Does doubling of UAE cigarette prices only hit low-income smokers?

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Cigarettes and tobacco products have suddenly shot up in prices but is this enough to curb smoking? Saudi Arabia doubled the price of cigarettes and tobacco products in June and UAE has followed suit this month. The tax saw cigarettes go from 9-12 riyals to 18-24 riyals in Saudi Arabia while some of the popular brands cost about AED 22 in UAE now. Though experts approve of the step, they believe a comprehensive strategy is required to deter people from taking up smoking and encourage smokers to ...

Earthquake reported off Jeddah coasts

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The Saudi Geological Survey announced Tuesday that an earthquake hit the middle of the Red Sea on Tuesday (October 17, 2017), 91 km from Jeddah. “This morning, there was a tremor in the middle of the Red Sea, 91 km from Jeddah, 3 degrees on the Richter scale, and the quake is at a depth of 20.88 km,” a tweet from its official account said.  

Saudi Crown Prince meets with the commander of the Pakistani Army

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Pakistani Army Commander Lieutenant General Javed Bajwa on Monday.The meeting reviewed the bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, especially in the military fields, and discussed a number of issues of mutual interest between the two sides.The Assistant Minister of Defense, Mr. Mohammad Al Ayesh - the military advisor to the crown prince - Major General Engineer Talal Al-Otaibi, and the Pakistani Military Attaché attended the ...

King Salman stresses kingdom’s support for united Iraq in phone call to Abadi

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Saudi King Salman held a telephone call Monday evening with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq, Dr. Haider al-Abadi, in which he stressed the Kingdom’s support for the unity of Iraq and its security and stability and the adherence of all parties to the Iraqi constitution. King Salman renewed the kingdom’s call on all parties to exercise restraint and deal with the crisis through dialogue to spare Iraq more internal conflicts. For his part, the Iraqi Prime Minister praised the ...

King Salman orders the establishment of ‘Basim Assembly’ for Prophet’s Hadith

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Saudi King Salman issued a Royal Decree on Tuesday establishing the “Basim Assembly”, the compound of King Salman for the Prophet’s Hadith. According to the royal order, the assembly will be located in the city of Al-Madinah. It has a council of elite scholars from around the world, and its president and members are appointed by royal decree. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hassan Al-Sheikh was also appointed as a member of the Supreme Scholars Council and Chairman of the Scientific ...

Saudi Arabia: No VAT on housing rent and government services

Monday, 16 October 2017

The official Value Added Tax (VAT) twitter account said on Sunday that VAT will not be applicable on housing rents or governmental services in Saudi Arabia. Some of the governmental services not adherent to the VAT include passport and driver’s license renewal. The VAT account has recently been established to raise GCC VAT awareness which will be implemented in January of next year.Saudi Arabia will be the first GCC member state to implement VAT levies in January 2018. The standard VAT ...

Contemporary Saudi art shown at UNESCO displays ‘intercultural convergence’

Monday, 16 October 2017

Prince Muhammad Bin Salman Foundation (Misk Foundation) launched an exhibition titled ‘Incense Route’ at the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris last Monday. The launching ceremony was held in the presence of UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, Saudi Ambassador to France Khaled Al-Anqari, Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to UNESCO Ibrahim Al-Balawi, Secretary General of Misk Foundation Badar Al-Asakir, and several other officials, diplomats and cultural figures at Segur Hall of ...

Coalition: Four Houthi field commanders killed opposite Najran

Monday, 16 October 2017

Military sources revealed on Monday the death of four Houthi militia field commanders during air raids by the Arab Alliance coalition to support the legitimacy in Yemen.The coalition targeted militia sites opposite the border city of Najran region, Saudi Arabia.The sources said that among the dead militia leaders included Mukhtar Saleh Suwaid, Omar Mohammed al-Khulani, Ahmad Ahmad al-Shaafali and Ghaddan Mutahar al-Zamanani.This comes after Saudi forces also targeted last week Houthi militias ...

Saudi King receives Kuwaiti Emir to discuss issues of common concern

Monday, 16 October 2017

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz has received at his palace in Riyadh Kuwaiti Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.Both Gulf leaders discussed the “close brotherly relations and the overall events in the region were reviewed as well as a number of topics of mutual interest,” according to a statement on Saudi Press Agency.The Saudi monarch then hosted a luncheon in honor of the Kuwaiti emir.

Saudi women take the lead

Monday, 16 October 2017

Anyone, who knows the Saudi society well, also knows that the decision to allow women to drive (as they were allowed to join the Shoura Council earlier) is more like the moment of landing on the moon in the social context. To get into a completely forbidden area that was not previously imaginable is significant.Living communities are always moving and adapting to their changing situation and the movement that has taken place in Saudi Arabia in the last one and half years with the number of ...

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