• Saudi Binladin Group employees set fire to buses in protest - Region - World

    Employees at the Saudi Binladin Group, a construction giant, have set fire to more than seven company buses in the latest protest by disgruntled staff over not being paid salaries for months and a large round of reported layoffs. Maj. Nayef al-Sharif, the spokesman for the Civil Defense in the city of Mecca, said late Saturday that firefighters put out the blaze without any injuries reported. The Binladin Group has not issued any statements about the reported layoffs or the unrest. Calls and an email request for comment to the company were not immediately returned. For several weeks, thousands of the firm's employees have been staging rare protests in Mecca and the Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah,

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  • Will and Kate: Five-year wedding anniversary

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's wedding was watched by millions across the world, with Kate choosing to omit the word "obey" from her vows -- much like William's mother Princess Diana did when she married Prince Charles in 1981.

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  • An open letter to President Obama

    Dear President Barack Obama, I am pleased that you decided to visit my country, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, recently. I hold no official post and am simply a Saudi attorney in private practice in Jeddah who has the greatest respect for America, as I was fortunate to be educated in your country.Contrary to western perceptions, we here in Saudi Arabia do have freedom of speech, and that’s why I’m free to write you this letter. In 2009 you delivered a famous speech at Cairo University where you expressed your hopes on many issues that are inspiring to all Arabs. Since then, however, many of us have seen stark contradictions in what you said and what positions your government has taken. Your decision

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  • Caitlyn Jenner takes up Donald Trump's toilet offer

    Caitlyn Jenner has posted a video on Facebook of her using the female toilet at Donald Trump's New York hotel, after the Republican presidential nomination candidate supported transgender people's right to choose which facility to use. His stance was in contrast to rival Ted Cruz, who had backed a law in North Carolina which barred transgender people from using washrooms consistent with their new identity. Footage courtesy of Caitlyn Jenner Facebook.

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  • Iran: Hassan Rouhani's allies set for parliament win

    Reformist and moderate Iranian politicians allied with President Hassan Rouhani have won the most seats in the second round of parliamentary elections, state media have reported. Of the 68 legislative seats being contested on Friday, 33 went to the pro-Rouhani List of Hope coalition and 21 to conservatives, according to the Fars news agency. That would give reformists 128 seats in the new 290-member parliament, 18 shy of a majority but more than their rivals' 124 MPs. Remaining seats went to independents who could hold the balance of power. The outcome, if confirmed officially, would represent a dramatic realignment in the country, with conservative MPs likely being outnumbered by their rivals

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  • Alicia Vikander will play Lara Croft in new Tomb Raider film

    Alicia Vikander has signed up to play Lara Croft in the new Tomb Raider film. She's following in the footsteps of Angelina Jolie who starred in the first two adaptations of the game series more than 10 years ago. There have been rumours of a sequel for years, with various Hollywood actresses linked to play the archaeologist-adventurer. Daisy Ridley, Emilia Clarke, Cara Delevigne and Gemma Arterton were all front runners, according to reports. In February, Alicia won the best supporting actress Oscar for her role in The Danish Girl, opposite Eddie Redmayne. She's also been in Ex Machina and she's recently finished filming alongside Matt Damon in Jason Bourne, which is out later this year. Lara

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  • Imminent terrorist attack foiled in southern Saudi Arabia; two suspects shot dead

    RIYADH – Security authorities shot dead two suspected terrorists and foiled an imminent attack in southern Saudi Arabia at dawn Friday, the Interior Ministry announced. Officers grew suspicious of two vehicles spotted at a location outside the Bisha governorate in Asir Province and monitored their movement, the Saudi Press Agency reported citing the ministry’s security spokesman. “One of the vehicles was laden with explosives. When the drivers saw that the vehicles were being followed, they started firing at the officers before veering off to a desert area,” he said. The officers pursued the vehicles under the cover of security helicopters. An exchange of fire ensued and the two vehicles were

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  • Want to buy a bargain American-spec car in UAE? Think again

    Every once in a while, in the news you read about yet another car that went up in flames in the UAE for no apparent reason. While some cases have been due to age or bad stereo installations, others can simply be attributed to the source of the cars, such as the used examples coming from the United States. American-spec used cars are widely available at used car dealerships in Dubai or Sharjah. Individuals in the UAE are also involved in this business unofficially, but recent changes in rules have limited the number of cars they can import per year unless they set up as a business.

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  • Khamenei: US lifted sanctions only on paper

    TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader and president accused the United States of hostility and bad faith Wednesday saying the implementation of its nuclear deal with world powers was not being honored. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei echoed other officials in Tehran who allege that Washington is creating hurdles for European financial institutions, more than three months after the agreement came into force. With nuclear-related sanctions lifted, US and European diplomats have said there is no bar on non-American banks doing business with Iran. But it is not happening in reality, Khamenei said. “On paper they say that foreign banks can do business with Iran but, in practice, they are fomenting Iranophobia to prevent

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  • UAE's Etihad inks global sponsorship deal for fashion week events

    Etihad Airways on Friday announced a new global agreement with WME | IMG to become a major long-term partner to the fashion industry by supporting 17 fashion week events around the world annually. Under the agreement, Etihad Airways will become the official airline of fashion week events in New York, London, Milan, Berlin, Sydney and Mumbai. These include New York Fashion Week: The Shows, MADE Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, London Collections: Men, Milan Fashion Week, Milano Moda Uomo, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia and Lakme Fashion Week (Mumbai). Etihad Airways Partners, which includes seven airlines in which it holds minority equity stakes, will

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  • North Korean military moves: What can the U.S. do?

    All this makes North Korea one of five evolving strategic threats that drive Pentagon budgeting and planning to keep any situation from spiraling out of control. And in case things do escalate, they have plans in place that mean, as the commander of U.S. Forces Korea General Curtis Scaparrotti put in February, the U.S. is "ready to fight tonight." Here's how military officials and intelligence analysts say the U.S. works to keep the lid on the North Korean threat and -- if need be -- respond. Operational plans U.S. military planners have mapped out responses should the North Korean regime invade the South and in case the economically isolated state collapses. Last year, the U.S. and South Korea

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  • Green Card proposal

    I read with interest the article “Green Card: A ray of hope for expats” (April 27) by Abdulateef Al-Mulhim. I liked the manner in which the writer raised the issue. The best thing about the writer is that we could relate to his writing. He does not write for himself. He writes for his readers, which is a unique quality.Issuing permanent residency to eligible expatriates will help the Kingdom develop much faster. We should learn from the experience of developed countries. The United States of America is called the nation of nations. We all know its status in the world. The United Kingdom, Canada and Australia are other examples. The Saudi Vision 2030 is undoubtedly a comprehensive strategy to

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  • Who's the NBA's MVP? If you consider salary, the answer will surprise you

    Golden State Warriors' superman Stephen Curry will probably be crowned the most valuable player in the NBA this year. But it was Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside who had the most valuable contract for his team. Whiteside had the best Player ROI, a new tool developed exclusively by CNNMoney to evaluate the big salaries paid to professional athletes -- from Best Bang for the Buck down to Really Overpaid. Of course, Curry had an amazing season on the court -- one of the best ever. But his four-year contract pays him an average of $11 million a year. Whiteside didn't make nearly Curry's impact. But he was paid a mere $1.8 million over the last two seasons, an average of $875,615 a year, according

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  • UAE retail firms face challenges amid VAT launch in 2018

    Family businesses and retail firms in the UAE will need to analyse their operating models and supply chains to assess the impact of proposed tax regimes ahead of the expected implementation of value added tax in 2018, it has been claimed. KPMG's tax chief in the UAE said the retail sector will be particularly impacted by the introduction of value-added tax. The UAE is expected to implement 5 percent VAT from January 1, 2018, with 150 food items, health and education exempted but countries will have until January 1 2019 to implement the tax. Nilesh Ashar, partner – head of tax, KPMG in the UAE, told a seminar: “While VAT will affect all organisations across the GCC, it will have a particularly

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  • Oman — The Pearl of Arabia

    Paige Peterson   Arriving in the Sultanate of Oman you feel as if you are on a Hollywood set. Orderly. Vast. Visually breathtaking. Often visitors liken it to Disneyland. Controlled. Well-organized, meticulously maintained public grounds. Friendly. Happy. Helpful. Tolerant. No litter. No vagrancy. No graffiti. No terrorism. No violence. No radicalism. No unsafe areas. Did I mention exquisitely clean…..It is all this and more.  Oman is an Arabian dreamscape. I’ve never seen such well-planned urban development. Architectural details are carefully mandated here. Many of the buildings are 46 years young; they’re well thought out in placement and accessibility. Even the street lamps in the cities

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  • Saudi Arabia vs Dubai: The 2020 Race For The World’s Tallest Tower

    It seems like Dubai is bored of smashing Guinness World Records, as flagship developer Emaar Properties announces plans to construct the world’s tallest tower, surpassing the Burj Khalifa that currently holds the current world record, but will Saudi Arabia steal the title? The race is on as property developer Emaar has announced plans to build a new tower, with an estimated cost of $1 billion, that will stand a ‘notch’ taller than 830-metre Burj Khalifa. The proposed project expects completion by 2020, which coincidentally will be the same year that Dubai will host the World Expo Trading Fair. The announcement explained that Spanish-Swiss architect Santiago Calatrava Valls is expected to devote

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  • King Abdullah Port and 2030 Vision

    KING Abdullah Port’s role in pushing the economy and specifically the trade in Saudi Arabia is very important. That was clearly stressed on in the 2030 vision. In many areas of the world, ports have helped build cities and economies. Examples of this fact are Hong Kong, Singapore, Shanghai, Dubai, New York, etc. Similarly, King Abdullah Port is pivotal to the King Abdullah Economic City, subsequently contributing to the overall economy of Saudi Arabia, said Engineer Abdullah M. Hameedadin, managing director of Ports Development Company in an interview with Saudi Gazette. Here’s the excerpt: SG: First off, now that Saudi Arabia’s Transformation Program has been announced, how well King Abdullah

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  • Three linked to Calif terror attack arrested - Charges include conspiracy, marriage fraud

    LOS ANGELES: The FBI arrested three people on Thursday, including the older brother of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, on charges of marriage fraud and lying to investigators, authorities said. Syed Raheel Farook, 31, was arrested in the early morning at his home in the California town of Corona, along with his wife Tatiana Farook, also 31. Mariya Chernykh, Tatiana’s 26- year-old sister who lives in the nearby town of Ontario, was also arrested. The five-count indictment against the trio centers on Chernykh’s alleged sham marriage to Enrique Marquez, who is awaiting trial on charges of aiding the December 2 attack carried out by Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik. The pair were later

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  • 9 Of The Hottest Spots To Karaoke Around Town

    Karaoke is either the time to share your talents with the world or pierce a hole through your friend’s ears - either way, both are fun. Most of us think we can actually sing, but the sad truth is that, well, we can’t. It’s usually just annoying shrieking like that golden egg in Harry Potter. Maybe we should be put underwater to sound like beautiful mermaids, too… Whether you want to belt out your favourite Shakira song or sing a little 60s tune, the stage is your oyster! We've gathered a list of the nine best spots to hit for karaoke. Shriek away! *buys earplugs*Johnny's In Zamalek Located on the fancy Le Pacha 1901 boat, Johnny's has a karaoke night every Sunday accompanied with live DJs. The

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  • Green Card: A ray of hope for expats

    Emad is an Egyptian engineer. Ahmed is a Syrian accountant. Both are very close friends and their families are like one big family. Both the friends have been living in Saudi Arabia for the past 35 years. Their children grew up together. All their childhood memories were formed in Saudi Arabia and all their friends are in this country not in their respective home countries. Interestingly, Emad and Ahmed know the Eastern Province like the back of their hands. They could easily become tourist guides who are aware about the area like natives. These two guys can easily get confused in the streets of Cairo or Damascus. In other words, Saudi Arabia is their home away from home. Unfortunately, the sword

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