Dependent over 25 can’t be sponsored by father

Updated 06 October 2014
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Dependent over 25 can’t be sponsored by father

Residents above 25 will no longer be allowed to remain under the sponsorship of their fathers, according to sources at the Passport Department.
Residents who have been “dependents” on their parents’ residency permits will now have to seek independent sponsors and change their professions on their iqamas.
“The Passport Department will not renew the iqamas of residents with dependents aged 25 or above until they transfer their sponsorships and change their occupation,” Mohammed Hussain, a spokesman in Jeddah, told Arab News.
Many major employers, nevertheless, postpone transferring the sponsorship of their new employees, forcing expats to look for temporary Saudi sponsors until their employers deliver.
Hassan Al-Qurashi, a Yemeni expat working for a construction company in Jeddah who is still under the sponsorship of his father as a student, has been trying relentlessly to transfer his sponsorship onto his employer, but the company is in the red zone of Nitaqat. And Hussain is unable to find a temporary sponsor.
Scores of expats think sponsorship obstacles threaten their future in the Kingdom.
“I don’t want to leave Saudi Arabia,” said Khaled Al-Banawi, a Jeddah-born Syrian resident. “I have lived my whole life in the Kingdom. However, I have faced difficulties transferring my sponsorship to my current employer since he has not employed enough Saudis.”
Ahmed Al-Sukeri, an Egyptian expat, said: “As a temporary solution to this issue, I can transfer my sponsorship to a small office in the construction sector,” said. “I am listed as a ‘worker’ on my iqama even though I am actually working as an accountant for another company. I would transfer my sponsorship onto my actual employer, but my boss has deferred the move since we don’t have enough Saudis.”
To transfer, residents must acquire a letter from their new sponsors, which must be certified by commerce and industry chambers, have a copy of their original iqama and passport, fill out a form from the labor office and pay SR2,000 in government fees.


Cirque du Soleil heads to Saudi in special one-off show

Updated 11 September 2018
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Cirque du Soleil heads to Saudi in special one-off show

  • More than 80 artists will take the stage at the King Fahd International Stadium for the show
  • About 250 costumes have been specially made to respect local traditions

MONTREAL: Cirque du Soleil will stage a show in Saudi Arabia for the first time later this month, the high-flying acrobatic troupe announced Monday.
The show will take place in the Saudi capital on Sept. 23 to coincide with the country's national day, public relations director Marie-Helene Lagace told AFP.
More than 80 artists will take the stage at the King Fahd International Stadium for the show, which will also be shown on Saudi state television. Cirque says it will be one of its biggest one-off productions ever.
About 250 costumes have been specially made to respect local traditions and conform to "the artistic standards for which we are known," Lagace said.
The announcement of Cirque du Soleil's appearance in Saudi Arabia was first made in Los Angeles in April, Lagace noted. But it was unclear whether the show would go on given the diplomatic tensions.
At the behest of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia has reopened movie theaters and allowed women and men to attend some concerts together.