• Saudi Binladin workers burn company buses in Makkah

    MAKKAH: Several company buses of Saudi Binladin Group were burned in Makkah on Saturday night, in the latest trouble facing the construction giant.Maj. Nayef Al-Sharif, the spokesman for the Civil Defense in Makkah, said late Saturday that firefighters put out the blaze without any injuries reported. The attack comes a day after the company terminated employment for 50,000 foreign workers and issued them exit visas. The company has seen increasing restiveness among its staff over not being paid salaries for months and a large round of reported layoffs. The Binladin Group has not issued any statements about the reported layoffs or the unrest. Calls and an e-mail request for comment to the company

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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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  • Saudis will not forget April 29, 2015

    Mohammed Farhan Al-Anzi JEDDAH — The Saudis will never forget the royal decrees issued by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman in the first days after his ascent to the throne. Most significant of these decisions were the appointment of Prince Muhammad Bin Naif as Crown Prince, deputy premier and minister of interior, and the appointment of Prince Muhammad Bin Salman as Deputy Crown Prince, second deputy premier and minister of defense. Prince Muhammad Bin Naif was also appointed chairman of the Council of Political and Security Affairs and Prince Muhammad Bin Salman was made head of the Council of Economic and Development Affairs. The royal decrees reflected the King’s desire to assign

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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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  • Halal: Is it meat you’re looking for? says China businessman

    The wine-swilling co-founder of Sai Wai Xiang Halal Foodstuff Co enjoys his pork and does not follow Islam, but still sells more than $50 million-worth of food to Muslims across Asia and the Middle East. The company is at the forefront of a Chinese drive into the global halal food and beverage market, exporting as far away as Saudi Arabia. Businessman Deng Zhijun bills his wares as “products with Muslim ethnic flavour”, but has difficulty recalling some of Islam’s basic dietary tenets. “Muslims definitely don’t smoke and don’t drink alcohol,” he said over a lunch at the company, in a garden lined with caged peacocks, macaws and chickens.

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  • Hijabi Fashion and the “Enslavement of Women”

    Last week, the social media sphere was set ablaze as French Families Minister Laurence Rossignol criticised fashion labels who produce Islamic collections, accusing them of promoting the shutting away of women’s bodies and comparing veiled women with “negroes who supported slavery.” Her comment followed Yves Saint Laurent Co-Founder Pierre Berge’s harsh criticism of the fashion chains who follow the lead of Italian designers Dolce & Gabbana, who released their hijab and abaya collection last January. "Designers are there to make women more beautiful, to give them their freedom, not to collaborate with this dictatorship which imposes this abominable thing by which we hide women and make them live

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  • 25% of Dubai buildings should be 3D printed by 2030, says ruler

    A quarter of buildings in Dubai will be based on 3D printing technology by 2030 under a new strategy launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai on Wednesday. The emirates will aim to raise that percentage with the development of global technology as well as growth of market demand, a statement said. Sheikh Mohammed said the Dubai 3D Printing Strategy aims to exploit technology for the service of humanity and promote the status of the UAE and Dubai as a leading hub of 3D printing technology by 2030. The strategy will focus on three major sectors - Construction, Medical Products and Consumer Products.  The value of 3D printing

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  • The iPhone 6S has been a major disappointment for Apple

    To say that Apple's iPhone 6S has failed to live up to expectations is an understatement. The iPhone 6S has the dubious distinction of being the first iPhone ever to sell fewer models than its predecessor. And it's not underperforming the iPhone 6 by a little bit -- Apple sold 51.2 million iPhones last quarter, 10 million fewer than it sold during the first three months of 2015. On a conference call with analysts on Tuesday, CEO Tim Cook said the percentage of customers who are upgrading from older iPhones to the iPhone 6S is way lower than the upgrade rate to the iPhone 6 from a year ago. "I don't mean just a hair lower -- it's a lot lower," said Cook. "If we would have the same rate on iPhone

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How Tehran is ramping up a trade offensive

    Since 1979, Iran has positioned itself in strategic competition with its neighbours, primarily Saudi Arabia. One of Iran’s major tactics has been to seek to gain popularity and exert influence through soft power. Before the Syrian uprising, Iranian leaders, in contrast to the American political establishment, implemented strategies to expand their influence in the Middle East and establish relationships through soft power. Culturally, Iran enjoys shared societal norms and national festivals with some of the population in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, Lebanon, Yemen and Syria. Religiously, the Shiite communities across the region have affinities with Iran. When it comes to policy, particularly

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  • Caitlyn Jenner takes up Donald Trump 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • UAE property markets to see further price declines in 2016

    Real estate prices in the UAE are likely to continue declining in 2016, according to a new report by Standard & Poor's Ratings Services. The agency said that it sees "no sign of market improvement" for the UAE real estate sector, despite housing affordability improving from the current price environment. In the UAE, 2015 was the first year since the global financial crisis of 2009 in which real estate prices declined, dropping 10-13 percent on average according to industry experts. Pressures have arisen from declining oil prices dampening the hiring and expansion plans of oil-exposed companies while non-oil private companies' business activities having softened, S&P said. It added that the strong

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  • SIM cards can now be registered through Abshir

    This STC announcement urges its subscribers to register their fingerprints to keep their phones active. Long queues of mobile phone subscribers have been witnessed outside telecom offices and outlets ever since Saudi Arabia announced the decision to fingerprint anyone looking to buy a SIM card and those already having a SIM card as a security measure. RIYADH — Citizens and expats no longer need to queue up in front of telecom offices to register their fingerprints for mobile SIM cards. Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior, has asked the National Information Center to find a way to allow registered citizens and residents to register their mobile phone numbers electronically, said center’s Director General Tariq Al-Shaddi.

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  • Daisy Ridley 'will not apologise' for her body size after Instagram criticism

    Daisy Ridley says she "will not apologise" for her body shape. She responded to an Instagram post of her character Rey, which criticised how thin she looked in Star Wars. "I can't believe the unrealistic expectations I'm setting for young girls," a speech bubble read. "Don't they know real women have curves?" She replied: "'Real women' are all shapes and sizes, all ethnicities, all levels of brave. I am a 'real woman' like every other woman in this world." Daisy deleted her initial response on the post. The actress said it wasn't her intention "for anyone to send messages to that poor person that posted the original picture". She then posted a full response on her own official account which included

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  • 9 Unexpected Reasons You Could Get Detained in Egypt

    In every country certain rules are implemented, and while no country is like its neighbours, Egypt is especially exceptional when it comes to its laws and there are some very strange things that can get you arrested here. Here are nine unexpected acts that will get you detained in Egypt. You're all probably familiar with these tales but just in case you're not, each headline will lead you to the full story with all the glorious details of what happened and how and why the people involved got into hot water... Drawing Doodles Just recently Islam Gawish was arrested for publishing a satirical doodle of President Sisi. Moral of the story: it's best to doodle flowers and rainbows, not presidents.

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  • #GetScene: 7 Awesome Instagram Photos This Week

    Here are some of our favourite snaps from around the country this week! Make sure to hashtag #GetScene if you want to get featured, and remember that only photos from the week prior are applicable, and you need to have a public account!

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