Ajeer program terms outlined

Updated 07 December 2014
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Ajeer program terms outlined

The Ministry of Labor has outlined the conditions of the Ajeer program that enables dependents of expatriate workers in the Kingdom to work in the health and education sectors.
There are a number of conditions governing the employment of dependents such as they have to be 18 at the time of application. According to sources, the dependent will sign a contract with the company he wishes to work for a minimum wage of SR 1,500. The dependent will be subject to the ministry’s procedures without the interference of the Passport Department.
Sources confirmed that the Ajeer program doesn’t allow transfer of sponsorship, although the dependent can continue to stay in the Kingdom even if the contract with the company has terminated.
According to the program, dependents can work in the educational sector, including foreign and private institutions and kindergartens in addition to the health sector such as nursing and related departments.
The ministry also stressed the need to register for social insurance.


Mosque of Bones: Evidence of Prophet Muhammad’s era

Updated 25 May 2018
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Mosque of Bones: Evidence of Prophet Muhammad’s era

JEDDAH: Masjid Al-Izam (Mosque of the Bones) is a historic mosque in Al-Ula governorate, located 300 km north of Madinah.
In the ninth year after Hijrah (the emigration of Makkah’s Muslims to Madinah), as the Prophet Muhammad was on his way to battle, he marked the Qibla (the direction in which Muslims should pray) using bones because he could not find rocks or blocks.
To mark the occasion, the area’s residents built a mosque on that spot and named it Masjid Al-Izam.
It was made of stone, and mud was used to cover its walls, but it has undergone several restorations.
“Mention of the mosque can be found in many renowned scientific sources,” Abdullah Kaber, a researcher in Madinah’s development authority, told the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).
He said Masjid Al-Izam has attracted the attention of King Salman, who is focused on restoring a number of historic mosques across the Kingdom.
The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH) is planning to develop tourism in Al-Ula since it houses many historical sites and relics.