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Saudi Arabia drone regulations almost finalized

Monday, 23 April 2018

Saudi Arabia is finalizing regulations for the use of recreational drones, security spokesman of the Ministry of Interior said in a statement on Sunday.“The regulation for the use of remote controlled drones is in its final stages,” the statement said.Until the new guidelines are adopted, drone enthusiast must obtain police permission to fly their devices in “permitted sites” only, the ministry said.The statement comes a day after the kingdom announced that it shot down ...

‘A Fistful of Dollars’ during Saudi Arabia’s pre-1979 era

Sunday, 22 April 2018

This is the name of a movie which is engrained in my memory for a simple reason: I watched it in a cinema in Riyadh 40 years ago! I watched it before cinemas were prohibited and their doors shut, shutting with it a whole social life following the Iranian revolution of 1979. A year earlier, I travelled to study in the US, and so I was one of the survivors as these changes did not impact me personally, but it changed for a generation after mine. Riyadh before 1979 Riyadh was a small city compared ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

WATCH: Two accidents in Riyadh involving careless drifter, gas cylinders and a hot pursuit

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Several civilians were involved in a car chase to try and stop a man who had several gas cylinders in his car and was driving recklessly in the Saudi capital Riyadh.In a video shared on social media, one car was chasing the reckless driver who was driving in the opposite direction of a main road and endangering walking pedestrians. The car failed to catch the driver, which prompted other vehicles to join the chase and try to stop him.The reckless driver is then seen driving more dangerously, ...

Riyadh police stop small, radio remote control plane

Sunday, 22 April 2018

The official spokesman of the Riyadh police said that at 19:50 pm on Saturday, one of the security screening points in Al-Khuzama district in Riyadh observed the flight of a small radio remote control aircraft, in violation of the regulations in the area. The personnel at the security point dealt with it according to the instructions in this regard, the official spokesman said. The authorities have also initiated investigation procedures into the incident.

Man involved in killing four Saudi security guards identified

Friday, 20 April 2018

One of the three men involved in a shooting at a security checkpoint in the Asir region was identified as Bandar al-Shihri, 34, who worked in the region’s civil defense department and, according to his family, leads an unstable life. Shihri lived with his parents and 11 siblings in the Tanuma governorate which is about an hour away from the checkpoint that he attacked that was on the Arqoub road between Majarada and Bareq. One of Shihri’s cousins who preferred to remain anonymous ...

Riyadh sees historic launch of first public cinema hall in Saudi Arabia

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

The Development and Investment Entertainment Company (DIEC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), on Wednesday oversaw the historic launch of the Kingdom’s first public cinema in collaboration with AMC Entertainment at a newly set up cinema complex at King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh. DIEC and AMC Entertainment commemorated the historic moment with a gala event hosting prominent local and international guests. Following the formal ...

IN PICTURES: Inside the Dhahran hall where Arab League Summit was held at

Sunday, 15 April 2018

The 29th Arab League Summit will be hosted at the King Abdulaziz International Cultural Center where Arab leaders convened to discuss high-priority regional developments. The Grand Hall, which was inaugurated by King Salman in 2016, is a unique architectural building and a focal point in connecting cultures through exhibitions and international events that are held there from all over the world. Its conferences target 500,000 visitors annually. The 1,600 square meter hall features curved ...

Saudi King Salman oversees joint military exercise with 24 neighboring countries

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz will oversee the conclusion of the joint military exercise ‘Gulf Shield 1’ on Monday which took place over the span of one month with the participation of 24 neighboring countries.The event will also be attended by a number of leaders from participating countries who will oversee military parades from various divisions.The event is meant to showcase the importance of military cooperation and coordination with friendly countries to ...

Yemeni PM and number of ministers return to Aden

Friday, 13 April 2018

Yemeni Prime Minister Ahmed Obeid bin Daghr and a number of ministers returned to Aden by flying from Riyadh on Thursday. “This year is the year of great victory for Yemen. It’s the year of ending injustice, advancing towards fair solutions to national causes, including the southern cause, achieving the Yemeni people’s dream of ending the coup and restoring the legitimate state and ending the chapter of security and (livelihood) imbalances,” Daghr said. He added that the ...

Countdown to the opening of cinemas in Saudi Arabia

Thursday, 12 April 2018

The Ministry of Culture and Information has announced that in the next few days, the cinema will return to Riyadh after Saudis were deprived of it for about four decades.The cinema itself is not the important matter here but what is important is the symbolism of this step. It is now clear to everyone that there is a governmental orientation that promotes openness in various sectors and different aspects of life. It seems the government has reached a full conviction that the closed and radical ...

Mohammed Al Shaikh

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