Conditional recruitment for female expat teachers OK’d

Updated 30 October 2014
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Conditional recruitment for female expat teachers OK’d

Ending days of speculation on the matter, the Labor Ministry on Tuesday announced that expatriate women teachers on dependent visas can work at private schools without transferring their sponsorship.
In an exclusive statement to Arab News, Ahmed Al-Humaidan, undersecretary for labor policies at the ministry, said: “The decision is aimed at offsetting the shortage of teachers at private schools with a view to utilizing locally available expertise rather than bringing in new teachers from abroad.”
However, teachers would have to apply for posts through the Labor Ministry’s Ajeer system and get formal approval from the Education Ministry to ensure they have the required qualifications and experience. The system does not accept applications not approved by the Education Ministry, Al-Humaidan stated.
Moreover, the applicant would have to undergo tests by the Education Ministry similar to those for resident teachers. Preference would be given to Saudis. If Saudis are not available, then women expatriate teachers would be employed, he said.
The announcement comes after conflicting comments by labor ministry officials over the past few days. Initial reports, quoting unnamed labor ministry sources, had claimed that expatriate women teachers would be able to work without transferring their sponsorship. This was followed by an official in Jeddah on Monday saying that a proposal on the matter is being considered, but not approved.
The initial media reports had resulted in many teachers expressing happiness that they would be allowed to work while remaining under the sponsorship of their husbands, fathers or brothers.
Arab News had received hundreds of calls and queries from teachers asking to verify the reports.


Major boost for Al-Jouf as Saudi king set to announce new city

King Salman arrived in Al-Jouf on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 21 November 2018
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Major boost for Al-Jouf as Saudi king set to announce new city

  • The king will launch Waad Al-Shamaal, a new city aimed at boosting the country’s mining infrastructure

JEDDAH: Projects worth several billion riyals are to be unveiled by Saudi Arabia’s king this week as he continues his tour of the country’s regions.
King Salman arrived in the province of Al-Jouf on Tuesday night where he will announce the construction of a new city, bolstering the local economy and creating thousands of jobs in Saudi Arabia’s most northern region.
On Thursday, the king will launch Waad Al-Shamaal, a new city aimed at boosting the country’s mining infrastructure, the Saudi Press Agency reported. 
He will lay the foundation stone for the first phase of the SR85 billion ($22 billion) city in Toriaf province — worth SR55 billion —  and is also set to inaugurate the projects and facilities of the second phase — worth SR30 billion.
In the past two months the king has visited a number of major cities, announcing projects and initiatives to develop the Kingdom inline with Vision 2030 — a broad strategic plan to diversify the economy and end dependence on oil revenues.
Before arriving in Al-Jouf, King Salman visited Tabuk, where several projects worth more than SR11 billion were launched.
He also met the team heading Amaala, the ultra-luxurious tourist destination that was unveiled in September and dubbed the “Riviera of the Middle East,” and was briefed on plans for the new attraction.
King Salman praised Amaala’s objectives to contribute to promoting economic diversification, creating investment opportunities for the private sector, and developing the tourism sector in Saudi Arabia while preserving the cultural and environmental heritage.
Meanwhile, the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) announced yet another major project in western Saudi Arabia.
Wadi Al-Disah Development Project, which is expected to become one of the Kingdom’s most environmentally diverse tourist attractions, adds to a number of already launched ventures on western coastal regions.
PIF will establish a company to develop Wadi Al-Disah in accordance with international best practices regarding environmental conservation and sustainable development.
In addition to this week’s tour, the king has so far visited Madinah, Qassim and Hail.