Firms use visually impaired to meet Saudization quota

Updated 03 May 2014

Firms use visually impaired to meet Saudization quota

Unscrupulous employers are using citizens with visual disabilities to hike their Saudization quotas by either employing them without their knowledge, or for a pittance.
Mohammed Al-Shwimman, director of the Kafif Charity Society, revealed this on Thursday at a press conference to announce job creation initiatives for people with visual disabilities in the country.
Al-Shwimman said many people with visual disabilities are employed but do not receive salaries. He said many others have resigned from their jobs because their employers have failed to provide them with adequate work environments.
He said the charity is currently setting up a database of people with visual disability in the country to check on their employment status.
The Ministry of Labor counts a special needs employee as four Saudis toward Saudization quotas. Once companies make the quota, they are allowed to employ foreigners. However, many companies employ these people with minimal salaries to stay at home.
Nasser bin Ali Al-Musa, chairman of the Kafif society and a member of the Shoura Council, confirmed that many companies are involved in these illegal practices. This is taking place because many employers believe that people with visual disabilities are unable to work.
According to government statistics released in 2013, the majority of the Kingdom’s 375,795 registered persons with disabilities are neglected and often exploited.
According to reports, there is a lack of coordination between the Ministries of Labor and Social Affairs, and the private sector, to help these people.
There is no governing body for such people, which means an absence of classifications on the exact nature of their disabilities. There are also no records kept of their personal skills and abilities.
In addition, with no laws to protect them from exploitation in the workplace, people with disabilities are often deprived of promotions and other benefits regardless of their educational qualifications or job performance.
It was found that once employers use them to meet Saudization quotas they neglect them or force them to resign.

Saudi drivers to make racing history with debuts at Ad Diriyah

Updated 13 December 2018

Saudi drivers to make racing history with debuts at Ad Diriyah

  • Two local heroes to take to the track in the first-ever Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY contest for production-based electric cars
  • Ahmed Bin Khanen and Bandar Alesayi of the Saudi Racing team will be among the first drivers to test Ad Diriyah track

RIYADH: Saudi motorsport has never looked so good as two drivers prepare for a historic debut in the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY, the world’s first international championship for production-based electric cars, being launched at the racetrack created at the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site of Ad Diriyah.

Flying the flag for Saudi Arabia, the General Sports Authority (SAMF) and the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF), Ahmed Bin Khanen and Bandar Alesayi of the Saudi Racing team will be among the first drivers to take to the track tomorrow.

Saudi fans can cheer them on during their free practice session at 3.45pm tomorrow (Friday, December 14), and see if they make it to the final of eTROPHY at 12.50pm on Saturday (December 15).

Ahmed Bin Khanen, Saudi Racing said: “It’s really great to be part of the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Championship, especially as the first race is in Saudi Arabia with my family and friends. I hope to get a good race result and most importantly, make the race exciting for fans to watch.”

The Saturday eTrophy final precedes the main ABB FIA Formula E race, the 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix.

Single-day tickets from Friday at SR330 are still available at, along with three-day tickets from SR950.