Showing posts with label saudi arabia. Show all posts
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

GCC-wide ban for deported expats

Dubai - Glittering Life
Kuwait The Pearl of Middle East

Deporting country can now share deportee's data with rest of the states DUBAI Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) countries have started applying a law that bans expatriates deported from any of the six countries from entering the rest of them, according to Manafez Dubai, the official newsletter of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs Dubai (GDRFA). A report in its September issue of the newsletter said the new law is based on the GCC security pact. "Moreover, the country which deports an expatriate will be allowed to take the deportee's fingerprints and share the information with the rest of the GCC countries," it said.
It said the GCC countries are coordinating efforts to control drugs with exchanges of information, including names of smugglers, their modus operandi and data.

Case to case

O.V. Musthafa Zafeer of Musthafa & Almana International Legal Consultants said: "The GCC-wide entry ban for deported expats is not automatic, except in drug-related cases. Otherwise, it is applied on a case-to-case basis."
Tina Thapar of Al Midfa & Associates said: "The security pact of 1994 was amended in 2012 and thereafter implemented for major crimes such as drugs, money laundering, murder etc."

Citing some cases, she said a man implicated in a drug case in Saudi Arabia was deported from the UAE without a trial based on the judgment issued by the Saudi court. Another man in South Africa, who defaulted on alimony in the UAE, wanted to relocate to Bahrain. He had read about the GCC law, so he found out if there was an arrest warrant against him in the UAE and got his name cleared before flying to Bahrain.

© Gulf News 2014

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Changing Face of Saudi Job Market

380,000 jobs in 10 months for Saudis thanks to Nitaqat

JEDDAH - Since its implementation 10 months ago, the Nitaqat Program has created 380,000 job opportunities in the private sector, said Adel Fakieh, Minister of Labor, Saturday during a dialogue session at Okaz headquarters. 

"This figure is 20 times what had been previously achieved over the past five years before Nitaqat was introduced," he said.

The minister also announced that a new program called "Jahiz" or "Ready" will be launched and will create job opportunities for Saudi students who have just finished their scholarship programs abroad and returned home.

Speaking to an audience of businessmen, intellectuals and media persons, Fakieh said the Nitaqat Program does not aim to cause harm to any private sector company or business. The program encourages the private sector to hire Saudis and categorizes companies into four zones: Excellent, green, yellow, and red, he explained.

Companies in the excellent and green zones will be rewarded while those in the red zone will be dealt with strictly and will be required to meet Saudization quota, he added. Companies in the yellow zone will be given a grace period to meet the required percentage. 

299,000 Saudis join civil service

More than 299,000 Saudi men and women have joined the civil service during 2012 as a result of new employment programs introduced by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah. The figure was announced during the weekly Cabinet meeting yesterday.

Saudization: 43% of private sector firms face closure

Khalid Maqbool and Abdullah Al-Husoon

JEDDAH -- Over 40 percent of private sector companies might be shut down if they fail to meet their Saudization targets, Adel Fakeih, Minister of Labor, has said.

Big establishments are expected to achieve 30 to 35 percent Saudization while smaller businesses are likely to achieve seven to 10 percent, Fakieh said during a dialogue session at Okaz headquarters here recently.

"When they (the establishments) do this, they will be categorized as green companies, enabling them to take advantage of the ministry's services," he said.

Commenting on a new program to create job opportunities for newly-graduated scholarship students, Fakieh said the initiative will allow graduates to register their personal information and qualifications before graduation so that employers can study their data and contact them.

Alateeq: Accelerate Saudization process in senior positions
Intensifying Saudization, boosting cooperation between the public and private sectors, and ending bureaucratic delays are the three major steps that should be taken within the coming two decades, according to Abdullah Alateeq, CEO of Watan Pac. With Watan Pac involved in implementing the Ministry of Labor's intensive Saudization plan, Alateeq told Diana Al-Jassem of Arab News that a joint action by Saudi companies to bring together both old and new generations in tackling the problem of unemployment, checking rising prices and encouraging SMEs in a major effort to boost the economy. Rapid change

What changes would make a major impact on the lives of Saudis in the coming 20 years?

Unemployment: We need to be more concerned with major issues like finding employment for our new generations. We have to prepare the Saudi market for receiving fresh Saudi graduates. About 200,000 Saudi students are expected to enter the job market in the next few years. I expect the Kingdom to work harder than ever for bringing unemployment to zero level. The recent statistics showed the unemployment figure at about 1.7 million in the Kingdom. We want Saudis to work in prestigious and highly skilled positions rather than in lower levels. What we have seen in the Kingdom is that the Saudization plan tends to employ Saudis in lower positions.

Industrial boom: I believe that completing the pending industrial projects will lead the country to an industrial boom, thus contributing to a positive economic movement. Budget will also have a positive impact on local markets, especially if we motivate local investment projects. In addition, huge infrastructure projects and industrial cities will help in developing trade and the economy overall.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Saudi Arabia 'best place for seeking jobs'

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia's financial situation is stable and is the best place for seeking jobs, according to a consumer confidence survey conducted by in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Thirty-eight percent of Saudis who participated in the survey said the present financial condition was good, while 33 percent remained neutral in their opinion about the Kingdom's financial condition.

Forty percent of Saudi's participants said the job atmosphere in the Kingdom was positive, while 34 percent said there were many employment opportunities. However, 44 percent of Saudis thought that the number of employees had increased in their companies since 2011, while 42 percent said the number of workers remained the same or decreased.

Fifty-six percent of Saudis stated that their salaries were not sufficient in meeting their living expenses whereas 21 percent expected improvement in their jobs.

Speaking on job security, the majority of participants (63 percent) were neutral in their opinion, while half of them were not satisfied with their salaries.

Among the Saudi participants, 59 percent had a neutral or negative viewpoint on the impact of living costs, while 33 percent said housing expenses were increasing.

Thirty-eight percent of the Saudi participants said they wanted to purchase a car next year, while 66 percent intended to buy property. conducted the survey from July 16 to Aug. 1 through the Internet in collaboration with Yougov, an institute for research and consulting. A total of 7,421 people from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Pakistan participated in the survey.

The survey highlighted growing job opportunities in the region. The response of participants in the survey was generally neutral toward their present living status, and only 28 percent of them replied that their financial condition was better than last year, while 65 percent said their earnings were not sufficient compared to their living status.

The study revealed that job prospects in MENA countries were high, and Saudi Arabia is one of the best places to seek jobs.

Roughly 33 percent of participants thought the economic conditions of MENA states have declined compared to 2011.

As for employment opportunities, 49 percent thought employment chances had dwindled in these countries, yet most participants were optimistic about 2013, as 51 percent of them hoped the financial condition of MENA countries would improve, with 44 percent expecting a good economic situation and job market.

Suhail Misri, deputy sales manager of, said that although the present conditions in MENA countries were not so good, most people were optimistic about the coming years.

As for employment, they were expecting a 24 percent increase in employees at companies within the next three years, though 61 percent of company executives did not think that would happen.

In the case of inflation, 38 percent of participants thought that living expenses had increased in MENA countries, and 36 percent expected that real estate would remain expensive.


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Saudi creates 250,000 jobs in 10 months

Kingdom says aggressive employment drive to be expandedAn aggressive campaign launched by Saudi Arabia last year to tackle festering unemployment has produced nearly 250,000 jobs for nationals in the private sector in the first 10 months of the programme.
The number is more than five times the number of jobs created by the world's oil powerhouse in its wealthy private sector over the past five years, the Gulf Kingdom's labour minister Adel Faqih said.
About 195,000 of the jobs over the past 10 months were taken up by Saudi men while the rest went to women, he told the country's appointed parliament (Shura)
"We have managed to create nearly quarter a million jobs for nationals in the private sector over the past 10 months, more than five times the number of jobs created in the previous five years," he said.
Riyadh announced the launching of the job nationalization programme, dubbed Nitaqat (ranges) in mid 2011 in a bid to tackle national unemployment, which was estimated at around 11 per cent at the end of 2010. The level is far higher among women and university graduates, ranging between 20 and 45 per cent.

Experts have described Nitaqat as the most radical measure taken by the Saudi government to force its massive private sector to employ more Saudis following the failure of previous procedures and expansion in local unemployment.
The programme comes amidst reports that unemployment in Saudi Arabia continued to widen because of the private sector's preference of cheaper foreign labour and the fact that the population is growing faster than the economy.
Officials said the initiative could create more than 400,000 jobs for Saudis every year, adding that the private sector's preference of expatriate labour has left more than one million Saudis jobless.
Besides creating a persistent unemployment problem among Saudis, the private sector's heavy reliance on foreign workers has put pressure on the country's balance of payments given the massive funds transferred by foreigners to their homes, estimated at SR98 billion ($26 billion) in 2010.
Under Nitaqat programme, which was launched on June 11, private sector establishments were given four classifications--excellent and green with high Saudi labour percentage, and red and yellow, with low Saudi labour ratio.
Foreign workers in the first two categories can stay as long as they want while the stay of expatriate workers in the two negative categories will be limited to six years in case the company fails to adjust to Saudization rules.
"We are now preparing an expanded and developed version of Nitaqat to be announced soon....this plan will target qualitative job Saudization as it will focus on educational levels and wages," Faqih said.
"It will also take into consideration each region in the Kingdom, its population and their level of education and qualifications."
Faqih said Saudi women employed by the private sector within Nitaqat over the past 10 months were more than19 times the annual average number of female jobs created over the previous years.
Saudi Arabia, the largest Arab economy, has a population of around 28 million, including about eight million expatriates.
© Emirates 24|7 2012 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Focus on Saudi Arabia's megaprojects

The growth and development of the Kingdom's railway network was the focus of yesterday's agenda of the two-day Kingdom Mass Transit Summit, organized by leading French business information company naseba, which opened Saturday at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Riyadh.
In the first quarter of 2012, Saudi Arabia signed three contracts worth SR2.3 billion ($613 million) for the construction of maintenance service buildings and five stations to support its longest railway, the North South Railway. Many more contracts are expected to be signed, leading to an increasingly connected Kingdom.

In the opening keynote, Hammad bin Yousef, civil and track engineer at the Saudi Railway Company, spoke of the opportunities in the Kingdom's megaprojects and developments and offered an overview of Saudi Arabia's rail programs and accomplishments.

Highlighted future projects included the Saudi Landbridge Project, an internal Jubail network of 120 km railway to link the country's two industrial hubs of Dammam and Jubail, and the creation of rail branches necessary for the North South Railway. Each project was considered amidst an overarching analysis of the Kingdom's vision and strategy for rail developments. Yousef also described the private sector's place in developing the country's rail networks.

The Saudi Consolidated Contracting Company's (SCCC) high-speed rail project will be of utmost importance to the Kingdom's transport future.

On his part, Bassam Boustany, associate head of the transport department at the SCCC, encouraged attendees to think in the long term for their transport projects, noting, "When we improve service, we lower the cost of doing business."

The summit then addressed the need for innovation in the railway sector. Oliver Plunkett, country director for Saudi Arabia at Buro Happold, led a keynote that studied the need for 21st century railway stations for a post-car city, examining a station's needs and integrated solutions to complex challenges in usability, operability, quality and value.

The summit concluded with a panel discussion on sustainability in future railway projects between industry pioneers Atul Agarwal, senior transport specialist at the World Bank; Abdul Rahman Al-Motrif, director SMART campuses and building projects at the Ministry of Higher Education; and Syed Ehtesham Husain, head of engineering at Al Latifia Trading and Contracting. The panel concluded with all participants agreeing on the need to focus on sustainability in order to continuously improve the effectiveness of a transport system

Monday, May 21, 2012

Small Defaulters will be Deported From Saudi Arabia

Saudi mulls deportation of expatriate debtors

The new system will cover foreigners who are involved in financial cases not exceeding SR50,000 (Dh49,500), Alwatan Arabic language daily said.
Instead of jailing them, courts will keep those debtors in detention until an agreement is reached with lenders to deport them to their home countries, the paper said, citing what it described as informed sources
"The competent authorities are studying proposals to replace the current imprisonment system with deportation for expatriates involved in financial cases not exceeding SR50,000," it said.

"Deportation will be carried out once an agreement is reached between the authorities and the creditors and the debtors involved are found unable to pay back...the new system will be applicable on those who do not have a police record or have not been involved in serious crimes such as drug dealing, smuggling of weapons or anti-state will be coupled with the enforcement of the electronic eye stamp system so those offenders will not be able to return to the Kingdom under a new name or passport."

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Sponsorship system on its way out in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Major Changes to Labor Law Expected 

 Al-Humaidan noted that the ministry replaced several provisions in the kafala system Deputy Labor Minister for workers affairs Ahmad Al-Humaidan said that the ministry had started taking practical steps aimed at scrapping the individual sponsorship (kafala) system. "We have already begun changing some technical terms related with the sponsorship system, like changing the term 'transfer of sponsorship' (naql kafala) to 'transfer of services.' Other steps included preventing sponsors from holding passports of foreign workers and canceling the condition to obtain the sponsor's approval for workers to bring their families to the Kingdom," he said. The deputy minister made the remarks while addressing a seminar on private health firms in Riyadh, Al-Eqtisadiah business daily reported yesterday. with new regulations that govern the relationship between the employer and the foreign worker. "If you look at any of these regulations, you can't see anything that is pointing to the sponsorship system. The ministry was able to remove all the restrictions imposed by sponsors on their workers," he said while claiming that at present, there are no obligations between the sponsor and the foreigner except those that come under the framework of an employer and employee. The deputy minister said that scrapping the sponsorship system and easing restrictions on the labor market should be taken into account in the right perspective. "It does not mean that a foreigner can enter the Kingdom and then search for a job in the local employment market. This doesn't make any sense and should not happen in the Kingdom," he said, while stressing that the Kingdom wanted to follow the example of the most regulated and systematic labor markets in the world, such as the United States in this respect. Al-Humaidan emphasized the ministry was striving hard to protect the rights of foreign workers without harming the interests of their employers. According to media reports in March, the ministry had completed a study on prospects of canceling the sponsorship system replacing it with recruitment companies. It was pointed out that the move might lead to the scrapping of the sponsorship system all together at a later stage. The study, which took five years to complete, included the rules and regulations for the new recruitment companies. The Council of Ministers is expected to approve it before the end of 2012. The study proposed the formation of a commission under the ministry to look into foreign labor issues and put an end to the traditional sponsorship system. The Riyadh-based commission will have branches in major cities, such as Jeddah and Dammam. According to the new system, an employer would not be responsible for the wrong actions of a foreign worker outside his work. The study proposed introduction of a mandatory insurance scheme to protect financial rights of foreign workers and employers. The scheme, which may act as an effective tool to end the justification for introducing the sponsorship system, would cover the damages caused by a foreign worker, payment of unpaid salaries and provision of air tickets.