Call to nationalize tourism jobs

Updated 11 September 2015

Call to nationalize tourism jobs

JEDDAH: The Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) has called on the hospitality and travel industry to identify staff needs so that training can be provided for Saudis to take up these positions.
In a circular, the SCTNH’s Makkah branch said that the training would be held in cooperation with the Takamul center, the National Organization for Joint Training and the Human Resources Development Fund.
The SCTNH said that it was important for companies to provide detailed information about their needs. Mohammad bin Abdullah Al-Omari, director general of the SCTNH in Makkah, said the training is for major travel companies and hotels.
The 12 jobs identified for Saudis include front desk, events, food and beverage, hotel marketing, hotel accounting, human resources and room service. Exceptions include the positions of chef, booking and tickets, air shipping, tourist program designer, marketing official and tourist sales.
Al-Omari said the training would be provided over 36 weeks with secondary school qualification as a minimum requirement. He said the program offers several benefits including a guaranteed job in the private sector and full salary during practical training. The training period would be determined by an applicant’s experience.
Trainees would receive SR3,000 during theoretical training, receive a payment of one month’s salary after one year working and a training session. After two years, the employee will be given a reward of a one-off payment of two months’ salary and a training session from the Human Resources Development Fund.
Establishments can register their trainees for social insurance at the start of the training period. All successful trainees would get a certificate from the National Organization for Joint Training.
The SCTNH stated that this program would ensure that private sector companies get skilled workers. It would also help them meet Nitaqat quotas because the trainees can be counted as full employees from the start of the training period.
Private sector companies can also choose the best candidates and receive 50 percent support for wages from the Human Resources Development Fund during the first year the trainees are employed full time, the SCTNH said.

Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

Updated 22 April 2019

Muslim World League signs deal with Moscow to promote interfaith dialogue

  • Al-Issa lauds Russian model of national harmony and coexistence
  • Al-Issa also met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament last month

MOSCOW: The Secretary-General of the Muslim World League (MWL) Sheikh Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa held a meeting with the president of the Russian People’s Council, Sergei Ordzhonikidze, and other council members, where they discussed issues of common interest.

They looked into means of boosting cooperation between Russia and the Muslim world, supporting positive national integration programs and countering extremist speeches and Islamophobia.

Al-Issa lauded the Russian model of national harmony and coexistence, while Ordzhonikidze presented Al-Issa with a copy of the council’s yearly report.

At the meeting the two parties signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to share their experiences in the fight against extremist ideologies, the promotion of interreligious dialogue and coexistence and the implementation of joint projects to achieve shared goals. They also stressed the pure and peaceful values of Islam and rejected all forms of extremism and Islamophobia.

The meeting was attended by the Russian deputy chairman of the Committee for the Development of Agriculture, Aygun Memedov, the chairman of the Committee on the Normalization of Relations Between Nationalities and Religions, Sheikh Albert Karganov, the Mufti of Moscow and the Khanti-Mansisk Region in Siberia Sheikh Tahir Samatov.

Last month, Al-Issa met with Speaker of the Russian Parliament Vyacheslav Volodin. They discussed subjects related to promoting and supporting dialogue among followers of different religions and civilizations, activating cultural contacts and exchanges between the Muslim world and Russia.

Al-Issa signed a cooperation agreement between the MWL and Moscow’s Fund for Islamic Culture, Science and Education. The agreement focused on tackling extremism and promoting tolerance. The agreement stressed the need for cooperation in the fight against extremism, intolerance, aggression and hostility among religions, races and ideologies that could lead to terrorism.

Both parties agreed to exchange information on the activities of scientific centers, cultural forums and websites.