Ministry begins recruiting 3,500 expat medical workers

Updated 13 December 2013
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Ministry begins recruiting 3,500 expat medical workers

The Ministry of Health has started recruiting 3,500 expatriate medical professionals including doctors and nurses for vacancies at various hospitals across the Kingdom.
Officials from the ministry visited the Indian cities of Hyderabad, Cochin and New Delhi to select 714 specialist doctors to work at hospitals in Jeddah, Tabuk, Taif, Riyadh and other parts of the Kingdom.
The ministry has also started to recruit doctors from Pakistan and Egypt.
According to sources in India, the team conducted interviews for 353 vacancies. The doctors selected are expected to arrive in the Kingdom shortly. The remaining vacancies would be filled in the next few weeks, the sources said.
A total of 313 specialist doctors have been selected from Delhi, 256 from Hyderabad and 145 from Cochin, the sources said. Advertisements detailing vacancies are published widely in leading Indian newspapers, job portals and medical journals.
The ministry’s requirements are handled by 14 authorized recruitment agencies across India. The interviews are conducted personally by a Saudi committee comprising officials from various regional directorates and specialist doctors from the ministry.
The Saudi government's spending on health has grown at a compound annual growth rate of 18 percent between 2005 and 2012.
The total Saudi budget was SR690 billion in 2012 compared to SR580 billion in 2011, an increase of 19 percent. However, total spending on the healthcare sector increased 26 percent from SR68.7 billion in 2011 to SR86.5 billion in 2012. This represented 12.5 percent of the total budget in 2012 compared to 11.8 percent in 2011.
Based on various data points from the ninth development plan of the Saudi government, covering the period 2010 to 2014, social and healthcare spending account for 19 percent of the total budgeted expenditure, equivalent to approximately SR274 billion.


MiSK, Qiddiya team up for internship program 

Updated 25 March 2019
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MiSK, Qiddiya team up for internship program 

  • Interns will work on entertainment mega-project
  • Program open to university seniors and new graduates

RIYADH: A new internship program for young Saudis has been launched in the Kingdom, following a partnership between Misk Foundation and the Qiddiya Investment Company (QIC).

The program runs from June 16 to Aug. 31, 2019, and provides an opportunity for university seniors and recent graduates to be part of Qiddiya, an entertainment mega-project located 40 minutes from Riyadh.

Interns will have the chance to work at Qiddiya’s corporate offices alongside professionals from around the world and will be placed across 12 departments.

They will learn and develop skills that are required to succeed in their professional lives.

They will also gain exposure to QIC’s culture and learn from executives with over 20 years of experience across several sectors. 

QIC CEO Mike Reininger said: “We are contributing directly to the Saudi Vision (2030 reform plan) by creating a richer lifestyle for Saudi citizens while spurring innovation in the creative, hospitality and entertainment sectors. This unique opportunity allows students and fresh graduates to experience what it takes to be part of the change in Saudi by giving them the chance to work alongside a group of both local and international seasoned professionals. Thanks to this partnership with MiSK, we will be training the next generation of industry leaders.” 

Application to the program is open for those with fewer than two years of professional experience. Candidates must show strong academic credentials and submit a short video as part of their application.

King Salman led the Qiddiya ground-breaking ceremony in front of a global audience last April.

The project is aimed at helping to stem the $30 billion a year which Saudis currently spend abroad on tourism, and has the backing of the Kingdom’s Public Investment Fund.

It targets local, regional and international tourists and will be Saudi Arabia’s preeminent entertainment, sports and cultural destination.

It is expected to be the world’s largest entertainment city by 2030, with a total area of 334 square kilometers, surpassing Walt Disney World in Florida, which is only 110 sq. km.