12 hours maximum work period for private sector

Updated 24 September 2015

12 hours maximum work period for private sector

RIYADH: The Ministry of Labor announced that amendments that have been recently adopted will enter force starting Oct. 8.
The amendments emphasize the prohibition of keeping the worker more than 12 working hours in the workplace, and on giving him a break of 30 minutes every five hours to pray, eat and rest.
The amendments also oblige each employer who employs more than 50 workers to give training courses to at least 12 percent of the workforce, and this training ratio will be included in the Saudization ratio for Saudi workers who complete their studies abroad.
The ministry said that any worker who works on a daily basis should collect his wages once a week; those who work as freelancers for at least two weeks should get part of their wages at the beginning of the work week and the remaining money when the work is completed.
According to the amendments, the worker has the right of five days leave in the case of the death of his wife or one of his ascendants, descendants or upon marriage with full pay, and three days in case of the death of a baby.
The employer in these cases may request documentation of such events.
Workers, according to the amendments, cannot be moved from the workplace without prior written consent from the worker himself if such move requires a change of residence.
The ministry has the powers, if the employer contravenes the Saudization criteria, to refrain from renewing his license.

ThePlace: Saudi Arabia’s ‘vegetable basket’

Updated 20 July 2018

ThePlace: Saudi Arabia’s ‘vegetable basket’

  • Qassim in central Saudi Arabia hosts more than 8 million palm trees, which produce 205,000 tons of high quality dates every year

Al-Qassim is known for its agricultural value to Saudi Arabia. Due to the province’s fertile farming land, it is widely referred to as the Kingdom’s “vegetable basket.”

As the lushest part of the country, it is responsible for most of the Kingdom’s agriculture. Al-Qassim boasts the largest number of greenhouses in Saudi Arabia, producing a wide range of agricultural produce, including dates. 

The province hosts more than 8 million palm trees, which produce 205,000 tons of luxury dates annually that are exported regionally and internationally.

The capital of Al-Qassim, Buraidah, hosts a yearly date festival that is attended by many people, including those from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) member states, who stock up on dates.

Al-Qassim’s farms and orchards attract nature lovers and city dwellers who wish to relax amid its palms and scenery.

These orchards have recently become an attraction for nature lovers, along with anyone who wants to get away from it all and relax. With greenery and tall palm trees surrounding the fields, Al-Qassim’s natural beauty, environmental splendor and fresh water make it the perfect destination.

Visitors come from all over to enjoy the magnificent views and get away from the dull routine of life. They are transported back in time by the simplicity showcased in the orchards by the farmers’ mud houses, and the work these laborers do from dawn until sunset, relying on authentic and traditional agricultural methods.

As well as being a tourist attraction, Al-Qassim is also known for the quality of its product. With so many farms and orchards in the region, and thanks to the fertility of its soil, a wide variety of crops can be grown, including wheat, dates, fruits and vegetables, which are sold across the Kingdom. • Photo by Saudi Press Agency