Ground services recruit Saudi women to work at local airports

Updated 04 January 2018
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Ground services recruit Saudi women to work at local airports

RIYADH: Bassam Al-Bokhari, chief shared-services officer at Saudi Ground Services Co. (SGS), told Arab News that new Saudi female recruits will join the company and start their training program in February.
Al-Bokhari said that the women will work at check-in counters.
To help them prepare, Al-Bokhari said: “They will be enrolled in an intensive training program. The program includes technical training courses such as passenger services, check-in procedures, safety, security, and soft skills courses such as communication skills, customer services skills and time management.”
Training will be held in cooperation with the Human Resources Development Fund and the Ministry of Labor and Social Development.
Previously, SGS organized the first recruitment forum in Jeddah, under the “Your Way to the Future” program, held Dec. 24-27, 2017. The program aimed to recruit fresh university graduates of both genders to work in service areas at King Abdul Aziz International Airport terminals.
Omar Najjar, SGS CEO, said that these efforts were part of the company’s support for the Kingdom’s directions to “empower Saudi females to become a productive part of society.”
Al-Bokhari said that the response they received was massive. “We have received over 10,000 applications through our online career portal.”


Saudi ministry: More than 3 million Umrah visas issued so far

The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience. (SPA)
Updated 20 January 2019
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Saudi ministry: More than 3 million Umrah visas issued so far

  • Developing Hajj and Umrah organizations and services in the Kingdom is among the top priorities of the Saudi government

JEDDAH: The number of Umrah visas issued this year has reached 3,024,272, of which 2,561,541 pilgrims have arrived in the Kingdom, according to data provided by the Hajj and Umrah Ministry.
There are 399,479 pilgrims still in the Kingdom, with 277,372 in Makkah and 122,107 in Madinah.
Most pilgrims — 2,288,789 — came to the Kingdom by air, while 257,266 entered by land and 15,486 arrived by sea.
The largest number of pilgrims are from Pakistan (681,392) followed by Indonesia (447,450), India (306,470), Yemen (146,067), Malaysia (142,290), Algeria (92,752), Turkey (86,925), Egypt (85,438), Bangladesh (53,131) and the UAE (62,927).
The weekly data also included the number of Saudi staff within Umrah companies and institutions. They are 9,983 Saudis including 8,259 males and 1,724 females.
Developing Hajj and Umrah organizations and services in the Kingdom is among the top priorities of the Saudi government.
The Vision 2030 reform plan aims to attract more than 30 million Umrah pilgrims, and provide them with excellent services and an outstanding experience.