McDonald’s to hire 4,000 Saudis

Updated 18 July 2014
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McDonald’s to hire 4,000 Saudis

Global food giant McDonald’s, which has a substantial presence in Saudi Arabia, has announced plans to hire 4,000 young Saudi men as part of its move to expand operations, eying in particular fresh graduates with an interest in the food sector, said Prince Mishaal bin Khaled Al-Saud, president of the Riyadh International Catering Company (RICC), on Thursday. The Saudi youngsters will be trained and employed by McDonald’s within 30 months from now, he added.
“As one of the country’s largest employers of young people, the company and its franchisees in Saudi Arabia are aiming to hire the largest number of youngsters they have ever attempted to hire in such a short period,” said Prince Mishaal, whose RICC is the franchisee of McDonald’s in the central, eastern and northern regions of the Kingdom.
Prince Mishaal was speaking on the sidelines of a suhoor party hosted by McDonald’s at the local Ritz Carlton Hotel here.
Asked about the details of the recruitment strategy, Prince Mishaal said that “McDonald’s would open 35 new outlets in the Kingdom in 2015.”
More outlets will be opened in the following year. The number of young Saudis manning McDonald’s restaurants will exceed 2,000 by the end of the current year itself, he explained.
“By 2016, McDonald’s will have on its payroll 4,000 Saudis, who will represent more than 35 percent of our total work force,” said Prince Mishaal, adding that the food retailer is working closely with the Ministry of Labor and the Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF) on enhancing nationalization.
“We have received a great deal of support and encouragement for our localization programs from Minister of Labor Adel Fakeih,” he noted.


Christchurch Muslims praise King Salman’s Hajj offer

Updated 6 min 26 sec ago
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Christchurch Muslims praise King Salman’s Hajj offer

  • The president of the Muslim Association of Canterbury Shagaf Khan said people will be both financially and spiritually supported during the journey
  • Khan said a trip to Makkah would normally cost around 10,000 New Zealand dollars ($6,769), but King Salman’s offer would cover pilgrims “from the time they leave their house and come back”

CHRISTCHURCH: King Salman’s Hajj offer to host families of those affected by March’s Christchurch terror attacks is “something really special,” said the president of the Muslim Association of Canterbury, Shagaf Khan.
The Saudi king has offered to host and cover the expenses of 200 Hajj pilgrims when they journey to Makkah this year.
Khan said people will be both financially and spiritually supported during the journey. “For some of them, it’ll be a great comfort feeling like they’ve fulfilled the obligations of being a Muslim,” he added.
Khan said a trip to Makkah would normally cost around 10,000 New Zealand dollars ($6,769), but King Salman’s offer would cover pilgrims “from the time they leave their house and come back.”
When asked what the offer would mean for Canterbury’s Muslim community, Khan said it is part of the solidarity and support that has been shown to them since the Christchurch terror attacks, which claimed the lives of 51 people.
“Four months on … people still feel supported and they feel they’re still being remembered,” he added.
Sheikh Mohammed Amir, who is working closely with the local community, Saudi Arabia’s Embassy and its Ministry of Islamic Affairs to implement King Salman’s offer, said it will be available for those who had lost family members or been injured in the mosque attacks.
Canterbury’s Muslims are “very appreciative” of the offer, added Amir, who is chairman of the Islamic Scholars Board of New Zealand.
“I’ll say with full confidence that this will be a big relief for the deceased’s families, for the victims, for all those who’ve been injured and affected,” he said.
When asked how the organization of the pilgrimage is going, Amir said “so far, so good,” but added that it has been challenging without official records to track everyone down.
He said it is an honor and a responsibility to help organize the pilgrimage, which he has been helping to plan since the end of Ramadan. “People are very excited about it,” he added.
He said he believed that the king’s offer had been made to help people’s rehabilitation after the terror attacks.
“The community believes he’s going to contribute in building Christchurch and bringing people to a normal life,” Amir added.