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Expat residents performing Haj without permits to be deported

Expat residents performing Haj without permits to be deported

Saudi Arabia
Violating expat residents will also be banned from entering the country for 10 years Saudi authorities have warned that foreigners residing in the kingdom who attempt to enter Makkah to perform Haj without permits would be deported. They would also be banned from re-entering Saudi Arabia for ten years for deliberately breaking the rules, the General Directorate of Passports has said. Expatriates have also been told that they could not drive their vehicles into Makkah until the end of the pilgrimage season, unless they proved they lived in the holy city or had the proper permission to enter the holy city. Saudi Arabia has been following a very strict policy with regards to the number of people living in the kingdom who can perform Haj in a bid to provide better chances for those...
WATCH: Security guard’s act of kindness trends on social media

WATCH: Security guard’s act of kindness trends on social media

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A security guard in Saudi Arabia is trending on Twitter after he was caught offering his shoes to an elderly woman during the Hajj. Twitter user Ali Ghafili @alialgofaily posted the video, showing a woman who uses a cardboard for slippers. A security guard approaches her and takes off his shoes to offer it to the woman. Ghafili captioned it: “May God bless you and raise your destiny and your pride to the Day of Judgment.” Meanwhile, people are commending the security guard’s act outside the Grand Mosque of Mecca. “It is not strange for the Saudi people to do humanitarian work and this security guard is the best example,” wrote Twitter user Bo Mohammed (@otman_alrashed) in Arabic. “May Allah reward him good. This country was blessed with honorable sons who serve it graciously
Scalded OFW in Saudi to return home soon

Scalded OFW in Saudi to return home soon

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The overseas Filipina worker (OFW) who was doused with boiling water by her employer in Dammam, Saudi Arabia has been discharged from the hospital and will be repatriated to the Philippines soon. Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Assistant Secretary Elmer Cato said that OFW Gealyn Tumalip-Gavanes, who is currently in the custody of the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh, will be repatriated once she is declared fit to travel. Cato also assured that help will be extended to the Filipina particularly on settling her unpaid salaries and processing of necessary documents for her repatriation. “The Embassy has also met with representatives of her Saudi recruiting agency to demand that they settle her unpaid salaries, secure her exit visa and shoulder the cost of her repatriation,” he added
Arab employers gift Filipina maid with designer bags, cash

Arab employers gift Filipina maid with designer bags, cash

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She worked overseas because her family was living in a shanty and eating eggs to survive. A Saudi-based Filipina domestic helper was ecstatic when her employers showered her with luxurious gifts and Dh34,000 in cash for her service. Mhai San Pedro, a 31-year-old overseas Filipino worker (OFW), received bags, shoes and Dh34,000 (500,000 Philippine pesos) to build her dream house. Many of the gifts San Pedro received include designer bags and shoes from Burberry, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, and Gucci. Her employers also helped with the treatment of her ailing daughter. Mhai told The Filipino Times that she was blessed to find a foreign employer who treated her like family. The mother of three recalled that she only wanted to build a house for her children because they were living in a...
Saudi Arabia halts all medical treatment for citizens in Canada

Saudi Arabia halts all medical treatment for citizens in Canada

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Riyadh's move comes after Ottawa denounced a crackdown on human rights activists in the kingdom. Saudi Arabia barred all citizens from receiving medical treatment in Canada as a diplomatic dispute over criticism of its human rights record intensifies. Riyadh also announced it is coordinating the transfer of all Saudi patients from Canadian hospitals to other medical facilities outside Canada, the Saudi press agency SPA reported on Wednesday. The Gulf state stopped sending patients to Canadian hospitals "according to directives by the leadership," it said. It was unclear how many Saudi patients would be affected by the decision. Saudi Arabia expelled Canada's ambassador, recalled its own envoy, and cut trade ties with Canada after it publicly denounced a crackdown on rights acti...
150 passengers narrowly escape as plane aborts take off in Saudi

150 passengers narrowly escape as plane aborts take off in Saudi

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Jet Airways is looking for working capital loans but banks want the airline to show a turnaround commitment, the source said. India's biggest full-service carrier Jet Airways Ltd has told its pilots the airline may be grounded in 60 days unless cost-cutting measures including pay cuts are put in place, a senior company executive told Reuters on Friday. Pilots who have refused a proposed 15 percent pay cut for two years had been informed that the airline was running out of time to slash costs and raise revenue, the source said. The company was looking at sales and distribution, payroll, maintenance and other areas for savings to create a "healthier and a more resilient business", a company spokesman said in a statement. Management was in talks with all stakeholders, he added, wi...
Kin of missing OFW in Saudi Arabia seeks help

Kin of missing OFW in Saudi Arabia seeks help

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A Pinay overseas Filipino worker is missing in Saudi Arabia for three days now. Roselyn Parcon went out with her cousins one night in Dammam but failed to return home to her employer. Roselyn’s sister, Russel Parcon Quitalig, disclosed to The Filipino Times how she found out her sister was missing. “Magkasama sila ng mga pinsan naming lumabas. Nung umuwi sila nagkahiwalay na sila kasi iba-iba yung bahay ng amo nila,” said Russel. In a Facebook post, Russel asked for help to find her sister who has been missing since July 30. “Tumawag yung amo ng ate ko sa pinsan naming kung nandun ate ko sa bahay nila, sabi ng pinsan ko wala na umuwi na daw,” she told the TFT. Roselyn, 38, is a mother of four. Her last conversation with her sister was about buying a dress for her youngest gi
No case of Haj visa forgery so far, says Passport chief

No case of Haj visa forgery so far, says Passport chief

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No case of forged Haj visas has been detected among pilgrims arriving in the Kingdom so far, according to Maj. Gen. Sulaiman Al-Yahya, director general of the Passport Department. "We have not detected a single case of forgery in the passports of the pilgrims as of yet," Al-Yahya said at the end of an inspection tour of the Haj Terminal of King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah. Al-Yahya, however, said some people arrived in Jeddah and Madinah on business visit visas, which are normally stopped during the Haj season. The passport chief toured the immigration counters for female pilgrims and ensured the entry procedures were going on smoothly. Al-Yahya asked the passport officials to welcome the guests of God with warmth and enthusiasm and provide them with the best serv...
Dh49,000 fine, deportation for breaking this rule during Haj

Dh49,000 fine, deportation for breaking this rule during Haj

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You could also face imprisonment for six months. The Passport General Department of Saudi Arabia stated that it is illegal for pilgrims to travel without Haj permits. Violators will face SRD50,000 (approximately Dh49,000) and six months imprisonment. Residents breaking the law will face deported, according to Al Madina. Assistant Commander of the Passport Forces of Haj Administrative Affairs, Major General Nayef Bin Sultan Al-Ruwais called all citizens and residents to follow Hajj rules, adding that the action will be taken against the violators. During his visit to Makkah on Tuesday, Al-Ruwais checked the committees that are responsible to control and inspect all Haj permits. "All committees are ready and will have the responsibility to view all violation cases and decide s...
OFW makes history as first Pinay driver in Saudi Arabia

OFW makes history as first Pinay driver in Saudi Arabia

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An overseas Filipina worker from Dagupan City in Pangasinan has made history as the first Filipina to set off through the roads of Saudi Arabia as the kingdom started to allow women to drive on June 24 wherever they please. OFW Graynne Angel Panitan is among thousands of women in the Gulf state who now regularly hits the road to and from work. A video taken by her husband while she was driving around the streets of Riyadh made the rounds online. The Filipina medical admin coordinator in Riyadh told The Filipino Times: “Katuwaan lang po namin ng asawa ko. Kinuhaan niya ako ng video habang nagmamaneho kasi nga po nakuha ko na ang lisensya ko.” Video credit: Ariel Tanghal Panitan said that her valid Philippine driver’s license helped her to easily go through the process a
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