"BORN A KING" WILL BE THE FIRST MOVIE IN SAUDI ARABIA
Saudi Arabia to open theaters for public by March 2018 with its first film called "Born A King", A movie about the life of Saudi King Faisal. Related : Ban on cinemas lifted King Salman order
After the order of King Salman this month, Saudi Arabia is set to open cinemas for public, after a long ban of 35 years. Recommend : Electricity tariffs to be doubled from 2018
- The first movie "Born A King" will reveal the true story of Saudi Arabia's King Faisal, At the age of Fourteen, When he was sent to England on a diplomatic mission to negotiate with prominent British Leaders including Lord Curzon and Winston Churchill.
- The film is currently in its shoot in the United Kingdom, and it is expected to complete by February 2018 and it will be first screened in Riyadh before its official international release. New : 200,000 illegal expats to be deported from Saudi Arabia
- The "Born A King" film is directed by Agusti Villaronga and it was written by Henry Fitzherbert. The trailer of the movie can be seen in this article.
- The actors and actress of this movie are Hermione Corfield, Ed Skrein, Laurence Fox, James Fleet, Kenneth Cranham, Aidan McArdle and Dilyana Bouklieva. Read : 20,000 fine on each expat worker in gold or jewelry shops
لقطة من الفيلم الهوليوودي Born A king ( ولد ملكاً ) عن زيارة الملك فيصل لبريطانيا عام ١٩١٩ ومن المتوقع الانتهاء منه فبراير المقبل وبدء عرضه في دور السينما العالمية بعد ان يعرض لاول مرة في السعودية pic.twitter.com/b4N69q3Rmb— عبدالإله السناني (@aa_alsinani) December 13, 2017
SAUDI ARABIA LIFTED ITS BAN OFFICIALLY ON CINEMAS NOW
After lifting a 35 year old ban on cinemas in Saudi Arabia, Movie fans, directors and film chains eyeing the mass market in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia may start showing films from March 2018. New : Saudi police caught 200,000 illegal expats
- The government said it is expected to open more than 300 cinemas with more than 2000 screens by 2030, building an cinema industry that would contribute more than 90 billion Saudi Riyals to the Saudi economy and create 30,000 jobs. Recommend : No expats in gold and jewelry shops
- As per government, Part of liberalizing reform drive that has opened the door to concerts, comedy shows and women drivers over this year. Cinemas was banned in early 1980's due to pressure from Islamists as Saudi society may discourage public entertainment and public mixing of women and men.
- The Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman eased many of the restrictions in order to broaden the Saudi economy and to make the country independent on oil income. Opening cinemas is a act for economic growth and diversification. Related : 140 Kmph speed on certain Saudi highways
- By developing the cultural sector, Saudi will generate new jobs and training opportunities for the citizens, It will also enrich the Kingdom's entertainment options for the locals and tourists.
- Censorship details in Saudi Arabia are yet to announce, but it will extensive where images of women are often crossed out on advertising. There was no immediate reaction from the conservative groups, who outraged earlier in social media campaigns of coming back cinemas in Saudi Arabia. Read : Top 10 companies in Saudi Arabia
- Public objections have been reduced in Saudi Arabia after arrests of several locals for blaming Saudi Arabia and its laws.
- Thousands of Saudi citizens currently travel to nearest countries like Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, etc, for entertainment. Saudi Arabia is trying to retain its money in the country instead of spending on those trips. See Also : Saudi in top for wasting food
- Regional cinemas are also eyeing to enter in Saudi market for the entertainment of young generation in Kingdom's population.
NEW ELECTRICITY TARIFFS IN SAUDI ARABIA FROM 1st JAN 2018
Starting from January 1st 2018, Electricity tariffs in Saudi Arabia will be gradually increase said Saudi Electricity and Congregation Regulatory Authority (ECRA).
- Under the new prices of electricity tariffs, it will cover consumption tariffs for residential, commercial, agricultural, healthcare, private education and charitable institutions will increase.
- However electricity tariffs for Government and Industrial will remain same.
- Residential consumption electricity between 1 to 6000 KW/h per month will cost 18 halalas per KW/h, Above 6000 KW/h will be raised to 30 halalas.
- This is nearly equal to double or more than triple for some consumers, As previous it were 5 halalas for consumption between 1 to 2000 KW/h and 10 halalas for the consumption of electricty between 2001 to 4000 KW/h, However for consumption between 4001 to 6000 KW/h the price will slightly decrease from the current 20 halalas.
- Commercial sector electricity prices for consumption of 1 to 6000 KW/h will rise to 20 halalas and above 6000 KW/h will be 30 halalas.
- Agricultural, non profit and charitable organizations will have prices of 16 halalas for consumption of 1 to 6000 KW/h and 20 halalas for the consumption of above 6000 KW/h/
- Private healthcare providers, private schools and educational institutes will have a price of 21 halalas per KW/h.
- Industrial sector will be charged 18 halalas per KW/h and for Government sectors the charge will be 32 halalas per KW/h.
- The instructions has been sent to Saudi Electricity Company and Electricity facilities to amend in the current electricity billing system.
The new prices aimed to raise economic efficiency, nationalize consumption of natural resources and boost the contribution of the non oil sector.
- Part of the savings of the new price tariffs will be used to support a new citizen account program in order to protect the low to middle income families from austerity measures including a new value added tax and other cost increases.
SAUDI POLICE CAUGHT NEARLY 200,000 EXPATS LIVING ILLEGALLY IN KINGDOM
Saudi authorities have caught nearly 200,000 illegal expats living in Saudi Arabia, Most of them do not have even resident permits while the others resident and work permits are expired.
The Kingdom police caught nearly 2000 Expats while trying to cross the borders, most of the expats are Yemenis and Ethiopians. Saudi police have deported most of them who tried to enter Saudi Arabia illegally.
- Those who are residing illegally in Saudi Arabia were given 90 days of time from the end of March to flee the country before facing any prosecution or paying penalties.
- Those who do not comply risk paying fines up to 100,000 Saudi Riyals.
SAUDI ARABIA'S TOP 10 COMPANIES
Top ten companies in Saudi Arabia for the year 2017, After a down fall in stocks of the companies due to anti corruption drive that covered various businesses, royals and ministers. New : On Arrival visas for expats newborns
SABIC remained in the top in terms of earnings in the first half, while Corporate earnings grew 7% in its first half and positive results from the non oil sector.
1. SAUDI BASIC INDUSTRIES CORPORATION (SABIC)
Sector : Energy, Fossil fuels Recommend : New visa center for Indians in Jubail
Market Capitalization : 78.40 Billion Dollars
2. SAUDI TELECOM COMPANY (STC)
Sector : Telecommunication Services
Market Capitalization : 36.91 Billion Dollars
3. AL RAJHI BANKING & INVESTMENT CORPORATION
Sector : Banking & Investment Services
Market Capitalization : 27.30 Billion Dollars See Also : No VAT on government services fee
4. NATIONAL COMMERCIAL BANK (NCB)
Sector : Banking & Investment services
Market Capitalization : 25.79 Billion Dollars
5. SAUDI ELECTRICITY COMPANY
Sector : Utilities
Market Capitalization : 25.44 Billion Dollars
6. JABAL OMAR DEVELOPMENT CO
Sector : Real Estate
Market Capitalization : 16.11 Billion Dollars
7. SAUDI ARABIAN MINING CO
Sector : Mineral Resources Read : No VAT on employee salaries
Market Capitalization : 15.03 Billion Dollars
8. ALMARAI CO
Sector : Food & Beverage
Market Capitalization : 14.21 Billion Dollars
9. SAMBA FINANCIAL GROUP
Sector : Banking & Investment Services
Market Capitalization : 12.11 Billion Dollars
10. SAUDI BRITISH BANK
Sector : Banking & Investment Services
Market Capitalization : 10.24 Billion Dollars
SAUDI TO INCREASE SPEED LIMIT FROM 120Kmph TO 14Kmph ON CERTAIN HIGHWAYS
Saudi Arabia is under final preparations in order to increase the speed limit on certain highways from 120 kph to 140 kph. Recommend : Full stop on expats in gold and jewelry shops
- The Kingdom's Ministry of Transport has instructed its branches to begin making arrangements to raise the speed limits on certain highways from 120kph to 140kph. Related : 20000 fine if expats found in gold shops
- Ministry arrangements included the development of road traffic signals after every 10 kilometers showing the new speed limit number boards on the highway.
- In the first phase, Riyadh to Taif, Sharqiyah and Qasim highways to be included. The new speed limits will apply on the following highways. Read : Saudi Arabia in top for wasting food
- Riyadh and Taif
- Riyadh and Dammam
- Riyadh and Qassim
- Makkah and Madinah.
SAUDI BANS FOREIGNERS IN GOLD & JEWELRY SHOPS
Saudi Arabia bans employment of expatriates in gold and jewelry shops as the process of nationalizing jobs moved ahead and reached the Kingdom's gold and jewelry industry said Ministry of Labor and Social development. Related : Fine on gold shops for employing expats
From now it is illegal to employ expats in the gold and jewelry sector, Saudi government had made several attempts earlier also in order to Saudize this industry jobs from the last 16 years. Recommend : Indians still prefer Saudi Arabia for jobs
- According to estimated reports, In this industry there are more than 30,000 expat workers are working in the 6000 gold shops of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
- These move will bring 5000 jobs for Saudi nationals after it is fully implemented, The ministry is planning to reduce businesses running by foreigners in the name of Saudi citizens, which is nearly about 40 percent in Saudi Arabia now. Similar : Saudi tops in list of wasting food
- Ministry found most of the businesses in various cities including Makkah and Madina are operating on fake Saudization. The sector of gold and jewelry is unattractive to Saudis, Salaries in this sector ranged between 3000 Saudi Riyals to 7000 Saudi Riyals.
- Gold shops to be fined with 20,000 Saudi Riyals, If they found any expat starting from Sunday, Permanent inspectors will visit various malls and markets in order to penalize the violators. Read : Ban on photos and videos in Makkah & Madina
- However, Foreigners married to Saudi women will be exempt from this new rule if they are together or they have children.
- Saudi Arabia's gold market is to be estimated of worth 14 Billion Saudi Riyals. In the vision of Saudi 2030 all businesses to be fully Saudize as per ministry regulation. See Also : Saudi tourist visas open for all from 2018
SAUDI ARABIA HONORS FOR WASTING FOOD THAN ANY OTHER COUNTRY OF THE WORLD
Saudi Arabia is in top list for wasting food more than any other country in the world, According to Sabq news report. Trending : Indians still prefer Saudi Arabia for jobs
Nearly 427 tonnes of food or 8 million meals are wasted daily in Saudi Arabia which is of worth 70 million Saudi Riyals. Recommend : Saudi bans selfies on Makkah and Madina
- As per the report of Food & Agriculture Organization of Rome, Saudi Arabian households throw 90 percent of left over food on daily basis.
- The daily wastage quantity of food of Saudi Arabia is enough to feed the whole population of Riyadh said Khairat Charity Society chairperson Noora bint Abdulaziz Al Ajami, Its became a social culture for wasting massive food. Similar : Saudi Railways launched train to Hail from Riyadh
- One association which is operating under the authority of Ministry of Labor and Social Development planned to save more than 2 million meals daily and benefit 300,000 needy people. Read : Saudi to issue tourist visas from 2018
GOLD & JEWELRY SHOPS WILL FINE WITH SR 20,000 IF AN EXPAT WORKER FOUND IN IT
Starting from Dec 3rd of 2017, Permanent inspectors will surprise visits to markets and shopping malls for inspections in order to track down the violators in Saudi gold and jewelry shops said Ministry Of Labor and Social Development. Related : Allowed gold limit in Indian airports
Any expatriate found working in the gold or jewelry shops of Saudi Arabia will be penalized with 20,000 Saudi Riyals, The penalty amount should be paid by the owner of the shop or the company said Ministry official spokesman. Recommend : Vehicle Insurance companies to cover natural disaster damages
- According to the available data, There are more than 6000 gold and jewllery shops and exhibitions in Saudi Arabia in which 23,000 to 25,000 workers are working, Out of which most of them are expatriates and few own the shop.
- While some of the members of the committee for precious metals and gems at the Council of Saudi Chambers are not seem to be happy with the success of Saudization plan in the sector unless accompanied by the elimination of the widespread practice of commercial cover up in the sector. Similar : Selfies, Photos and Videos banned in two Holy mosques
- Hundreds of gold and jewelry shops are expected to close by December, Before the inspection team start inspections.
SAMA ORDERS INSURANCE COMPANIES TO COVER NATURAL DISASTER VEHICLE DAMAGES
SAMA (Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority) has ordered insurance companies to append a insurance policy covering damaged vehicles affected by natural disasters like flood, rain, hailstone or flash flood.
Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority made it mandatory to all vehicle insurance companies to cover natural disaster policy, whether it is individual or a company. SAMA warned insurance companies, they will face legal action for not following or obeying its circular.
- According to insurance experts, The damages caused to vehicles in the last week Jeddah floods is around 200 million Saudi Riyals and the Insurance companies should pay a compensation is expected in betweeen 150 to 200 Saudi Million Riyals.
- The director general of insurance control department Hesham Tashkandi issued a circular in which he asked all insurance companies to modify their products in order to comply with the insurance coverage of natural disasters.
- Insurance companies Violating this circular will face legal action starting from January 2018. SAMA is ensuring the claimants have adequate information on insurance products and the appropriate coverage of their needs.
INDIANS STILL PREFER SAUDI ARABIA FOR JOBS, INDIA STILL TOPS IN REMITTANCES
Saudi Arabia is still most preferred destination in the gulf for Indian expatriates seeking jobs, According to revealed official data, India has the highest sources of remittances from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Trending : New visa center for Indians in Jubail
As per the figures revealed by Indian Embassy in Riyadh, There were more than 3 Million Indians are living in Saudi Arabia in the month March of this year, While in October the numbers of Indians became 3.2 Million a sharp rise of 200,000 Indians with in 7 months. Recommend : Gold allowed to carry at Indian airports
- Indians in Saudi Arabia are not only comprising blue collar jobs but a growing numbers in the professions of doctors, engineers, oil technologists, IT experts and other technocrats who are taking part in the Saudi's reforming economy.
- India continues to be the top recipient of expats remittances according to Pew Research Center data, Out of 69 billion dollars remittance, 10.5 billion remittance money is from Saudi Arabia. Related : Send money to home country through online
- As per the estimation of World Bank, 575 billion dollars remittances sent globally in 2016, Out of which 429 billion dollars received by India. In the year 2018 the numbers are going to increase by 615 billion dollars out of which India may receive 460 billion dollars due to rise of Indians in the Kingdom as well as all over the world.
PRE CLEARANCE AT LOCAL AIRPORTS FOR BANGLADESHI HAJJ PILGRIMS
Saudi Arabia government has decided to ease the visa processing for Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrims as they will get immigration facilities and pre clearance from custom authorities in Bangladeshi airports, starting from the year 2018. Trending : Ban on selfies in Makkah's Masjid Al Haram
No long queues for immigration at Saudi airport immigration points for Bangladeshi Hajj pilgrims as they will enjoy these facilities in their local airports said Religious Affairs secretary M Anisur Rahman. Recommend : VAT on passengers tickets
- Saudi delegation authorities will soon visit to Bangladesh for installing pre clearance systems in Dhaka airport and other Bangladeshi airports.
- Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong and Osmani International Airport in Sylhet will be in the first list to introduce pre clearance system from Saudi Arabian delegation. Related : Tourist visas to start in 2018 in Saudi Arabia
TAKING SELFIES BANNED IN MAKKAH'S MASJID AL HARAM & MADINA'S MASJID AL NABAWI
Saudi Arabia prohibited visitors from taking selfies and videos in the two Holy Mosques Makkah's Masjid Al Haram and Madina's Masjid Al Nabawi according to various media sources. Trending : Saudi tourist visas from 2018
Preventing pilgrims and visitors from taking selfies and videos in two Holy Mosques will stop unnecessary disturbances for those who wish to pray and worship without any distractions said Saudi authorities. Recommend : World's largest umbrella project in Makkah
- Security guards at the two holy mosques have traditionally always been hostile towards the people while taking pictures, but now all the selfies and photographs of all varieties are officially prohibited. If needed security officers may seize the photos and cameras.
- This post was first published in Jakarta Post and then it spread among international media, However Saudi Arabia's local media yet to publish confirmation on this news. Similar : Haramain train between Makkah & Madinah