Court orders sponsor to pay maid SR68,000

Updated 19 March 2015
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Court orders sponsor to pay maid SR68,000

A high court judge has ordered a Saudi sponsor to pay his Sri Lankan housemaid SR68,000 in back wages owed for the past 13 years.
The high court in Hail, about 400 km from Riyadh, ruled that the sponsor must pay Seda Cader Ismail Asia Umma, 59, the money and her airfare home to Colombo.
She is currently staying at the Women’s Welfare Camp in Hail, under police protection. The Saudi sponsor, Mubarak Al-Qahtani, has launched an appeal against the judgment at the final court of appeal in Riyadh.
Umma, from Beruwela in Sri Lanka, had come to the Kingdom for an agreed wage of SR400 a month.
An official from the Sri Lankan Embassy told Arab News that she had sought work in the Kingdom to help her three school-going daughters.
The mission, he said, spotted the case when the sponsor came to the embassy to renew her passport in 2014. Following formal inquiries, the mission’s officials found that the maid had been kept as a slave and not paid her salary from the time she arrived. The embassy registered a complaint with the police.
The official said he hoped the appeals court would reject the sponsor’s attempt to overturn the verdict. He said the embassy would transport Umma to Riyadh where the appeal would be heard.
The official said Umma had been in the Saudi household for such a long time that she has forgotten Tamil, her mother tongue. Now she only speaks Arabic. She is determined to go home and has thanked the embassy officials for helping to free her, he said.
The Sri Lankan Embassy is open round-the-clock for distressed housemaids seeking emergency assistance. It deals largely with cases of non-payment of salaries and breach of contract.
Sri Lankan Ambassador Mohammed Hussein Mohamed told Arab News that the embassy makes sure it only handles genuine cases. It does not accept illegal Sri Lankan workers under its welfare program, he said.


Start-up of the Week: Amirni – Making a difference in the field of logistics in Saudi Arabia

Updated 4 min 22 sec ago
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Start-up of the Week: Amirni – Making a difference in the field of logistics in Saudi Arabia

  • Amirni.com is a one-stop shop where one can find all of its services and products
  • Clients can either call or use the chatting feature on the company’s app for all questions or concerns

JEDDAH: Amirni Express Co. (AX) is a Saudi-based logistics, mail and goods delivery company that provides on-demand delivery services through its own fleet of cars and drivers.
Established in 2016, AX currently covers Riyadh, Jeddah, Makkah, Dammam and Alkhobar. AX allows both the general public and businesses to send or receive anything, anywhere, and at any time within Saudi Arabia, and soon in the greater Gulf Cooperation Council region. All retailers and consumers can select products and set up a scheduled delivery time on demand by simply using the company’s app or through its website, or by calling directly.
Aiming to ease the life of Saudi consumers, AX was founded on the principle: “To Simplify and To Serve.” In an era of technology, it plays an effective role in the delivery of goods and services in an efficient and professional manner. The company’s main objective is to be available at all times and places providing technical delivery services using an application designed to service wherever you are in the Kingdom. Everything from restaurant deliveries to pharmaceutical pick-ups, and bulk services can be arranged.
Specifically, in the field of delivery services, Amirni Express Co. realizes the importance of pharmaceutical delivery. It offers its services 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Its website, Amirni.com is a one-stop shop where one can find all of its services and products. In addition, discounts and special offers are frequently presented to Amirni clients. By using state-of-the-art GPS technology, clients can track their orders and acquire the exact time of arrival. Clients can also choose their most convenient payment method, as all of their vehicles are equipped with a point-of-sale system that accepts debit and credit cards. Clients have the payment options of ATM, or cash, or via MADA network.
Amirni CEO, Abdullah Alnajar described what is next for his company. “In the near future, each of our consumers will have access to Moe-Bot, an in-app A.I. Assistant, who will help them save money in addition to anticipating their needs before they are requested so that their needs are readily available by the time they are desired. We are morphing into an artificially intelligent ecosystem that profoundly understands each consumer and supplier!”
Since Amirni’s goal is to enrich delivery services and make it easily accessible to customers, it manages all data, orders, and requests through their own in-house call center. Clients can either call or use the chatting feature on the company’s app for all questions or concerns. The call center is available at all hours of operations (8 a.m. to 2 a.m.).