Saturday, 19 April 2014  -  19 Jumada Al-Akhir 1435 H
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Why are countries in our region underdeveloped?

All the countries in our region are described as Third World countries not only because of their economic conditions but also because of the poor development of their human resources.

Why do Saudis make sweeping generalizations about others?

Judging people based on their race has become common in Saudi society.

Another expatriate dies from MERS

A foreign woman has died after she contracted MERS in Riyadh, bringing the nationwide death toll to 73.

We must invest in our children

I love taking taxis and listening to the stories of cabdrivers.

Cracking ‘glass ceiling’

Amina Al-Rustamani, a member of a prominent UAE family, raised eyebrows among friends and relatives when she started her career in Dubai 13 years ago as an electrical engineer.

Women need to be aware of basic laws

Female participants in a women’s seminar held at Okaz Organization headquarters agreed on the importance of increasing awareness among women about their rights and their role in carrying out their duties within the sphere of Shariah.

Muzdalifah turns into a gallery of Ottoman-era artifacts

The holy site of Muzdalifah now houses a portion of the Abbasid-Ottoman era portico of the Grand Mosque, waiting to be restored after completion of the ongoing expansion of the Mataf (circumambulation area) and the largest ever expansion of Islam’s holiest mosque by the end of 2015.

Cut off from the world, poverty consumes Gazans

Life has never seemed so grim for the Mustafas, a family of seven cramped into a shabby two-room hovel in Gaza’s Jabalya refugee camp.

Is Maliki’s son the new Uday?

Very little of the activities of Ahmed al-Maliki, the son of Iraqi premier Nouri al-Maliki, ever comes to light.

Muscovites fight to save Moscow’s ‘Eiffel Tower’

Thousands of Muscovites and several top international architects have launched an unprecedented campaign to save an elegant steel tower that has loomed over Moscow’s skyline since 1922.

Tiny sponges could save lives on the battlefield

A simple new method could revolutionize battlefield medicine.

Kingdom prepares to embrace smart, social and mobile government

In 2013, ICT spending in Saudi Arabia grew by 12%. A market liberalization and shifting demographics led to mobile phone penetration rates reaching 170% (63% smartphones), and approximately 60% of the total population became Internet users.

Emy Kat’s cry to save Jeddah’s heritage

Another attempt has been made to show the public the importance of preserving their city’s heritage. Photographer Mohamed Al-Khatib, better known as Emy Kat, has documented historical buildings and palaces of Jeddah’s Al-Balad (or Old Town) in a solo exhibition currently on display at Athr Gallery.

A tribute to all global healthcare workers

April is the month dedicated to appreciating healthcare workers worldwide.

No passport for Saudi women without IDs

Saudi women who do not have national identity cards will no longer issued with new passports, the Directorate General of Passports announced.

Al-Naimi: Kingdom welcomes all new sources of energy

Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Engineer Ali Ibrahim Al-Naimi said the Kingdom welcomes and encourages all new sources of energy in the long run due to the increasing world population.

Bouteflika re-elected with 81.5% votes

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the aging independence veteran already in power for 15 years, won re-election

Anti-Arab graffiti sprayed on mosque

Vandals left anti-Arab graffiti on a mosque in northern Israel overnight and damaged a door of the building, Israeli police said Friday.

Gulf states heal rift

Members of the Gulf Cooperation Council brokered a consensus Thursday after a rift that saw Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain withdraw their ambassadors from Qatar.

Gul’s no to role swap with Erdogan

Turkish President Abdullah Gul appeared to rule himself out as a potential future prime minister on Friday, saying a “Putin-Medvedev model” under which he might swap roles with Prime Minister Tayyip

Bomb in shopping street kills 3

Iraqi officials say a bomb planted on a street full of shoppers in the capital, Baghdad, has killed three people and wounded five.

Cleveland Clinic exports marquee Ohio brand to Abu Dhabi

Saudi Arabia’s late king, Khalid Bin Abdul Aziz, went there for heart surgery.

Sting of hope: Romania keeps traditional bee medicine alive

Bee venom to combat multiple sclerosis, pollen for indigestion, honey to heal wounds.

Sub dives deeper in jet hunt

The mini-sub searching for missing flight MH370 has reached record depths well beyond its normal operating limits, officials said Friday as it dived on its fifth seabed mission.

India’s EC lifts ban on Modi aide

India’s election commission has lifted a ban on a top aide of Hindu nationalist opposition leader Narendra Modi that had threatened to hobble his efforts to win votes in the country’s most populous

Ukraine’s rebels dig in despite deal

Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine defiantly kept their grip on nearly a dozen towns on Friday, refusing to abide by an international deal aimed at easing tensions unless the Western-backed

Arrest warrant for ferry captain

Divers battled strong currents and near zero visibility Friday to finally enter a South Korean ferry two days after it sank, as investigators sought arrest warrants against the captain and two of

Pursuing dreams

Though it may seem contradictory, “magical realism” may perhaps be the best phrase to describe the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Mr. Garcia Marquez, who died on Thursday, left us for a unknown

A vote for jobs for whom?

M. J. Akbar’s column “A vote for jobs” (Apr. 13) makes strange reading. Mr. Akbar is in the habit of harping on the same subject. Rather than explaining how his new boss Narendra Modi can create

Doctors who resign because of MERS scare are unethical

With regard to the article “Doctors resign over coronavirus scare” (Apr. 16), I am surprised to learn that doctors who are very well paid by the government and respected by the public can leave

The sponsorship system is modern slavery. Abolish it!

I am writing with regard to the article “Muaqibs resorting to dirty tricks to reserve seats” (Apr. 16). I am happy to see that the Saudi government is drastically changing its passport and iqama

Islam condemns acts of violence against women

I am writing with regard to the article “US law and an abusive Saudi” (Apr. 14). We have to laud anyone or any authority, be it in the East or in the West, that promotes justice and protects the

“Expat dies of MERS in Jeddah; 8 infected” (Apr. 14)

Hospital staff should stop wearing their uniforms outside the hospital. It’s upsetting and at the same time alarming when you see hospital staff in a coffee shop or restaurant having their breakfast

“What about changing facial features!” (Apr. 14)

Having been nearly arrested in Riyadh airport because of a clerical error committed by my husband’s sponsor and subsequently deported, I think this is a move which is well overdue.

“Why isn’t English taught properly in our schools?” (Apr. 13)

OK, we understand the problem, but when will there be any action? All the previous posts are correct in admitting that there is a problem which is only 10 percent of the issue.

“Cutting in line: A violation of social norms” (Apr. 12)

I went to Dubai and the only people I found cutting in line or disrespecting a queue were you know who. If we tell people here to please stand in line, they tell us that they were there first.

“How long will Saudi women be deprived of their fundamental rights? (Part II)” (Apr. 12)

What else do these women want? They are getting jobs. They have drivers. It is totally wrong to say women can travel abroad without a guardian or guardian’s permission. Where is it written in Islam

“1,200 docs found guilty of malpractice in 2012” (Apr. 10)

Doctors and medical practitioners must be checked and held accountable by a medical authority and only then will there be safety and better medical practice. I lost my dad in 2010 due to medical

Hundreds of bikers turn out for HOG rally

King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) hosted the 5th HOG Saudi Rally organized by the Jeddah chapter of Harley Owners

Tenders invited for transport project

Makkah Development Authority (MDA) has invited six national and international consortiums to submit public tenders for the implementation of the first phase of the holy city’s public transportation

Car plunges into Arbaeen Lake

A sedan was pulled out by rescue teams of the Border Guard and the Civil Defense after it had plunged into Arbaeen Lake in downtown Jeddah on Wednesday.

Ferrer ends Nadal’s claycourt run

Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal slumped to a shock Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinal defeat to compatriot and close

Rajasthan scores nervy IPL victory

Rajasthan Royals kicked off its Indian Premier League 2014 campaign with a nervy four-wicket win over Sunrisers

Hamilton sets the pace

Mercedes set the fastest practice times again at the Chinese Grand Prix Friday.

Westwood set to end trophy drought

Lee Westwood surged four shots clear at the halfway stage of the European Tour’s Malaysian Open.

PCB probes stars for playing with shamed spinner

Pakistani cricket authorities have launched an investigation after a number of current international stars played in

PSG under pressure

If they had their way, France’s leading clubs would have done away with the League Cup a long time ago, but Paris

Legacy vs glory

Nine months shy of his 50th birthday, Bernard Hopkins will try to become the oldest boxer to unify world titles when

Heat seek three-peat but Spurs, Pacers top seeds

LeBron James and his Miami Heat teammates seek their third title in a row and fourth consecutive trip to the NBA

Huawei showcases availability of e-education platforms

With the advent of a knowledge economy developing in Saudi Arabia.

Facebook rolls out location-sharing feature

Facebook users in the US will soon be able to see which of their friends are in close proximity.

Forward to the past with Windows update

Even as Microsoft prepares for a future dominated by touch-screen devices, it is steering its Windows system to

Nissan Patrol again the big winner in Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

Nissan Patrol has once again proved to be the Hero of All Terrains in Life by powering top competitors to success in

Porsche rolls out Macan SUV in Saudi Arabia

The world’s first sports car in the compact SUV segment, the Macan was revealed to an excited local audience at an

AC Schnitzer strengthens BMW partnership in KSA

For the last 25 years, AC Schnitzer has opened the door to superior vehicle technology from motorsport for committed

Glimpses of the season’s trends
Fresh out of Coachella and rounding up Fashion Forward, the Middle East’s favorite fashion affair, Saudi Gazette brings
The number of schools in the British city of Birmingham being investigated over fears that children are being radicalized by extremist Muslims attempting to seize control of educational institutions has now increased to 25.