Labor Ministry designates 12 job types as Saudi-only

Updated 29 January 2018
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Labor Ministry designates 12 job types as Saudi-only

RIYADH: Minister of Labor and Social Development Ali Al-Ghafees has issued a decree to limit work in 12 new activities to Saudi men and women starting next Hijri year (September 2018), the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The ministerial decree was issued in an effort to empower Saudi citizens and provide them with more job opportunities in the private sector.

Khaled Abalkhail, the ministry’s spokesman, said sales activities limited to Saudi employees will include the following categories: Watches, eyewear, medical equipment and devices, electrical and electronic appliances, auto parts, building materials, carpets, cars and motorcycles, home and office furniture, children’s clothing and men’s accessories, home kitchenware, and confectioneries.

He said it is necessary to abide by regulations for hiring women in activities and stores defined by the ministerial decree. “This condition does not conflict with other Saudization decrees, ” he said.

Abalkhail pointed out that a committee will be formed to develop a program for Saudizing jobs in the above industries and coordinating with relevant authorities, with committee members drawn from the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, ​​the Human Resources Development Fund (HADAF), and the Social Development Bank.

Action will be taken against violators, he said.


Makkah to host 4-day economic forum starting March 23

Participants attend the Makkah Regional Economic Forum (MREF) in Jeddah in this May 6, 2018 file photo. On March 23, 2019, the second MREF will open with the theme "The Road to an Urban Future, Invest in Makkah." (AN file)
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Makkah to host 4-day economic forum starting March 23

  • This year’s forum will focus on urban development, public services and infrastructure, transport and logistics, and innovation in Hajj and Umrah
  • Some of this year’s topics will be highlighted at next year’s G20 Summit hosted by Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: Under the patronage of Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, the second Makkah Region Economic Forum (MREF) kicks off on Saturday at Jabal Omar Hotel.
The four-day event is organized by the Makkah governorate and the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in collaboration with the Makkah and Taif chambers of commerce and industry.
Under the title “The Road to an Urban Future: Invest in Makkah,” this year’s edition will focus on four main topics: Urban development, public services and infrastructure, transport and logistics, and innovation in Hajj and Umrah. 
The MREF will also shed light on unique new investment opportunities in the Makkah region.
Hisham Al-Falih, head of the forum’s executive committee, said the MREF aims to encourage local and international business investments in the region’s development projects.
“The main themes to be discussed at this year’s edition … are designed to integrate with the economic issues that were discussed during the meetings of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, which was held in January,” he said. 
Some of this year’s topics will be highlighted at next year’s G20 Summit hosted by Saudi Arabia, he added.
The main topics of the MREF’s panel discussions will include housing, hospitality, business development, and development of the Makkah region’s unplanned neighborhoods.
Last year’s edition offered investment opportunities worth more than SR280 million ($74.6 million) and attracted nearly 7,500 people, paving the way for major investment projects in the region. 
The first MREF saw the participation in panel discussions of eight ministers, a group of economic leaders and VIPs from around the world.