Read amnesty regulations to avoid cheats, expats told

Updated 08 July 2013
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Read amnesty regulations to avoid cheats, expats told

The Jeddah Labor Office has warned expatriates who want to correct their status to read the new amnesty regulations to avoid being cheated of cash by unscrupulous operators hanging around labor, passport and deportation offices.
Abdul Monem Al-Shihri, director of the Jeddah labor office, told Arab News that the administration has provided consulates with the recent regulations and procedures in seven languages: Arabic, English, Hindi, Bahasa Indonesia, Tagalog, Sinhala and Turkish.
He said that 14 information boards have also been set up in front of the labor office in Jeddah in these languages. “The purpose is to educate workers on what qualifies them to correct their status. The same information is provided on the ministry’s website,” Al-Shihri said.
He said this was to counter any misunderstanding and prevent ‘muakebs’ from exploiting expatriate workers.
“I urge all expatriate residency violators to use the extension of the grace period. Those who can’t correct their status and are going on final exits don’t have to pay the iqama violation fines upon leaving. They can also come back after finding a new sponsor,” he said.
Al-Shihri said that most expatriates come to the labor office seeking sponsorship transfers and to change professions. He said most of the transactions are done electronically through the website. “The office receives on average 4,000 to 5,000 transactions every day. The number has doubled in the last two days,” he said.


Saudi aid agency steps up relief work on Yemen’s west coast

Updated 22 April 2018
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Saudi aid agency steps up relief work on Yemen’s west coast

  • KSRelief has carried out more than 200 relief programs and projects had been carried out by the center in Yemen
  • Yemeni government bewails world silence on abuses committed by Iranian-backed Houthi militia 

JEDDAH: King Salman Relief and Humanitarian Aid Center (KSRelief) has distributed 2,000 bags of wheat to displaced people from the western coast of Hodeida governorate to Aden as part of welfare operations in Yemen.
Yemen’s Minister of Local Administration and Higher Relief Committee chairman Abdul Raqeeb Fatah said KSRelief was seen as a beacon for humanitarian work.
More than 200 relief programs and projects had been carried out by the center in Yemen.
The Yemeni government condemned the silence of the UN and the international community on abuses committed by Iranian-backed Houthi militia against people in the Al-Hima area of Taiz governorate.
Rebels had continued indiscriminate shelling of Hima’s villages, forcing people from their homes, Fatah said. Fatah said the militia’s crimes in Taiz districts were contrary to international law. He called on the global community and humanitarian organizations to take a firm position on all Houthi crimes.
Yesterday, KSRelief distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Al-Mukha directorate in Taiz governorate, benefiting 21,000 people.