Saudi public sector workers’ bonuses reinstated 

King Salman reinstated the annual bonus to government workers. (SPA)
Updated 23 October 2018
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Saudi public sector workers’ bonuses reinstated 

  • The resumption of the rewards will be at the beginning of 2019

JEDDAH: King Salman has reinstated annual bonuses to Saudi Arabia’s government workers, a cabinet members said on Monday.

The bonuses will be what they previously were and procedures pertaining to them unchanged, the country’s Civil Service minister Sulaiman Al-Hamdan said.

The resumption of the rewards will be at the beginning of 2019 and will apply to all government employees, the minister told Al Arabiya News Channel.

“The Ministry of Civil Service has been tasked along with the Ministry of Finance and several other agencies to prepare an integrated study on the annual bonus and its impact. 

“A comprehensive study has been prepared and several simulation programs have been developed for many assumptions. These were presented to the Finance Committee under the chairmanship of the crown prince.

“I thank the king and the crown prince on behalf of government employees for issuing this royal decree, which reflects their keenness to improve the performance of the government sector,” he said.

In April 2017, King Salman had issued a royal decree restoring bonuses and allowances for civil servants and military personnel that had been cut under austerity measures in September 2016.
 


Formula E brings racing-themed roadshow to Jeddah

Updated 17 November 2018
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Formula E brings racing-themed roadshow to Jeddah

  • The Road to Ad Diriyah will give Jeddah a taste of the historical three-day festival of racing, live music, culture and entertainment that is set to take place in Ad Diriyah
  • More than 6,000 motorsport fans stormed to Khobar last week for the road show

DUBAI: After a successful run in Khobar last week, Road to Ad Diriyah, a racing-themed entertainment event, is set to visit Jeddah as the country gears up for all-electric street car-racing activities in December.

More than 6,000 motorsport fans stormed to Khobar last week for the road show, which featured racing-themed activities heralding the upcoming 2018 Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix on Dec. 13 to 15, a first-of-its-kind sporting event in the Middle East.

The Jeddah edition opens on Nov. 22, with most of the activities from the previous one, as well as an e-sports competition whose winner will take home SAR 1,000,000.

The ABB FIA Formula E Road to Ad Diriyah e-sports championship allows fans to command a SAR 250,000 professional racing simulator. The 16 best participants will then be invited to Ad Diriyah in December for the grand finals.

The Road to Ad Diriyah will give Jeddah a taste of what the historical three-day festival of racing, live music, culture and entertainment that is set to take place in Ad Diriyah will be like.

Bavaria Zaman, who visited the Khobar show with husband Rashid Khan and kids Nawal, Daiin and Nashin, said: "I think it's fantastic. The kids are running around and having fun."

The upcoming E-Prix is the first in a 10-year partnership between ABB FIA Formula E and the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia (GSA) and the Saudi Arabian Motor Federation (SAMF).