No woman in judiciary

Updated 14 August 2012
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No woman in judiciary

No Saudi woman is working in the judiciary and public prosecutor's office, the Ministry of Civil Service said in its annual report for 2010.
The report indicated that the unemployment rate among women in the Kingdom has reached 29.6 percent.
“Most of the employed women work in education and health sectors,” it said, adding that women have very little representation among diplomats.
“Only one female diplomat works among the 973 male diplomats,” the report pointed out.
Inversely, the percentage of women in teaching jobs exceeds that of men.
“The teaching field attracts more women as their number in the sector has reached more than 230,000, while the number of male teachers stands at 211,000,” the report said.
A good number of Saudi women are seen in the health department: Around 25,000 women work in the sector against 53,000 men.
In the judicial system, however, all 1,555 judges are male, the report said. There are no women among the 1,713 investigators at the Investigation & Prosecution Bureau.
Among the total number of government employees, Saudi men make up 66.6 percent of the total with 589,000 employees, while there are 280,000 women.
The report indicates that 4,380 women employees resigned their jobs during the year against 7,371 males who left their jobs.
“In the government sector, Saudis represent the lion’s share of employees with 92.2 percent. Only 8.7 percent of government jobs are done by foreign nationals,” the report said.
As many as 227,000 Saudi men are engaged in public sector jobs against a mere 21,000 Saudi women who work in the sector.
“There are about 13,000 Saudi men who work as college professors, readers and lecturers and 11,000 women engaged in the same professions,” the report said.
The report also explains the employment situation of expatriates. It pointed out that 75,000 male and female foreigners are working in the government sector.
In the field of education, there are 4,744 expatriates working with 52,000 foreigners in the health department.

 


FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

Ahmad Al-Khatib
Updated 27 May 2018
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FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

  • Saudi Arabian Military Industries aims to aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products

JEDDAH: Ahmad Al-Khatib was appointed the chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) in October 2017. 

He also holds the posts of chairman of the board of directors of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) since 2016; chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Fund for Development; adviser to the general secretariat of the Cabinet; adviser to the minister of defense; and adviser to the court of the crown prince.

Al-Khatib inaugurated on Friday the new facilities of the Aircraft Accessories and Components Company (AACC) at its new headquarters at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah during a ceremony under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

SAMI aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products and become one of the top 25 global companies in the field of military industries.

“Our goal is to localize more than 50 percent of the Kingdom’s military spending by 2030,” said the crown prince in his earlier statement.

Al-Khatib is a former adviser to the royal court, was the minister of health between 2014 and 2016, and served as the chairman for the Saudi stock company established in 2006, Jadwa Investment.

Al-Khatib has 23 years of experience in banking. In 1992 he joined the Bank of Riyad, working in various departments for 11 years and helping to establish the customer investment department. 

In 2003, Al-Khatib joined SABB Bank and participated in the establishment of Islamic Banking (Amanah). He then became the bank’s general manager.