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Woman dies in fire outside Indonesian consulate in Jeddah

An Indonesian woman has died in a fire lit by angry workers outside her country's consulate in western Saudi Arabia, where thousands converged seeking to resolve their immigration status, a consular source said.

Tuesday, 11 June, 2013, 2:28am

Railway firms quit bidding for Saudi job

Several mainland companies have pulled out of the bidding for multibillion-dollar contracts to build a high-speed railway between Mecca and Medina, two of the holiest cities in Saudi Arabia.

No explanations were given, but industry executives cite the high cost of business in Saudi Arabia and the difficult working conditions.

13 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

CRCC front runner in US$1.4b Saudi rail job

Analysts say China Railway Construction Corp (CRCC), a leading Chinese rail builder, stands a good chance of winning US$1.4 billion worth of contracts in a 450-kilometre high-speed rail project in Saudi Arabia.

8 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Architectural wonders built to inspire awe

Sacred Mosque, Mecca

The Al-Masjid al-Haram, or the Sacred Mosque, in the holy city of Mecca is the largest mosque in the world and the largest house of worship of any faith. It is the place that every Muslim endeavours to visit at least once in their life.

9 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

West can learn from Islam's deep thinkers

We are fools indeed if we continue to look for overarching solutions or persuasive new directions from the political leaders of the world. Most of them are wholly hemmed in on all sides by feral lobbies, narrow constituencies and truculent or outmoded political systems. They will not and cannot offer the uplifting leadership for which the world is now so needy.

22 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Saudi university offers riches to lure students from HK

A luxury university in Saudi Arabia will begin recruiting students from Hong Kong at an education fair opening tomorrow - with a generous scholarship as bait.

20 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Jeddah talks reflect shifting sands towards sexual equality

Two years ago, 10 Saudi businesswomen attended an economic conference in the Red Sea city of Jeddah. No previous public event had allowed both men and women to participate. The country's highest religious authority, the Grand Mufti, immediately denounced the gathering, saying 'the mixing of men and women' contravened Islamic law and 'dire consequences' would ensue.

27 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Delegation targets HK

The Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (Sagia) - a state investment-promotion body - will bring a delegation of Saudi businesswomen to Hong Kong on March 9.

27 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Reforms pave way for investment

The kingdom has introduced measures to foster development of its energy, transport and knowledge-based industries

SAUDI ARABIA announced recently a series of measures to make the country more investment friendly. The kingdom has smoothed the path for private investors by allowing foreign manpower recruitment and speeding up licensing procedures.

23 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

From a common faith to a common agenda

It is perhaps indicative of the bias of so much western reporting, with international news agendas set by Christians and Jews in New York and London, that when the heads of 57 Muslim nations have a triennial meeting, they get minuscule coverage compared with that which attends such circuses as the annual Apec meetings.

20 Oct 2003 - 12:00am