E-services for private sector launched

Updated 01 September 2015
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E-services for private sector launched

JEDDAH: Labor Minister Mufrej Al-Haqabani has launched a series of electronic projects and facilities provided to the private sector companies, the SPA reported on Sunday.
The projects and facilities include electronic visa issuance for the distinguished firms, which achieved the required Saudization rates, and e-recruitment portal and government approval gate whereby all the ministry’s services be shifted to e-based services away from the traditional procedures.
Al-Haqabani said in a statement that the services represent aspects of transparency to be followed by the ministry in a way that the distinguished company obtains services different from those obtained by ordinary firms.
The electronic visa issuance service for the distinguished firms is to give visa balance to medium green category firms, or higher, automatically.
These firms will also get government approvals in accordance with a set of regulations and conditions without need of scrutiny at the labor office in the context of facilities and support given to the sincere private sector companies.
The service will also allow appropriate number of visas immediately whereby the company could set up new activities or expand the existing ones as soon as they submit their applications to the ministry electronically.
He said the employment of Saudis makes the firm a distinct one and, thereby, qualify it to obtain premium services.
He said the ministry has worked to automate visa issuance through the government approval gate where the relevant authorities become the donor of visas, which will accelerate implementation of government projects that will be positively reflected on citizens.
The issuance of visas through the government approval gate will make recruitment of foreign workers a joint responsibility of the government and firms, he said.
On terms and conditions for the issuance of visas electronically, the minister said the firm should be in the medium green category or higher, their period of establishment should be more than six months, the number of required visas should not contribute to downgrade the firm below the medium green category, the firm should be committed to wage protection program, and the firm should be free from (negative) remarks of inspectors.


Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

Updated 26 June 2019
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Innovative Saudi cultural center showcases world-famous ‘The Scream’ artist’s exhibition

  • 40 works by Edvard Munch go on display for first time in Middle East

DHAHRAN: A dynamic Saudi cultural center is to showcase the works of one of the world’s most famous painters in an exhibition-first for the Middle East.

Forty pieces by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch, best known for his iconic “The Scream” painting, will go on public display at the King Abdul Aziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).

The special exhibition, titled “Landscapes of the Soul,” is the latest in a series of high-profile cultural events to be staged at the showpiece Dhahran museum.

Developed by Saudi Aramco with the aim of stimulating knowledge, creativity and cross-cultural engagement, Ithra’s theater, museum, exhibition hall and art gallery complex forms a key part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 reform plan to promote culture and entertainment.

The Munch exhibition, which runs until Sept. 3, portrays the artist’s personal life experiences of misery, love, despair, loneliness and reflections of the soul, through his distinctive works.

“It is such an honor to host and introduce to Saudi Arabia, and indeed, the Middle East, the work of the world-renowned artist Edvard Munch,” Rania Biltagi, Ithra’s head of communications and partnership, told Arab News.

Munch’s (1863-1944) original exhibition has been located in Oslo, Norway since 1963, and the Saudi display is being staged in Ithra’s Great Hall in partnership with the Munch Museum in Norway.

As well as a lithograph version of his most famous painting “The Scream,” other works on show will include “Summer Night. The Voice,” 1894, “Self-Portrait,” 1895, and “The Sick Child,” 1896.

“A moment that stood out from the opening was when speaking to a couple visiting the exhibit, they mentioned that they were Norwegian and working in Saudi,” Biltagi said. “They explained that they had never had the chance to visit the Munch Museum in their homeland and what an unexpected pleasure it was to be able to see Munch’s work in Saudi.”

Biltagi added that the event epitomized the aim of Ithra in providing a platform to bring together cultures as well as people.

The center, featured in Time magazine’s list of the world’s top 100 places to visit, is a pioneer on the Kingdom’s culture and arts scene, organizing a variety of events, performances, programs and experiences to suit all ages and backgrounds. Previous exhibitions have included a focus on Saudi contemporary art, Leonardo da Vinci, and installations symbolizing creativity and innovation.