Six-month jail sentence, SR50,000 fine for unauthorized foreign workers

Updated 30 July 2017
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Six-month jail sentence, SR50,000 fine for unauthorized foreign workers

RIYADH: Unauthorized foreign workers, or those working on their account, will face severe penalties reaching up to six months in jail, a SR50,000 ($13,331) fine and deportation, local media said, quoting the General Directorate of Passports.
Penalties of work violators will come in a gradual step where expats working independently will be fined SR10,000 and deported if the violation is committed for the first time, while second-time offenders will be fined SR25,000, jailed for one month and deported, Al-Madinah daily said. Third-time offenders will incur a SR50,000-fine, a six-month jail term and deportation.
The Kingdom recently launched a campaign titled “A nation without violators” to hunt down work and residence violators. A 90-day amnesty period was given for violators to correct their status, which was later extended by one month to allow over-stayers to leave the country. Some 600,000 expatriate workers have so far benefited from the campaign since its inception in March.
The Interior and Labor Ministries are reportedly coordinating efforts to flush out illegals to regulate the labor market in the framework of the current plans to apply Vision 2030. 


Bangladeshi pilgrim treated for heart attack at King Abdullah Medical City

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Bangladeshi pilgrim treated for heart attack at King Abdullah Medical City

JEDDAH: A medical team at King Abdullah Medical City in Makkah saved the life of a Bangladeshi pilgrim in his forties who suffered an acute heart attack, which almost killed him.
The medical team intervened quickly after the pilgrim arrived in the medical city after initial tests showed that the pilgrim had suffered from a cardiac arrest and the patient was transferred to an operating theater.
A blood clot was discovered in one of the pilgrim’s main arteries and he was operated on. The patient was then monitored to check that he was well and given a treatment plan.
The Bangladeshi pilgrim expressed his happiness at the outcome and his gratitude for the medical service he was provided.
About 2 million people from more than 80 countries are expected to attend this year’s Hajj, which is likely to begin on August 19.
According to the Hajj agreement with Saudi Arabia, a total of 126,798 Bangladeshi pilgrims will be performing the Hajj.