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.


FaceOf: Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi ambassador to Germany

Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan
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FaceOf: Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi ambassador to Germany

  • He was appointed to this position in June 2017
  • Prince Khalid graduated from the University of Oxford obtaining a degree in Oriental studies

Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan is the Saudi ambassador to Germany. 

He was appointed to this position in June 2017. Prince Khalid is the son of Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, the former head of Saudi intelligence.

He has also served his country as an adviser to the Saudi ambassador to the US for three years. Prince Khalid has also worked at the UN’s department of political affairs in New York. Prince Khalid bin Bandar is also the executive chairman of Dayım Holding, established in 2006 to act as a vehicle for investment, strategic partnerships and joint ventures in Saudi Arabia. 

He also headed Hertz Equipment Rental in Saudi Arabia, and led several other key business ventures. 

Prince Khalid graduated from the University of Oxford obtaining a degree in Oriental studies. He also graduated from the Sandhurst Military Academy as a commissioned officer, before obtaining a post-graduate degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. 

Prince Khalid married Lucy Caroline Cuthbert in 2011. She is the maternal niece of Ralph Percy, the 12th Duke of Northumberland. The ambassador was recently interviewed by German newspaper Welt Am Sonntag in which he commented on Saudi journalist Jamal Kashoggi’s case.

“The whole thing is a tragedy. For his family, but also for our country. I am very sad to see how much of our work has been destroyed as a result. We will ensure that those responsible are punished,” the envoy said. “We do not deal with dissidents and exiles in this way. They remain Saudi citizens and if they have problems, we take care of them. homeland is there for them.”