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    Saudi Arabia: New Rules Issued Regulating Foreign National Residency Visas During January 2024, Saudi authorities issued new rules related to requirements for obtaining the Special Talent Residency Visa, Premium Residency Visa, and Exit-Entry Work Residency Visa.Requirements for the Special Talent Residency VisaOn January 22, 2024, the Saudi Premium Residency Center announced new expertise requirements for eligibility to obtain Special Talent Residency Visas.The areas the center … Continue reading “Saudi Arabia: New Rules Issued Regulating...
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2024-02-14
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    Saudi Arabia: National Cybersecurity Authority Issues New Regulations, Instructions, and Procedures to Enhance Cybersecurity Readiness On December 6, 2023, the Saudi National Cybersecurity Authority announced that it had issued a new group of regulations, instructions, and procedures as a “Cybersecurity Toolkit” to enhance cybersecurity in the kingdom. The main purpose for issuing the toolkit is to assist entities of the public and private sectors in strengthening their cybersecurity measures.According to … Continue reading “Saudi Arabia: National Cybersecurity Authority Issues...
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2024-02-04
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    Saudi Arabia: New Law Regulating Rights of Persons with Disabilities Promulgated On August 27, 2023, the king of Saudi Arabia issued Royal Decree No. M/27 of 11/2/1445 Hijri promulgating Cabinet Resolution No. 110 of 6/2/1445 (August 22, 2023) on the System of Rights of Persons with Disabilities.Content of Cabinet Resolution No. 110Definition of Persons with DisabilitiesCabinet Resolution No. 110 defines the term “person with a disability” … Continue reading “Saudi Arabia: New Law Regulating Rights...
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2023-12-03
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    Saudi Arabia: New Penalties on Saudi Private Entities Employing Illegal Residents Implemented On July 29, 2023, the Saudi Ministry of Interior announced new penalties against private entities violating the Saudi Residency Law of 1952, as amended. The new penalties include the following:A fine up to 100,000 Saudi riyals (about US$26,635).A term of imprisonment of one year for the manager responsible, with deportation if the manager is an … Continue reading “Saudi Arabia: New Penalties on Saudi...
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2023-09-10
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    Saudi Arabia: New Amendments to Law Regulating Personal Data Adopted On March 21, 2023, the Cabinet of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia approved new amendments to the Personal Data Protection Law (PDPL), promulgated by Royal Decree No. M/19 of 09/02/1443 Hijri, corresponding to September 17, 2021. Enforcement of the new amendments will begin in September 2023. (Amendments to PDPL art. 27, amending PDPL art. 43.)Terms … Continue reading “Saudi Arabia: New Amendments to Law...
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2023-06-15
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    Kuwait and Iraq: Ministries of Interior Issue Warnings about Penalties against Persons Eating and Drinking in Public during Ramadan On March 22, 2023, the Iraqi Ministry of Interior (homeland security) issued a statement banning eating and drinking in public during the day in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. The statement also warns that any individual who violates the ministry’s instructions will be punished according to the Iraqi Penal Code.According to article 240 of … Continue reading “Kuwait and Iraq: Ministries of Interior...
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2023-04-05
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    Saudi Arabia: Ministry Updates Online Foreign-Worker Hiring Platform, Amends Regulation on Workers' Transfer On November 15, 2022, the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development issued a decision to expand its Musaned (Supportive) foreign-worker online hiring platform. Previously, in June 2022, the ministry had amended a ministerial resolution regulating the transfer of domestic workers from one employer to another.Purpose of the Online Platform The aim of … Continue reading “Saudi Arabia: Ministry Updates Online Foreign-Worker...
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2023-02-01
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    Saudi Arabia: New Ministerial Resolution Regulating Tourism Industry Issued On August 24, 2022, the official Saudi Press Agency announced the issuance of Royal Decree No. 18 of August 23, 2022, promulgating a resolution passed by the Council of Ministers on the previous day. The new resolution, Resolution No. 79, regulates the tourism industry in the kingdom and, according to Tourism Minister Ahmad al-Khateeb, aligns … Continue reading “Saudi Arabia: New Ministerial Resolution Regulating...
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2022-11-09
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    United Arab Emirates; Saudi Arabia: New Multiple Entry Visa Regulating Residency of Foreigners to Be Issued During FIFA World Cup In August 2022, the governments of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia announced the issuance of new multiple-entry visas regulating the residency of foreign nationals attending the FIFA World Cup Soccer Tournament in Qatar beginning November 20, 2022.Because Qatar anticipates hosting over 1.2 million people during the tournament, it expects accommodation shortages, so … Continue reading “United Arab Emirates; Saudi Arabia: New...
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2022-10-04
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    Saudi Arabia: New Law Regulating Family Matters Promulgated On March 9, 2022, the king of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, issued Royal Decree No. M/73 (the decree), promulgating the first legal instrument to regulate family matters in the kingdom (the legislation). In addition, the decree includes a provision mandating 18 years as the minimum age of consent for both men and women. … Continue reading “Saudi Arabia: New Law Regulating Family...
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2022-07-17
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    Jordan; Saudi Arabia; Egypt: COVID Restrictions Eased during Month of Ramadan The Kingdom of Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the Arab Republic of Egypt have each implemented measures to ease COVID-19 pandemic restrictions during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which started at sundown on Saturday, April 2, and ends at sundown on Sunday, May 1, with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr beginning at … Continue reading “Jordan; Saudi Arabia; Egypt: COVID Restrictions...
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2022-04-29
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    Saudi Arabia: Capital Market Authority Refers Broker to Public Prosecution for Manipulative and Deceptive Stock Trading Practices On January 24, 2022, the Board of the Saudi Capital Market Authority, a Saudi government entity, took the unusual step of referring a broker trading in securities in the stock market to the Public Prosecution. The authority stated that the broker had violated articles 31 and 49 of the Capital Market Law. (Capital Market Law, … Continue reading “Saudi Arabia: Capital Market Authority Refers...
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2022-03-14
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    Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia: Governments Adopt New Precautionary Measures to Combat COVID-19's New Variant During the months of November and December 2021, the governments of Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia announced new precautionary measure to combat the spread of omicron, the new variant of the COVID-19 virus.EgyptOn November 27, 2021, the Egyptian prime minister, Mustafa Madbouly, issued a decision to ban all direct flights coming to and from seven … Continue reading “Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia: Governments Adopt...
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2021-12-15
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    Saudi Arabia: Saudi Citizen Arrested After Posting Clip on Social Media Accusing Health Organization of Providing Ineffective Medical Treatment On August 26, 2021, the spokesperson for the police department of Saudi Arabia’s Qassim province, Lt. Col. Badr Al-Suhaibani, announced that the security authorities had arrested a Saudi citizen after he posted a video clip of himself accusing a Saudi health institution of providing an ineffective medical treatment to its patients. The accused person had … Continue reading “Saudi Arabia: Saudi Citizen Arrested After...
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2021-09-20
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    Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kuwait: Authorities Impose New Preventive Measures to Combat Spread of COVID-19 Virus during Ramadan (Apr. 15, 2021) Between March 30 and April 7, 2021, authorities in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Kuwait announced new preventive measures to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus during the Islamic holy month of the Ramadan. The month of Ramadan began on April 12 and runs through May 12. Saudi Arabia On April 7, […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2021-04-15
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    International: United Nations Welcomes Loosening of Sanctions in Gulf Region (Feb. 17, 2021) On January 5, 2021, United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General António Guterres issued a statement welcoming the news that Saudi Arabia had lifted the economic and political sanctions it had imposed on Qatar since 2017. Guterres was joined two days later by U.N. Special Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures and human rights Alena Douhan, […]
    • Contributor: Boomer, Elizabeth
    • Date: 2021-02-17
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    Saudi Arabia: Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development Launches Labor Reform Initiatives (Dec. 4, 2020) On November 4, 2020, the Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development announced that it would launch new labor reform initiatives to attract skilled workers to the labor market in the kingdom and to improve the kindgom’s Kafala or foreign-worker sponsorship system. Those labor initiatives include (1) introducing digital documentation of […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2020-12-04
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    Saudi Arabia: Court Issues Final Sentences in Khashoggi Case (Sept. 22, 2020) On September 7, 2020, the Criminal Court of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, issued final sentences for eight defendants in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The court had previously sentenced five of the defendants to death but, according to the Public Prosecution, the court replaced the death sentence with the penalty of […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2020-09-22
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    Saudi Arabia: Flogging and Death Abolished as Ta'zeer Penalties (Aug. 3, 2020) On July 15, 2020, the director of the Human Rights Commission of Saudi Arabia, Awwad bin Saleh, announced that the commission is planning to launch a number of initiatives to highlight the kingdom’s reforms in the field of human rights. Those reforms include abolishing flogging and capital punishment for minors as ta‘zeer […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2020-08-03
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    Saudi Arabia; Oman; Kuwait: Ministries of Health Begin Using Mobile Apps to Combat COVID-19 (June 18, 2020) Health authorities in Oman and Saudi Arabia have recently begun using new mobile apps to trace COVID-19 patients. Additionally, the Kuwaiti Ministry of Health has launched a mobile app to monitor individuals in quarantine. Saudi Arabia On June 14, 2020, Saudi news media reported that the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2020-06-18
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    Arab Gulf Countries: Preventive Measures Aimed at COVID-19 Pandemic Adopted (Apr. 14, 2020) During the month of March 2020, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, comprising Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Qatar, and Bahrain, adopted a number of precautionary measures aimed at preventing coronavirus infections and curbing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. Establishing a Coronavirus Center and Suspending Flights After […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2020-04-14
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    Saudi Arabia: Cabinet Issues New Law on Commercial Franchise (Mar. 5, 2020) In October 2019, the Saudi Cabinet approved the Commercial Franchise Law of 24/2/1441 (Hijri, corresponding to October 23, 2019). The new Law is the first in the kingdom to govern the relationship between a franchisee and a franchisor in a comprehensive manner in accordance with international best practices. The Law regulates (1) […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2020-03-05
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    Saudi Arabia: Minister Issues Resolution Regulating Workers' Rights During Night Shifts (Dec. 13, 2019) On November 2, 2019, Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Labor and Social Development issued Resolution No. 18632, which regulates the rights for individuals working during night shifts. The resolution, which will take effect in January 2020, defines the term “night shifts” as the period between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. It also clarifies […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2019-12-13
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    Saudi Arabia: Regulation Establishes New Type of Visa (Nov. 29, 2019) On October 11, 2019, The Saudi Commission for Tourism & National Heritage (SCTNH) issued Regulation No. 4800, which establishes a new type of visa in Saudi Arabia called the “Tourist Visa.” The entry tourist visa allows citizens from 51 countries cited on the E-Visa of Saudi Arabia website to enter Saudi Arabia […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2019-11-29
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    Saudi Arabia: Legislation Enacted on Regulating Public Decency (Nov. 4, 2019) On April 9, 2019, Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers issued Resolution No. 444 of 4 Shaban 1440 (corresponding to April 9, 2019), regulating public behavior and public decency. The Resolution, which consists of 10 articles, regulates the behavior of Saudi citizens and expats in public places in accordance with prevalent Saudi customs, […]
    • Contributor: Sadek, George
    • Date: 2019-11-04