Labor offices to work during Eid holidays

Updated 08 November 2013
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Labor offices to work during Eid holidays

The Ministry of Labor has urged private organizations, individuals and the expatriate work force to legalize their status before the fast-approaching deadline of Nov. 3 marking the end of the amnesty period.
Ziyad Al-Sayigh, deputy minister for customer services and labor relations, said that the Ministry had directed the various labor bureaus to work morning and evening shifts and to work during weekends and the Eid Al-Adha holiday.
The ministry has also tripled the number of staff in the customer services center (available on 920001173) to accommodate more calls.
“I would like to stress that 90 percent of procedures can be processed electronically without physically going to the labor bureau. This can be done through the ministry’s portal at mol.gov.sa,” said Al-Sayigh.
Expatriate workers can transfer their sponsorship from one company to another and they can also change their professions, with the exception of those who need to be in possession of professional certificates,” he said.
Al-Sayigh said individuals must cooperate in achieving the objectives of the normalization campaign. “It is a national duty to help fix irregularities in the labor market. The main cause for negative growth in some sectors is the concealment and employment of labor without work permits. Authorities will begin a campaign to ensure compliance with the regulations once the deadline is up.” Anyone who has not normalized their status by the Nov. 3 deadline will be subject to fines of SR100,000 and imprisonment for up to two years,” he said. “We have issued requirements for legalization in nine languages to avoid confusion.”
The Bangladesh Embassy, meanwhile, has called for an extension of the amnesty period to legalize the residency status of 400,000 Bangladeshis.
Muhammad Imdadul Haq, labor consultant at the embassy, said huge numbers of illegal Bangladeshi workers were likely to visit the embassy in the next few days. “We expect 400,000 Bangladeshi nationals to show up at the embassy to legalize their status, but it will be impossible to process their papers before the amnesty period ends,” he said.


Saudi Arabia’s air defense intercepts Houthi ballistic missile fired towards Jazan

Updated 20 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s air defense intercepts Houthi ballistic missile fired towards Jazan

  • Earlier this week, Saudi air defenses shot down a previous ballistic missile attack by the Houthis
  • The incident happened hours after the coalition warned of a “painful” response if the Houthis mounted new attacks on Saudi Arabia

Saudi air defense forces managed to intercept a ballistic missile fired by Houthi militias from Yemen headed in the direction of Saudi Arabia’s border province of Jazan on Friday.

Earlier this week, Saudi air defenses shot down a previous ballistic missile attack by the Houthis.

Colonel Turki Al-Maliki, the coalition's spokesman, said the missile was monitored by the Saudi Air Force to have been launched from Yemen's Amran province at 10:16 p.m. Monday toward populated areas in the southern Saudi province of Najran.

The missile was intercepted before it could hit its target, Al-Maliki said.

The incident happened hours after the coalition warned of a “painful” response if the Houthis mounted new attacks on Saudi Arabia using what it said were Iran-supplied drones.

So far, the Houthis have launched over 100 missiles at Saudi cities and installations.