggle 158 hashish bricks in his car. Spokesman Lt. Col. Abdullah Shathan said the young man and passengers riding with...

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Bangladeshi jumps from roof to death

JAZAN — A Bangladeshi worker committed suicide by jumping from the roof of a two-story building in Jazan. Witnesses told police that the man, who was in his 50s, fell on his head and died on...

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Cop knocks out young man

QURAYYAT — Police are investigating an officer who is accused of hitting and knocking out a young man in Qurayyat. The victim’s father said his son went to visit his friends and the...

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CCTV clips help arrest robbery suspects

DAMMAM — Police in this Eastern Province city arrested two men who allegedly robbed a store and stole money and calling cards after assaulting the expatriate shopkeeper. The whole scene was...

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KSA, Serbia to set up diplomatic ties

THE UNITED NATIONS — Saudi Arabia and Serbia on Wednesday signed an agreement to set up diplomatic relations between the two countries. Abdullah Al-Muallimi, the Kingdom’s permanent...

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Mother blames ex for girl’s death

TAIF — A woman has accused her ex-husband of causing the death of their daughter, Al-Watan reported. Basmah, 14, was admitted to Taif Mental Health Hospital suffering from mental trauma....

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Man drowns in septic tank

Abdulrahman Al-Ali Saudi Gazette JEDDAH — A man in his 40s died after falling into a septic tank in Turbah governorate on Tuesday. Civil Defense spokesman Col. Saeed Sarhan said the...

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Basant festival celebrated in traditional style in Al-Khobar

Saman Ali Saudi Gazette AL-KHOBAR — Basant is the Sanskrit word for spring. The season of spring brings warmth, festivities and happiness with it. New plants and flowers start to bloom. Snow...

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Stand-up comedy in Saudi Arabia: It shouldn’t work, but it does

Amjad Parkar Saudi Gazette JEDDAH — Stand-up comedy is a concept that just should not work in the generally conservative Gulf region. Yet, slowly but surely a movement dedicated to making...

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Filipino expats finally start voting in Jeddah

Ronaldo Z. Concha Saudi Gazette JEDDAH — Filipinos in western Saudi Arabia registered for the overseas absentee voting (OAV) may now cast their vote at the Philippine Consulate General as...

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Collection points for Indian EC applications

RIYADH — Community schools in major Saudi cities will set up centers to collect Emergency Certificate (EC) application forms from Indian nationals, said an Indian Embassy release Thursday....

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Woman complains to NSHR against ‘pervert’ husband

Badea Abu Al-Naja Saudi Gazette MAKKAH — The Makkah office of the National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) is looking into a complaint filed by a Saudi woman against her husband accusing him...

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