‘72% of shoppers in Jeddah visit shops after 9 p.m.’

Saudi women shop at Al-Hayatt mall in Riyadh, in this file photo. (REUTERS)
Updated 20 July 2016
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‘72% of shoppers in Jeddah visit shops after 9 p.m.’

JEDDAH: A recent study conducted by the Chamber of Commerce in Jeddah has shown the unsuitability of the plan of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development to close shops at 9 p.m., saying that 72 percent of the customers in the city go to the shops after 9 p.m., and therefore, the implementation of such a decision will lead to significant economic losses.
The study showed that more than 90 percent of the pilgrims pass through the city of Jeddah 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and they need to shop at different times.
The chairman of the advisory committee offices at the Jeddah Chamber, Mohammed Saeed Dardeery, said that closing shops at 9 p.m. does not reduce power consumption, as some think, because people consume electricity in their homes. The decision will also not contribute to reducing traffic, as people will be crowding in the streets to make it to the markets before closing, as well as spending the rest of the night on the Corniche, cafés and restaurants, which will benefit from any such decision.
He noted that public decisions, without taking into account the nature of the region, leads to failure in the final result.
Abdul Rahman Al-Otaishan, the chairman of the Sharqiya Chamber, explained to Al-Eqtisadiah that the decision in its entirety carries a lot of positives as the Ministry of Labor and Social Development is seeking, through this decision, to increase the percentage of Saudization in the retail sector, and overcome some of the obstacles that hinder the entry of Saudi youths to the sector because of the current long work hours in the sector.
Al-Otaishan said that all countries in the world begin work at 9 a.m. and finish at 9 p.m. and Saudi Arabia is not apart from the world, even to create its own situation, which is in fact unhealthy.
He explained that opening shops for 12 hours a day is sufficient time for the buying and selling process, and workers in the sector will benefit from it by getting extra money for extra hours, especially if those shops remain open during the afternoon without closing, pointing out that the decision may not be appropriate for the Western region because of the nature of society and the visit of pilgrims. However, the negative effects will be only for a short period if implemented.


Coalition acts against Houthi drone capabilities in Yemen’s capital

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Coalition acts against Houthi drone capabilities in Yemen’s capital

  • The attacks are a continuation of previous strikes aimed at reducing Houthi capabilities

JEDDAH: The Arab coalition has began an operation to diminish the drone capabilities of the Houthi militia at a presidential palace camp in Yemen’s capital Sanaa, Saudi Arabia’s AlEkhbariya TV announced early Saturday.

Earlier this month, a Houthi workshop manufacturing unmanned drones and a launchpad were destoryed in a coalition strike.

The attacks are a continuation of previous strikes aimed at reducing Houthi capabilities, and counter their efforts at launching attacks against the Kingdom.

On Apr. 3, five people were injured, including a woman and a child, when two Houthi drones targeting civilian areas in Saudi Arabia were intercepted and destroyed.

In early March, Saudi Arabia’s Royal Air Defense Force again shot down a Houthi drone that was flying toward the Kingdom.