High muaqqib fees anger expatriates

Updated 08 December 2012

High muaqqib fees anger expatriates

Many expatriates expressed their resentment at the high amount of money charged by muaqqibs — agents who have the power of attorney to push paperwork at government agencies and departments. Foreigners generally take their help to file their papers with the Passports Department.
Expats complain they are now charged more than SR 500 for renewal of an iqama (residency permit). Some expats say muaqqibs are exploiting the situation of expatriates and their need for the renewal of residency papers.
Mustafa Shabaan, a Syrian national working in the private sector, said: “Each time I renew the iqama the man (muaqqib) asks for higher fees. I have five sons and daughters and they are all in school, so I pay SR 500 for the Iqama renewal of each of them.”
Abu Nawwaf has been a muaqqib for five years.
“There are several factors governing how much money a muaqqib would charge a client including the season,” he said. “During holidays, a muaqqib would be in much demand from expatriates,” he said. “Another factor is the type of paperwork and how complicated it is in terms of the government agency’s procedures,” he said, adding that muaqqib's fees can exceed SR 500 in many cases.
Mustafa Aziz, an Egyptian working in a contracting company in Jeddah, said that despite their high fees, “their role is essential in facilitating expatriates' affairs in Saudi Arabia. They take care of many residency related transactions.”
Many expatriates and Saudis think that going to government departments to have their documents processed is exhausting, time-consuming and would sometimes require travel to another city to follow up a certain transaction.
Muaqqibs do it for them.
“I cannot travel to Riyadh because of my job in Jeddah, but my muaqqib who lives in Riyadh takes care of renewing my iqama, although the problem is his fees increase every year,” said Hussien Al-Yusufi from Yemen.

King Salman, crown prince thank interior minister for lowering crime

Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud
Updated 22 April 2018

King Salman, crown prince thank interior minister for lowering crime

  • The king praised the Prince Abdul Aziz and the ministry for these 'outstanding achievements"
  • The number of road traffic accidents decreased by 19.7 percent

JEDDAH: King Salman has thanked Interior Minister Prince Abdul Aziz bin Saud for the security services’ work in bringing down the crime rate in the past year, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

In a cable of gratitude on Sunday, King Salman said: “We have read your Highness’ cable ... regarding the positive results of the performance indicators of the Ministry of Interior’s security services for the period from June 25, 2017, to April 18, 2018, compared to the same period in the previous year, which showed a significant improvement in the decline in crime rates in general.

“The rate of intentional homicide dropped by 6.5 percent, honor crimes dropped by 14.5 percent, thefts by 2 percent, and armed robberies by 10.5 percent.

“The number of road traffic accidents decreased by 19.7 percent, the number of fatalities decreased by 19.1 percent, and the number of casualties decreased by 15.9 percent.

“In the area of border security and combating drug trafficking, the performance in seizing smugglers rose by 7.1 percent, in controlling the borders and preventing infiltrations rose by 35.5 percent, and in arresting those who are convicted of illegal narcotics drug crimes by 34.95 percent.

“In tracking and arresting violators of residency and labor laws and border security, the measures currently adopted for joint security field campaigns (the 'A Nation without a Violator' campaign) resulted in seizing 987,007 violations to date.”

King Salman thanked the minister and everyone working in all the ministry’s sectors “for these outstanding achievements and successive accomplishments that reflect the efforts made and the steady improvement in performance levels, which led to a significant and obvious decline in crime rates and a rise in the level of safety.”

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman also sent a cable of gratitude to the interior minister for the positive results.

He thanked the prince for the excellent performance of the Interior Ministry’s security services which showed a significant reduction of crime in the fields of premeditated murder, honor, armed robbery, traffic, border security as well as Iqama, labor and border-crossing violators.