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Saturday, October 26, 2019

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Riyadh Metro with 6 lines, which areas would it cover in Riyadh?

The Riyadh metro project is reported to be finished by 2019. It is considered as one of the world’s largest projects as it will incur a cost of 23 billion dollars. The project will be having 6 differently colored lines. The capital of the Saudi Arabia, Riyadh, will be covered through a metro project with 85 stations.  Riyadh, a city with a population of 6 million will now be facilitated with the first ever public transport system. The metro project shall entertain 3 million people as soon as it gets initiated in the year 2019. Here is the detail of 6 colored lines:


Blue line: The blue line runs in the north-south direction. It will run along the Olaya and Batha streets. The blue line Metro would be mostly underground along the Olaya and King Faisal Streets. It will run in an underground tunnel, however, it will rise above the ground along the Batha Street through a high bridge. The 38 km long blue line shall be entertained with 22 stations. It is also inclusive of 4 transfer stations with Lines 2, 3, 5, and 4&6.
Red Line: The second line of the Riyadh Metro is the red line which is 25.3 km long. It starts from the east-west direction along King Abdullah Road, between King Saud University and the eastern sub-center. The red line is built mostly on a raised strip featuring a planned freeway. It runs across13 stations, out of which 3 are the transfer stations with Lines 1, 5 and 6.


Orange Line: The orange line has been laid along Al–Madinah Al Munawwarah and Prince Saad Bin Abdulrahman Al Awal Roads. It basically starts from the west near Jeddah Expressway and ends at the east near the National Guard camp of Khashm El Aan. The metro line shall experience different altitudes: it will be high in the western part of Al–Madinah Al Munawwarah Road. It shall go underground through tunnels at the central section of the line along Prince Saad Ibn Abdulrahman Road. The 3rd line is extended over a length of 40.7 km. It will cross 20 stations, out of which 2 would be transfer stations with Lines 1 and 6.

Yellow Line: The yellow line runs along the King Khalid International Airport and King Abdullah Financial District. It is laid at different altitudes. It is approximately 29.6 km long and exhibits 8 stations. Among these 8 stations, 3 are common to line 6 and one is a transfer station with Lines 1 and 6.

Green Line: This 12.9 km long line runs underground through a tunnel along King Abdulaziz Street, King Abdul Aziz Historical Centre, and the Riyadh Airbase. It exhibits features 10 stations: out of which 2 are the transfer stations with Lines 1 and 2.

Violet Line: It runs along a half-ring which starts from the King Abdullah Financial District and ends at the Prince Saad Ibn Abdulrahman Al Awal Road. It also passed by Imam Mohamed Bin Saud University. The violet line approximately 29.9 km long and exhibits 8 stations. Among these 8 stations 3 are common with Line 4 and 3 are transfer stations with Lines 1, 2 and 3.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Be aware of Fake and Low-Quality Gold being sold in Saudi Arabia – Goldsmith Association

The consumers of Saudi Arabia have been warned by the Gold investors that the gold bought online can be fake or of low quality. The gold that is being sold by unauthorized online stores is reported to have increased in number and has affected the economy. These fraud online gold retailers have caused a dent in the Saudi gold market. The investors also briefed that these online stores and consumers cannot be monitored through an official mechanism. The deputy chief of Goldsmith in Makkah, Abdul Ghani Al- Saiegh said that e-commerce is a modern tool of the trade. It is now being used for the trade of gold and jewels, globally. However, the kingdom is not equipped with the mechanism of proper gold trade via the internet.



Abdul Ghani Al-Saiegh who is also said that there is a need for strict controls and tight supervision to protect the consumers. He said that there are a lot many people who have started the online selling of gold without holding their official permits from the Ministry of Commerce and Investment. The interior ministry has instructed that there shall be supervision of the purity of gold (i.e. the gold measure karat shall be reported properly) and proper control of money transferred. Yet the instructions of Ministry are not fulfilled as neither the gold is being supervised nor the money transfers are being controlled.  The online gold sellers are selling gold by violating the international standard. Saiegh briefed that the gold is traded according to weight and number of karats. Yet the online gold sellers are selling gold on basis of pieces of gold.



Al-Saiegh has thereby urged the ministry to intervene and regulate the sale of gold taking place on the Internet. Saiegh also said that the trading of gold through the Internet does not only put investors and consumers at a loss but also the whole of the economy is suffering from its hazards. The gold sold online can be used for various unethical purposes such as money laundering and illegal profit making.  A huge number of authorized global brands of gold are now selling gold on the Internet. We are indeed in a need to have regulated and controlled online gold trading stores in the kingdom. The Ministry shall take up a step for it.


Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is also in the grips of the improper licensing process: Which has terribly hindered the investors to initiate online stores to sell gold and jewelry. Mohammed Jameel Azouz who is another member of the committee said that several local traders are selling gold online without a license. The gold is also being delivered to the destination by the private cars of gold sellers. It is the most insecure way to transport gold. The basic problem is that the transport companies are reluctant to transport the gold as its security would cost a lot.


Abdul Ghani Al-Mahana who is the chairman of the committee for gold and jewels of the Eastern Province Chamber of Commerce and Industry says that unauthorized online gold trade has risen in the kingdom. He warned the consumers to not buy gold online.

Source: Saudi Gazette

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Has Dr. Zakir Naik been awarded Saudi Nationality by King Salman?

Dr. Zakir Naik is a familiar name to many. He is an Indian Islamic preacher who has followers all around. He has gained fame and honor because of his lectures. He indeed is a great Islamic scholar. Muslims around the world respect him for he has could tell the world that what Islam is.  It is his teachings, attitude, behavior and aura that he has could deliver 4000 lectures in various countries on great demand. His lectures are available online which are viewed by millions of worldwide viewers. According to reports he currently has 16 million Facebook followers and 150,000 twitter followers! He is an inspiration for youth. He has become an Icon for Muslim youth around the world.



There has been a news going on in various TV Channels as well as social media platforms that Dr. Zakir Naik has been awarded Saudi Nationality by King Salman to provide him protection against Modi (Indian) government. We have decided to clarify our readers about this news. Dr. Zakir himself has reported that the rumor is a false one!  He stated that he does not hold a Saudi citizenship currently, but if there would be Allah’s will, nothing is impossible.  Dr. Zakir is an NRI and has been equipped with a residency permit for living in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.



The fake news of his holding a Saudi citizenship spread like fire in the media. One of the channels reported it and other queued up behind without even inquiring its validity.  However, the news got hype because of a picture of Dr. Zakir Naik and King Salman. Well, guys, the picture was taken when he was being honored for his services towards Islam with a King Faisal International prize.  The rumor spread that King Salman has honored Dr. Zakir with Saudi citizenship.


Famous personalities like Dr. Zakir often become a victim of a false news and rumor. Well, media does that deliberately to increase their rating (what a cheap way it is!). As the media knows that Dr. Zakir Naik has great fan following, such news can catch his followers’ attention and such news can be sold as hot buns!  Well, guys, Dr. Zakir has not been honored with a Saudi citizenship. So, if you read news stating it and there is a picture attached of Dr. Zakir and King Salman, do not believe it. Dr. Zakir only has a residency permit of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. He, however, does hold a Malaysian citizenship.


Well, the real news relating Dr. Zakir Naik is that he is on the wanted list by India. In a terror attack, that took place in Bangladesh’s cafĂ©, Bangladesh held Naik responsible for it. The news was that the gunman who was involved in the attack stated that he was inspired by Naik’s speeches. The attack took lives of 22 people.  However, Naik said that his speeches never evoke anyone to take the life of an innocent. He briefed the media that taking a life is considered as a second major sin in Islam.  India has now requested Interpol to issue a Red Corner Notice against Naik. A Red Corner Notice will allow law enforcing agencies to arrest Naik.


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This is how my 2 Years Old son was killed by Terrorists in front of my eyes

Jawad Al Dagher, a two years old Saudi national was shot dead while he was traveling with his family from Ahsa to Qatif. The years old toddler was murdered by the terrorists in the Saudi Arabia’s eastern province. According to the father, the family was traveling from Ahsa to Qatif when he took a wrong turn and lost his way. They reached a site where Jawad was killed. It was his wrong turn that let him lose his boy forever!   The father, namely Moayyad Al Dagher, reported that he, his wife and their four children left the town of Qadih and lost their way. They reached a dark site when they suddenly heard the exchange of gunshots. The father says they were leaving the area to reach the correct location when they heard gunshots. The fear struck: were the four children on the back seat fine? Did the bullet harm anyone at the back?



The fears of Moayyad Al Dagher were confirmed when he saw that Little Jawad’s head was injured by a bullet! He was bleeding badly: the back seat got covered with his blood! Jawad’s pregnant mother could not withstand the terrible sight and fainted right away. Jawad’s father claimed it as a horrible incident.  He then made attempts to save the precious life, yet all attempts failed. The young soul died in front of them and they were helpless. Jawad’s tragic death left each of the family members in a great trauma.  The news is tragic and family has suffered a great loss. Yet the question is who fired the gunshots and why? According to the police spokesperson, armed attackers were firing gunshots at company workers who were carrying out a development project in Qatif. However, the travelers and bystanders were also targeted.  The attackers also targeted the company’s machines, used explosive objects to hinder development. The development project covered demolishment of houses, construction of a shopping Centre, restaurants, residential towers and a cultural Centre.



 The police spokesperson informed that those abandoned houses were being demolished in Masoura district and the terrorists aimed at disrupting the progress.  These abandoned houses were the secret hideouts of the terrorists. The criminal activities such as murders, kidnappings, armed robbery, and trafficking in drugs, alcohol, and weapons were being carried out through these dens.


When the security was informed about the terrorists’ attack, they reached there. However, these terrorists started an indiscriminate firing. The heavy firing took away lives of a Saudi national Jawad who was only 2 years old and a Pakistani national. The police confirm that a total of ten people have been injured because of gunshots by the terrorist. These 10 people include 6 Saudi nationals, two Pakistanis, 1 Sudanese and one Indian.   Among 6 Saudi nationals, one is a female and two are her children. The Indian victim is reported to be in critical condition. The four security personnel have also been slightly injured.”


The Interior Ministry has briefed that the project would be completed soon and has requested people to stay away from the project’s site as it is unsafe for now! We pray for Jawad’s family and we hope none would go through such a tragedy. Hope that no such incident takes place in the kingdom and the world! Stay safe people!

Source: Gulf News

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Sheikh Aaeed entered the Roda Rasool S.A.W, and this is what he saw inside

Everyone has a curiosity to know how the Prophet’s chamber looks from inside. What are the things placed inside it? As a common person is not allowed to have a visit of it, people are curious to know about it. So, brace yourselves as a Saudi man has briefed the public about the details of the inside of the Prophet’s Chamber. The Prophet’s chamber is a sacred chamber located in Madinah, a holy city. The chamber is also known as the Hujra. King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz visited the Prophets chamber and was escorted by Saudi sheikh, Aaeed Ben Omer Al Rouis. King Faisal was a Saudi ruler whose reign dates to 1964 to 1975. Now the Saudi sheikh has briefed the story of his and King Faisal’s visit to the chamber. Recommended: 7 Unknown facts about Rawdah Rasool S.A.W in Masjid al Nabawi


Sheikh Aaeed Ben Omar al Rouis said that when he and King Faisal entered into the chamber they found a lot of amazing things there. He said there were also mysterious boxes made up iron placed there. The boxes were locked and we were simply unaware of what was possessed inside by them. In an interview that has been uploaded to the YouTube, Sheikh Aaeed informed that King Faisal passed an order. He demanded the formulation of a committee that shall be duty bound to count the contents placed inside the chamber. There shall be a complete official record that display what are the belongings of the chamber. Also, a complete survey shall be done of the two iron boxes that were locked: their contents shall be described and enumerated. According to the sheikh, a committee that was formulated comprised of members from the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Endowments, the Ministry of Finance and the Audit Bureau.


Sheikh Aaeed Ben Omar al Rouis informed that he was the member of the formulated committee and represented it through the ministry of Finance. He told that after the evening prayers were offered, they were ordered to go inside the chamber and accomplish the given task. The contents of the chamber were then registered. A jewelry expert was taken along and historic records were used to identify the objects.


When the two iron boxes were examined. One was equipped with gold and jewelry while the second one possessed chains made up of silver. He also told that some objects were identified to have been belonged to the Prophet (PBUH): there were some private correspondences that have been linked to the Prophet (PBUH). He further told that it took 15 days to accomplish the task endowed onto them by King Faisal. 15 days were required to make a catalog of the things that were inside the chamber.


He briefed that the committee recommended keeping the jewelry in the Madinah Museum so that public could take a view of it. The jewelry shall be kept under the supervision of the ministry of finance. He also disclosed that the personal correspondences were handed down to the Saudi Arabia’s ministry of education.

Source: Al Arabiya

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Monday, May 22, 2017

First Shopping Mall in Saudi Arabia to hire disabled people in security jobs

It is a general belief that hiring disabled people is not an intelligent step. The proponents of this belief state that the disabled have low productivity, they are difficult to deal with and are expensive thereby it is not economically viable to hire disabled people as employees. This is the very reason that employment opportunities are shut down towards disabled.  However, for the first time (most probably) a Saudi local mall has employed the physically challenged people as security guard trainees. This is indeed a remarkable step: these trainee guards are students from Imam Al-Baihaqi High School.  The school is in Makkah. According to the reports, the Dhiyafa Mall’s management has employed 8 students from Imam Al-Baihaqi High School. The management of the mall has hired these 8 disabled students under their policy. The policy aims at providing job opportunity to the disabled so that the can fuse into the society. This is a great policy; it shows how much the mall management values their social responsibility. It is a corporate social responsibility that shall be exercised by all the organizations!



The reports also revealed that the school principal himself approached the mall management. He asked them to train some of the school’s students. By hiring some students of the school who are disabled will not only help them integrate into the society yet it will help them to get useful training.   The mall management did not turn down the principal’s request and hired 8 of its disabled students as trainee guards. Unlike the general belief, hiring a disabled is economically viable. Research shows that a disabled can be hired at a lower employment cost! Also, they are more punctual and highly productive. They give out their best and show lower health and safety issues than the normal and abled employees. However, employers are hesitant to employ the disabled! They are unaware of the benefits of employing a disabled worker. A disabled worker can bring a lot of benefits to the workplace. Disabled people are more contended: they appreciate the small opportunities given to them and thereby give their very best. They are less complaining and more hardworking. Loyalty and longevity towards the job are their quality. The Disabled employees are passionate to prove the normal employees that they are not inferior which helps to develop a healthy competition required to enhance the employees’ efficiency.



The supervisor of these 8 students, Raad Al-Harthy, who is a special education teacher at Imam Al-Baihaqi High School, said that the school’s students have a great tendency of learning. They can be trained which will allow them to become an effective member of the society. He says that the school helps them to interact with normal people without any sort of hesitation. The school is credited to enhance the self-confidence of the disabled, improve their skills and motivate them to work hard. These steps are necessary as they help them integrate into society.



The students have expressed their happiness. They are thankful for being provided with a great piece of opportunity which has opened the avenues of learning. They say that it is indeed a great chance to overcome the difficulties of communication.  Al-Harthy also appreciated the seriousness of students towards their training. He says he is very pleased with the students as they show up on time and obey all the orders. They are working hard and complete their duty hours. They are obedient and follow the given set of instructions very well.  Al-Harthy also provides the students with the transport facility. He drives the students every day to the mall at 8:00 a.m. He also picks them up from their workplace at 11 a.m. and drops at the school. The students are reported to work 3 days a week.



Al-Harthy has urged the people to help the disabled students. They need all the support of the people. The people are duty bound to take care of these disabled students as care and affection will help them be confident. We need to improve the condition of these disabled people of our society, only if we help them they can move way too ahead. But if we do not look after them, they surely will suffer a lot and could never improve their performance. The manager of Dhiyafa Mall Mr. Marwan Bahrawi informed the public that Mr. Osama Zaini who is the mall owner had provided them with specific instructions. The management was instructed to take part in a program that shall be in line with the social responsibility. The mall shall be able to fulfill its social responsibilities.  He also said that the stores in the mall were reluctant to hire the disabled as the principal said that they could work from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. they said it wasn’t feasible for them to hire employees for 3 hours a day only. So, the company which provided with security to the mall was contacted. They then agreed to utilize the disabled student’s services and help them to get trained.



The disabilities of these students vary. Some are suffering from Down’s syndrome; some have low IQ levels while some have been physical disabled. The trainees are young; their age varies between 21 and 23. The young disabled students have already proven themselves in a short time. They have told everyone that they are an important and unutilized asset. They are working professionally as they are passionate and are very punctual. The visitors and the shop owners both are delighted by their work. Mansour Al-Harbi is the person in charge of the disabled students. He too appreciated the work of these young trainees. He said that they did well in their jobs. They are also very good when it comes to greeting the visitors. They welcome the shopping mall visitors with a smile and readily aid those who require! It is also reported that the salaries of the students will be paid by the mall owner.
Source: Saudi Gazette

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Pakistan would not allow Iran to play with Saudi Security

Iran’s Chief of staff of the armed forces, Mohammad Hussein Bagheri gave out a statement. The statement went viral as it imposed a threat to Saudi Arabia's security. Pakistan being an Islamic state responded to the statement by Mohammad Hussein Bagheri. In an interview with Reuters, the head of Pakistan’s Council of Scholars Taher Mahmoud Ashrafi condemned the threat. He briefed about the threat imposed by Iran to the security of Saudi Arabia and told that Pakistan is regrettable upon it.  Ashrafi said that Islamic world is strong enough to prevent Iran from imposing any kind of danger to Saudi Arabia's and Pakistan’s security.



He further said that Pakistan is a strong nation that can not only defend itself yet it can defend the borders of Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is a sacred place for all Muslims as it is the country of the Two Holy Mosques. He assured that Islamic world won’t allow Iran to threaten Saudi Arabia’s security. He acknowledged the fact that Pakistan is a peace-loving nation: Pakistan has always strike for regional peace. Pakistan is a nation who through wisdom had undergone patience to attain peace. However, Pakistan won’t be showing tolerance towards Iran’s statements. An official statement coming from Iranian leadership which has a core message of threatening Pakistan’s and Saudi Arabia’s security is not tolerable for Pakistan. He added that Pakistan is a strong country, unlike Syria and Iraq. It won’t get weaken by the alliance between Iran, India, and Afghanistan.



He also put forward an advice for the Government of Pakistan. He stressed that the Pakistani government should approach the United Nations. He also called to refer to the international community and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The statements and expression of aggression by Afghanistan, Iran, and India towards Islamic world shall be taken to international forums. An emergency summit of Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) shall be called upon by Pakistan.



Ashrafi said that Iran should have known that Saudi Arabia is one of the holiest places for Muslims around the world. And thereby if any country would impose a threat to Saudi Arabia, it would eventually face a firm response by the Islamic world. The Pakistani Islamic scholar mentioned and appreciated the interview of Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The interview tends to disclose any facts.



He warned Iran not to threaten the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. He also stated that Iran shall not interfere in matters of other countries. What Iran has said is completely regrettable. It looks like that Iranian leadership has not learned from the past: it has forgotten the situation in the Middle East. He assured that Pakistan will stand up for Saudi Arabia as it is the most important place on earth for all the Muslims. The Muslim community and the Muslim world shall be united to protect the two holy mosques.


Source: Al Arabiya

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