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16 I ORLD NEWSW Passion Islam I July 2008
$1.2 trillion to be
The Jeddah-based Islamic Amadou Boudacar Cisse, IDB
Development Bank(IDB), vice president was quoted as
the Muslim world’s premier saying by the Jeddah-based
multilateral financial institution, Saudi Gazette in a report
invested for
estimates that its 56 member published last month.
countries are set to invest up Cisse said IDB sees a
to $1.2 trillion in infrastructure greater role for the private
Hajj and Umrah
over the next 10 years to meet sector in meeting demand
the rapidly growing demand for infrastructure projects
for telecom, transport, power, such as the new Hajj and
water and other infrastructure Umrah terminals, Petro
services. Rabigh and SABIC’s Yansab
“Around $675 billion will be petrochemical project.
used to finance new telecom Mohammed Binladin,
and power projects, some half vice president of the Saudi
of which will be in GCC (Gulf Binladin Group, presented the
Cooperation Council) states, new Hajj and Umrah terminals
while an additional $290 billion construction and development
is to be invested in expanding project, which is expected to
and upgrading air, sea and significantly improve both the
land transport infrastructure, handling capacity and quality
with half of that investment of service provided at the
taking place in Asia” Dr. Kingdom’s main gateway.
Al Nimr Group for Gold and manager of Ghassan Al-Nimr
Jewelry has come up with for Gold and Jewelry, said 18
world’s costliest copy of the carat gold has been used and
Holy Quran. The 2-kg copy the Quran copy is studded
of the Quran worth SR2.5 with rarest diamonds, rubies,
million is plated with pure gold emeralds, sapphires and
for world’s
and is studded with precious turquoises.
stones. “We have used world’s best
The Quran pages are golden quality paper with gilded
and the copy has interpretation edges,” Al-Nimr added. Best
of the meanings of the verses designers including a woman
in other languages plus a full Greek designer and an expert
Tafseer (exegesis), according in gold and jewelry were
to Al-Riyadh Arabic daily. involved in production, Al-
Mustafa Al Nimr, marketing Nimr added.
Visa selling Haram
says saudi scholar
Selling of work visas is Haram they are issued in the interest demanding money every said selling visas to workers,
(forbidden) and exploitation of the people. The practice of month from workers under their exploiting them and usurping
of expatriate workers does exploiting workers by selling sponsorship. Meanwhile, Dr. their rights amount to human
not have religious sanction, visas and then allowing them Bakr Bin Khushaim, member trafficking that is banned
says prominent Saudi scholar to work somewhere else for of the Shoura Council, said worldwide. He said the society
Sheikh Abdul Mohsin Al- money is a despicable act and the Passports Department, has presented a number
Obeikan, who is also adviser clearly violates the Shariah labor offices and other related of proposals to the Shoura
to the Minister of Justice provisions, Okaz Arabic daily departments should conduct a Council to rectify the situation.
and member of the Shoura reported him as saying. study to root out the practice of Dr. Al-Abedeen did not divulge
Council. Several cases have come selling visas. Dr. Suhaila Zain details of the proposals and
He said selling of visas to light where the original Al Abedeen from the National said they will be made public
violates the regulations as sponsors have been Society for Human Rights soon.
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