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Saudi Arabia: Saudi students win 8 medals at ISEF-2015 in USA

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia achieved yet another accolade in scientific research at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF-2015) in Pittsburgh, US.

As many as 1,700 students from 75 countries around the world took part in the event. The KSA team won eight awards in various research areas. Abdul Jabbar Al-Hamoud from the Eastern Province won the first place in the field of botany, while two girl students — Rafal Bouqis and Ranad Bouqis — from the Makkah region won the fourth place in molecular and cellular biology.

Abdul Aziz Al Shahrani of Asir education also stood fourth in the field of medical science, while Lulua Ziyad Al-Shiha from Riyadh won the fourth place in botany. Another Saudi, Noura Alfdag from Eastern Province secured the fourth slot in mathematics

Saudi Arabia: Haji's number to reach 5m in coming years

JEDDAH: The number of Haj pilgrims is expected to reach five million and Umrah pilgrims 30 million in the next five years, said Haj Minister.

Speaking to businessmen in Madinah, he said the ministry has completed preparations to receive a record number of Umrah pilgrims during Ramadan, which is likely to begin on June 18.

“We have taken into consideration the huge increase in the number of pilgrims in the coming years,”

Saudi Arabia: 46 stations approved for Jeddah Metro

KSA Jeddah will have three metro lines. The first line with a length of 67 km will have 22 stations; the 24 km second line will have 17 stations while the 17 km third line will have seven stations.

Makkah Government. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal has emphasized the need to develop metro-related industries in the region by asking international companies that win transport contracts to establish spare part factories.
The governor made this comment while chairing a meeting of the public transport project in Jeddah on Monday.

Saudi Arabia: EU optimistic about visa deal with KSA

European flags fly outside the European Commission building, in Brussels, in this May 8 2015 photo. (AFP).

Saudi Arabia: The European Union hopes to reach an agreement with the Kingdom on visa relief for Saudi nationals, an official has said.

According to a deal, reached recently, UAE nationals are exempt from Schengen visas and are granted a 90-day stay in European countries, Michael Ohnmacht, the chargé d’affaires and minister counselor at the German Embassy, said.

Saudi Arabia: Individuals can apply for domestic worker visas

The ministry would issue new licenses at the beginning of next week for companies wanting to recruit domestic workers, to promote competition in the market. (SPA)

The Saudi Ministry of Labor announced Monday that individual sponsors can now apply directly to their local labor offices for housemaid visas.

Previously only private recruitment offices were allowed to apply for visas through agencies in countries abroad. Agency to agency recruitment would still be allowed.