As Hajj 2022 draws closer, Saudi diplomat cites efforts to provide the best possible service to all pilgrims

MAKKAH: With the start of this year’s Hajj just a month away, the Saudi ambassador to Indonesia, Essam Al-Thaqafi, said the Saudi government is working hard to ensure it provides the best possible service to pilgrims from all over the world. This year’s Hajj is the first that foreign pilgrims have been able to attend … Read more

Saudi Arabia’s Mawhiba, KAUST launch intensive training forum for talented students

DHAHRAN: It has taken more than three decades, but there is finally a documentary of the 1991 first Gulf war that provides an intense look at the emotional and mental cost of that conflict. “Memories from the North,” which won the Best Short Documentary award at the recent Saudi Film Festival at Ithra, was produced, … Read more

Award-winning Saudi documentary sheds light on emotional cost of Gulf war

DHAHRAN: It has taken more than three decades, but there is finally a documentary of the 1991 first Gulf war that provides an intense look at the emotional and mental cost of that conflict. “Memories from the North,” which won the Best Short Documentary award at the recent Saudi Film Festival at Ithra, was produced, … Read more

Saudi FM discusses opportunities for cooperation with Spain’s king

Saudi Ministry of Transport and Logistics completes first phase of LED street light replacement JEDDAH: The first phase of replacing traditional street lights with energy-saving LED lights was launched today in the Kingdom by Tarshid and the Ministry of Transport and Logistics. They completed the first phase of a project to replace road lamps in … Read more

KSrelief, Food and Agriculture Organization sign agreement to improve lives in Yemen

Saudi Ministry of Transport and Logistics completes first phase of LED street light replacement JEDDAH: The first phase of replacing traditional street lights with energy-saving LED lights was launched today in the Kingdom by Tarshid and the Ministry of Transport and Logistics. They completed the first phase of a project to replace road lamps in … Read more

Saudi Arabia lifts all precautionary measures related to Coronavirus

Hajj registration closes for domestic pilgrims after exceeding 390,000, e-draw begins RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has closed registration for domestic pilgrims for this year’s Hajj season, adding that the names would be announced later today following a draw. The number of applicants for Hajj from inside Saudi Arabia had reached more … Read more

Saudi employee holiday rights set out in online info alert

Hajj registration closes for domestic pilgrims after exceeding 390,000, e-draw begins RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah has closed registration for domestic pilgrims for this year’s Hajj season, adding that the names would be announced later today following a draw. The number of applicants for Hajj from inside Saudi Arabia had reached more … Read more

Crisis-hit Sri Lanka lifts curfew for Buddhist holiday

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan authorities on Sunday fully lifted a nationwide curfew to mark the Buddhist holiday of Vesak, offering the people a chance to celebrate as the nation weathers its economic and political crisis. The violence was followed with Mahinda Rajapaksa resigning from his premiership, leaving his brother, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, to rule on as president. … Read more

Regional luxury holiday-home market on the rise

DUBAI: When Vinayak Mahtani’s sea view apartment on the Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, was completely trashed and deserted by a tenant, he was crushed. He had inherited the apartment from his father and had sentimental value attached to it. After he and his wife renovated it and listed it on Airbnb to try short-term rental in … Read more

Chinese carrier sails through waters near Okinawa, Japan says

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine: Russia launched an attack on the encircled Azovstal steel works in Mariupol, Ukraine’s last redoubt in the port city, after a cease-fire broke down on Tuesday with some 200 civilians trapped underground despite a UN-brokered evacuation.In a Telegram video, Captain Sviatoslav Palamar of Ukraine’s Azov Regiment said that Russia pounded the steel works … Read more