Civil Defense ready for rainy weather

Updated 08 November 2015
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Civil Defense ready for rainy weather

RIYADH: Civil Defense in Riyadh has drawn up a strategic plan to meet all eventualities in the event of flooding and rains in the region.
According to the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME), thunderstorms accompanied by rain and sandstorm are predicted in areas such as Hail, Qassim, Rafha and Hafr Al-Batin and northern and western areas of Riyadh.
Asir and Jazan, Al-Baha, Makkah and eastern parts of the Madinah Province may experience similar climatic conditions which reach the heights of Asir and Jazan and extend it to Makkah.
Director of Civil Defense in Riyadh Maj. Gen. Ahmed bin Ayesh Ettalhi said that there will be 180 teams comprising 720 officers to attend to the emergency needs of those in distress due to inclement weather. The teams will be equipped with 330 machines to pump water out of flooded areas.
He said the plans are being implemented in coordination with the Riyadh municipality headed by Mayor Ibrahim bin Mohamed Al-Sultan.
He also said authorities will follow the SCADA electronic system to monitor rising water levels in reservoirs.
People have been requested to call toll free number 940 in any emergency during the rains.
The director general of operations and maintenance at Riyadh Civil Defense, Abdullah bin Hussein Al-Sharif, who made the presentation to senior officials of the team, said his organization is confident of handling any emergency situation during the anticipated bad weather.
Assistant Director of Civil Defense in Baha Maj. Gen. Abdulrahman Al-Ghamdi on Monday checked the readiness of the Civil Defense department in the Baha region during a meeting with his team of officials.
Maj. Gen. Al-Ghamdi stressed the importance of modernization, urging Civil Defense staff of to do their best to provide citizens and residents safety.
The Civil Defense Directorate of the Northern Border Province urged the public to take precautionary measures against the bad weather and follow its safety guidelines and instructions.


Saudi Arabia plans to create 561,000 jobs under new digital employment initiative

Updated 24 April 2019
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Saudi Arabia plans to create 561,000 jobs under new digital employment initiative

  • Qiwa program aims to achieve the Vision 2030 goal of reducing unemployment rate to 7 percent

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has revealed ambitious plans to create more than 561,000 private-sector jobs by 2023 as part of a new digital era for the Kingdom’s labor market.

Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmad Al-Rajhi made the announcement at the launch of the Qiwa online platform, which aims to combine all the country’s employment services under one electronic roof.

Through digitalization, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development hopes to not only boost job opportunities for Saudi men and women, but also improve workplace efficiency and productivity, and attract international investment.

Al-Rajhi said: “The ministry has entered into partnerships and agreements to settle more than 561,000 job opportunities in the private sector until 2023,” and the minister added that 45,000 Saudis had entered the labor market in the last three months.

The new labor force platform will consolidate employment-related e-services already offered to job seekers, employees and employers and plans are in the pipeline to plug a further 71 services into the system.

The Qiwa program aims to provide Saudi government officials with a data mine of statistical information to tackle business challenges facing employers and employees, help create new job opportunities, and achieve the Vision 2030 goal of reducing the country’s unemployment rate to 7 percent. Another key objective is to strategically enhance the Kingdom’s business environment to make it more attractive to local and international investors.

A ministry statement issued to Arab News, said: “The Qiwa platform will have an impact on motivating investors. It will also re-engineer policies and procedures for all services provided to individuals and enterprises on a strong platform that will make a quantum leap in the business world and turn the Saudi market into an attractive market for opportunities and potential for competencies.

“The services are provided in both Arabic and English in order to enable foreign investors to benefit from the services of a strong platform,” the statement added.

The e-services include programs to encourage Saudis to access jobs in their locality by improving the workplace environment and making it more appealing to men and women.

The Kingdom’s public sector is quickly adapting to international standards and labor market demands by digitalizing services, while the ministry is using the latest business management methods to help public organizations increase the competency and productivity of workers while creating a competitive labor market that can partner with the private sector.