New 6th Series Currency BankNotes of Saudi Riyal

New 6th Series of Banknotes were introduced on December 2016 and will be available to public soon. New Banknotes bearing the face of current Saudi Arabia King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Notes are available in amounts as SR 500, SR 100, SR 50, SR 10, SR 5 as well as there are coins of 1 Halalah, 5 Halalah, 10 Halalah, 25 Halalah, 50 Halalah, 1 Riyal and 2 Riyals.

Saudi Arabian Currency Banknotes

New Currency notes comes up with strongest security and they will be more secure to reduce forgeries.

SAMA (Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority) announced 6th issue of national banknotes on 13-Dec-2016 and there is a brief video available at Sama’s website.

5 SR banknote comes in Violet color & it has a picture of Oil Refinery in its face.
10 SR banknote comes in Brown color & it has King Salman Picture on its face.
50 SR banknote comes in Green color & it has dome of the rock picture on its face.
100 SR banknote comes in Red color & it has Green Dome of the Prophet’s Mosque on its face.
500 SR banknote comes in Blue color & it has picture of Kaba Makkah.

Sources: This information is gathered from above sources.
http://www.sama.gov.sa
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudi_riyal
http://www.arabnews.com/node/1023411/saudi-arabia

Mobile Apps Leak your personal data

Mobile Apps leak your personal data including device’s unique ID, information about network and software, your location latitude & longitude coordinates, your personal identifiable information like phone number and email address. In a recent post at Zscaler blog it is mentioned that private data of the users of most famous Mobile OS of today’s era like Android and iOS has been leaked via various apps.
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Ar Ruddaf Park Taif Pictures

Ar Ruddaf Park or Al-Rudaf Park is a beautiful man made park located at heart of Taif. In the middle of the park there are dancing fountains which are operated with music beats. Last weekend I visited Ar Ruddaf Park Taif city, Saudi Arabia and I got a chance to take some pictures.

I would like to share them here as I like it there very much. Although I did not get a chance to see those dancing fountains because they operated in the evening time & I got to leave for home before evening, still you will love park scenery and beauty. There are huge rocks at various spots in the park which adds a lot to its beauty & natural look.

The park opens for public on selective days during the weekend. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. So make sure if you are planning to visit there go on above mentioned week days.
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We love to work and live in Saudi Arabia say expats

A recent survey My Yellow Brick Road conducted by The Western Union Company (NYSE:WU) reaffirms that migrant professionals residing in Saudi Arabia feel secure, happy and fulfilled in the kingdom due to a wide variety of reasons.

There are 151 people participated aged 30 years in average, in the survey throughout Saudi Arabia. 46 percent think that safety is the key reason of their satisfaction, 44 percent think comfort of friendships is the best reason, while 34.6 percent think comfortable lifestyle in the kingdom is best reason.

Participants said they had collectively achieved several goals, Money savings (54.6 per cent), a better lifestyle (38 per cent), buying a home (37.5 per cent), and paying for education (32 per cent).
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New Regulations & Fines by Ministry of Labor

Saudi Ministry of Labor (MoL) will impose various fines on employers / companies who are unable to follow new regulations. Below is the summary of these fines under new regulations, please note we have compiled this for information sharing purpose only, you may visit actual news site for further clarification.

SR 2,000 fine on employer on keeping passport of employee with him.

SR 3,000 fine under wage protection program on companies who are unable to pay salaries on-time to their workers. This amount of fine will be for each unpaid worker. Furthermore workers will be allowed to transfer their services to another company without the need of approval from current employer. Wage protection program will be compulsory for companies who are having at least 11 workers and a maximum of 100 workers on Feb 2016.

SR 5,000 fine on employer if he did not provide a copy of contract to his workers.

SR 10,000 fine on employer for offering such a job to male worker which is restricted for female worker.
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SAUDI HORECA 2015 Biggest Hospitality Food & Beverage Exhibition in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Horeca 2015 Exhibition

HORECA is the biggest annual hospitality exhibition. HORECA Exhibition has been running in various Middle Eastern Countries like Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait from more than 22 years. Saudi Horeca 2015 held from 18-20 Oct 2015 in Riyadh. It has been running in Saudi Arabia from 5 years. There are more than 113 local and international companies participated in this exhibition making it a big success.

HORECA is the biggest annual hospitality exhibition. HORECA Exhibition has been running in various Middle Eastern Countries like Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait from more than 22 years. Saudi Horeca 2015 started in Saudi Arabia from 2010 and up to 2015 it runs for 5 times in the Kingdom. There are more than 113 local and international companies participated in this exhibition making it a big success.

In Saudi Arabia, Horeca has been organized by SEMARK – Saudi Event Management & Marketing Company. Horeca features a host of activities and shows including workshops, culinary art show and much more. It has been held in RICEC – Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center which offers 4 halls of 15000 square meters and parking capacity of 1500 cars.
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Human Trafficking in Saudi Arabia – News Report

Saudi Gazette has reported that Summary courts in Makkah and Jeddah have charged 24 with human trafficking and they are sentenced to 10 years imprisonment along with 1000 lashes and fine from 20,000 to 100,000 Saudi Riyals. Below is the infographic showing details of the court’s decision.

Court's Decision on Human Trafficking Saudi Arabia
Court’s Decision on Human Trafficking Saudi Arabia

Source: Saudi Gazette

Higher Education in Saudi Arabia: The Way It Works

Higher Education in Saudi Arabia
Image Source: www.kau.edu.sa

Standing on the pinnacle of growth with economy proliferating at a rapid rate, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of the most lucrative options for leading a comfortable life in every aspect. Right from the best employment options in its booming economic spheres, to a multitude of opportunities for those looking forward to pursue higher education, the KSA has always looked forward to harbor expatriates and talented individuals from all around the globe.

The article below will build on the same line of thought and discuss regarding the higher education system in Saudi Arabia. Give it a glance to gain a better insight before you’re on your flight to this exotic kingdom.

The Universities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Post its entry into the era of globalization in the early 1970s, higher education became a focus for the Saudi regime to shape the economy in the most efficient way. Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) was established in the year 1975, with the foremost objective to incept institutions to serve the same purpose throughout the kingdom. Consequently, as of 2014 there are 25 public and private universities in Saudi Arabia.
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