Kuwait top job destination for Gulf nationals

Updated 23 December 2012

Kuwait top job destination for Gulf nationals

Almost 20 years ago, the GCC approved a resolution that basically gave the citizens of one GCC country working in another the same employment-related rights as the citizens of that country. It was the beginning of a campaign to facilitate the movement of labor at all levels across GCC member borders.
Statistics released Thursday by the Secretariat of the GCC show that the agreements have led to an increase in employment opportunities across national borders.
The number of GCC citizens working outside their own country doubled from about 12,000 in 2002 to some 24,000 in 2011. Kuwait ranked first in attracting citizens of other Gulf countries to work in its government and private sectors. In 2011, Kuwait hosted 19,536 workers from other GCC countries, an increase of 77 percent over 2002.
Assistant Secretary of Human and Environmental Affairs, Abdullah Al-Hashemi, told Al-Hayat newspaper that the number will double again once Gulf citizens begin to undertake technical work.
Saudi Arabia ranked second in attracting other GCC nationals in 2011. The number of GCC workers in the Kingdom reached 1,438, an increase of 102 percent over 2002. Qatar and Oman ranked fifth and sixth respectively as the number of workers reached 596 and 32, respectively.
According to Al-Hashemi, working environments in the Gulf states are similar as are the demands of the industries of each country. Efforts are being made to formulate common employment standards for employing those of specific educational backgrounds.
Statistics also show an increase in the number of GCC nationals working in the public sector of other member states. The number grew from 10,000 in 2000 to 17,000 in 2011, an increase of 70 percent.
Kuwait, again, ranked first in attracting citizens of other member states to work in its government. The UAE ranked second while Qatar ranked third. Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Oman followed.
The number of GCC nationals covered by retirement plans of other countries in 2011 reached 9,140 people. The UAE led the way with 4,012 citizens of GCC countries receiving retirement benefits while Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain Oman and Saudi Arabia followed, in that order.
According to the report, the total number of GCC nationals covered by the social security systems in other member states in 2011 was 6,069 compared to 1,430 in 2004, an increase of about 324 percent.


Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

Updated 26 April 2018

Saudi Arabia to send Syrians an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid

  • Total relief provided by the Kingdom since the war began now stands at about $1billion
  • Latest package announced by Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir at conference in Brussels

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia will provide an additional $100 million of humanitarian aid to alleviate the suffering of the people of Syria, through the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center.

The announcement of the latest aid package was made by Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir on April 25 at an international conference on the future of Syria and the region, held in the Belgian capital Brussels. He pointed out that the meeting comes after the suspected chemical attack in the city of Douma, in eastern Ghouta, which killed dozens of civilians, including women and children.

“The world is facing a regime allied with terrorist militias who believe that spreading atrocities and committing crimes will bring victory to it, and that war crimes are bearing fruit,” said Al-Jubeir. “In addition to bombing civilians with explosive barrels, the policies of starvation and siege, ethnic and sectarian cleansing, and the demographic change of Syrian cities and towns, its use of chemical weapons have shocked the entire world.”

He said that the only acceptable solution to the Syrian crisis is a peaceful political resolution, and that Saudi Arabia has been working to achieve this since the crisis began, while also working with others to end the continuing human tragedy in the war-torn country.

The Kingdom has played a role in unifying the ranks of the Syrian opposition and encouraging them to speak with one voice, he added. After the Riyadh 1 Conference in 2015, Saudi Arabia hosted the Riyadh 2 conference for the Syrian opposition in November 2017, which succeeded in unifying the factions and establishing a negotiating body to take part in the rounds of talks held since then, earning praise from the United Nations.

The foreign minister also reiterated his country’s support for the efforts of the UN secretary-general’s envoy, Stephan de Mistura, to resume negotiations between all sides of the conflict.

“The Kingdom hopes that the agreements endorsed by the international resolutions on the ceasefire and the delivery of humanitarian aid to its beneficiaries will be implemented throughout Syria, regardless of their ethnic, religious, sectarian or political affiliations, and calls for the speedy release of detainees and abductees and clarifying the situation of those absent,” said Al-Jubeir. “It also renews its demand to punish individuals and institutions for war crimes and to prevent their impunity.”

He added that the worsening humanitarian crisis affecting refugees inside and outside of Syria should add to the urgency of finding a political solution and resuming the negotiating process as soon as possible.

Since the war began, the Kingdom has taken in about two and a half million Syrians and treats them like its own citizens, Al-Jubeir said, providing them with free health care, work and education. Saudi universities and schools have more than 140,000 Syrian students. He added that Saudi Arabia is also supporting and helping to care for of millions of Syrian refugees in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, in coordination with the governments of those countries. The humanitarian assistance provided so far totals about $1 billion.