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OIC to focus on US Muslims

JEDDAH: The Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), along with the American Islamic College, is organizing a three-day conference on Islam and Muslims in Chicago, US.The objective of the event, to be held on Sept. 28-30, is to "discuss the issues of Muslims living in the US, seeking solutions


QATAR - A diverse and colourful extravanganza was belatedly orgainised jointly by the Indian Embassy and Indian Cultural Centre to mark the India`s 64th Independence Day celebration. The event was delayed due to the holy month of Ramadhan and Eid holidays. Among the presentations were patriotic, the

Haram expansion project: An architectural landmark

The expansion of the northern courtyard is one of the major works initiated on the orders of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah. The project, covering an area of 1.5 million square meters, reaches up to the circular road north of the Grand Mosque and Jabal Kaaba Road to the west.The thr

Experts see 25% surge in Haj spending

JEDDAH: Foreigners coming to Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage this year are expected to spend more than SR25 billion, 25 percent more than last year, experts said Thursday."This is mainly due to expected increase in the number of pilgrims, the rising costs of accommodation, the soaring prices of food

High-tech airports planned for Jazan, Taif

JEDDAH: The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) announced Monday its plans to establish two new airports in Jazan and Taif with advanced facilities in addition to its efforts to expand some of the existing domestic and international airports.Abdullah Rehaimi, president of GACA, said studies a

Illegal foreigners get six-month amnesty

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia announced Tuesday a six-month amnesty for the hundreds of illegal foreigners overstaying their visas, saying they would be allowed to leave the Kingdom without punishment.The Interior Ministry said the amnesty would cover those who arrived in the Kingdom on Haj, Umrah, visit or

Sponsorship transfer fees should be paid by new employer: MoL

Abu Dhabi - Fees for transfer of sponsorship should be met by the new sponsor, not the worker, as per provisions of the labour law, the Ministry of Labour (MoL) has affirmed.Jasim Mohammed Jamil, acting Director of Work Relations at the ministry, said on Tuesday: "Many workers fall victim to their i

Saudi Electric Co wins $488m Haramain rail deal

Saudi Arabia's long-awaited Haramain Railway looks set to open by early 2013, according to the terms of the network's power contract, which has just been awarded.Arab News reported that the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) had won the $488m deal to supply the electricity required by the rail link, an

ID card registration to be linked to visas

After UAQ, visa medical test to link with ID in Abu Dhabi and three northern emirates in three years Abu Dhabi: Expatriates in Abu Dhabi and three northern emirates will soon be able to register for National Identity (ID) cards when they undergo the required medical tests for their residence visas,

High-speed rail to link Manama to Doha in 51 minutes

The high-speed rail link is part of ambitious railway project to be launched by QatarManama: A high-speed rail link is being planned between Qatar's Education City and Bahrain that would make a one-way journey possible in just 51 minutes.The idea is to woo Bahraini students to enrol at the various p

Abu Dhabi firm to phase out plastic bags

Abu Dhabi - The Abu Dhabi Marine Operating Company (ADMA-OPCO) will phase out the use of plastic bags in its facilities, a company official said Wednesday.According to Chief Executive Officer Ali Rashid Al-Jarwan, a multi-faceted strategy to replace all non-biodegradable plastic bags by the end of 2


Kuwait - Karnataka Muslim Welfare Association (KMWA ) Kuwait, a subsidiary of IMA-Kuwait, organized an educational and amusing Eid Al-Fitr (Festival of Fast-breaking) Get-Together function at Kuwait Indian Community School auditorium on Sunday evening 12th Sept. 2010 in Salmiya, Kuwait. This enterta

UAE expats among richest in world

The UAE ranked fourth in the "Expat Explorer," the largest global survey of expats commissioned by HSBC Bank International Dubai : About 20 per cent of UAE expatriates earn more than $250,000 (Dh918,100) - making the country home to some of the wealthiest expats in the world, according to a recent s

Pilgrims bid farewell to Ramadan

RIYADH - More than 3.5 million pilgrims and visitors in Makkah and Madinah will bid farewell to the month of Ramadan Tuesday night which is considered the 29th night of the fasting month It is customary that on this night, the Imams of the Two Holy Mosques complete reciting the Quran. Each night

UAE private sector to get two days off for Eid

Abu Dhabi: Eid Al Fitr holiday for the private sector will fall on Shawwal 1 and Shawwal 2, according to a circular issued by the Minister of Labour, Saqr Gobash.The official two-day holiday is to be accounted for as a paid holiday for all those working in private sector companies and institutions.

Eid Al Fitr holidays for UAE

The Eid Al Fitr holiday for federal ministries and departments will start from Wednesday, Ramadan 29Dubai: The Eid Al Fitr holiday for federal ministries and departments will start on Wednesday, Ramadan 29 (September 8) and end on Shawwal 3, according to a circular issued by Humaid Obaid Al Qutami,

Both crew dead as UPS jumbo crashes near Dubai airport

DUBAI - A major disaster was averted by the pilots of a UPS 747-400 that crashed near the Emirates Road late on Friday evening when they avoided residential areas after their aircraft developed engine trouble.Two minutes after the plane took off from the Dubai International Airport for Cologne in G

Rare Quran inscribed by Aurangzeb to be auctioned

The 300-year-old manuscript of the Quran was part of the collection of the Mughal emperorAbu Dhabi - The 14.5x24cm manuscript has lavish golden insets and consists of sheets of paper, handcrafted from rice and natural materials, and inlaid with ruby, lapis lazuli and garnet. Image Credit: Supplied A