Monthly Archives: June 2013

Saudi changes working week to Sun-Thurs – official statement

Saudi Arabia on Sunday said it was switching its official weekend to Friday and Saturday, bringing the kingdom’s working week in line with other members of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council. Saudi Arabia, the biggest Arab economy, had been the only Gulf Arab state to have a Thursday-Friday weekend after Oman shifted to a Friday-Saturday […]

Saudi Arabia to spend $914m on port development

Saudi Ports Authority (SPA) and King Abdul Aziz Port plan to invest SR3.43bn ($914m) in port development to meet the growing demand on the kingdom’s major seaports, Arab News has reported. Among the proposed developments is a new container terminal at a cost of SR172.5m ($46m) to be built in Dheba Port, with two others […]

Jeddah to be one of the finest cities

JEDDAH –  Governor Prince Mishal Bin Majed claimed that Jeddah will become one of the finest cities in the world in terms of performance and efficiency. “One day will come when all the citizens will get municipal services online without approaching the mayoralty in person. All officials are directly responsible with regard to serving the citizens […]

Emaar launches new residential project

Emaar Properties has unveiled its newest residential development in the city. The Hills, envisaged as part of Emirates Living, the pioneering master-planned communities by Emaar, will stand out for its spectacular Golf-course views and a focus on a greener lifestyle through several energy and water efficiency initiatives. Overlooking the Emirates Golf Club, with easy access […]

Qatar has the highest density of millionaires in the world: report

Qatar has the world’s highest density of millionaires, with 143 out of every 1,000 households holding private wealth of at least $1mn, much higher than the global average, according to a report. Qatar also ranks fourth in the world by ultra-high-net-worth (UHNW) households, defined as households with more than $100mn in private wealth, with eight […]

Green building projects in Kingdom to hit over USD26bn

JEDDAH – Investment in environmentally friendly building projects in Saudi Arabia is set is to reach SR100 billion (over $26 billion) across 76 projects, Faisal Al-Fadl, Secretary General of the Saudi Green Building Forum, told a Saudi Arabic newspaper. “Out of 76 projects, 43 are based in Riyadh,” he said. Green building is the practice […]