King Abdullah’s noble gesture greeted with delight, jubilation

Updated 08 July 2013
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King Abdullah’s noble gesture greeted with delight, jubilation

Diplomatic mission officials here from Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the Philippines responded to the extension of the grace period with delight and gratitude yesterday.
There was widespread praise for Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for issuing the royal decree that will extend the amnesty to Nov. 3, 2013 — an effective four-month extension.
Applauding the decision, Muhammad Naeem Khan, ambassador of Pakistan, said: “I would like to thank King Abdullah, Crown Prince Salman, the Ministry of Labor and the Ministry of Interior for this concession.”
“King Abdullah is a king of humanity and cares a great deal for the Pakistani community,” Khan said. “I would like to thank all the relevant government departments for helping us sort out the status of members of the Pakistani community.”
He said the extension now allows the embassy more time to inform Pakistani workers to correct their status and find jobs. “We have a large number of companies wanting to employ Pakistani workers.”
“I would like to urge the Pakistani community, those who have not corrected their status, and those wanting to return to Pakistan, to not miss this golden opportunity and find employers. Those unable to find employment, should contact the embassy and consulate general in Jeddah. We will help them avoid any hardship.”
Hailing the decision, the Indian Embassy thanked King Abdullah for the extension, and the various ministries and the Indian volunteers who helped workers sort out their paperwork.
The embassy also urged all Indians who collected their emergency certificates and obtained exit visas to leave the country immediately.
Sibi George, deputy chief of mission at the Indian Embassy, told Arab News: “We wholeheartedly welcome the decision. It shows the humanitarian approach of the Saudi government.”
George said Saudi Arabia and India share strong and historic relations: “We will continue to work together.”
The Indian Embassy will continue its operations at deportation, labor offices and Riyadh airport, an embassy official said.
Thanking the king for extending the grace period, Filipino Ambassador Ezzedin H. Tago, said: “I want to thank the Saudi ministers of interior, labor, foreign affairs and the Passport Department; and the Filipinos who had been very patient with the procedures involved in processing their papers to go home or correct their status.”
The envoy urged all workers “to correct their status as soon as possible and not wait until the last minute.”
“Undocumented Filipinos should immediately proceed to the concerned Saudi government agencies or the Philippine Embassy in Riyadh or consulate in Jeddah to seek assistance,” he said.
Back home in the Philippines, Assistant Secretary Raul Hernandez also urged undocumented Filipinos to take advantage of the extension.
Indonesian ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Gatot Abdullah Mansyur, said: “On behalf of the government and the people of Indonesia, I would like to thank the King for his order to extend the grace period.”
“I strongly believe that this extension will benefit both Saudis and foreign workers including Indonesian workers. I encourage Indonesian workers to do their best in correcting their status by fulfilling all requirements. I believe that all concerned authorities in Saudi Arabia will provide their best services to help make the King’s directive a success.”
Bangladesh Ambassador Mohammad Shahidul Islam was also grateful for the extension and thanked the Saudi government. “It provides a lot of time to clear the backlog,” he said.
The Sri Lankan Embassy also welcomed the extension of the amnesty deadline saying it would help expatriates correct their status in the Kingdom. Businesspeople have also welcomed the decision.


Jeddah Season provides seasonal employment for young Saudis

Updated 18 June 2019
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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.