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By On January 14, 2018

Dismissed Lebanese workers demand Saudi Arabia pay their financial compensations

Dismissed Lebanese employees from the construction company, Saudi Oger, protested n front of the Saudi embassy in Beirut, Sunday, to demand that the Saudi regime pay financial compensation for their lost salaries.

Lebanese Prime Minister, Saad Hariri â€" whose family owns the company â€" was also a target of the protesters.

Over the past 39 years, Saudi Oger owned by Hariri family made huge financial gains worth billions of US dollars, however, over the past few years, the company suffered losses due to prevailing economic conditions and poor corporate governance.

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The Wall Street Journal reported in November that the company shut down its main headquarters in Riyadh after Saudi Arabia’s royal family cut spending on luxury construction projects.

Th e newspaper quoted former employees of the company as saying that the company had relied on the Saudi government to pay millions of dollars in wages owed to its former employees and that Saudi officials were investigating the company’s funding. The newspaper pointed out that the problems experienced by the company reflected on the influence exercised by the Saudi authorities on Hariri as well as on Lebanon itself.

Source: Google News Saudi Arabia | Netizen 24 Saudi Arabia

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Sonny Bill Williams visits historic mosque in Saudi Arabia

Sonny Bill Williams has made his latest pilgrimage to a historic mosque in Saudi Arabia.

The All Black posted a picture of himself on Twitter posing in front of the mosque known as the Prophet's Mosque.

"What an amazing feeling visiting the prophets(as) holy masjid in Madinah," he said in the post.

The mosque, located in Saudi Arabian city Medina, was established and originally built by Islamic Prophet Muhammad, and is one of the largest mosques in the world.

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Williams converted to Islam in 2009 and became the first Muslim to wear the All Black jersey.

Source: Google News Saudi Arabia | Netizen 24 Saudi Arabia

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By On January 11, 2018

Saudi Arabia to summon nationals living abroad charged with corruption

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RIYADH, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Saudi Arabia plans to summon nationals living abroad involved in corruption cases in cooperation with states they are living in, the Sabq local online news reported on Thursday.

The Attorney General Shaikh Saud Al Mujab asserted that anti-corruption efforts would continue and suspects in corruption cases who fled the country would be brought back through international arrest warrants after enough evidence are collected against them.

The suspects are part of the biggest corruption case in Saudi Arabia that caused the arrest of 159 individuals including princes and sitting and former ministers in November 2017.

And some 376 bank accounts of the detainees or related persons were frozen. Majority of those arrestees were released after accepting the settlement.

Mujab said that the cases against the suspects w eren't only related to money but also to exploitation of power.

Tough measures against high profile individuals are one of many steps Saudi Arabia has been taken to initiative solid economic and social reforms, such as allowing women to drive.

Source: Google News Saudi Arabia | Netizen 24 Saudi Arabia

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By On January 11, 2018

Ride-sharing apps recruiting female drivers in Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia finally lets women drive

Saudi Arabia is finally allowing women to get behind the... Uber and its Dubai-based counterpart, Careem, are looking for female drivers in Saudi Arabia.

The call for applicants comes after the country granted women the right to drive in September.

Following Saudi Arabia’s historic royal decree, Careem launched 90-minute training sessions in Riyadh, Jeddah and Al Kohbar for Saudi women who had obtained a valid license while abroad.

“From the first moment, we announced our willingness to welcome the ladies to work on our platform,” Abdullah Elyas, Careem’s co-founder and chief privacy officer, told CNN.

Meanwhile, Uber plans to expand their “one-stop -shops” â€" hubs that recruit Saudi male drivers â€" to include prospective female employees. The company has also launched “listening sessions” in Riyadh, which are meant to “shape the company’s priorities and upcoming plans for women in the Kingdom,” according to Uber’s general manager in Saudi Arabia.

Eighty percent of Uber’s riders in Saudi Arabia are women; women make up 70 percent of Careem’s base, according to the company. Careem hopes to hire 10,000 “female captains” â€" or drivers â€" by June.

Source: Google News Saudi Arabia | Netizen 24 Saudi Arabia

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By On January 09, 2018

Saudi Arabia Jails 11 Royal Family Members Who Didn't Want to Pay Their Own Bills, Report Says

Saudi authorities have detained 11 members of the royal family who staged a rally at the palace in Riyadh to protest austerity measures forcing them to pay for their own utility bills, Saudi media reported on Saturday citing anonymous sources.

One online news website affiliated with the authoritarian government, sabq.org, said the princes opposed a royal decree that halted the state payment of royal family members’ water and electricity bills. They also demanded compensation for a death sentence issued against one of their relatives.

All 11 princes, who were not identified in the media reports, were arrested after they refused to leave the premises and were brought to the al-Hair maximum-security prison awaiting trial because, the sources told the website, everyone is equal before the law.

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01_06_CrownPrince Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting with Lebanon's Christian Maronite patriarch on November 14, 2017, in Riyadh. Eleven princes were arrested by a special elite force loyal to the crown prince, Saudi media reported on January 6, 2017.

News of the arrest was published in at least one another Saudi publication, but could not be confirmed with official sources, Reuters reported.

The arrests were carried out by an elite force of the Royal guards known as Al Ajrab Sword Brigade, which is directly linked to King Salman’s son, Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, sabd.org reported in a separate article, without mentioning sources.

In November 2017, King Salman placed the young crown prince, who is widely expected to succeed his father to the throne, at the helm of an anti-corruption committe e that soon launched a crackdown against members of the Saudi elite, resulting in the arrest of dozens of people, among them princes and government officials. As many as 23 of them reached a financial settlement with the government and were released at the end of December, Reuters reported at the time, citing Saudi media, while others would face trial.

Low oil prices have put a strain on the kingdom’s finances. Saudi Arabia introduced its first-ever 5 percent VAT tax on January 1 as well as an increase in electricity tariffs and gasoline prices.

To soften the blow, King Salman announced on Saturday the restoration of an annual pay rise and a 1,000-riyal ($200) bonus for Saudi government workers and extra monthly payments to retirees and social benefits recipients, Bloomberg reported. Soldiers fighting the war in Yemen were also awarded 5,000-riyal ($1,333) bonus.

Source: Google News Saudi Arabia | Netizen 24 Saudi Arabia

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By On January 09, 2018

Pakistan condemns missile attack on Saudi Arabian city Narjan

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Islamabad: Pakistan on Tuesday strongly condemned the latest ballistic missile attack, carried out by Houthi terrorist militia on the city of Najran in Saudi Arabia.
The missile was fired by Yemen’s Shiite Houthi rebels on Jan . 5.
“Pakistan commends the government of Saudi Arabia for destroying the missile before it caused any civilian casualties,” Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry statement said, adding that “it is however concerned at reports that there was some damage to property.”
Pakistan once again reiterated its position that it stands firmly with Saudi Arabia in confronting terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.
“The government reiterates its full support and solidarity with the leadership, the government and people of Saudi Arabia against any threats to its territorial integrity and threats against Harmain Sharifain,” the statement said.
Royal Saudi Air Defense forces intercepted a ballistic missile fired on Najran.
Late last month in statement Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry expressed its concerns on “the increasing frequency and ferocity of the missile attacks, targeted at innocent civilians by Houthi rebels, pose a threat to regional peace and security.”

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