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Why the EU Needs to Stop Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia
October 17, 2017

Some European Union countries have decided to decline Saudi Arabia's request for military equipment and supplies amid the ongoing war on Yemen.

But for the arms embargo to succeed, all EU countries also need to follow suit, meaning they should end their industry of death and impose an embargo on all deliveries of military equipment and weapons to Saudi Arabia. Otherwise, countries like"...

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Dafza and Saudi Arabia's Economic Cities Authority Forge Strategic Partnership to Reinforce Economic Cooperation
October 16, 2017

The Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) has revealed the signing of a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's (KSA) Economic Cities Authority (ECA) that is aimed towards developing proposals and suggestions that can help drive in more potential foreign investments to the Gulf region. The MoU was signed by H.E Dr. Mohammed Al Zarooni, Director General of DAFZA, and Muhanud Hilal, Secretary-General, ECA, in a formal signing"...

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Islands for Sale: 286 Islands Looking for Investors in Saudi Arabia
October 16, 2017

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) has announced that 286 islands off the Jazan coast will be on the market for tourism investment to raise the state’s income.

Rustom Al-Kubaisi, head of the SCTH’s branch in Jazan, said that an executive committee has been formed to encourage tourism investment by Jazan Governor Prince Mohammed bin Nasser bin Abdul"...

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Nominations sought for Saudi scientific, humanitarian award
October 16, 2017

Nominations for the Princess Adelah bint Abdullah Scientific and Humanitarian Award are now open, the Sanad Children’s Cancer Support Association has announced.
The award has three categories: Scientific, humanitarian and determination. Nominations will be evaluated by doctors and experts.
“The award seeks to honor pediatric cancer researchers, pediatric tumor treatment programs, and individuals and institutions that support Sanad’s"...

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Labor minister: KSA spends more on education than most OECD countries
October 16, 2017

“Human capital is the main focus of development in every society, and giving it sufficient attention is necessary for success and progress. Thus, Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 seeks to improve all aspects of the Saudi economy, with human capital development at the forefront,” Minister of Labor and Social Development Ali bin Nasser Al-Ghafis said during the opening ceremony of Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC) first HR forum, “Transforming"...

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Commercial courts officially launched
October 16, 2017

Justice Minister and Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council Sheikh Dr. Walid Bin Muhammad Al-Sama’ani officially launched commercial courts here Sunday.

Commercial courts started operating from Muharram 1 (Sept. 21) this year with the opening of three such courts in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam, specialized commercial chambers within public courts in a number of cities, and specialized appeals chambers with 173 judges.

A tripartite"...

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280,000 housing units by year-end
October 16, 2017

The Ministry of Housing and the Real Estate Development Fund (REDF) on Sunday announced the details of the 9th phase of the Sakani (housing) program covering 30,569 housing units and financing operations.

The ministry also signed 11 agreements with a number of real estate developers to carry out 13 housing projects within this phase.

In a press conference, the ministry and REDF revealed that housing units and subsidized financing operations"...

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‘Russia, Saudi Arabia almost finalize S-400 deal’
October 15, 2017

Russia and Saudi Arabia are in talks to sign an agreement on the purchase by Riyadh of the Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile defense system.

“The talks are ongoing now, the terms are being agreed,” and a contract could be signed “in the nearest time,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said, Interfax news agency reported on Friday.

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Tobacco tax in Saudi Arabia: 213% increase in smokers seeking help to quit
October 15, 2017

Statistics from the Ministry of Health indicated that there has been a higher demand in the Kingdom from people seeking help to give up smoking in the wake of the rise in tobacco prices announced on June 11.
The rate of people seeking help from clinics has increased by 213 percent during the past three months in comparison with the same period last year.
Sharifa Al-Zahrani, the head of the ministry’s smoking cessation clinics, said that taxes are"...

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Saudi Arabia advances 18 points in World Bank report on corruption control
October 15, 2017

Saudi Arabia has progressed 18 points in the control of corruption indicator 2016, which the World Bank issued last week, compared to 2015, the National Anti-Corruption Commission (Nazaha) said in a statement to Arab News on Thursday.
With this ranking, the Kingdom earned its highest percentage in controlling corruption since its entry in the World Bank indicator report in 1996.
“This came in the Worldwide Governance Indicators which the World Bank"...

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