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Saudi Arabia

Women drivers to transform Saudi auto market

Two months have passed since the official lifting of the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia. The majority of women in Saudi Arabia are planning to drive a car. According to a new survey by YouGov, 24 percent of women have applied for a driving license since June 2018 and 61 percent of women who haven’t applied yet are willing to apply in the future.
However, there are women who are not willing to apply for a driving license. They have several concerns, most of them around safety.
 

King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture features in TIME’s World's Greatest Places list

King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia figures in the TIME magazine’s list of the World's Greatest Places to visit during 2018. The list of the 100 must-visit places this year is to be revealed in the September issue of the magazine.
 
The magazine compiled the list of 100 places, which it says are the world's greatest locations to visit this year, and are “breaking new ground, leading industry trends and offering visitors an extraordinary experience.”
 
 

Saudi Arabian prince honors nurse

A Saudi nurse was honored by the Emir of Qaseem for rescuing a little girl suffering from a liver disease after she donated part of her liver to the patient.

Abeer Al-Anzi was rewarded for saving the girl and for later donating a portion of her jewelery to support a Saudi foundation for liver patients.

Prince Faisal bin Mashaal bin Abdel Aziz Al-Suood, Emir of Qaseem, who heads the Society for Liver Patients (Kabidak), commended Al Anzi’s “sense of responsibility.”

 

Cinema chains, amusement park operators queue up to enter Saudi Arabia market

So far, it has been all about meeting Donald Trump and other political bigwigs. But there is much more on the agenda for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in his first official visit to the US.
 
In his seven-city tour of America, the prince is also meeting corporate CEOs with a view to striking deals with companies dealing in renewable energy, high tech, sport, tourism and, perhaps most importantly, entertainment.
 
 

You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia

By | Huffington Post | 28 Aug 2014

BEIRUT -- The dramatic arrival of Da'ish (ISIS) on the stage of Iraq has shocked many in the West. Many have been perplexed -- and horrified -- by its violence and its evident magnetism for Sunni youth. But more than this, they find Saudi Arabia's ambivalence in the face of this manifestation both troubling and inexplicable, wondering, "Don't the Saudis understand that ISIS threatens them, too?"

 

730,000 illiterate women in KSA

Source : Arab news / 23 Aug 2014

Women account for 60 percent of illiterate residents in the Kingdom, according to studies conducted by the Central Department of Statistics & Information.
Almost 730,000 women cannot read or write, according to the study. More than 426,000 men, by contrast, are also illiterate.

 

Riyadh donates $500M humanitarian aid to Iraq

Source : Daily Star / 04 Jul 2014

Saudi Arabia pledged $500 million in humanitarian aid for Iraq Tuesday, to be disbursed through the United Nations to those in need regardless of sect or ethnicity, state media reported.

 

Pollution threatens 66% of Gulf coral reefs

Source : Arab News / 03 Jun 2014

Pollution caused by chemicals from the petroleum industry, toxic human waste, overfishing and spillage from oil tankers are threatening two-thirds of the Gulf region's coral reefs and its marine life, according to an environmental researcher.

 

KSA smokers puff away SR3.3bn cigarettes in a year

Source : Arab news / 12 May 2014

Saudi Arabia imported cigarettes worth SR3.3 billion in 2012, equivalent to 20 percent of the value of imported pharmaceutical products, which stood at SR16.5 billion during the same year, local media said.

 
 

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