More than 3.24 million held for residency, labor violations in Saudi Arabia

Immediate penalties were imposed against illegals. (SPA)
Updated 03 June 2019
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More than 3.24 million held for residency, labor violations in Saudi Arabia

  • The total number of violators being subjected to procedures is 12,440, including 10,661 men and 1,779 women

RIYADH: More than 3.24 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in a year-long roundup, according to an official report.
Since the joint field security campaign began in November 2017, there have been 3,245,652 offenders, including 2,530,232 for violating residency regulations, 500,454 for labor violations and 214,966 for border violations, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Sunday.
The report said that 54,496 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 49 percent of whom were Yemeni citizens, 48 percent were Ethiopians and 3 percent were of other nationalities.
2,391 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and 3,879 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators.
1,323 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 39 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures.
The total number of violators being subjected to procedures is 12,440, including 10,661 men and 1,779 women.
Immediate penalties were imposed against 470,569 offenders; 429,813 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; 545,074 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 813,655 were deported.


Saudi pilot Yasmeen Al-Maimani’s first flight celebrated

Hail International Airport and Nesma Airlines celebrated the first official flight of Saudi pilot Capt. Yasmeen Al-Maimani. (GACA)
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Saudi pilot Yasmeen Al-Maimani’s first flight celebrated

  • Yasmeen Al-Maimani has a commercial pilot’s license (CPL) from the US

RIYADH: The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), represented by the management of Hail International Airport and Nesma Airlines, celebrated the first official flight of Saudi pilot Capt. Yasmeen Al-Maimani, 29, on Sunday.
Al-Maimani made her first official flight between Hail International Airport and Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Qassim, becoming the first Saudi woman to fly a commercial aircraft as a co-pilot with Nesma Airlines.
She received the opportunity after the airline advertised vacant positions for co-pilots on its New Pilots Program — 11 were accepted, including Al-Maimani, who has a commercial pilot’s license (CPL) from the US.
Following their acceptance into the program, the pilots underwent a four-stage training regimen at Prince Sultan Aviation Academy in Jeddah, including practice on multi-engine planes with multiple crews.
Ground training using an ATR 72-600 aircraft at Nesma Airlines’ training center in Hail followed, before progressing to simulators in Jakarta and Madrid.