Cabinet OKs body to create jobs for Saudis

Updated 21 October 2015
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Cabinet OKs body to create jobs for Saudis

RIYADH: The Cabinet has approved the formation of a body to cut unemployment and generate jobs to improve the living conditions of unemployed citizens.
“The formation of the body will result in the expansion of the local economy and the reduction of foreign workers who remit SR153 billion annually,” said economist Fahd bin Juma.
He said the best sectors which generated jobs during the last six months of 2015 included the service industry, marketing, engineering and the scientific, technical and humanitarian fields.
Juma said the body, which is affiliated with the Council of Economic Affairs and Development, ensures efficiency, and that its performance is in line with its goal of generating jobs.
“The body also aims to eliminate the coverup which made foreigners control small businesses which are supposed to be occupied by the owner who should get all the profits,” he said. He added that it would also eliminate phony Saudization in the social security system
He said the labor force in the Kingdom is 11,912,209-strong, but of the number only 47 percent are Saudis (5,591,563) while 53 percent (6,320,646) are foreigners.
He noted that the situation is untenable and something has to be done to make the labor market favor of Saudi citizens.


Thousands of participants register in the upcoming Quran and Athan competitions

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Thousands of participants register in the upcoming Quran and Athan competitions

  • Total prizes for the competition are worth $3.2m
  • The final stage of the competition will end on October 25

DUBAI: More than 13,000 participants from 162 countries registered in the Quran Recitation and Adhan competitions, the Saudi General Entertainment Authority (GEA) said in a statement.
The GEA allocated $3.2 million in prizes for the largest Quran competition and the first Adhan competition, which aims to highlight the diversity of the Islamic world cultures through the different styles of recitation and Adhan, and improve the image of Islam and Muslims globally.
The competition hopes to encourage the Muslim youth to recite the Quran and experience performing the Adhan.
The registration opened on May 22 and will continue accepting applications until July 22. The applicants will be then shortlisted from July 22 until August 23 as the competition progresses in its second stage.
The on-stage live performances will begin on August 24 and last until September 24 and winners will be announced and awarded throughout the final stage, which will run from September 25 and conclude on October 25.