INCREASE IN INTERNATIONAL TOURIST ARRIVALS IN SAUDI ARABIA

SAUDI ARABIA WITNESSES INCREASE IN NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL TOURIST ARRIVALS

The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) revealed that the number of foreign tourist arrivals in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia reached 2.3 million in the year 2018, a growth rate of 21.2% over  the year 2017. Trending : Traveling to other Saudi cities on Umrah visa is allowed now




The report also claimed that Kingdom's income from the tourist arrivals for the summer of 2018, excluding religious arrivals, amounted to about 8.7 billion Saudi riyals, a growth rate of 15.9%. Recommend : Makkah to Madina train ticket cost

- The report also noted that the eastern region topped the list with most welcoming destinations for tourists by nearly 45%, followed by Riyadh region with 27%, and Makkah region by about 16 percent.




- As per the report, the arrivals of relatives and friends came in the top place by 39%, followed by the business arrivals by 31 per cent, and the shopping arrivals by about 12%. Read : Saudi Arabian Airlines launched free FB Messenger texting on board

- The report mentioned that the number of tourist departures reached 9.4 million, a growth rate of 7.4% over the year 2017.



INCREASE IN INTERNATIONAL TOURIST ARRIVALS IN SAUDI ARABIA

PILGRIMS ON UMRAH VISA CAN NOW VISIT TO OTHER CITIES

PILGRIMS WITH UMRAH VISA CAN NOW ALLOWED TO VISIT OTHER CITIES OF SAUDI ARABIA

Good news for those who are visiting Saudi Arabia from other countries on Umrah visa as they are now allowed to visit any other city in the Kingdom during their 30 days Umrah visa. Trending : Saudi Airlines offers on board Free texting of Facebook messenger




However, Out of 30 days Umrah visa, They should spend 15 days on visiting the Two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madina confirmed Saudi Authorities. Recommend : Mecca to Medina train ticket price

- Earlier, Umrah and Hajj pilgrims are not allowed to visit any other cities of Saudi Arabia except Jeddah, Makkah and Madinah, Now this restriction is removed.




- According to the Under secretary of Ministry of Hajj and Umrah Affairs, In the last 4 days itself more than 25,000 Umrah visas have been issued and more than 1000 pilgrims arrived in Saudi Arabia from all over the world. Most Viewed : Top companies in Saudi Arabia for the year 2018

- He also revealed that programs dedicated to Umrah for pilgrims this year comes as qualitative leap in allowing pilgrims and visitors from outside Saudi Arabia to visit any city in the Kingdom during their 30 day Umrah visa, In which 15 days for visiting the Two Holy Mosques.



- He expects 8.5 million pilgrims will visit until the end of the month of Shawwal this year, while last year it reached to 7 million pilgrims.

- As per the official statistics, the total number of pilgrims who arrived in Madinah after performing Hajj this year has reached to 770,704 pilgrims. The total number of pilgrims remaining in Madinah is 175,878 said Madinah based Unit for Media and Social Communication of Hajj committee as per the report of AlArabiya news.




PILGRIMS ON UMRAH VISA CAN ALSO VISIT OTHER CITIES

SAUDI AIRLINES LAUNCHED FREE FB MESSENGER TEXTING ON BOARD

SAUDI AIRLINES LAUNCHED FREE TEXTING SERVICES ON BOARD VIA FACEBOOK MESSENGER & IMESSAGE

After the launch of free Whatsapp text message services on board earlier this year in Saudi Arabian Airlines flights, Now the airline has launched added a new and free texting service.




Saudi Airlines flights launched a new and free texting service for passengers with internet access on board, This new service allows passengers to send text messages through iMessage and Facebook Messenger applications. Recommend : Makkah to Madina train ticket to cost 75 SR

- Similar service of Whatsapp text messages was launched by the Saudi Airlines in this year's May.





- More than 100 aircraft of the modern Saudi Arabian Airlines equipped with WiFi access to these services, stay connected to your loved ones. Trending : Most frequently asked questions to Jawazat

- All you have to do is to connect your device and choose the service you want to use. Activate the free texting plan and enjoy chatting all the way.



SAUDIA LAUNCHED FREE FB MESSENGER TEXTING ON BOARD

TRAIN TICKET PRICE FROM MAKKAH & MADINA TO COST 75SR

HARAMAIN TRAIN TICKET PRICES BETWEEN MECCA, MEDINA, JEDDAH

The fares of Al Haramain train tickets in the first two months of operation will be 75 riyals for the economy class ticket between Mecca and Medina. Recommend : New Area for nursing moms in Riyadh airport




- The journey between Jeddah and the Madina will be 60 riyals, while the business ticket value is 95 riyals per direction between Mecca and Medina, and 75 riyals between the Madina and Jeddah.

- Sources revealed that the ticket prices for the Al-Haramain train will double by 100% after two months of operation, which is expected to be the next week in the 13th of Muharram this month (24th September).




According to the "economist ", the ticket price will increase from SAR 75 to SAR 150 for one way direction between Makkah and Medina, while business class tickets will be priced at SR 190 per direction for a total of 380 riyals for the go and return ticket. See Also : Several shops closed down before Saudization inspection

- He added that the ticket price between Jeddah and the Madina for the economy class will reach a single direction of 120 riyals, the business class ticket will be 150 riyals per direction, and 300 riyals to go and return.



HARAMAIN TRAIN TICKET PRICES & OPERATION DATE

CHILD SAFELY DELIVERED ABOVE THE CLOUDS ON SAUDIA FLIGHT

CHILD SAFELY DELIVERED ABOVE THE CLOUDS ON SAUDI AIRLINES FLIGHT

A baby was safely delivered on board in a Saudi Airlines flight heading towards Philippines from Saudi Arabia with the help of an obstetrics and gynecology consultant  available on time. Trending : Royal Commission in Al Ula launched "Name a Rock" competition




Thanks to the doctor Jan Saret of Aster Sanad Hospital in Riyadh for available on board on the time, Both mother and child are in good health. Recommend : An Egyptian and Saudi girl arrested for indecent behavior

- Saudi Arabian Airlines aircraft was mid flight and cruising at a high altitude on its way to the Philippines, At the time of mother went to labor. Unable to make emergency landing. Cabin crew called for help and doctor who was also on the flight stepped forward to help.




- As per the doctor, attempts were made to stall the delivery until the flight landed. However that could have led to complications for the mother and her unborn child. So the doctor drew upon her courage, expertise and knowledge to deliver the baby and keep the mother safe on board the plane despite the sacristy of medical tools.

- The mother of the new born said 'I did not plan to have my baby above the clouds, but my contractions were getting worse every minute. I feel so lucky that doctor was on board. Thanks to her I was able to feel safe throughout this incredible experience' reported SaudiGazette.



CHILD SAFELY DELIVERED ABOVE THE CLOUDS ON SAUDIA FLIGHT

NAME A ROCK IN AL ULA AND WIN 100,000 RIYALS

PARTICIPATE IN 'NAME A ROCK' COMPETITION IN AL-ULA AND WIN 100,000 CASH PRIZE

The Royal Commission for Al-Ula has launched a competition "Name a Rock" in which participants should give names to the rock formations in the governorate. Trending : Response from Jawazat to the most frequently asked questions




After evaluating the entries, top 3 winners will be announced and below cash prices will be awarded to them.

1st Price - 100,000 Saudi Riyals
2nd Price - 75,000 Saudi Riyals
3rd Price - 50,000 Saudi Riyals

- Participants should take a photo of a unique rock formation in Al Ula and suggest a name for it, In addition, participants should provide the reason behind the naming and locate the rock on the map. Related : New area for nursing moms at Riyadh airport



- Registrations ends in 2 months.
- Nominations to announce from 18th November to 24th November 2018 Read : Top 32 companies in Saudi Arabia
- Voting from 25th November to 1st December 2018
- Judging from 2nd December to 8th December 2018
- Winners will be announced on 14th December 2018.




For more information visit http://alularocks.rcu.gov.sa/#section-hero






NAME A ROCK IN AL ULA AND WIN 100,000 RIYALS

RESPONSES TO MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS TO JAWAZAT

RESPONSES TO MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS TO PASSPORT DEPARTMENT

The Directorate General of Passports receives dozens of inquiries from expatriates and citizens on a daily basis through its social networking sites, we bring some of the inquiries which responded by the passport department. Read : Passport department service charges




How long does it required to leave before the end of the stay on Final Exit Visa?

- Final Exit Visa can be issued before the expiry of iqama, Once Final Exit Visa issued, It will allow the visa holder to leave within 60 days of the visa issuance, without reference of the validity of iqama.

Is it possible to turn Exit re Entry visa into Final Exit visa, after the worker's travel outside of Saudi Arabia?

- The rules did not allow to transfer the Exit re Entry visa into Final Exit visa.



Can an expatriate drop one of his dependent, while he is outside the Saudi Arabia?

- After the end of the visa, It is immediately reviewed by passport management and the financial return is obtained until the date of notification of output and no longer.

How to calculate the start of exit re entry visa from the date of issuance or date of departure?

- If specified in days(60,90,120) the validity is 3 months to travel from the date of issuance and the duration of the visa is calculated from the date of travel.




What is the validity of passport required to travel out of Saudi Arabia?

For traveling in Arab states validity of passport must be not less than 3 months and for 6 months for the rest of the countries. See Also : Residential rents are falling fast in Saudi Arabia




RESPONSES TO MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS TO JAWAZAT

A MAN ARRESTED IN TAIF FOR PERFORMING MOTORCYCLE STUNT ON ROAD

SAUDI POLICE ARRESTED A MAN APPEARED PERFORMING MOTORCYCLE STUNT IN A VIRAL VIDEO

The traffic police of Taif province arrested a young man who appeared in a viral video as he was driving a motorcycle on the Al Hada road and performs dangerous stunts in a reckless way. Read : Top 32 companies in Saudi Arabia for the year 2018




According to the released statement, The young man would be referred to the Traffic Commission to apply the maximum penalties prescribed in the traffic rules. Recommend : An Egyptian and a Saudi girl arrested for having breakfast together at workplace

- The young man has not only risking his life, but also others lives on the road, while he was doing risky stunt on the Al Hada road, He stood on his motorcycle and show off his skills on the curve road.







A MAN ARRESTED IN TAIF FOR PERFORMING MOTORCYCLE STUNT ON ROAD

A MAN ARRESTED IN TAIF FOR PERFORMING MOTORCYCLE STUNT ON ROAD

A MAN ARRESTED IN TAIF FOR PERFORMING MOTORCYCLE STUNT ON ROAD

TOP 32 COMPANIES IN SAUDI ARABIA FOR THE YEAR 2018

SAUDI ARABIA'S TOP 32 COMPANIES IN 2018

Top companies in Saudi Arabia for the year 2018, As oil prices recovering steadily, It has been a good year for the businesses in Saudi Arabia. Listed companies is based on companies stocks, revenues, profits, assets and Market value. Most Viewed : How to Subscribe or Unsubscribe Tayseer program of Saudi Electricity




SABIC remained in the top in terms of earnings in the first half, while Corporate earnings grew in its first half and positive results from the non oil sector. Trending : Public Prosecution warns about Social media violations in Saudi Arabia

1. SAUDI BASIC INDUSTRIES CORPORATION (SABIC)
Sector : Industrial 
Profit : 4.9 Billion Dollars
Market Value : 93.90 Billion Dollars

2. NATIONAL COMMERCIAL BANK (NCB)
Sector : Banks & Financial services
Profit : 2.6 Billion Dollars

Market Value : 37.80 Billion Dollars




3. SAUDI ELECTRICITY COMPANY
Sector : Utilities and Energy
Profit : 1.8 Billion Dollars You May Like : Procedure to update passport details in Absher
Market Value : 23.30 Billion Dollars

4. AL RAJHI BANK
Sector : Banks & Financial Services
Profit : 2.4 Billion Dollars
Market Value : 35.70 Billion Dollars 



5. SAUDI TELECOM COMPANY (STC)
Sector : Telecommunication Services
Profit : 2.7 Billion Dollars
Market Value : 44.10 Billion Dollars


6. SAMBA FINANCIAL GROUP
Sector : Banks & Financial Services
Profit : 1.3 Billion Dollars Read : No plans to change expat levy fee
Market Value : 15.30 Billion Dollars

7. RIYAD BANK
Sector : Banks & Financial Services
Profit : 1.1 Billion Dollars
Market Value : 11.8 Billion Dollars




8. SAUDI BRITISH BANK
Sector : Banks & Financial Services
Profit : 1.1 Billion Dollars
Market Value : 12.4 Billion Dollars

9. BANQUE SAUDI FRANSI
Sector : Banks & Financial Services
Profit : 941 Million Dollars See Also : WiFi Debit Card
Market Value : 10.3 Billion Dollars

10. ARAB NATIONAL BANK
Sector : Banks & Financial Services
Profit : 807 Million Dollars
Market Value : 8.5 Billion Dollars


11. Almarai
12. Petro Rabigh
13. Saudi Arabia Mining
14. Alinma Bank
15. Savola Group
16. Alawwal Bank Recommend : Never buy sim card outside
17. National Industrialization
18. Saudi Investment Bank
19. Saudi Industrial Investment Group
20. Kingdom Holding
21. Bank Albilad
22. Bank Aljazira
23. National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia
24. Dar Al Arkan (Real Estate & Construction)





25. Mobily (Telecommunication)
26. Jarir Marketing (Banks & Financial Services)
27. Bupa Arabia for Cooperative Insurance (Insurance)
28. Fawaz Abdulaziz Alhokair (Retail)
29. Saudi International Petrochemical (Industrial)
30. Emaar the Economic city (Real Estate & Construction)
31. Advanced Petrochemical (Industrial)
32. Abdullah Olothaim Markets (Retail)

TOP 32 COMPANIES IN SAUDI ARABIA FOR THE YEAR 2018

MAKKAH TO MADINA TRAIN SERVICE SET TO LAUNCH ON 24th SEPTEMBER

MAKKAH TO MADINA TRAIN SERVICE VIA JEDDAH IS ABOUT TO LAUNCH ON 24th SEPTEMBER

The Haramain High Speed Train service will start its commercial operations from September 24, It will travel between Makkah and Madinah via Jeddah and Rabigh as per the official sources. Read : New area for nursing moms in King Khalid International Airport 




All the train carriages are ready for the operation and finished its successful trail runs between stations. Railway stations in Makkah, Madinah and Rabigh are fully furnished while finishing touches are being finalized in the station of Jeddah. Recommend : Several shops close down on the first day of inspection on Saudization

- Tickets are available from the Haramain High Speed Rail Project website, There will be 8 services daily on both sides until the end of the year 2018.




- Starting from 2019, The train services will be increased to 12, The frequency of trains will be increased in the future as per the required demand. See Also : Naqal maloomat is now with Absher app

- Earlier this month Transport Minister inspected the preparedness of the Haramain High Speed Train between the sectors of Jeddah and Makkah.



- He also accompanied by Public Transport Authority Chief and Saudi Railway Company CEO while in the inspection tour of Jeddah and Makkah railway station on board the train between 2 cities. Trending : Employing Expats is more expensive than employing Saudi nationals in the Kingdom 




MAKKAH TO MADINA TRAIN SERVICE SET TO LAUNCH ON 24th SEPTEMBER

NEW AREA FOR NURSING MOTHERS AT RIYADH AIRPORT

RIYADH'S KING KHALID INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT OPENS A NEW AREA FOR NURSING MOMS

Mothers traveling through the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh will find a new area for feeding their children more comfortable as the Riyadh Airports Company assigned a new area for their nursing needs. Trending : An Egyptian and Saudi girl arrested for Indecent behavior




The company announced that it finished the establishment of breastfeeding lounge to allow mothers traveling through Riyadh's Airport to breastfeed their children. Recommend : Several shops not opened on the first day of Saudization 

- The Riyadh Airports Company is proud to dedicate breastfeeding places for the comfort of mothers. This lounge also offers child supplies and changing areas.




- The breastfeeding lounge design took into consideration all nursing needs and appropriate environment for both mother and child. Now nursery mom can take advantage of 24 hours nursery services in the airport. See Also : Fine and Jail term for social media violations in Saudi Arabia

- The aim of opening this lounge is to support the breastfeeding initiative organized by a number of local and International organizations, which seek to promote the concept of breastfeeding among mothers.



- It is worth mentioning that Riyadh Airports Company manages and operates King Khalid International Airport and has launched a series of services and development projects aimed at the comfort of passengers and in response to the growing growth in air traffic, cargo and passengers, reported AlRiyadh news.




NEW AREA FOR NURSING MOTHERS IN RIYADH AIRPORT

NEW AREA FOR NURSING MOTHERS IN RIYADH AIRPORT

NEW AREA FOR NURSING MOTHERS IN RIYADH AIRPORT

NEW AREA FOR NURSING MOTHERS IN RIYADH AIRPORT

AN EGYPTIAN ARRESTED FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR

SAUDI ARABIA ARRESTED AN EGYPTIAN & A SAUDI GIRL FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR AT WORK PLACE

Saudi Arabian authorities have arrested an Egyptian and a Saudi girl hotel workers over their indecent behavior at a hotel in the province of Jeddah. Recommended : Several shops closed down as Saudization in some sectors begins




The suspects appeared in a viral video of social media, recording as he was having breakfast with a veiled Saudi woman colleague at the hotel. Read : Procedure to update passport data in Absher

- The Ministry of Labor and Social Development announced an inspection team had visited the hotel and arrested the Egyptian 'Baha'a' for violations including working in a profession restricted to Saudi citizens.




- Ministry’s spokesman Khalid Abal Khail said that the owner of the hotel has also been summoned for failing to stick to guidelines for employing women. See Also : Inspections from Labor Ministry begins on Saudization in some retail sectors

-Government regulations stipulate that workplaces should ensure a private setting for female employees separate from males, but in practice this not uniformly applied.




- There are some conservative traditions, which should be respected for being in religious Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. You May Also Like : How to document house contract in Ejar systems

- The Public prosecutor later issued a statement advising foreign residents to respect and follow the Saudi Arabia laws, its values and traditions.




AN EGYPTIAN ARRESTED FOR INDECENT BEHAVIOR

11th SEPTEMBER IS THE FIRST DAY OF HIJRI NEW YEAR 1440

SUPREME COURT IN SAUDI ARABIA ANNOUNCED 11th SEPTEMBER IS THE FIRST DAY OF NEW HIJRI YEAR 1440

The Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia has announced tomorrow (11th September, 2018) Tuesday is the first day of new calendar 1440 (Muharram 1st). Trending : Saudization inspections to begin from 11th September




Supreme Court of Saudi Arabia said in its statement that the crescent of the month of Muharram 1440 H was not sighted on Sunday evening (29/12/1439H) that is on 9th September 2018. Recommend : Naqal maloomat of dependents or workers is now in Absher app

- So the Supreme Court in Saudi Arabia decided that Monday (30/12/1439) that is 10th September is the last day of the 1439 Hijri calendar and Tuesday (01/01/1440) is the first day of Muharram, according to the Umm Al Qura calendar.




- The journey of the Prophet Mohammed(Peace Be Upon Him) from Makkah to Madina is called Hijrah or Hijra, It is the beginning of counting the Islamic or Hijri new year, It was on 622 AD. The Hijri year is always designated with "H" Hijri or "AH" Latin word Anno Hegirae. Read : Countdown starts for Haramain Train service

- Hijri or Islamic year is of 354 or 355 days and it is 11 to 12 days lesser than the Gregorian year(365 days), Islamic(Hijri) year is lunar as it is based on the moon, while the Gregorian year is solar, it is based on the sun.



- Hijri Calendar consists of 12 months, Each month is either 29 or 30 days based on the moon cycle of that month. See Also : Hiring expats is get expensive in Saudi Arabia

- Few companies in Saudi Arabia follows Hijri calendar for paying salaries, In this case every employee get 11 to 12 days more salary as compared to Gregorian calendar.




11th SEPTEMBER IS THE FIRST DAY OF HIJRI NEW YEAR 1440

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