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Official: Robots will take over some industrial jobs in Saudi Arabia

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Governor of Job Creation and Employment Commission Omar Al-Batati has said several job specializations will inevitably disappear in the future and emerging opportunities will require a highly professionalized generation in all sectors of employment. Batati made the remarks while opening a forum on job specializations, one of the initiatives of the commission, in Riyadh recently. The forum was attended by 4,000 students of both genders. More than 20 Gulf and international speakers and experts ...

Saudi King, Crown Prince discuss Jerusalem issue with Jordanian King

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman held a session of official talks with King Abdullah of Jordan at his palace in Riyadh on Tuesday. They discussed the latest developments in the region, particularly those related to Jerusalem and the dangerous repercussions following the US decision recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and moving of its embassy to Jerusalem. They emphasized that the US decision will complicate the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in addition to the security and ...

‘Noon’ brings a new era for e-commerce to Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Noon, the region’s new e-commerce shopping experience, went live today at mid-day in Saudi Arabia. Noon.com opened the door to a new era for e-commerce in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The mega e-commerce site launches with a broad range of exciting products and offers designed to meet the lifestyle aspirations of the Saudi people. Mohamed Alabbar, Founder of Noon, said, “Saudi Arabia is entering a new era of economic and digital transformation led by the Saudi Vision 2030. Noon ...

Saudi Arabia condemns New York bombing: We reject all forms of terror

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

An official source at the Saudi Foreign Ministry announced, on Tuesday, that the Kingdom condemns the terrorist bombing in New York City’s subway station. The official source asserted the "position of the Kingdom, which rejects terrorism and extremism in all its forms." New York authorities announced the arrest of a terrorist who carried out a failed attack in Manhattan with a grenade and found an explosive belt. The authorities also reported that three people were slightly ...

Saudi Arabia announces new electricity tariffs

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Saudi Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority (ECRA) has announced that the Council of Ministers has approved gradual revision of energy prices in the Kingdom including changes to electricity tariffs that will take effect on January 1st, 2018. The lower consumption will be charged at 18 halala per kilowatt. It should be noted that there has been no change in tariffs for the industrial and government consumption. ECRA said: “This step will raise our economic efficiency, will ...

Saudi Arabia approves the Citizen’s Account policy

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

The Saudi council of ministers has today approved details of the Citizen’s Account (CA) policy and confirmed the first payment will be made to eligible Saudi households on December 21, 2017. The Citizen’s Account is a national cash transfer program that was first announced by the Government in December 2016 and opened for registrations in February 2017. It aims to increase the efficiency of government benefits distribution by targeting the less fortunate in society. Therefore, it ...

Cinema estimated to contribute $24 billion to Saudi economy

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Culture and Information has estimated the contribution of the cinema sector to its GDP to be over $24 billion (90 billion riyals) after its launch soon. According to the ministry, employment generated by the cinema industry will create a large impact on the economy which will increase the media market and stimulate economic growth and diversification. The sector will create more than 30,000 full-time jobs, in addition to 130,000 part-time jobs by the year 2030. The ...

The emergence and downfall of Communists in Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

It is not entirely clear how leftist ideas found their way to Saudi Arabia. The early leftists, who played active roles in the establishing years of the 1940s and 50s, did not provide us with clear information about how leftist ideas reached and prevailed accompanied with labor rights awareness, among oil workers in the east of the Kingdom.Researchers, who have contributed studies and research papers on leftist ideas in Saudi Arabia, were unable to provide a coherent record about the identity of ...

Kamel Al-Khatti

PICTURES: Artist Abu Bakr Salem buried in Riyadh

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Funeral prayers were held on Monday afternoon for Abu Bakr Salem, a prominent Saudi Arabian singer, at the al-Jawharah al-Babtain mosque in Riyadh. Abu Bakr Salem passed away on Sunday. The late singer was buried in the Banban cemetery north of Riyadh in the presence of his son, Aseel Abu Bakr. According to videos and pictures circulated on social media, the funeral was attended by several celebrities including Abdullah al-Ruwayshid and Rabeh Saqr. Salem passed away after a long struggle ...

Saudis welcome decision to allow public cinemas

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Saudis have overwhelmingly welcomed the announcement by the Ministry of Culture and Information on Monday that it will allow movie theaters to open in the Kingdom next year. According to Monday’s announcement, a resolution was passed paving the way for licenses to be granted to commercial movie theaters, with the first cinemas expected to open in March 2018. “This marks a watershed moment in the development of the cultural economy in the Kingdom,” the statement quoted Culture ...

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