Nitaqat: Saudis in private sector up to 1.7 million

Updated 17 October 2015

Nitaqat: Saudis in private sector up to 1.7 million

JEDDAH: The number of Saudis working in the private sector during 2015 rose to 1.7 million, up from about 700,000 in 2011, while the number of Saudi women working in the sector reached about 400,000 employees, up from only 50,000 four years ago.
Ibrahim Al-Mouaikel, director general of the Human Resources Development Fund (HADAF), attributed the rise to the introduction of Nitaqat in 2012 alongside a number of programs and initiatives to support the training and employment of Saudis in the private sector.
Highlighting the future of the labor market at the King Saud University, Al-Mouaikel said the fund is currently working on introducing a new automated system, while the summer program “will be a prerequisite and main program as per the agreement between the Education Ministry and the fund.”
He said that the prevalence of ghost Saudization was a crime and those who rely on such practices were harming the economy.
Some of the most important programs and initiatives offered by the fund include the 3rd Determination Award, programs that aim to help job seekers and students, the summer program and the professional guidance program.


Saudi delegation attends opening of Europe’s largest mosque

Updated 23 August 2019

Saudi delegation attends opening of Europe’s largest mosque

  • Chechen president hails Kingdom’s support for Islamic unity, moderation
  • Muslim World League (MWL) Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa delivered the Friday sermon

GROZNY: The minister of Islamic affairs, call and guidance headed the Saudi delegation to the opening of what Chechen authorities said is the largest mosque in Europe on Friday.
Upon his arrival at Grozny International Airport, Sheikh Dr. Abdullatif Al-Asheikh said the construction of the Fakhr Al-Muslimeen Mosque is a source of happiness.
The marble-decorated mosque has capacity for more than 30,000 people and has been described by the Chechen authorities as the “largest and most beautiful” mosque in Europe.
The opening was held under the patronage of Chechen President Ramzan Akhmadovich Kadyrov, with the participation of Islamic delegations from a number of countries.
Al-Asheikh was received by Salah Mezhiev, advisor to Kadyrov and Chechnya’s supreme mufti, as well as other officials. Al-Asheikh said Saudi Arabia works hard to spread moderation throughout the Islamic world.
Muslim World League (MWL) Secretary-General Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa delivered the first Friday sermon to be given in the mosque at the request of President Kadyrov.
Kadyrov welcomed the Saudi delegation and congratulated the Kingdom’s leadership on the success of this year’s Hajj season.
He hailed Saudi support for Islamic unity, spreading moderation and combating all forms of violence, extremism and terrorism.
The secretary-general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, also attended the opening of the mosque.
The mosque's grounds, planted with flowers and sprinkled with fountains, can host an additional 70,000 worshippers, local authorities said.