Thousands sign up for transport program geared to aid Saudi working women

Updated 10 November 2017
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Thousands sign up for transport program geared to aid Saudi working women

RIYADH: Some 3,172 Saudi women have signed up for the “Wusool” program to support the transportation of working women during the first three weeks of its launch, Khalid Abu Al-Khail, official spokesman of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development and the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) announced.

He pointed out that the program aims to support Saudi women working in the private sector.

Abu Al-Khail explained that the women’s transportation program “Wusool” is a solution to address the challenges of transfers to and from the workplace by providing secure and high-quality transport services.

“The program requires that the women employee must be registered under the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI). The program will cover most areas of the Kingdom,” he said.

Abu Al-Khalil invited Saudi women working in the private sector to register for the “Wusool” program via its portal through the link http://wusool.sa, and to learn about the program and its conditions.


FaceOf: Gen. Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili, Saudi military chief of staff

Gen. Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili
Updated 20 June 2018
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FaceOf: Gen. Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili, Saudi military chief of staff

The military Chief of Staff of Saudi Arabia, Gen. Fayyad bin Hamed Al-Ruwaili, relayed Eid Al-Fitr greetings from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to members of the armed forces in the southern region.

Al-Ruwaili visited Prince Sultan Medical Military City in Riyadh to check on the wounded soldiers and relay the king's Eid greetings as well as his appreciation of their love for their country and the sacrifices they have made for the safety of the Kingdom.

Al-Ruwaili became Saudi Arabia’s chief of staff in February 2018 after the retirement of Gen. Abdulrahman Al-Bunayan.

Al-Ruwaili was born in Turaif, a small town in the Northern Borders region, in 1958. He went to school there, completing high school in Arar, then joined King Faisal Air Academy in Riyadh where he graduated as lieutenant pilot.

After that, he received a scholarship and traveled to the US to complete his flight training at Lakeland in Florida. He did a master’s in military science from Air Command and Staff College, and earned a second master’s degree in strategic studies from the US Air University in Alabama.

He returned to the Kingdom, and worked on several air military bases until he became a squadron commander and then a wing commander. He was an assistant at the air base in Taif, before he became commander of King Fahd Air Base in the western sector of Taif.

In 2012, Al-Ruwaili was appointed as commander of the Air Force, before King Salman issued the royal decree that promoted him to the rank of General Officer and made him the Kingdom’s chief of staff.