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.


First group of Sundanese pilgrims arrive in Jeddah

Updated 18 July 2019
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First group of Sundanese pilgrims arrive in Jeddah

  • Jeddah Islamic Port will receive pilgrims until Aug. 6 and more than 266 personnel will be involved in overseeing this year’s Hajj season
  • The president of the Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI) and other dock officials greeted 1,633 pilgrims as they disembarked at Jeddah Islamic Port following their voyage from Sawakin, Sudan

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has welcomed the first group of Sudanese Hajj pilgrims to arrive in the Kingdom by sea.
The president of the Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI), Saad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Khalb, and other dock officials greeted 1,633 pilgrims as they disembarked at Jeddah Islamic Port following their voyage from Sawakin in Sudan.
Al-Khalb said the operational plan prepared for this year’s Hajj aimed to receive 22,000 pilgrims through Jeddah Islamic Port, a 37 percent increase on 2018. He added that 22 trips using four ferries were planned, representing a 29 percent rise in the number of sea journeys on the previous year.
The authority, in cooperation with different government sectors and agencies, aims to ensure Hajj pilgrims’ comfort during their stay in the Kingdom.
Jeddah Islamic Port will receive pilgrims until Aug. 6 and more than 266 personnel will be involved in overseeing this year’s Hajj season. These workers will include maritime pilots, ship captains, technical and operational supervisors, security teams, staff responsible for operations at the station, and technical affairs managers.