Saudi man inspects dates during the “Ahsa Festival for Palms and Dates” in the Eastern Province where total sales of dates reached SR4 million during its first three days. (Source: SPA)
This image, taken last month from the International Space Station, shows the coastline of southwestern Saudi Arabia during night. The three brightly lit spots at top left are the cities of Jeddah, Mecca and Taif. The bright yellow-orange lighting in the middle of the image marks highways that parallel the trend of Asir Mountains, while the two bright yellow spots below it are cities of Abha and Khamis Mushait. (Source: NASA)
This video of a Saudi man playing with his phone on a car hood as the driver cruises in Riyadh has gone viral since it was uploaded to YouTube few days ago. The uploader of the video wrote that the car was moving at a speed of 90km/h on Makkah road, one of the main highways in the Saudi capital, while the man who has covered his face with a red checkered shumagh can be seen on top of a Ford Crown Victoria vehicle sitting on the hood and later lying on the windshield and shaking his legs in the air.
Internet users in Saudi Arabia are very comfortable sharing information online, new research reveals. This chart comes from the “2013 Internet Trends” presentation given by Mary Meeker of venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers during the D11 conference in New York this week, and it shows that Saudis share more than double the world average.
A group of young Saudis are taking part in a new social media campaign to condemn violence against women. In the campaign, young men and woman pose in front of the camera carrying a placard with their own words. The campaign slogan, “Hit Her,” is a clever message calling on men to dare hit women and face the consequences of that action.
The campaign was launched last week and is sponsored by Libra Productions, a sound studio and music management agency based in Jeddah. They have been posting photos and awareness messages on their Twitter account using the hashtag #اضربها. The company also partnered with a law firm to provide consultations for those who need it.
The National Family Safety Program (NFSP) said that three out of 10 women in Saudi Arabia are subjected to domestic violence. Maha al-Muneef, head of NFSP, said during a recent meeting of experts on the subject that media has a crucial role in raising awareness and that it is “one of the bases of dealing with domestic violence in society.”
In order to raise awareness, several campaigns have been launched recently to combat violence against women. Last month, King Khaled Foundation started a “No More Abuse” campaign that has been widely covered by international media as the first of its kind in the country. Few weeks later a group of activists and writers began a local White Ribbon campaign that has faced a backlash by ultraconservative clerics.
Columnist Samar Fatany wrote earlier this month that violence against women is on the rise in Saudi Arabia despite recent efforts to put a stop to this dangerous phenomenon. “Unfortunately, there are no specific criminal laws addressing violence against women and children,” she said. “Domestic violence cases can be the subject of a police investigation; however, they are not treated as serious criminal cases and they are not prosecuted in court.”
Saudi Labor Minister Adel Fakeih seen here speaking during the annual Ministry of Labor event held at King Fahad Cultural Center in Riyadh on Thursday night. Fakeih has come under heavy criticism for his enforcement of Saudization policies aiming to provide young Saudis with more jobs in the private sector, an effort to combat the high unemployment rate which reached 12 percent according to government statistics.
The Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME) has warned that heavy rainfall is likely to continue in various regions of the Kingdom, especially the southwestern highlands. This photo is from the region of Namas in southwestern Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
King Abdullah, Crown Prince Salman and second deputy prime minister Prince Muqrin seen during a reception in Riyadh on Tuesday where senior ulema came to greet the King in his palace. (SPA)
With a population of more than 5 million, the capital Riyadh is Saudi Arabia’s biggest city. It has experienced rapid growth over a short period of time; the population more than doubled since 1990. But despite that growth, Riyadh remained lacking of any real means of public transport, and city residents have to use private cars to go from one place to another, leading to congested streets and chronic traffic jams.
After more than a decade of debating the need and feasability of the project, city planners finally announced that Riyadh will get a brand new public transport system to serve its fast-growing population. In July 2012, the government shortlisted four consortia to build a metro system in Riyadh, and last December the government announced that a new “Public Transport Commission” will be established to be tasked with regulating inter- and intra-city public transport services as well as encouraging private investments in the sector.
King Abdullah gave orders to finish the project in four years. Prince Khaled bin Bander, the governor of Riyadh, said the project is progressing according to the plan. ArRiyadh Development Authority recently release more details about the public transport plan for the city, including a collection of photos for metro and bus stations designs.
According to the plan, six metro lines will serve as the backbone for public transport in the city:
- Blue line: The 44km long line will serve the Olaya-Batha-Hayer axis and will include 39 stations.
- Green line: The 22km long line will move along King Abdullah road, linking KSU in the west to King Fahad Stadum in the east. It will include 14 stations.
- Red line: At 45km, it is the longest line. It will be constructed along Madinah, with the old train station in the middle of the line.
- Orange line: It will link King Khaled International Airport to the new King Abdullah Financial District, with stops at Princess Norah University and Imam Mohammed bin Saud Islamic University.
- Yellow line: The 26km long line will be constructed along King Abdulaziz Road and will include 26 stations.
- Purple line: This line will server eastern Riyadh and will feature 9 stations only.
Two renderdings showing the design of the metro station at King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in northwestern Riyadh.
Design of the major Olaya metro station.
Design of the major metro station in Qaser al-Hokem area in downtown Riyadh.
Design of the major metro station in western Riyadh.
The Saudi Annual Heritage and Culture Festival, better known as Janadriyah, kicked off today with the traditional camel race in a track outside the capital Riyadh. (SPA)
A woman looks at a book during the Riyadh Book Fair earlier this week. The book fair has become a major cultural event in Saudi Arabia, with local and regional publishers competing to make big sales at the annual event. (REUTERS/Faisal Al Nassar)
Rendering of CMA Tower, the new headquarter of the Capital Market Authority that is still under construction. When completed in September 2013, CMA Tower will be the centerpiece of the new King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in northwestern Riyadh.
The Shaybah oil field complex seen at night in the Empty Quarter desert, southeastern Saudi Arabia. (Reuters)
In this photo distributed by the US State Department, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shakes hands with Saudi Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Naif at the State Department headquarters in Foggy Bottom, Washington DC. The prince has met earlier this week with President Barack Obama and other US officials.
Snow fall on the northern region of Tabuk has become a recurring scene in recent years. This photo, published by the Saudi Press Agency Monday, shows a Saudi man playing with snow in Tabuk.