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Saudi Arabia bans 50 baby names

Source : Gulf news / 14 Mar 2014

Saudi Arabia’s interior ministry has banned 50 given names including “foreign” names, names related to royalty and those it considers to be blasphemous.

Saudis will no longer be able to give their children names such as Amir (prince), Linda or Abdul Nabi (Slave of the Prophet) after the civil affairs department at the ministry issued the list, according to Saudi news sites.


Saudis use nine times more electricity than fellow Arabs

Source : Arab news / 19 Feb 2014

Saudi individuals use on average nine times more electricity than their fellow Arab counterparts in Egypt, Algeria, Sudan and Morocco, according to a report published on Tuesday.

These countries have 185.6 million people, seven times more than Saudi Arabia. Egypt has a population of 79.39 million, Algeria 37.76 million, Sudan 36.43 million and Morocco 32.06 million.


Saudi Arabia tops list of food wasters

Source : IINA / 19 Feb 2014

According to the Rome-based Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), a third of the food produced globally is wasted and this costs the global economy $750 billion annually, a figure higher than the GDP of several developed countries.


Reserving space in Haram Mosque becoming a booming business

Source : IINA / 07 Feb 2014

Many women are profiting from reserving places in the Grand Mosque for other worshippers.

These women use their handbags, personal belongings, or chairs to reserve places for worshippers who pay for the service because they come late for prayer and cannot find suitable places to pray, according to a report in Saudi Gazette.


No ‘Mahram’ no entry in court for female lawyers

Source : SG / 30 Nov 2013

Despite the Ministry of Justice assertion that judges have no reservations in dealing with female lawyers, many female attorneys disclosed that they were forced to come with their ‘mahrams’ (male guardians) to the court for identification, Al-Watan Arabic language daily reported on Thursday.

A female lawyer, who obtained a license for practicing law, said that she was forced by judges to bring a male relative to identify her in every court session, ignoring her national identity card.


Campaign to respect the name Muhammad

Source : IINA / 25 Nov 2013

A group of students at King Abdul Aziz University have launched a campaign through word of mouth and social media that aims to restore the reverence and the special standing associated with the beautiful name Muhammad, the name of our Prophet, may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.


Historic Saudi sword sells for $1m at French auction

Source : AFP / 22 Nov 2013

A rare sabre considered a “historic testimony” to the creation of modern-day Saudi Arabia sold for more than $1.2 million at an auction in France on Sunday.

The 24-carat-gold and steel sword, with an ivory handle and long curved blade, was bought for 955,400 euros over the phone “by a mysterious buyer who entered bidding mid-sale,” said auctioneer Jean-Pierre Osenat.


Ocean cruises become popular with Saudis

By Habib Shaikh / 11 Nov 2013

There is an increasing interest among Saudis to go on ocean cruises, particularly honeymoon and family packages, according to veterans in the travel and tour industry in Jeddah.

They say cruises have become relatively affordable and convenient; the traveler has to unpack only once while cruising from port to port and today’s modern ships are more comfortable.


Free Qur’an app ‘Recite it Right’ at Apple Store

By Nadim Al-Hamid / 2 Oct 2013
A new Qur’an application to help people read the holy book correctly is now available at the Apple App Store.
The application called “Recite it Right” was developed by the Qur’an Recital and Memorization Society in Jeddah and launched recently by Minister of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and
Guidance Sheikh Saleh bin Abdulaziz bin Mohammed Al Al-Sheikh.


TV viewing soars during Ramadan in Saudi Arabia

Source : Saudi Gazette / 31 Jul 2013

At least one in three people in Saudi Arabia watch 3 to 5 hours of television every day during Ramadan compared to an average of 2.7 hours throughout the rest of the year, according to the latest survey on Ramadan TV viewing habits conducted by OSN, the leading pay-TV network in the Middle East and North Africa.

Underlining the spike in television consumption during Ramadan, 33 percent of respondents said they watch television for 3 to 5 hours daily compared to 18 percent who watch 5 to 7 hours and 35 percent who watch 1 to 3 hours.


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