Over 100,000 Saudi women apply for 140 passport control jobs

The directorate announced it has begun processing applications to fill vacancies for the rank of private, to be filled by Saudi women who are high school graduates or holders of an equivalent diploma. (SPA)
Updated 01 February 2018
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Over 100,000 Saudi women apply for 140 passport control jobs

JEDDAH: Saudi women are eager to work in the country’s passport offices, as unprecedented numbers applied for jobs advertised by the General Directorate of Passports (GDP).
On Jan. 18, the directorate announced via Twitter that it was looking for female Saudi nationals to fill 140 jobs at airport passport offices and land borders.
Just a week after the application process began, amazed GDP officials learned that 107,000 Saudi women had applied and that the directorate’s website had received more than 600,000 hits.
Officials closed the registration for the jobs to prevent numbers of applications mounting further.
The directorate announced it has begun processing applications to fill vacancies for the rank of private, to be filled by Saudi women who are high school graduates or holders of an equivalent diploma.
Official GDP spokesman, Lt. Col. Talal Al-Shalhoub, told Arab News that it will be possible to process the applications electronically. He said that the directorate will sift applications through an automatic coding system, designed to ensure that all applications meet the criteria.
Successful applicants will need to be physically fit, aged between 25 and 35, and not married to a non-Saudi national. Women who grew up outside the Kingdom while their fathers served overseas are exempt from the Saudi nationals condition.
Approved candidates will have to successfully attend a 30-day training course before they will be allowed to begin their official duties.


Heavy rain effects provinces across Saudi Arabia as weather warnings remain in place

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Heavy rain effects provinces across Saudi Arabia as weather warnings remain in place

JEDDAH: Weather warnings remained in place for much of the Kingdom after heavy rainfall affected provinces across Saudi Arabia on Thursday.
The Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME) issued an advanced warning of medium to heavy rain with thunderstorms spanning from the northern border of the Kingdom down to the Eastern Province, and also including the Riyadh Region.
Saudis posted videos and photos of the scenery in Al-Bajadiya, Riyadh Region.
Meanwhile, other cities were expected to continue having thunderstorms, including Al-Madinah in the Hijaz region, and Al-Jouf in the North.
Earlier Thursday, Jeddah residents shared videos of rain flooding a main street in Old Makkah Road.
The Gulf and the Middle East have been affected by the storms that have passed through. Kuwait International Airport has suspended and redirected all flights. Ministries, universities, public and private schools remained shut in Kuwait.
Flash floods in Jordan forced nearly 4000 tourists out of the ancient city of Petra, killing at least 11 people.