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.


FaceOf:  Dr. Abdul Aziz Sarha, secretary-general of the Muslim World League's relief agency

Dr. Abdul Aziz Sarhan
Updated 3 min 41 sec ago
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FaceOf:  Dr. Abdul Aziz Sarha, secretary-general of the Muslim World League's relief agency

Dr. Abdul Aziz Sarhan has been the secretary-general of the International Association for Relief, Care and Development (IARCD) since Mohammed Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League (MWL) and chairman of the board of directors of the IARCD, commissioned him earlier this year.

On Wednesday, MWL sent a team to Indonesia’s Lombok island in an initiative to help restore what last week's powerful earthquake has destroyed.

The secretary-general said that IARCD’s team was working on responding to the needs of everyone affected by the earthquake, and they would assist those in need as prioritized by necessity, especially women and children.

Abdul Aziz Sarhan was born in Makkah in 1950, completed his initial schooling in Makkah, and then pursued a bachelor’s degree in geography and a diploma in education from Um Al-Qura University in Makkah in 1973. 

He received a master’s degree in social studies from the University of Denver, Colorado, followed a doctorate curriculum and instruction in 1982.

During his time in the US, Sarhan founded a student club in Colorado, called the Saudi Arabic School, in 1983 and chaired its board. Along with a group of fellow Saudi students in America, he also started a magazine in Colorado.

Sarhan is well known in the Muslim community for his work with the Muslim World League as the director of the Islamic Cultural Center in Madrid, in 1992 for four years. 

In the years after that until 1995, he served as the secretary of the European Continental Board of Mosques. For the following two years, he was the director of the office of the Muslim World League in South Africa.

He was also the representative of the International Islamic Relief Organization in Spain and South Africa from 1995 to 1996, and was appointed director of the Office of the Muslim World League in France.