Saudi Passport Directorate now accepting female applicants

Women are now being encouraged to apply for jobs with the Saudi Directorate for Passports. (SPA file photo)
Updated 03 December 2018
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Saudi Passport Directorate now accepting female applicants

  • Applicants must be Saudi nationals who have grown up in the Kingdom
  • Applicants will need to be physically fit, aged between 25 and 35

JEDDAH: The Saudi Ministry of Interior has announced the opening of registration for female jobs at the Passports Directorate. The new recruits will be given soldier ranks and will be assigned to serve at airports and land ports.

The ministry said interested candidates can apply through the www.jobs.sa website starting 10 a.m. on Sunday until 10 a.m. on Thursday.  

It stressed that application fields are to be filled with precision, noting that it would not consider an application that does not comply to requirements. It also reaffirmed that registration does not imply the acceptance of the application.   

According to the ministry, female applicants must be Saudi nationals who have grown up in the kingdom, except for those who lived were raised outside the Kingdom while their parents served overseas.

Applicants will need to be physically fit, aged between 25 and 35. 


Saudi sources deny ‘unsubstantiated’ reports of permitting alcohol

Updated 56 min 21 sec ago
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Saudi sources deny ‘unsubstantiated’ reports of permitting alcohol

  • “The leadership has made it clear from day one; it is simply not happening,”SCTH source tells Arab News
  • The SCTH is responsible for licensing and rating hotels and restaurants

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has no plans to allow the sale or public consumption of alcohol, a senior government source has told Arab News.

The official with access to relevant decision-makers categorically denied “unsubstantiated” media reports in some international and regional news outlets.

“If you read the fake news, you will notice it is all based on hearsay and tweets by accounts known to have a questionable agenda when talking about the Kingdom,” he said.

“As the country moves forward with its reform plans, we expect much speculation and attempts by critics to hold us back. And while people are allowed to speculate and criticize, their speculation should not be treated as the truth.”

A second source at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) also denied such reports. “The leadership has made it clear from day one; it is simply not happening,” he told Arab News. “I have not heard of any plans to allow alcohol in major cities, free zones or new projects.”

The SCTH is responsible for licensing and rating hotels and restaurants. Any plans for the sale or consumption of alcohol would have to go through the commission for implementation. 

Saudi Arabia has witnessed substantial social reforms over the past three years, such as the curbing of the previously unchecked power of the religious police, reopening cinemas and allowing women to drive.

There has also been a major shift on previously prohibited public entertainment and gender mixing. International artists including Mariah Carey, Yanni, Andrea Bocelli, Enrique Iglesias and Black Eyed Peas have all performed.

Tourism projects have included pop-up versions of international restaurants such as Signor Sassi, Nusr-Et and Nobu. None has served alcohol.

“Officials have repeatedly said all changes were and will always be in line with Islamic teachings and traditions,” the senior source told Arab News.