Saudi Budget 2018, Highest ever Budget of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia's king Salman has announced its budget for the year 2018. Saudi government spending will increase to 978 billion riyals ($261 billion) in 2018, a jump of 6% from the previous year.

Saudi Arabia is expecting revenues from multiples sources and increase it revenue from Non-Oil resources.



Saudi Budget 2018

Though the year 2017 was good in terms of economy boosting for Saudi Arabia and generating revenuw through taxes, dependent fees, new rules & regulations. The guidance of King Salman is leading the country into a place which doesn't depend on Oil only.

Despite this higher level of spending, the budget deficit is set to fall further, to a projected SR195 billion. In 2017, the deficit is estimated at SR230 billion, below 10 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) for the first time since 2015, when the oil price collapse of the previous year hit the Kingdom’s finances and economy.

That level of deficit — at 8.9 percent of GDP in 2017— compares with around 15 percent in 2015 and 12.8 percent last year. Next year is expected to be the fifth year of budget deficits since the oil price collapse of mid-2014. But the gap in the Kingdom’s fiscal balance has not held back overall expenditure. 

With revenue rising from SR692 billion this year to SR783 billion in 2018, the deficit is expected to fall to below 8 percent of GDP, the budget statement said. The statement confirmed that Saudi Arabia is expected to balance the books by 2023. 
Thursday, 28 December 2017
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Fajr Time in Makkah

Fajr time Makkah, Saudi Arabia



Monday, 20 November 2017
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Newly arrived in Saudi, Procedure to get Iqama for New Expatriates

If you are living in the Saudi Arabia, then you know  the importance of Iqama also, here everything about yourself is co-related with  your Iqama (for example based on your passport number the  immigration officer gave the border number at airport based on that the Saudi government gives the Iqama.)

The Saudi government is very strict about their rules and regulation for specially outsider (Abshir) In case If you lost your iqama and stuck with police then it is very difficult you to convince them, some time you may get fine of about SR 500 or in some severe case they may deport you also, anyways be careful with your iqama and always carry your contact details in your pocket, if someone get it they may contact you to handover the same.

Newly arrived in Saudi, Procedure to get Iqama for New Expatriates


Procedure to get the revised or new iqama:

Step I : As soon as you notice that you had lost your iqama then check all the possible places to find it, then your first activity must be to inform your sponsor or khafeel that where and when you had lost the iqama

Note : Do not rush the police station to file a complaint alone, because they will not entertain you. May be the reason is in March 2014, they publish a news that if you lost your iqama and reported to police within 24 hrs then you may need not to pay penalty fee. ( the penalty amount is around 1000 SR)

Step II :  With the help of your sponsor collect a letter from the GRO on your company’s letter head stating that you are their appointed employee and how and where you had lost your Iqama, make sure that the letter is in Arabic only with duly signed and sealed by your companies higher authority to file a complain.

Step III: Then go to the police station along with your khafeel or sponsor and letter to file a complaint, they will charge you  fine of losing iqama is SR 1000 for first time along with new iqama charges i.e around SR 500 for one and SR 1000 for 2 years so on as per job or sponsor’s advice.

 Documents to be submit in police station to file a complaint:
An original copy of written letter which you had collect from your company, Fine charges receipt, copy of lost iqama, 2 passport size photographs, and copy of your passport also.

After completing all this formality you will get the new iqama within 2 working days, meanwhile carry a copy of a letter which you had collect from your company for safe side.

In Saudi Arabia it is very difficult to get new iqama easily so pls be careful with it.

Thursday, 2 November 2017
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What is Iqama or Muqeem Card II Iqama in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is a couuntry which has many rules & regulations and if any expatriate wants to go to Saudi Arabia for Job or Stay purpose. He must get an Iqama.

Iqama is nothing but a Residence permit or a work License for an expatriate to work in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on a Sponsrship of an Individual kafeel (Saudi National) or a Saudi Company.

What is Iqama or Muqeem Card II Iqama in Saudi Arabia



Iqama is one of the most important document that every Expatriate must have in the kingdom and also to know for people who wants to go to Saudi Arabia. Your Iqama serves as an Identity Card with all Banks, Hospitals, Airport, Check Points etc.

Earlier Iqama had a validity of only 1 or 2 yrs, but as an Introduction of an enhanced Iqama which is now called as Muqeem has have a validity of minimum 5 years and must be renewed after it gets expire to live in Saudi Arabia.

The first thing you should be eager to get once you land in Saudi Arabia is Iqama. Ask youe Sponsor about the Iqama so that you can live a calm life in Saudi.

How does Iqama Look like?

Know About Iqama in Saudi Arabia


An Iqama look like below image which will have all the details such as

  • Name
  • ID
  • Date of Expiry
  • Profession
  • Nationality
  • Sponsor Name
  • Iqama ID
  • Religion
  • Photo
  • Date of Birth


What details you must know in Iqama (Muqeem Card) ?

Once you get Iqama you must check all the information printed on the card is correct or not. Its important to check if every information on Iqama matches your Passport because its gets linked with all the Governent services, banks, etc.
Friday, 20 October 2017
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First Flight of Haj Pilgrims Arrived in Jeddah on Monday

The  began with the first of Dhul Qadah in the Kigdom on Monday, and the first group of Haj pilgrims from Pakistan landed at King Abdul Aziz Airport in Jeddah.

The first group were received by Abdul Hakeem Al-Tamimi, chairman of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), Sajid Yousafani, director general of the Pakistan Haj Mission; Asif Memon, deputy consul general; and Ashraf Lanja, joint secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs and other Saudi officials were present at the airport to honor the guests.


Nearly 1,954 Pakistani pilgrims will arrive in Madinah under the government Haj scheme on board 8 flights on Tuesday.

The first Indian flights with Hajj pilgrims will begin from August. It is estimated that a total of 170,000 Indian pilgrims will perform Haj this year, and these include 45,000 who will come through private tour operators. Pilgrims will return during the period from Sept. 6 to Oct. 6.

The pilgrims from Pakistan, India, Malaysia and Afghanistan were also received warm welcome from the Saudi officials.
Tuesday, 25 July 2017
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Huge Rush of Expats at Consulates As Amnesty Ends Today!

As Monday was the last day of the 90 days amnesty period, thousands of undocumented foreign workers made efforts to benefit from the amnesty. The Expatriate affairs department of the Kingdom witnessed huge crowds at deportation centers from Arar in north to Asir in on Sunday.

The largest facility Shumaisy deportation center on Harmain express road in Makkah witnessed the highest crowd from various countries.

Bangladesh: According to Bangladeshi diplomatic sources, Already 20,000 Bangladeshis have left Saudi Arabia, 45,000were able to complete their exit procedures and over 50,000 Bangladeshis intend to return home.

Pakistan: According to Pakistani diplomatic sources, almost 75,000 Pakistanis have applied for travel documents in Riyadh and Jeddah.

Yemen: Nearly 300 Yemenis are processing their exit in Yemeni consulate in Jeddah everyday through border check post via Shahrouh in Najran province, and many are on waiting list to complete their exit procedures.

Indonesia: According to officials at Indonesian embassy in Riyadh. Indonesian diplomatic sources issued over 13,000 travel documents in Jeddah and Riyadh to their nationals.
However Indonesians haven't benefitted from the amnesty as many of them reported to police, and the rest of them had data entry issues in the system. Many Indonesian were expecting to increase the amnesty period to work till Hajj completes to be benefitted before leaving for their home countries.

India: Approximately 31000 Indians intended to return home during amnesty period, and many of them have already left the country.

Sudan: More than 46,000 Sudanese expat workers are returning home (32,000 from Riyadh and 14,000 from Jeddah), most of those came to Saudi Arabia as shepherds and agriculture farm workers.


The exact number of expats who benefitted from the amnesty period is yet to be disclosed by the Saudi Government.
Monday, 24 July 2017
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Saudi Prince Arrested for Indecent Behavior on King Salman’s Order

There are videos circulating on internet showing Saudi Prince abusing citizens physically and verbally and they are also seen using Guns to harm citizens, which triggered enraged reactions from the entire world on social media.

In a clip Saudi Prince and his companions were seen holding whisky bottles, as Alcohol is a serious breach of Saudi law, serious actions against them is demanded by the netizens.

After which King Salman passed an order on Wednesday to immediately arrest Prince Saudi bin Abdulaziz bin Musaed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz and his companions who were involved in the violence, and specified not to release them until the trials.

Though the royal families holds a special status and receives monthly allowances , but they are prosecuted if found guilty. This is not the first time immediate and public legal action taken against a member of the Saudi royal family.

Last year, the Ministry of Interior said Prince Turki bin Saud bin Turki bin Saud Al-Kabeer was executed in Riyadh for killing a Saudi citizen. According to a ministry statement at the time, the prince shot to death Al-Muhaimeed during a massive argument.

Having said that, the punishments in Saudi Arabia is done according to Shariah laws, which are implemented equally on citizens and royal families.

Ministry of Saudi Arabia Rejects 62.77% Expat Work Visa Requests

Due to the new Nitaqat system which is aimed to create more job opportunities for Saudi nationals, improving the market performance and raising the quality of employment. The Ministry of Labor and Social Development has reported that they rejected as many as 533,016 applications for work visas in 2016, representing about 62.77 percent of the total foreign recruitment requests which were 849,228.

The ministry said it approved 316,212 work visa applications representing about 37.24 percent of the total number of applications it received.

Ministry of Saudi Arabia Rejects 62.77% Expat Work Visa Requests



The Ministry of Labor and Social Development has confirmed that it has signed five years agreement and MoUs to employ workers from Turkey, Mexico, Egypt, India, Morocco and Cambodia, and it has also signed temporary MoUs with China, Japan and Malaysia to this effect.



The ministry’s spokesman Khaled Aba Al-Khail said, “We are trying to create a safe and conducive work environment and to put an end to unproductive nationalization of jobs,” and he also mentioned that the new Nitaqat system will be implemented from Sept. 3

Aba Al-Khail said the rate of Saudization of jobs is decided according to economic activities of establishments.

Riyadh Police Releases the Women in Mini Skirt Video Without Any Charges

A video of a women in mini skirt walking in the streets of Ushayqir  town was shared on social media, which became a matter of hyped discussion on many social media platforms. The video was quickly picked up by Saudis on Twitter, where critics used the hashtag "demand_the_trial_of_Model_Khulood", and demanded her to be arrested and punished. While others came to the woman's defence, praising her "bravery" and insisting that she ought to be allowed to wear what she wanted.

People also defended her posting images from President Donald Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia in May, in which First Lady Melania Trump and her daughter Ivanka, though modestly dressed in higher necklines and longer sleeves, did not cover their heads or wear abayas, a loose over-garment.


As she was wearing a crop top and a mini skirt which is against the law of Saudi Arabia. As women in Saudi Arabia are suppose to wear loose fitting clothing called Abaya and head covered while stepping out of their homes. However, they are permitted to wear any clothing under the abayas and when they are home.

The Riyadh police arrested women for breaking the law. In her statement to police she revealed that the video was posted without her knowledge.

Later she was released without any punishment or any charges filed against her. The public prosecutor has also closed her case after questioning her.
Thursday, 20 July 2017
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No Dependent Fee for Expats’ Family on Visit Visas


According to reports it is confirmed that Expat workers do not have to pay dependent fee for families who are on a visit visa in the Kingdom, the Department of Jawazat has clarified the same in a statement.

Rubbishing all the rumors that the expats has to pay dependent fee even if their families are on visit visa. The Passport Department said.“No extra fees beyond the SR100 for the monthly extension of the visit visa will be charged,” Saikhan said the fees for dependents are paid annually in advance at the time of the issuance or renewal of iqamas (residence permits), issuance of exit-reentry visas or when the final exit visa is required. He also said that there are no dependents’ fees on the issuance or extension of a family visit visa. Anyone who is asked to do so should resort to the concerned bank.


Many expat families and parents were asked to pay more than SR100 for a visit visa extension. On which the Assistant director general of the Passport(Jawazat) for IT affairs Khaled Al-Saikhan told Makkah Arabic daily on Tuesday that those people should ask their banks to refund the extra money they paid for the visit visa extension.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017
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Know A Little About The Famous Souk Okaz Festival

The 11th edition of the week-long event has opened on July 12 under the patronage of King Salman. On behalf of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman, Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, emir of Makkah and adviser to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, the 11th Souk Okaz Festival in Taif has started on Wednesday evening.

History of Souk Okaz Festival:

Know A Little About The Famous Souk Okaz Festival


Souk Okaz was a seasonal market which operated for two weeks each year during the month of Dhu al-Qi'dah. It was active from approximately 542-726 CE. Souk Okaz is one of the unique tourism destination in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and it is considered as one of the most important tourism tributary. Souk Okaz was an authentic historical destination that is known to be held in the past in the same place with the same name. Many tourists turn up to the kingdom to experience the traditional and historical festival of Arabian past from all over the World.

Souq Okaz was also a place of declaring of war, reconciliation, ending hostilities, adjudicating trade disputes and a place for announcing alliances between Arab tribes, researcher said.

Each year Souk Okaz offers twelve awards for various contests in the Arab World.  They include, the Okaz International Poetry Award for Standard Arabic language poetry (Okaz Poet), Okaz International Handicraft Award, Okaz Creativity Award, Okaz Photography Award, Young Okaz Poet Award, Okaz Folklore Art Award, Okaz Children Folk Art Award, Okaz Theatrics and Creativity Award, Okaz Fine Arts Award, and Okaz Entrepreneurship Award. The total number of prizes and competitions amounts to SR 2.2 Million every year.
Tuesday, 18 July 2017
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Negative Impact of Dependent Tax on Saudi Arabia’s Economy

As you may all know that the Saudi government last year introduced fees for expat family visit visas and Umrah in order to increase the revenue of the state. Instead of increasing the revenue, the hike in visa fee indeed negatively affected the market. The number of visits by family members of expat workers dropped drastically. Instead of bringing family members to the Country, the workers traveled to their home countries for their vacations, resulting in the hike of money spent on flights outside the Kingdom.

Similarly, the dependant fee had made the expat workers purchase lesser goods and services to be able to save money for dependant tax and returning their families to their home countries resulting in drop of market and sales of products.



The key impacts of dependant fees are discussed below:

House Rents:

The houses acquired by the expat families are left vacant as many expat families have started returning to their home countries and the expats are living with bachelors sharing the rents. This may affect the state’s economy to a larger extend.

Purchase of Goods and Services may be drastically dropped:

The imposition of tax will approximately make 1 million expat families to return to their home countries, resulting the expat workers sending 80% of their income back to their home countries. This could severely effect the Saudis economy in coming years.

We hope that the Saudi Government would make a deeper study on the dependent tax and its impact in the near future to the country.
Monday, 17 July 2017
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Condolences received by King Salman on demise of brother Prince Abdul Rahman

On Thursday 13th July, Prince Abdul Rahman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud, brother of King Salman passed away at the age of 86. Funeral prayers for Prince Abdul Rahman were performed in Grand Mosque of Makkah on Friday. All the Arab and Muslim leaders expressed their sympathy to King Salman.

Prince Abdul Rahman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud  was born in 1931 in Riyadh. He graduated from the military academy in San Diego before receiving a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California. His political career was started in 1983 as deputy minister of defense and aviation until 2011.


King Salman received phone calls from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri and Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
Also, the former Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI, Sudan’s President Omar Al-Bashir and UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan weren’t behind on sending their deepest condolences to the monarch.
 
King Hamad, Prime Minister, Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa and Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa of Bahrain sent cables of condolences to the King of Saudi Arabia.
Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah from Kuwait called the King.

Supreme Council member and ruler of Fujairah Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Sharqi, Supreme Council member and ruler of Ras Al-Khaima Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al-Qasimi, and his heir apparent Sheikh Mohammed bin Saud Al-Qasimi of UAE expressed grief  on this tragedy to the King.

According to sources, Condolences will also be presented on Sunday and Monday from Saudi princes, officials and citizens.
Sunday, 16 July 2017
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