Saudi Arabia to start granting female gym licenses this month

Princess Reema bint Bandar
Updated 12 February 2017
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Saudi Arabia to start granting female gym licenses this month

RIYADH: Licenses will be granted for women’s gyms by the end of February, Princess Reema bint Bandar, vice president for women’s affairs at the General Authority of Sports, told local daily Okaz.
A target is in place to open gyms in every district and neighborhood, it was reported.
Three ministries are set to take part in this process, including the labor, rural affairs and commerce ministries.
Licenses will not be issued for gyms that offer competitive activities, such as football, volleyball, basketball and tennis. The focus will instead be on techniques that contribute to weight loss and fitness, such as swimming, running and bodybuilding.
Workshops and seminars will be held within two months, in order to motivate women to invest in gyms.
As for the high cost of women’s gyms, the authority is working on finding solutions through involving entrepreneurs in what is known as “micro-business.”
Social rejection of women’s sports can be avoided through explaining the enormous benefits of sports for overall health, according to the princess.
“It is not my role to convince the society, but my role is limited to opening the doors for our girls to live a healthy lifestyle away from diseases that result from obesity and lack of movement.”


E-service launched to provide temporary jobs during Hajj

Updated 38 min 47 sec ago
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E-service launched to provide temporary jobs during Hajj

  • Both citizens and expatriates residing legally in Saudi Arabia can apply through the Ajeer portal
  • This temporary work service for Hajj season is a move that regulates and encourages work during the Hajj period through issuing temporary permits via the Ajeer portal

RIYADH: The Ministry of Labor and Social Development has launched an electronic service to provide temporary work during this Hajj season via the Ajeer portal, which is for companies offering Hajj services and those who wish to work during the Hajj season, as well as documenting the contractual relationship between them.
The move by the ministry is to provide an electronic market that shows the supply and demand for jobs during the Hajj season as the portal brings together owners of companies and individuals seeking temporary jobs.
The job seekers include both citizens and expatriates residing legally in the Kingdom as the portal aims to enable companies to attract workers from within the Kingdom instead of recruiting workers from abroad.
“This temporary work service for Hajj season is a move that regulates and encourages work during the Hajj period through issuing temporary permits via the Ajeer portal,” Khaled Abalkhail, a spokesman for the ministry, said.
The e-platform allows those establishments operating during the Hajj season to post job opportunities so job seekers can apply for them and earn temporary permits to work in Makkah, Madinah and Jeddah providing various services to the pilgrims, he added.
“The e-service allows job seekers to register with the portal, upload their bio-data, review available vacancies, apply for suitable posts and manage job requests from employers with the ability to accept opportunities that most suit them,” said Abalkhail.
The contractual process is followed by an endorsement between the Hajj companies and workers.
Abalkhail further emphasized that the establishments can utilize issuance of temporary permits.
Calling on both the companies operating for Hajj season as well as individuals who will benefit from this opportunity by registering with the Ajeer portal (www.ajeer.com.sa), the official said that those interested can also contact customer service as the ministry has allocated the client service telephone number 920002866, which is also available for Ajeer service-related inquiries.
To carry out smooth Hajj services at the two holy mosques round the clock, the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques in 2016 mobilized more than 15,000 regular and seasonal workers, besides the workers assigned to cleaning, operation and maintenance tasks.