‘Beaten up by employer,’ Indians to return home

Updated 26 December 2015

‘Beaten up by employer,’ Indians to return home

RIYADH: Three Indian youths who were allegedly beaten by an employer in the Kingdom, are expected to fly home within the next few days, said the Indian Consulate in Jeddah on Thursday.
The case of the three youngsters from Kerala caused an uproar on social media when one of them sent a video home through WhatsApp allegedly showing them being beaten with a plank by an employer at a brick-making factory.
“With the cooperation from the local police, the case has been solved and the youths will fly back home to Kerala in a few days,” an official from the consulate said.
“All three are under police protection and the employer will return their passports with final exit papers,” he said.
The youths — Baiju Babu, Abhilash Gopi and Vimal Kumar Vasudevan from Haripad in Kerala’s Alappuzha district — were brought to the Kingdom about a month back by an Indian placement agency on false job promises, he said.
Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj tweeted: “We reported this to the Saudi police. The workers will be back in India within a week.”
A Saudi social worker said that the Indian media should also hold the placement agency accountable for making false job promises. The workers were duped and taken to Abha to work at a brick manufacturing company by their agents, he said.
“The Indian media should know that the local police cooperate fully when such cases are reported and also ensure cooperation from the sponsor, which should be appreciated as well,” he said.
“To become involved in one-sided criticism is unfair,” he said, adding that the Kingdom hosts 2.9 million Indians, the largest group of its citizens outside the country. The incidents are isolated cases, he said.

Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

Updated 18 June 2019

Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

JEDDAH: The Jeddah Season festival has provided a wide range of seasonal employment opportunities for young Saudi men and women, helping them gain experience and prepare them to enter the job market.

More than 5,000 young Saudis are working around the clock, each in his or her field, to manage the festival’s activities.

The festival aims to highlight development opportunities in Saudi Arabia, introduce the Kingdom as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, support the government’s efforts to empower Saudi youths, support local small and medium enterprises, develop Jeddah’s tourism sector and provide volunteer opportunities.

Jeddah Season, which began on June 8 and runs until July 18, has attracted thousands of visitors of all ages through its 150 local and international events and activities.

It is being held at five sites: King Abdullah Sports City, Al-Hamra Corniche, the Jeddah Waterfront, Obhur and Historic Jeddah (Al-Balad), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jeddah Season offers a wide range of tourism, entertainment and cultural events and activities, and sheds light on the city’s status as the Kingdom’s tourism capital. Most of its events are being held for the first time in Saudi Arabia.

Jeddah Season is in line with the Vision 2030 reform plan, which aims to advance the welfare of Saudi society, diversify local development opportunities, improve the Kingdom’s contribution to arts and culture, and create job opportunities for Saudi youths.