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Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman Honored Graduates of King Faisal Air Academy

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Monday attended the graduation ceremony at the King Faisal Air Academy in Riyadh of the the 97th batch of students.

The ceremony also saw the presence of the Minister of State Prince Turki bin Mohammed bin Fahd, Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud bin Naif, National Guard Minister Prince Abdullah bin Bandar and Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman.

Maj. Gen. Hazim Al-Ghashyan, the academy’s commander, then gave an inspirational speech in which he spoke highly of the Saudi leadership in showing tremendous support for the college and its students.

The batch included international students who came all the way from Bahrain and Kuwait to spend three years learning at the Academy and training with their fellow colleagues.

The students then delivered a military of the academy’s cadets followed by reciting their oaths and finally their results were announced.

The crown prince handed out awards to students with high achievements, and certificates to graduates from other countries.

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24-Hour Curfew Imposed in Riyadh, Jeddah and Other Cities

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24-Hour Curfew Imposed in Riyadh, Jeddah and Other Cities

The Kingdom has imposed a 24-hour curfew in the capital Riyadh and in Jeddah and other major cities until further notice.

Other major cities include Tabuk, Dammam, Dhahran, Hofuf, and the provinces of Jeddah, Taif, Qatif and Alkhobar, a statement from the Interior Ministry said Monday night.

All entries to and from these cities are banned, Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday quoting an official source at the Ministry of Interior.

Entry to or exit from those areas will not be allowed, but as usual specific workers in vital public and private sectors such as security, military and media are exempted from the curfew.

Residents are only allowed to leave their homes for necessities and should be within their residential area and between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. only.

Earlier, the ministry had already enforced a 24-hour curfew in Makkah and Madinah, that went effective last Thursday.

The practice of any commercial activities has also been banned withing the residential neighborhoods except of course pharmacies, supermarkets, gas stations, banking services, maintenance and operation works, plumbers and electrical and air-conditioning technicians, water delivery services in addition to sewage tankers.

We encourage all citizens to remain safe at their homes and we’re reminding you that desperate times call for desperate measures so stay patient.

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Three Month Extension Granted to Expatriates

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In light of the Coronavirus outbreak, many things have changed. Things we hadn’t planned on happening are going on. The toll for people who have tested positive is increasing day by day.

For instance, Saudi Arabia has initiated a royal decree which means they will be spending 9 billion riyals on workers who have been affected by the virus. Since people are getting laid off of jobs and staying at home, this has been affecting their day to day lives since no work means no money.

Which is why this was a gracious act done by King Salman. Another thing that is being altered is that the resident identity cards expatriates, non Saudi Arabians, will be granted three months extension with no extra charge. What?

The General Directorate of Passports has announced that this is the best decision that should be taken in this current time. This decision will apply to private sector employees whose cards have already expired since the beginning of March 18th. They will have an extension until June 30th which leaves them more time to think things through.

As for the people who are affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, they will be notified with this newfound decision and extension via text message. This decision has been made in light of efforts done by the Saudi Arabian Government in order to address both the financial and economic disruption that is erupting on a global scale due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

 

 

 

 

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9 Billion Riyals to be Allocated to Emloyees

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Breaking News in Jeddah: A royal decree issue by King Salman is said to be allocated SR9 billion as a compensation to the citizens whose jobs have been affected  as a repercussion of the pandemic. The amount is an equivalent to $2.4 million!

This royal decree is to exempt all the Saudi’s whose work has been affected, especially those who work in private sectors and facilities. Bare in mind that these people have a family to fend for as well as take care of. Without this decree, these families would be suffering and would maybe even end up in the streets!

This decree will be granting these employees 60% of their stable income on a monthly basis. This will happen through social insurance for the time span of three month with SR9,000 per month.

Mohammed Al-Jadaan, the Finance Minister and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the General Organization for Social Insurance, stated that this support mechanism is under the Sanad scheme for facilities that are already included in the royal decree.

Hopefully, this will be covering 100% of the Saudi Arabians that are already working in facilities that are employing five or less or the opposite, more than five. These employers will be exempted from paying salaries on a monthly basis for beneficiaries as per the degree during this compensation period.

The decree also states that the facility is banned from forcing the employees to work in this compensation period due to the coronavirus pandemic. Also, the number of people who are proven to be qualified for these benefits have exceeded 1.2 million citizens.

On the other hand, the rest of the citizens are allowed to apply for these compensations in this month of April. Also, the payment will commence at the beginning of May.

Other facilities are forced to continue to pay the salaries of the employees, whether Saudi or not, that are not included in the compensation plan. Either way, Saudi Arabia is doing a great job at taking care of their citizens amidst this outbreak!

 

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