18 lingerie shops closed for failure to employ women

Updated 28 February 2013
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18 lingerie shops closed for failure to employ women

The Labor Ministry in coordination with the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs this week closed 18 lingerie shops in shopping centers east of Riyadh after they failed to employ Saudi women.
“We’ll close down all shops that sell lingerie and women’s accessories if they do not fulfill Saudization conditions,” the ministry said. “We have taken this measure to show that we are serious about it,” it added.
The ministry’s officials will visit shopping centers in different parts of the Kingdom to track down violators of the law. “We’ll deploy female inspectors to ensure there is no foul play in appointing women at these shops,” the ministry said.
Municipalities have been given instructions to issue temporary closure notices if shop owners fail to employ Saudi women.
“We have taken a step by step approach in this matter. We started by educating shop owners on the need to employ women. After that we impose fines, deny computer services, issue notices for temporary closure before finally closing them down,” it said.
The ministry will also seek the assistance of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) to ensure the lingerie shops employ women.
According to the conditions set by the ministry, lingerie shops should employ only Saudi women and there should not be any male workers including salesmen and accountants at these shops. Owners will have the right either to allow only women or only families. Saleswomen at these shops should wear modest dresses.
The ministry has urged the public to inform it if there are any irregularities at these shops by contacting the toll-free No. 920001173 or via email: [email protected]
The Labor Ministry recently signed an agreement with the Haia to expand job opportunities for women at lingerie shops.
Women’s sections in large multipurpose shopping centers should be separated by a wall of 160 cm. Women workers must contact the Haia or police if they face any harassment at work by male employees or shoppers.


FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

Ahmad Al-Khatib
Updated 27 May 2018
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FaceOf: Ahmad Al-Khatib, chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries

  • Saudi Arabian Military Industries aims to aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products

JEDDAH: Ahmad Al-Khatib was appointed the chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) in October 2017. 

He also holds the posts of chairman of the board of directors of the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) since 2016; chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Fund for Development; adviser to the general secretariat of the Cabinet; adviser to the minister of defense; and adviser to the court of the crown prince.

Al-Khatib inaugurated on Friday the new facilities of the Aircraft Accessories and Components Company (AACC) at its new headquarters at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah during a ceremony under the patronage of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

SAMI aims to reduce the country’s reliance on foreign purchases of military products and become one of the top 25 global companies in the field of military industries.

“Our goal is to localize more than 50 percent of the Kingdom’s military spending by 2030,” said the crown prince in his earlier statement.

Al-Khatib is a former adviser to the royal court, was the minister of health between 2014 and 2016, and served as the chairman for the Saudi stock company established in 2006, Jadwa Investment.

Al-Khatib has 23 years of experience in banking. In 1992 he joined the Bank of Riyad, working in various departments for 11 years and helping to establish the customer investment department. 

In 2003, Al-Khatib joined SABB Bank and participated in the establishment of Islamic Banking (Amanah). He then became the bank’s general manager.