2,870 restaurants closed for health, safety violations

Updated 20 February 2013
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2,870 restaurants closed for health, safety violations

Municipal health inspectors closed down 2,870 restaurants in 2012 for violations of health regulations and standards for food storage.
Spokesman for Jeddah Mayor’s Office Abdulaziz Al-Nahari said, “Most were cafeterias, some were fast-food establishments and some are very famous,” he said, declining to reveal names.
The health inspectors carried out morning and evening inspections that focused on compliance to health regulations concerning food storage and a hygienic handling of food.
Staff that handles food should cover their nose, mouth and head and wear disposable gloves. Some restaurants were storing food improperly by leaving it uncovered. Some reused foodstuffs and some stored expired meat that was unfit for consumption. A fine for such violations can reach SR 30,000 or more, if the violation was repeated.
When a violation is discovered, the restaurant is not warned but immediately closed and it is required to pay a fine. If the food proved to be harmful to health for any reason, the restaurant would be shut down.
The inspectors would hang a sign on the door revealing the reasons for the procedure. The restaurant would have to pay a fine and after rectification of the problem, it would be re-inspected and monitored.
Adel Abdulmunif Makki, member the Hospitality Committee at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the committee is carrying out a study on municipal regulations for restaurants. These would be provided to investors who plan to open restaurants.


Green light for crown prince-led Saudi privatization program

Updated 25 April 2018
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Green light for crown prince-led Saudi privatization program

  • The Privatization Program is one of 12 key elements of the Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030
  • The program is aimed at increasing job opportunities for Saudi nationals

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Council of Economic and Development Affairs on Tuesday approved the Privatization Program that is one of 12 key elements of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. 

The program is aimed at increasing job opportunities for Saudi nationals, attracting the latest technologies and innovations, and supporting economic development.

It encourages both local and foreign investment in order to enhance the role of the private sector, with government entities adopting a regulatory and supervisory role. The aim is to increase the private sector’s contribution to GDP from 40 percent to 65 percent by 2030. 

The program will aim to reach its objectives through encouraging the private sector to invest in establishing new schools, universities and health centers, while the government pursues its organizational and supervisory role in health and education.

The privatization program aims to benefit from previous success stories, with the private sector’s collaboration in the development of infrastructure, and its involvement on a large scale in sectors such as energy, water, transport, telecommunications, petrochemicals and finance.

The program sets out a series of objectives in three areas: Developing a general legal framework for policies related to privatization; establishing organizational foundations and dedicated institutions to execute the policies; and setting a timescale for their delivery. 

The Council of Economic and Development Affairs is headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.