Businessmen offer to resolve expat fee issue

Updated 03 December 2012
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Businessmen offer to resolve expat fee issue

Prominent Riyadh businessmen yesterday met with Labor Minister Adel Fakeih and expressed their concern over the negative impact of the recently imposed SR 2,400 expat fee on small businesses and contractors.
“Board members of the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry presented their proposals to the minister on how to tackle the fee’s negative impact, without affecting productive and service sectors and shooting up prices,” an official statement said.
The businessmen called for a strategic plan to Saudize jobs in the private sector, adding that it would be implemented after detailed studies and consulting the private sector. Steps should be taken to supply adequate number of qualified Saudis.
The businessmen also expressed their concern over the increasing dropouts of Saudi workers from private companies. Abdul Aziz Al-Zamil, RCCI chairman thanked the minister for finding time to hear the views of businessmen. “Saudization is a national duty. There is no disagreement on this matter and everybody should work to achieve this goal but it needs suitable mechanisms to realize its goals,” Al-Zamil said.
He said Fakeih has agreed to visit RCCI to have an open meeting with businessmen to discuss all matters related to workers and present the views of ministers on labor issues.
Meanwhile, Dr. Habibullah Turkistani of King Abdulaziz University said the expat fee would increase the number of illegal workers in the country. “It will raise the cost of expatriate workers, drift the business sector into confusion and affect implementation of projects.”
 

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Where We Are Going Today: Workout studio aims to empower Saudi women

Updated 27 April 2018
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Where We Are Going Today: Workout studio aims to empower Saudi women

  • Studio55 is about empowering women to be more in all aspects of life. It’s more than just an exercise
  • It combines spinning with yoga, pilates, TRX, zumba, core fitness and strength training all in one session

Studio55 is a boutique chain for women in Saudi Arabia with a workout studio that features a complete cross-training approach to fitness and well-being. 

It has two branches, one in Alkhobar, established in June 2015, and one in Jeddah, set up in October 2017. 

Al-Batool Baroom, Studio55’s commercial director, said that the studio’s particular approach combined spinning with yoga, pilates, TRX, zumba, core fitness and strength training all in one session.

“It is offered to all our members under one roof through our four workout zones: Ride55, Fitness55, Focus55 and Fusion55.” 

The studio also keeps track of members’ workouts through a software program called Performance IQ. 

It sends the member their workout performance statistics by email at the end of the class and stores the data on their studio profile. 

The information includes their average heart-rate, calories burnt, average RPM (in spinning classes), time and distance.

“Studio55 is about empowering women to be more in all aspects of life. It’s more than just an exercise. We work on awareness, education and community events alongside our workouts and fitness engagement,” Baroom said.

“Every now and then we invite inspiring role-models to come and give an open talk at the studio, as well as prominent instructors to give classes. Some of our guests have included Princess Reema, Raha Moharrak, Dina Al-Tayeb, Manal Rostom, Nelly Attar and Hala Alhamrani.” 

Fatima Batook, founder of Studio55, encouraged women to visit the studio to help to change their lives for the better.

“Women should come to us to be more, to get inspired by our trainers and live their lives to their full potential, achieving not only health and fitness goals but personal life goals,” she said.