Saudi tourism body to train 25,000 women by 2020

Visitors tour at majestic rock-hewn tombs of Madain Saleh near the city al-Ula, Saudi Arabia January 25, 2019. (REUTERS)
Updated 28 March 2019
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Saudi tourism body to train 25,000 women by 2020

  • The female participation rate in the tourism sector is currently 22 percent

RIYADH: There are plans to increase the number of Saudi women in the tourism sector, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The director general of the National Center for Tourism Human Resources Development, Nasser Al-Nashmi, said more than 9,000 women had benefited from the body’s training programs.
The center intended to train around 25,000 women by 2020, including 1,400 tour guides, SPA reported Al-Nashmi as saying.
“There are 8,108 tourism graduates in the Kingdom and there are plans to increase the number by 10 percent in the upcoming years,” he said. The female participation rate in the tourism sector is currently 22 percent.
He said the center was helping to localize employment by developing the skills of Saudi nationals.


Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents. (SPA)
Updated 21 April 2019
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Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

  • 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures

RIYADH: Nearly 3 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in a year-long roundup, according to an official report.
Since the campaign began in November 2017, there have been 2,987,317 offenders, including 2,328,031 for violating residency regulations, 458,591 for labor violations and 200,695 for border violations, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The report said that 50,388 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 50 percent of whom were Yemeni citizens, 47 percent were Ethiopians and 3 percent were of other nationalities.
2,135 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and 3,697 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators. 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures.
Immediate penalties were imposed against 443,210 offenders; 405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; 507,042 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 750,504 were deported.