Italian firm ‘sacks 300 Saudi engineers’

Updated 27 December 2014
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Italian firm ‘sacks 300 Saudi engineers’

An Italian engineering consultancy company has sacked 300 Saudi engineers including master’s degree holders, working in electrical, civil and mechanical engineering departments.
The company is contracted to the Ministry of Interior. A spokesman for the ministry said the decision to fire the workers was not correct.
The engineers have declared the decision unfair, according to recent media reports.
“The company still has several Saudi and expatriate engineers working for it. We have been sacked for no justifiable or logical reason,” one sacked worker said.
“The company needs engineers in most sections and have put up ads for new engineers in the specializations we have been working,” he said.
An engineer who lost his job, Samir Al-Asmari, said all the workers received the same termination letter, but it did not say which official issued the order.
“It appears that they were sacked because the Interior Ministry does not need that many engineers for its project,” he added.
Twelve of the sacked engineers are from Asir, while the rest are from various provinces across the country. Hussain Al-Murri, director of the labor office in Asir, said an investigation has been launched.
Inspectors have discovered violations of labor regulations and would have a discussion with the company’s management, he said.


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.