GCC Seeks World Support For Saudi Peace Initiative

RIYADH, 12 March — GCC foreign ministers yesterday agreed to seek international support for a Middle East peace proposal floated by Saudi Arabia, which offers to trade peace for occupied Arab land with Israel. The ministers from the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council expressed their concern over spiraling violence in the Palestinian territories and accused Israel of “savage oppression” against Palestinians.

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Janadriya festival to open on Jan. 8

RIYADH - The National Culture and Heritage Festival – Janadriya - will be opened on Jan. 8 at Janadriya village, 45 kilometers north of Riyadh. This was announced by Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Subait, head of the festival's executive committee at the Saudi Arabian National Guard (SANG) here yesterday.

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Faqeeh To Head Team For Tehran Talks

RIYADH, 4 February — A high-level delegation led by Minister of Commerce Osama Faqeeh will leave for Iran today to attend the meeting of the Saudi-Iranian Joint Economic Commission.

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A Computer Institute For VIPs

RIYADH, 3 February — Prince Sultan ibn Fahd, chief of the General Presidency of Youth Welfare, will inaugurate a computer and language learning institute here today. Al-Faisal International Academy, set up at the initiative of Prince Abdul Aziz ibn Fahd Al-Faisal Al-Farhan, will be the first of its kind to offer teaching facilities for VIPs, including ministers and senior officials.

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Internet Directory On Expats

RIYADH, 28 January — A new Internet directory containing detailed information about expatriates residing in Saudi Arabia has been launched by a Riyadh-based firm.

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Insurance Company Launches New Schemes

RIYADH, 27 January — The New India Assurance Company Ltd., the largest general insurance firm in India, has launched two new insurance schemes called "Private Motor Insurance Policy" and "Motor Ruksa Policy" tailored to meet the needs of Indians working in the Kingdom. New India has also introduced a new insurance scheme for small shop owners called "Shopkeeper’s Umbrella Policy", said S. Vaidyanathan, resident manager of the New India Assurance Co.

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Power Horse, Arab News Schools Cricket Begins

JEDDAH, 18 January — Pakistan International School (Urdu Section) scored facile wins in both under-17 and under-14 groups against Bangladesh International School and Al-Momin International School in the inaugural matches of Power Horse/Arab News Inter-School Tournament at RCA grounds.

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Janadriah festival kicks off with spectacular camel race

RIYADH – Crown Prince Abdullah, deputy premier and commander of the National Guard, inaugurated here yesterday the 17th National Heritage and Culture Festival at Janadriah village, some 45 kilometers north of Riyadh. The glittering inaugural ceremony was attended by several members of the royal family, high ranking Saudi officials and diplomats. The dignitaries present included Bahraini Emir Sheikh Hamad in Isa Al-Khalifa, Riyadh Governor Prince Salman, Prince Mishaal ibn Abdul Aziz. Vice Governor of Riyadh Prince Sattam and Deputy Chief of the National Guard Prince Lt. Gen. Miteb ibn Abdullah.

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UNDP To Help Kingdom Formulate Manpower Development Strategy

RIYADH, 18 January — Saudi Arabia and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) are working jointly on a project to bring out a report within three months in a new move to identify where Saudi Arabia stands in terms of human resources development and how resource allocations should be made at this point. This will be the first report of its kind to be prepared exclusively on the Kingdom on the model of the annual Human Development Report published by the UNDP.

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Abdullah pledges incentives to lure investment

RIYADH-Crown Prince Abdullah, deputy premier and commander of the National Guard, has said that all government agencies have been geared to support potential investors in the agriculture sector in a move to reduce dependence on imports for the country’s food needs.

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Embassy Announces Course In Italian

RIYADH, 15 January — The Italian Embassy is holding Italian language classes from next week.

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Jizan, Tihama Focus Of Agricultural Forum

RIYADH, 15 January — A plan to implement an ambitious agricultural development project in the Kingdom’s southern region at a cost of over SR7 billion will top the agenda of a major conference to be opened by Crown Prince Abdullah, deputy premier and commander of the National Guard, here today. This is the first forum of its kind, being organized by the Ministry of Agriculture and Water, with the aim of developing the agriculture sector.

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GCC Ministers Considering 200 Percent Hike In Tobacco Tax

RIYADH, 9 January — Ministers of Health from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) started a meeting here yesterday to study proposals to raise customs tariff on cigarettes to 200 percent. The move comes in the wake of several reports, which attributed the high incidence of cancer in the region to tobacco consumption.

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Driving License Gets A Revamp

RIYADH, 7 January — Saudi Arabia will start issuing driving licenses in a new format from next month. The new licenses, which are difficult to forge, will be smaller in size, produced by computer-aided technology and contain all personal information about the driver, including his blood group, address and phone numbers for contact, according to Brig. Gen. Fahd Al-Bishr, director general of the Traffic Department.

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PISR Management Scouting For Land To Relocate Campus

RIYADH, 5 January — The board of directors of Pakistan International School in Riyadh (PISR) is working on an ambitious plan to acquire a new campus and to build a huge school building for over 10,000 students, away from the existing location where traffic remains clogged throughout day time. A formal request to make available a plot of land free of cost for the PISR’s new premises has already been sent to Prince Salman, governor of Riyadh, Dr. Shahid Nawaz Malik, chairman of the school board of directors, said yesterday.

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Private Sector Projected To Grow 4.5% This Year

RIYADH, 2 January — The Saudi private sector is projected to grow 4.5 percent during the current year with the industrial sector leading the growth spurt. And the government will generate additional revenues of SR85 billion annually with the implementation of the gas initiative, according to an economic overview released by the Saudi British Bank (SABB) yesterday.

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Arab News Power Horse Schools Cricket Event Planned In Riyadh

RIYADH, 7 December — A meeting to organize the prestigious Arab News Power Horse Schools Cricket Tournament was held here recently. The meeting, attended by representatives from 11 major schools of Riyadh region besides officials of the Riyadh Cricket Association (RCA), discussed in detail how to organize such a major cricket event in Saudi Arabia, which has not been traditionally a cricket-playing nation.

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Net Gain: Expats Tying The Knot On Webcam!

RIYADH: Babar Ali Malik, 33, from the Pakistani city of Lahore and Iffat Shaheen, 28, from Sargodha, had planned a grand wedding. However, their plans fell flat with Babar’s inability to travel to Pakistan from Riyadh at the eleventh hour because of some problems. But that did not deter the couple. They kept their date with destiny and married here Friday night. All they did was remove the frills and went ahead with what can be called an “e-nikah”

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High oil prices 'unjustified': Al-Naimi

"Based on the supply-and-demand fundamentals, crude oil prices should not be this high," said Al-Naimi following talks with Maxime Verhagen, Dutch deputy premier and minister of economic affairs.

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ThyssenKrupp upbeat on Mideast business climate Previous

RIYADH: German giant ThyssenKrupp has announced plans to expand its operations in the Middle East, which will create thousands of new jobs for Saudis and Gulf nationals.

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Iran, Mideast high on King-Obama agenda

RIYADH: Key regional issues with serious global implications is expected to top the agenda of the wide-ranging talks between Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and United States President Barack Obama in Washington on Friday.

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Over 400 Passengers Stranded for 27 Hours as A-I Cancels Flight

RIYADH - More than 420 passengers were left stranded for nearly 27 hours at the King Khalid International Airport (KKIA) and later in a city hotel after their Air-India flight bound for Bombay was canceled on Wednesday evening. The ordeal of the angry passengers ended 5.30 p.m. yesterday, when an A-I flight carrying these passengers took off from KKIA for Bombay.

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Ministry Fires 353 Imams, Muezzins

RIYADH, 1 June 2003 — The Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance has fired 353 imams and muezzins (prayer callers) while at the same time asking some 1,357 imams and muezzins to attend training courses to improve their performance.

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Ghazanfar Ali Khan