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Saudi Women Soldiers’ Bravery in Sudan Aid

Saudi Women Soldiers’ Bravery in Sudan Aid

This photograph depicts a female Saudi soldier carrying a child during the Saudi relief mission in Sudan. The accomplishments of the Saudi troops, who helped rescue 2232 individuals from 67 different countries, were widely covered by international media. To me, the...

Sadaqah and Social Welfare in Ramadan in Saudi Arabia

Sadaqah and Social Welfare in Ramadan in Saudi Arabia

  The holy month of Ramadan is a significant time of the year in Saudi Arabia. It is a time of spiritual renewal, self-discipline, and community bonding. Fasting is a way to purify the soul and draw closer to Allah (God). Additionally, it is a time of increased...

Saudi Commentary On The Beautiful Game

Saudi Commentary On The Beautiful Game

In recent years, there has been a trend among football commentators in Saudi Arabia to focus on creating suspense and excitement rather than providing insightful analysis and knowledge of the game. While this approach may make for a more entertaining broadcast, it is...

GCC Efforts To Aid Syria and Turkey

GCC Efforts To Aid Syria and Turkey

GCC rescue teams have joined the international efforts to help the people of Turkey and Syria after the catastrophic earthquake. The wider population has started to make efforts to assist by collecting clothes, medicine and other things that are needed.   Saudi...

Issuing a free 4 days visa to Saudi Arabia

Issuing a free 4 days visa to Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry has launched a free stopover/transit visa for visitors arriving by air. It is free and is valid for four days. The two most important benefits, in my opinion, are that it will help to improve international relations and cultural...

Be Aware of Fake Hajj2022 Tours

The Hajj 2022 season has started, with numbers back to pre-COVID levels. For the first time since 2020. Unfortunately, some unscrupulous criminals offer fraudulent Hajj packages online, which some eager pilgrims fall for. It is not easy getting a permit to perform...

Abayas As Fashion Statements

    In Saudi Arabian society the Abaya  is a symbol of identity. Today, in modern Saudi Arabia, the Abaya (the cloak that covers the body, worn by women) remains part of the Saudi dress code for women. The cut, colour, fabrics, and how to wear it have...

Fashion Design in Saudi Arabia at a Rise

Fashion Design in Saudi Arabia at a Rise

Fashion design in #Saudi began with women creating #abayas & everyday #thobes (traditional dresses) the favourite garments for Ramadan. With more & more fashion design sections opening in universities, chances are up for Saudi designers on the world stage....

Fashion Design in Saudi Arabia

Fashion Design in Saudi Arabia

Fashion design in Saudi began with women creating unusual abayas and everyday thobes (traditionall dresses) that are favourite garments for Ramadan. With more and more Fashion design departments opening in Saudi universities chances are opening for new Saudi designers...

Arab Youth Survey 2020: Voices for the Future

Arab Youth Survey 2020: Voices for the Future

Tonight, the Middle East Institute in Washington is holding a webinar on the future of Arab Youth: Voices of the Future. This survey, in its 12th edition, interviews thousands of young people and tells readers about the feelings, mentality, ambitions, dreams and hopes...

First Saudi Women Football League

First Saudi Women Football League

Saudi female football teams are getting ready to start playing in the first Saudi Female Football League (WFL). The league was set to start in October after being launched in February 2020 by the Saudi Sports for All Federation (SFA). Two years after women were...

Happenings around Saudi Arabia: November 2020

Happenings around Saudi Arabia: November 2020

Snow in Saudi Arabia https://twitter.com/Hackmed804/status/1327682456099631106 Princess Roses Strong conquers almost everything; #AmalAlhakmy runs her flower shop in a tiny village near Jizan. Her start was a fridge & few flowers which turned into Princess Roses...

Is Climate a Concern for GCC?

Is Climate a Concern for GCC?

If you are wondering - as I do sometimes - about the impact of climate change on the economies of the 6 Gulf Cooperation Countries (GCC) and whether or not it is/will result in change their political and economic policies to a greener future, watch this video and/or...

The First Female Saudi Judge

The First Female Saudi Judge

It has just been announced that Dr. Arwa Al Jalal has been appointed a judge of the Saudi Arabian Competition Court which deals with monopolies and other anti-competitive practices. This is an amazing development where the first female lawyers received their licenses...

Saudi Arabia Abolishes Flogging

Saudi Arabia Abolishes Flogging

Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Council of the Judiciary has announced that judicial flogging will be replaced as a punishment by fines or imprisonment. This is part of Saudi Arabia’s human rights reforms. While flogging is one of the punishments recognized by Islamic Law,...

Saudi Education Ministry: Students will progress to the next year

Saudi Education Ministry: Students will progress to the next year

In Saudi, students will progress to the next year without completing the 2 nd semester. Except for private schools who can make a choice and unlike other GCC countries. In this crisis it seems like there is no 💯 universal solution. #SaudiTimes #Education...

Saudi Women Football League All Set

Saudi Women Football League All Set

British Broadcasting Cooperation BBC and Cable News Network CNN reported this week that the Saudi government launched a football league for women widening sports activities for women in the country. With the establishment of the Sports Ministry recently, among 2 other...

Online Shopping Grows in Saudi Arabia

Online Shopping Grows in Saudi Arabia

Saudis have been enjoying the benefits of the Internet since it was made available in the Kingdom in the late 1990s. As elsewhere in the world, Saudis now make a large part of their purchases online, perhaps even more enthusiastically than most. Online banking was one...

The “Weaker Sex” Just Got Stronger

The “Weaker Sex” Just Got Stronger

I came across this link thinking that five years ago one could not have imagined such steps coming true. Hopefully, these and other planned reforms will allow young and old female talents to grow and find their chances on a level playing field. Read more: Saudi Arabia...

Measures for the Food Waste in Saudi Arabia

Measures for the Food Waste in Saudi Arabia

This week the Saudi minister for Municipalities Affairs and Urban in Charge, Majid Al Qasabi, issued a decree. This decree ordered all event managers and restaurant owners to register with charities so the food doesn't go to waste.  This step was introduced to utilize...

Saudi Military Regulations: Too Little to Live On

Saudi Military Regulations: Too Little to Live On

A hashtag in Arabic reading #systemforserviceneedstochange was widely mentioned among Saudi Twitter users this week. The hashtag highlighted the problems the Saudi military staff face. Users listed the disadvantages of the old regulations governing the armed forces....

World Bank: Women in Saudi Arabia on the Rise

World Bank: Women in Saudi Arabia on the Rise

World Bank ranks Saudi Arabia as top reformer on women's rights at work Read more: https://www.thenational.ae/world/gcc/world-bank-ranks-saudi-arabia-as-top-reformer-on-women-s-rights-at-work-1.964935 

Cold and Snow in White Saudi Arabia

Cold and Snow in White Saudi Arabia

The pictures above show the Dahr mountain in north of Saudi Arabia. Most parts in this area, which includes Hail and Al Jouf, are covered by snow in winter. Most of the central and northern parts of Saudi Arabia go through harsh, cold winters. Most people living...

Dakar Rally Route: a 5000km Drive Through Desert

Dakar Rally Route: a 5000km Drive Through Desert

The 42nd Dakar Rally Saudi Arabia route was announced this month. After 30 years of adventures in Africa and 10 years of excitement in South America, the rally will take place for the first time in Asia. Among the drivers, are 13 women on the challenging route to...

Saudi Arabia: Open shops 24/7 to Boost the Economy

Saudi Arabia: Open shops 24/7 to Boost the Economy

Shops and businesses in Saudi Arabia will be allowed to stay open for 24/7, a move that will boost the economy. Read more: https://www.thenational.ae/world/gcc/saudi-arabia-says-businesses-and-shops-to-open-24-hours-1.957599 

Less Gender Segregation, Hype Remains High

Less Gender Segregation, Hype Remains High

This month, the Saudi government has canceled the rule for the segregation of single men and women in restaurants. For many years it was claimed that the rule was in place to protect women, which recently sparked a fierce discussion on social media - like many such...

Rapper Russ Receives “Unusual Gift” at Riyadh Concert

Rapper Russ Receives “Unusual Gift” at Riyadh Concert

Last month, US rapper Russ performed in Riyadh alongside hip-hop group Migos, making it his second concert in Saudi Arabia. His shows are part of the evolving entertainment strategy which the Saudi government is implementing as part of Vision 2030. People in Saudi...

Saudi Women Can Divorce

Saudi Women Can Divorce

A member of the Saudi Scholars’ Council Sheikh Abdullah Al Manea, has issued a Fatwa confirming that women may stipulate as a condition in their marriage contracts that they have the power to divorce their husbands. Al Manea said that, if the woman stipulates the...

Saudi Army Opens Its Doors to Women

Saudi Army Opens Its Doors to Women

The Saudi Ministry of Defence will allow women to join the Saudi armed forces in combat capacities. Several Saudi and Gulf newspapers issued the announcement, which was made this month.   Women can be enlisted for military jobs with ranks from private soldiers to...

Saudi Arabia: Waives Expat Levy for Industrial Companies

Saudi Arabia: Waives Expat Levy for Industrial Companies

Levy fees in Saudi Arabia This week, the Saudi Council of Ministers announced that, for industrial companies, it will waive the fees that the companies have to pay in respect of their foreign employees. The expatriate levy was introduced in 2018 in conjunction with a...

The Opening of the Saudi Economy

The Opening of the Saudi Economy

Until 2000, the opportunities for foreign investment in Saudi Arabia were extremely restricted, essentially limited to foreign minority shareholdings in industrial development projects involving technology transfer to Saudi Arabia. Foreign participation in service or...

Sun, Sea & Sand – Tourists Are Allowed Into Saudi Arabia

Sun, Sea & Sand – Tourists Are Allowed Into Saudi Arabia

Visa of Tourist in Saudi Arabia Tourists will soon be able to visit Saudi Arabia on a tourist visa, although no clear starting date has been announced. The English language daily Arab News and the semi-official Okaz reported that citizens of 50 countries, among them...

Being Bored? Not Any More in Saudi Arabia

Being Bored? Not Any More in Saudi Arabia

Link for EXCLUSIVE ARTISTS & SHOWS SAUDI - Better Entertainment Entertainment in Saudi Arabia has changed. For the last year and a half, the government has been offering a variety of entertainment programmes to its citizens, filling the previous void of empty,...

Guardians will not receive message on Saudi women’s travel

Guardians will not receive message on Saudi women’s travel

Travel restrictions for women in KSA. This week, English-speaking newspaper, Saudi Gazette, published an article reporting that Saudi Passport Authority Jawazat will not send messages to the guardian informing him about the trace of a female/s under his guardianship...

Festival in Jeddah: Is the Entertainment Cost-Effective?

Festival in Jeddah: Is the Entertainment Cost-Effective?

At least, this applies to those who find it difficult to choose between the many highlights. One would think this a great entertainment opportunity for those who opt to stay in Saudi over summer. But in fact, the summer season might turn out to be a costly affair. “I...

The new age of soap operas and dramas in Saudi Arabia

The new age of soap operas and dramas in Saudi Arabia

Like anywhere in the Arab world, soap operas and drama series of all sorts have been a window to the world and major entertainment for most Saudis in the past decade. All these productions take them into a world that they may never visit, express ideas that they...

Running in Jeddah: The Rising Trend amongst Saudi women

Running in Jeddah: The Rising Trend amongst Saudi women

Running and walking started to become trendy in Jeddah two decades ago. Men and women alike began walking in pedestrian areas as one of the few exercise facilities available at the time. Anyone familiar with Saudi Arabia, especially Jeddah, knows that the...