Nitaqat brings down cost of hiring expats

Updated 28 June 2013
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Nitaqat brings down cost of hiring expats

Businessmen estimate that the residency correction period has helped save companies SR 10,000 on each foreign worker. This involves the cost of new visas, travel costs and recruitment fees.
According to official Labor Ministry figures, the status of 1.5 million foreign workers has been rectified and that the campaign has saved Saudi companies and institutions around SR 15 billion.
The Job Status Correction Fair at Riyadh Exhibition Center witnessed huge numbers of foreign laborers bidding to find employment at foreign embassies according to the cooperation agreement with Riyadh Chamber in this regard.
However, the majority seemed to express dissatisfaction at the salaries they were offered — between SR1,000 and SR1,200 in the construction business. Some laborers said they had been earning five times more in the past.
Surinder Bhagat, second secretary of politics and commerce at the Indian Embassy, said 100,000 workers have rectified their status so far in both Riyadh and Jeddah. He added that his embassy is ready to correct the status of any number of Indian laborers in the coming few days.
Muhammad Mizan, second secretary at the Bangladesh Embassy, said it is difficult to determine the exact number of Bangladeshi laborers whose status has so far been corrected. He added that the campaign presents an excellent opportunity for illegal Bangladeshi workers to rectify their status and work in the Kingdom.
Speaking about the Egyptian experience, Amro Imad Al-Najdi, an official at the Egyptian Embassy’s labor section, said two meetings have been held between illegal workers and a number of major Saudi companies. He added that this has resulted in rectifying the status of a great number of them and that the campaign is a brilliant opportunity for employment and recruitment.


Thousands of participants register in the upcoming Quran and Athan competitions

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Thousands of participants register in the upcoming Quran and Athan competitions

  • Total prizes for the competition are worth $3.2m
  • The final stage of the competition will end on October 25

DUBAI: More than 13,000 participants from 162 countries registered in the Quran Recitation and Adhan competitions, the Saudi General Entertainment Authority (GEA) said in a statement.
The GEA allocated $3.2 million in prizes for the largest Quran competition and the first Adhan competition, which aims to highlight the diversity of the Islamic world cultures through the different styles of recitation and Adhan, and improve the image of Islam and Muslims globally.
The competition hopes to encourage the Muslim youth to recite the Quran and experience performing the Adhan.
The registration opened on May 22 and will continue accepting applications until July 22. The applicants will be then shortlisted from July 22 until August 23 as the competition progresses in its second stage.
The on-stage live performances will begin on August 24 and last until September 24 and winners will be announced and awarded throughout the final stage, which will run from September 25 and conclude on October 25.