Saudi Arabia

April 14, 2014

Washington lawmakers have refused to pass the reforms, claiming they would prove too heavy a burden during a time when the US is still running a large budget deficit.
17:29 GMT

The US is responsible for delaying long-awaited IMF reforms, Saudi Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf told Asharq Al-Awsat on the sidelines of the Spring Meetings of the IMF and World Bank in Washington, DC on Saturday.

The German government will not approve a reported deal to sell up to 800 battle tanks to Saudi Arabia,
03:55 GMT

The sale of the Leopard-2 tanks had been billed as one of the biggest deals for the German armaments industry, Bild reported.

April 13, 2014

The committee has exempted pharmacies, gas stations, coffee shops and restaurants with special permits from the decision.
21:13 GMT

Sources close to the committee expected the closure of shops to be effective before the advent of Ramadan in early July

Food for thought: Saudi Arabia's food consumption grew by 55.3 percent since 2012 (File/AFP)
13:30 GMT

Saudi's yearly food, hotel & hospitality Arabia exhibition takes opens on Sunday with over 400 booths set up from other countries.

April 11, 2014

In 2013, the company said, the smartphones market imported nearly 1 billion units achieving this great number with Samsung Electronics being number one in the Saudi market.
03:55 GMT

Global sales of the Galaxy S series totaled 200,000,000 units since its introduction.

April 10, 2014

Border checkpoints in Yemen are frequently targeted by Al Qaeda militants in the country (File Archive/AFP)
13:55 GMT

At least two Saudi soldiers were killed by unidentified gunmen on the Yemeni border.

Alaa said that it takes him a month to film and have one YouTube vid ready for release. (Image: Facebook)
08:13 GMT

Inspirational singing talent Alaa Wardi talks about his passion for music and how he makes his hit YouTube videos!

“People will go for the alternative once they know about it. After developing these three vaccines, we will continue to produce others,” he added.
03:55 GMT

The vaccines that are the focus of local and international scientists and Shariah experts, are meant to treat meningitis, hepatitis and meningococcal.

April 9, 2014

The GCC was the largest export destination with total export to the region reaching AED15.8 billion, with Saudi Arabia taking 57 percent of the total GCC export
10:55 GMT

Exports from Dubai to Saudi Arabia crossed AED9 billion in March 2014, according to Dubai Chamber figures.

April 7, 2014

The cost of a fingerprinting system and camera exceeds SR20,000 (5000 USD).
19:42 GMT

The Education Ministry has issued strict directives to education departments to draft a plan to counter absenteeism among students, especially around holiday and examination periods.

April 6, 2014

  The head of the Bakeries Committee in the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Fayez Hamadah, said all bakeries in the region will be automated within two years.
15:55 GMT

While encouraging young Saudis to accept jobs at bakeries, Hamadah said they should not feel ashamed of working as bakers and added that anyone who wants to open a bakery will find complete support from his committee.

Riyadh and Jeddah are among the biggest 10 cities in terms of having the largest number of new hotel projects in the Middle East
11:55 GMT

The volume of hospitality market in the Kingdom is expected to grow by 4 percent to $93billion (SR348 billion) in the next five years.

April 3, 2014

The soaring (65m) Minaret of Jam sits in a deep river valley amidst towering mountains in Ghur province, Afghanistan. Built in the 12th century, its elaborate brickwork and blue-tiled top inscription represent the architectural and artistic tradition of this region.  High elevation won’t protect it from river flooding!
12:38 GMT

Arab World Heritage Sites Threatened by Climate Change

He said Saudi Arabia required at least 10 more universities within the next five years to meet the requirements of its growing population.
03:47 GMT

This brings the total number of public universities in the Kingdom to 28.

April 1, 2014

Inspection teams immediately contacted the visitors and tourists and informed them that the excess money charged would be refunded
09:55 GMT

In an unprecedented move, more than 30 hotel and furnished apartment owners along Jeddah’s Corniche were ordered to pay back customers a combined SR300,000 in excess charges during the 10-day spring break.