Online portal to help Saudi sponsors recruit domestics

Updated 16 May 2016

Online portal to help Saudi sponsors recruit domestics

RIYADH: An online portal has been launched to help citizens to recruit their male and female domestic workers without being exploited by middlemen.
The new portal — available on Labor and Social Development Ministry’s website musaned.gov.sa — will provide a list of the agencies that are authorized to process the recruitment of these workers.
The portal also has details about nationalities and a variety of jobs available, in addition to the costs and the waiting period for the arrival of recruits which should not exceed 60 days .
Khalid Aba Al-Khail, the ministry’s spokesman, said the Musaned website also allows the parties involved in the contractual process to know the mechanisms to file complaints and resolve disputes.
The website contains the forms and documents required for the recruitment of domestic aides submitted by the concerned parties, said the spokesman.
There is also information about the costs for different types job categories from different nationalities.
He called on the clients to report any differences on the announced costs on the website through the ministry’s formal communication channels.
The period for the recruitment process should not exceed 60 days since the date of signing of the contract. Initial payment at the time of signing the contract would not exceed more than 25 percent of its value and the remaining amount would be paid once the visa is stamped on the passport of the worker, according to the official.
Clients can also find status updates on the site during the process.
A fine of SR100 will be imposed on the job agent for each day of delay for a maximum of period of 30 days.
The contract will be canceled if the manpower was not supplied during the required time and the clients will receive refunds along with fines.


Two new academies to boost Saudi arts, heritage and music

Updated 48 min 29 sec ago

Two new academies to boost Saudi arts, heritage and music

  • One academy specializing in heritage and traditional arts and crafts will start receiving applications in autumn 2020
  • A second academy dedicated to music will receive 1,000 students and trainees from 2021

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is to set up arts academies, including two in the next two years, offering a step toward academic qualification and enlarging the Kingdom’s footprint in heritage, arts and crafts, and music.

The initiative is part of the Ministry of Culture’s Quality of Life program. 

The minister, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan, said investment in “capacity building” was one of the most important elements in encouraging the cultural sector, which enjoyed unlimited support from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Kingdom was rich in diverse arts, talents and artistic production, Prince Badr said, and the academies would be a first step toward academic qualification in the arts within the Kingdom.

One academy specializing in heritage and traditional arts and crafts will start receiving applications in autumn 2020, targeting 1,000 students and trainees in long- and short-term programs. 

A second academy dedicated to music will receive 1,000 students and trainees from 2021.

The music academy in particular will be “the core of music production and talent development in Saudi Arabia,” Saudi musician, composer and producer Mamdouh Saif told Arab News.

The music industry was a large and diverse field, Saif said, and education was crucial. 

“The academy is the right place to launch the music industry in Saudi Arabia, and it will have a significant impact on Saudi youth, and young people in surrounding countries,” he said.

He expects “a very high turnout” for the academy among young Saudis. 

“Due to my expertise in this area, I receive many questions from people who want to learn music, but through private lessons,” he said.

“But the availability of an academy for this purpose, that teaches music in a methodological way, will be the right start for those interested in music.”