5.3 million expatriates legalize their status

Updated 03 September 2013

5.3 million expatriates legalize their status

The Ministry of Labor said that 5.3 million foreign workers legalized their work status during the grace period, which began on April 3.
“The ministry is currently making plans to arrest labor regulation violators when the grace period comes to an end on Nov. 3, after which it will begin rigorous inspections,” said Abdullah Abuthnain, undersecretary for Inspections and Development at the Ministry of Labor.
More than 1.5 million workers transferred their sponsorship to new employers and 1.3 million changed their work description, while 2.5 million changed their residence permits, Al-Hayat daily reported on Sunday.
Abuthnain said the ministry organized training programs for inspectors to teach them to look for violations in establishments where violations are more likely to occur.
Abuthnain said the ministry would also supply special vehicles for its inspectors to visit locations across the Kingdom.
He said that the ministry plans to implement a project for private establishments for self-correction.
“The establishments will supply us with all the information we want to check. We will verify matters with the help of private sector companies,” he said.


Lead roles for Saudi stars as Okaz Nights concerts begin

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Lead roles for Saudi stars as Okaz Nights concerts begin

  • Abadi Al-Johar and Dalia Mubarak shine in wonderful musical evening

TAIF: The Okaz Nights series of concerts began with a wonderful evening featuring Saudi stars Abadi Al-Johar and Dalia Mubarak at the Okaz Main Theater, which has been given a new look.

The concerts are part of Taif Season, which is presenting events throughout August. The concert with Al-Johar and Mubarak, which sold out quickly, was well received by the audience of more than 2,500.

The evening began at 9.30 p.m. with a collection of new and old songs from Mubarak, supported by 27 musicians. Al-Johar then greeted her with beautiful and famous songs.

Emirati singer Hussain Al-Jasmi also performed at the theater, which will host Syrian musical artist Asala Nasri on Aug. 28 and Ahlam Al-Shamsi on Aug. 30.