Nitaqat rules for Palestinians and Turkistanis eased

Updated 25 March 2013
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Nitaqat rules for Palestinians and Turkistanis eased

The Labor Ministry said yesterday it would consider employment of four Palestinians and Turkistanis equal to one foreign worker in the Nitaqat system.
“The employment of foreigners exempted from deportation will be considered 0.25 points in the Nitaqat system and this group of workers includes Palestinians and Turkistanis in addition to Burmese,” said Hattab Al-Anazi, spokesman of the ministry.
Two days ago the ministry said it would consider employment of four Burmese workers equal to one expat under the Nitaqat system.
The move was widely applauded by the country’s 350,000-strong Burmese community.
“The move not only applies to the Burmese but also other nationals exempt from deportation including Palestinians and Turkistanis,” said Al-Anazi, adding that the move would help private sector make use of these workers available in the Kingdom, instead of recruiting foreigners.
However, he pointed out that such group of workers should not exceed 50 percent of total workers in a company. “If they exceed the limit, then each such worker would be considered one expat worker,” he explained.
According to one report, there are 291,495 Palestinians in the Kingdom. The number of Turkistanis is estimated at 50,000.


First group of Sundanese pilgrims arrives in Jeddah

Updated 37 min 34 sec ago
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First group of Sundanese pilgrims arrives in Jeddah

  • Jeddah Islamic Port will receive pilgrims until Aug. 6 and more than 266 personnel will be involved in overseeing this year’s Hajj season
  • The president of the Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI) and other dock officials greeted 1,633 pilgrims as they disembarked at Jeddah Islamic Port following their voyage from Sawakin, Sudan

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia has welcomed the first group of Sudanese Hajj pilgrims to arrive in the Kingdom by sea.
The president of the Saudi Ports Authority (MAWANI), Saad bin Abdul Aziz Al-Khalb, and other dock officials greeted 1,633 pilgrims as they disembarked at Jeddah Islamic Port following their voyage from Sawakin in Sudan.
Al-Khalb said the operational plan prepared for this year’s Hajj aimed to receive 22,000 pilgrims through Jeddah Islamic Port, a 37 percent increase on 2018. He added that 22 trips using four ferries were planned, representing a 29 percent rise in the number of sea journeys on the previous year.
The authority, in cooperation with different government sectors and agencies, aims to ensure Hajj pilgrims’ comfort during their stay in the Kingdom.
Jeddah Islamic Port will receive pilgrims until Aug. 6 and more than 266 personnel will be involved in overseeing this year’s Hajj season. These workers will include maritime pilots, ship captains, technical and operational supervisors, security teams, staff responsible for operations at the station, and technical affairs managers.