Saudi Social Insurance body switches to Gregorian calendar starting June

Updated 28 May 2018
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Saudi Social Insurance body switches to Gregorian calendar starting June

  • The pensions paid by the GOSI monthly exceed SR1.7 billion benefiting more than 360,000 people
  • GOSI is a semi-state body that enjoys administrative and financial independence

RIYADH: The General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) has decided to follow the Gregorian calendar from June for the payment of pensions to retirees and to family members of those who have passed away.
This decision comes in line with the government directives to unify paydays for all state employees according to the Gregorian calendar.
GOSI spokesperson Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Abdul Jabbar said the organization will deposit pensions in the accounts of the beneficiaries and family members of the deceased retirees and compensate unemployed people at the beginning of each month starting June 2018.
“The Organization is paying the insurance pensions to beneficiaries in advance according to the social insurance system,” he added.
“After considering the beneficiaries’ material needs for the month of Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr, the organization decided to start paying pensions starting the first of June. That way, the beneficiaries will receive pensions for the month of June just 17 days after receiving pensions for the month of Ramadan.”
Al-Abdul Jabbar also said since June 1 falls on a Friday, the organization would start disbursing payments on May 31.
The pensions paid by the GOSI monthly exceed SR1.7 billion benefiting more than 360,000 people.
GOSI is a semi-state body that enjoys administrative and financial independence. An eleven-member board of directors, supervises GOSI. The organization exercises its activities through a head office and 21 field offices located in a number of regions and governorates in the Kingdom.
The Social Insurance Scheme is an aspect of social cooperation and solidarity provided by the society for citizens. The scheme covers workers in private sector and a group of workers in public sector. It also provides the contributors and their families with a decent life after leaving work due to retirement, disability or death; medical care for contributors afflicted with work injuries or occupational diseases; and necessary compensation in the event of occupational disability or death.


Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

Updated 21 June 2018
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Disappointed fans hail improved performance by Saudi Green Falcons but defeat ends World Cup dream

  • A fan named Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time.
  • Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s World Cup dreams were shattered after Uruguay beat the Green Falcons 1-0 in the second of the three group-stage matches. Most Saudi fans in Jeddah were much happier with the team’s performance in game two, following the resounding 5-0 defeat by host nation Russia in the opening match on June 14, but still bitterly disappointed by the loss, which means they cannot qualify for the knockout stages.

Yousif, who watched the match at the General Sports Authority viewing tent, was happy that the game at least was close this time. “Although we lost, the performance was much better than the first game with Russia. I hope we win our next match,” he said.

Nasrah, who watched the game with her two sons, said: “I was really disappointed because we played good today and nothing less than a win should have been acceptable. I am also disappointed to see the looks on my boys faces when the game ended as they were hoping for a win.”

Khalid Al-Raghbi said at least it had been a good match to watch. “We played a bit better today,” he added. “I wish we would have won but at least we performed better than our last match against Russia.”

Before the game, Ibrahim Al-Turki had been optimistic about Saudi Arabia’s chances. “We didn’t expect today’s result. I was thinking that Saudi would win by two goals, and Uruguay would score one,” he said.

The result was especially disappointing given the close result and the number of chances the Saudis had to score, said Badr, who added: “I don’t know what to tell you because we are deeply disappointed. At least if we lost with a big defeat I would say we deserved it. We had the potential but we could not score.”

Shadi Al-Ghamdi said he wished the national team’s much improved performance in their second game had been more evident in their first. “I am very proud of the players, I thought they played very well. I just wish they had played like this against Russia," he said.

Safah was less complimentary and said that the Saudi players had let their fans down, adding: “They seemed scared whenever they attempted to score any goals.”

Saudi Arabia will face off against Egypt, who also lost their opening two group A games against Uruguay and Russia, on June 25. It will be the final game in the competition for both sides, with only pride to play for, as they battle it out to see who will finish third in the group and who will be left in bottom spot.