Fleeing from unpaid workers, Binladin official injures 5

Updated 29 April 2016
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Fleeing from unpaid workers, Binladin official injures 5

JEDDAH: Five construction workers were reportedly injured after a Bin Laden company official hit them with his car on Wednesday morning as he was trying to get away from a group protesting salary delays of four months.
The incident took place at a project run by the company at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah. The Labor Ministry has since suspended all services to the company for failing to comply with the Wage Protection System.
Ahmed Al-Ghamdi, media director of the ministry in Makkah region, said the ministry had received several complaints about the delays, which involves 1,150 workers on final exits. He said the company has promised to pay the workers soon.
Meanwhile, spokesman of the General Authority for Civil Aviation Abdullah Al-Kharif reportedly said that an investigation has been launched by the security agencies.
Eyewitnesses told a local daily that the workers had gathered at the project site to protest when they saw an official leaving. They rushed to his car but he drove away, hitting some of them.
A human rights activist and researcher Maatoq Al-Sharief said construction companies delay workers’ wages when the government delays payments to them for completing its projects. This was a problem in the Kingdom’s construction sector, he said.
He told Arab News that delaying workers’ wages violates all international labor regulations. It was not enough to block services of companies doing so, but for the role of the country’s labor courts to be enhanced to protect workers, he said.


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.