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Saudi woman defies stereotypes, works as handywoman

Thursday, 22 February 2018

A Saudi woman carrying a bag of woodwork and plumbing equipment, hammers and saws to repair doors and install windpipes in her house has become a norm in Saudi Arabia, all because of Maha al-Joman. The 30-year-old found her passion for home repairs, and even began holding training classes for women teaching them how to repair bathroom and kitchen piping, as well as carpentry to help them break many community barriers. Al-Joman, who originally studied nutrition, had a passion for handy work since ...

Saudi Arabia amends marriage law in favor of women

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Saudi Arabia canceled the “the house of obedience” article in the marriage law which grants a husband the right to force his wife to return to their home against her will. As per the amendment in the law,  the wife will no longer  be forced to return to a married life she does not want. The cancellation of the article takes into consideration the protection of a woman’s dignity and the fact that a married life should be based on mutual consent. Okaz news websie ...

Saudi Arabia on a mission to unfold its archaeological treasures

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Saudi Prince Sultan bin Salman, Chairman of the National Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, has said that exploration teams are searching for ancient and historical treasures in Saudi Arabia, as part of a huge project that will uncover the diversity of cultural and historical civilizations found in the Arabian Peninsula. As many as 35 joint archaeological missions are bringing together Saudi archaeologists and others from around the world to search for undiscovered historical ...

Saudi Arabia issued 12 million visas last year

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Some 12 million foreigners arrived in Saudi Arabia last year for work, visit, business and pilgrimage.Deputy Foreign Minister for Consular Affairs and Director General of Visa Administration Abdulrahman Al-Yousef said the ministry issued 12 million visas last year.Of these one-and-a-half million were visit visas and half a million were business visas, Al-Watan Arabic daily reported on Wednesday. Addressing the Saudi Meetings Industry Convention (SMIC), he said a business visa is valid for two ...

Saudi Arabia opens soldier rank positions for women in seven regions

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Saudi’s General Security division announced that soldier rank positions will be available for Saudi women in different regions including Riyadh, Mecca, al-Qusaim and al-Madina. The conditions to apply include that the woman has to be of Saudi origin and to have been brought up in the kingdom, with the exception of women who lived with their fathers abroad due to a government-related responsibility. They also need to be between the ages of 25-35 with a minimum of a high school education. ...

Significance of Saudi-Russian oil cooperation

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Saudi Arabia and Russia have not enjoyed confidence with each other over the production of oil for several years now. OPEC records show that Russia never committed itself to cutting oil production along with its partners in the organization. It was only when oil prices eventually fell to $30 and $40 per barrel that Russia realized that real cooperation with Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s largest producer, is the only way for maintaining financial returns for a large oil-rich country. A new ...

Randa Takieddine

Saudi FM to Iran, Qatar: Enough is enough

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said in a speech before the European Parliament in Brussels that the current nuclear agreement is not enough to modify Iran’s behavior. “We believe that the sunset provision that allows Iran to enrich as much as it wants eight or ten years from today is very dangerous because Iran could theoretically have 50,000 or 60,000 centrifuges it will be able to enrich enough uranium for a nuclear bomb within weeks,” he said. “We ...

Entertainment Authority announces construction of Opera house in Riyadh

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority announced the start of the construction of an Opera house in Riyadh, a project that is among many others related to the entertainment sector. The General Entertainment Authority chief, Ahmad bin Aqeel al-Khatib, said that the construction of the building has already begun. “We are not talking about plans… Implementation has begun and we will continue to reach the desired level and achieve the highest international standards,&rdquo ...

Saudi, UAE call on Syria to ‘stop the violence’ in Ghouta

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Gulf states Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates called Thursday on Damascus to “stop the violence” in its deadly assault on the rebel-held enclave of Eastern Ghouta. “We stress the need for the Syrian regime to stop the violence, to allow in humanitarian aid, and to take seriously the path of a political solution to the crisis,” the Saudi foreign ministry said on Twitter. “We are concerned over the continuation of Syrian regime attacks on Eastern Ghouta and ...

Nation and the dialogues about patriotism

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Major General Saeed Jawdat was one of those who fought under King Faisal’s command after it succeeded in restoring southern Saudi areas. Back then, Saudi forces reached the city of Hodeidah. They left three months later following King Abdulaziz’s directions and returned to Saudi borders. Jawdat participated in many unification wars later. I selected Jawdat’s biography to cite because it sums up a lot. Jawdat was a Turkish garrison officer. When he was defeated before King ...

Abdulrahman al-Rashed

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