Saudi Arabia to compensate contractors for hike in expat fees

A photo taken on January 31, 2017 shows a view of cars driving past a suspended bridge of one of the lines of the Riyadh metro in the Saudi capital. (AFP)
Updated 28 March 2018
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Saudi Arabia to compensate contractors for hike in expat fees

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Tuesday said it would reimburse contractors for increased expatriate worker’s fees in government projects approved before December 2016.
“After reviewing the imposition of monthly fees on expatriate labor ... the Cabinet orders the Finance Ministry ... to compensate enterprises which entered into government contracts before December 2016,” the SPA reported.


First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

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First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

  • Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by Saudi Air Navigation Services

JEDDAH: Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS) on Wednesday celebrated the appointment and start of work of the first batch of Saudi female air traffic controllers at an air traffic control center in Jeddah.
Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by SANS in cooperation with the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation. This is the first program to qualify women to work as air traffic controllers.
The academy initiative, in collaboration with SANS, seeks to create more jobs for women as part of a reform push to wean the economy off oil. Vision 2030 plan aims to increase employment and diversify revenue sources.
Earlier, SANS CEO Ryyan Tarabzoni said the state-owned company was prioritizing the hiring of women in the profession, as the country pushes to extend women’s rights in the country and also recruit more nationals as part of the “Saudization” project.