Crown prince of Sharjah inaugurates GCC Labor Market Conference

The opening session of the conference was attended by the directors and employees of a large number of public and private sector organizations in the UAE and other GCC countries.
Updated 21 October 2017

Crown prince of Sharjah inaugurates GCC Labor Market Conference

Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed, crown prince and deputy ruler of Sharjah, on Sunday attended the opening of the 5th GCC HR and Labor Market Executive Conference held under the theme “Gulf human capital, a promising wealth.”
The two-day conference organized by the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the Expo Center Sharjah was addressed by Abdullah Sultan Al-Owais, vice president of the Federation of the UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry and chairman of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Abdul Rahman S. Al-Otaishan, chairman of the Federation of Chambers of the Gulf Cooperation Council; and Khalifa bin Said Al-Abri, assistant secretary-general for economic and development affairs at the General Secretariat of the GCC.
Also among the speakers were Jameel bin Mohammed Ali Humaidan, Bahrain’s minister of labor and social development and current chairman of the GCC Labor Ministers, and Fayez Ali Al-Mutairi, director general of the Arab Labor Organization.
The opening session was attended by Saqr Ghobash, UAE minister of human resources and Emiratization; Khaled bin Butti, director general of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Saif Mohammed Al-Midfa, executive director of Expo Center Sharjah; Mariam Saif Al-Shamsi, assistant director general for logistics at Sharjah Chamber; and the directors and employees of a large number of public and private sector organizations in the UAE and other GCC countries.
Sheikh Sultan opened the exhibition accompanying the conference and took a tour while being briefed on the services provided by Sharjah Chamber and its affiliates at the event. He also visited the pavilion of the Sharjah Forum for Development, which is hosting 30 young people from the Sharjah Leadership Programme.
Al-Owais delivered a presentation on the importance of human resources as the basis for the sustainable development of any society. He pointed out that the GCC countries have given priority to Gulf citizens while building the foundation for improving human lives based on a shared common vision and the wise guidance and support of the leaders of these countries.
Al-Owais announced the establishment of an award to recognize and honor Gulf enterprises employing the highest number of GCC citizens under the name “Sharjah Gulf Localization Award.”

VFS Global opens visa application center in Riyadh

Updated 23 September 2018

VFS Global opens visa application center in Riyadh

VFS Global, the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for diplomatic missions, has announced the opening of a UK visa application center in Riyadh, close to the diplomatic quarter.

VFS Global said the new center, which will serve travelers to the UK and Australia, is equipped to handle more visa applicants conveniently with increased seating capacity and ample parking space, while also offering ancillary travel services within the premises for a seamless customer experience.

Officially inaugurating the center, Ambassador of the UK to Saudi Arabia Simon Collis said: “‘Our customers in Saudi Arabia are extremely important to us, and we continually look for new and innovative ways to improve the visa service we offer, both to Saudi nationals and local residents. We offer an excellent visa service for those who choose to apply for a UK visa. 

For Saudi nationals, the average processing time for non-settlement visas is less than five days. Whether speed, convenience or comfort is the priority, we hope that this new VAC — and indeed the visa services available across the whole of Saudi Arabia — provide our customers with a Great British welcome from the very start of their journey to the UK.”

The new center is located at 2591, Al-Hada District, besides Courtyard Marriott Hotel and close to Ritz Carlton, Riyadh. Visa applicants to the UK and Australia can access details on visa application procedures at

Located on the Makkah Road, the center is also well-connected to the city center and other neighboring towns.

Vinay Malhotra, regional group COO for Middle East, South Asia and China, VFS Global, said: “The new standalone center has been designed with a view to provide a comprehensive experience to applicants in terms of visa processing and accessing necessary travel services under one canopy. The UK continues to remain a popular destination for tourism, business and student visitors from Saudi Arabia. The latest visa figures show that over 130,000 Saudi nationals were issued a UK visa in the last year.We are confident that the new center for the UK and Australia visa applicants will provide enhanced convenience and ensure customer delight.”

Managed by professionals, the center also offers the comfort of a Premium Lounge for more personalized service as optional service.