GOSI’s work hazards scheme offers top-class benefits

Updated 07 October 2015

GOSI’s work hazards scheme offers top-class benefits

JEDDAH: The occupational hazards scheme or program applies to both Saudi and expatriate employees working for the private sector, an official of the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) has said.
“The scheme covers GOSI subscribers for both work injuries and diseases related to occupation. The work injury is defined as any injury sustained by an employee during work or as a result of it or accident on way from his/her residence to his place of work and vice versa, or on his way from his place of work to the place where he eats or attends prayer and vice versa,” Abdullah Al-Abduljabbar, spokesman of GOSI, was quoted as saying by local media.
According to him, the subscriber has the right to benefit from the occupational hazards program immediately from the date of registration in the system. “This is not linked to the duration of a particular subscription or age. As long as a beneficiary is registered with GOSI, he/she can enjoy the advantages, even if he/she is more than 60 years old.”
Al-Abduljabbar said that the occupational hazards program provides many advantages for injured GOSI subscribers, such as medical care including diagnosis, treatment, surgeries, rehabilitation, medicines, medical supplies and prosthetics.
This medical care is offered through hospitals contracted by GOSI in all regions and governorates of Saudi Arabia. This medical care has no limits in terms of the treatment period and cost, and will be provided to the injured until his/her condition is stable, he said.
“The injured GOSI subscriber is also entitle to allowances equal to 100 percent of the daily wage. He/she and their companion will also receive expenses to move from his residence or work to entities where he receives treatment or visits medical committees,” Al-Abduljabbar said.
“The occupational hazards program also covers cash compensation for post-accident disabilities. This includes a lump sum amount for Saudi subscribers if the disability ratio is less than 50 percent or a monthly pension if the disability ratio is more than this. Non-Saudis are entitled to a lump sum compensation, according to the nature of disability,” he said.


Two new academies to boost Saudi arts, heritage and music

Updated 19 August 2019

Two new academies to boost Saudi arts, heritage and music

  • One academy specializing in heritage and traditional arts and crafts will start receiving applications in autumn 2020
  • A second academy dedicated to music will receive 1,000 students and trainees from 2021

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is to set up arts academies, including two in the next two years, offering a step toward academic qualification and enlarging the Kingdom’s footprint in heritage, arts and crafts, and music.

The initiative is part of the Ministry of Culture’s Quality of Life program. 

The minister, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan, said investment in “capacity building” was one of the most important elements in encouraging the cultural sector, which enjoyed unlimited support from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Kingdom was rich in diverse arts, talents and artistic production, Prince Badr said, and the academies would be a first step toward academic qualification in the arts within the Kingdom.

One academy specializing in heritage and traditional arts and crafts will start receiving applications in autumn 2020, targeting 1,000 students and trainees in long- and short-term programs. 

A second academy dedicated to music will receive 1,000 students and trainees from 2021.

The music academy in particular will be “the core of music production and talent development in Saudi Arabia,” Saudi musician, composer and producer Mamdouh Saif told Arab News.

The music industry was a large and diverse field, Saif said, and education was crucial. 

“The academy is the right place to launch the music industry in Saudi Arabia, and it will have a significant impact on Saudi youth, and young people in surrounding countries,” he said.

He expects “a very high turnout” for the academy among young Saudis. 

“Due to my expertise in this area, I receive many questions from people who want to learn music, but through private lessons,” he said.

“But the availability of an academy for this purpose, that teaches music in a methodological way, will be the right start for those interested in music.”