Saudi Arabia grants premium residency to first group of applicants

Cars drive past the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Dec. 18, 2018. (REUTERS/File)
Updated 11 November 2019

Saudi Arabia grants premium residency to first group of applicants

  • First batch included number of residents inside the Kingdom
  • Center said that it has received thousands of applications through its electronic platform

RIYADH: The Premium Residency Center of Saudi Arabia has announced the granting of the first batch of applicants for premium residency in the Kingdom as they met the system’s requirements.
The center said in a statement issued on Monday that the first batch of premium residency holders included a number of residents inside the Kingdom, and others from outside, as their applications have been studied and processed over the past months according to procedures.
The number of premium residency holders in this batch amounted to 73 people representing 19 nationalities, and their categories included investors, doctors and those willing to settle with their families, while processing is continuing for the rest of the applications.
The center said that it has received thousands of applications through its electronic platform from inside and outside the Kingdom during the past months, where specialized teams from the center are studying applications and communicating with applicants and ensuring the conformity and fulfillment of conditions as defined by the premium residency system.

Saudi leadership condemns Florida Navy base shooting

Updated 07 December 2019

Saudi leadership condemns Florida Navy base shooting

  • King orders Saudi security agencies to cooperate with US investigators to bring about a speedy resolution to the incident
  • Three people were killed and several injured in the attack at the Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman called US President Donald Trump on Friday to offer his sincere condolences after three Americans were killed during an attack by a Saudi student at a US naval base in Pensacola, Florida.

The king offered his sympathies to the families and friends of the victims and said he prays for the quick recovery of those injured during the attack.

King Salman said the culprit, a Saudi air force trainee, does not represent the Saudi people, “who have utmost respect for the American people.”

King Salman said Saudi Arabia stands by the US in its hour of grief, and that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the gunman, and that this person in no way, shape or form, represents the feelings of the Saudi people.

King Salman ordered Saudi security services to cooperate fully with the relevant American agencies to share all information that will help to reveal the circumstances surrounding the shootings.

Adel Al-Jubeir, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said: “My deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences go out to the American people, and to the families of those effected by the tragedy that unfolded at Pensacola.”

Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to the US Princess Reema bint Bandar said her thoughts are with the families of those effected by the shooting.

“The Saudi people are united in their condemnation of this crime,” she said. “We stand in solidarity with our American friends during these difficult times.”



Prince Faisal bin Farhan, the foreign minister, described the shooting as a “heinous crime.”

“The Kingdom expresses its deepest condolences to the families of victims, and to the American people. We salute the bravery of those who neutralized the threat and saved lives,” he said.



Deputy Minister of Defence Prince Khalid bin Salman also extended his condolences to those effected.

He said that like many Saudi military personnel he was trained in a US military base.
“We used that valuable training to fight side by side with our American allies against terrorism and other threats,” Prince Khalid said on Twitter.

“A large number of Saudi graduates of the Naval Air Station in Pensacola moved on to serve with their US counterparts in battlefronts around the world, helping to safeguard regional and global security. Today's tragic event is strongly condemned by everyone in Saudi Arabia.”