Shoura set to finalize 2-day weekend for private sector

Updated 24 December 2012
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Shoura set to finalize 2-day weekend for private sector

JEDDAH: The Shoura Council will review a study that recommends limiting working hours in the private sector to 40 hours a week and giving employees a two-day weekend.
The proposal by the council’s administration and human resources committee said adoption of the recommendations would make the private sector more attractive to Saudis.
“Work in the private sector will be limited to eight hours a day and will be from Saturday until Wednesday,” Abdul Rahman Al-Obaisi, a member of the committee, told Al-Eqtisadiah Arabic daily.
The new proposal replaces an earlier suggestion to reduce the number of working hours from 48 a week to 45.
However, the proposal was rejected amid calls to treat private sector employees like public sector staff and give them two days off a week. The Shoura is likely to push for adopting the new measures that go in line with labor market reforms.
Employees in the government sector are required to work 35 hours a week and are given Thursday and Friday off.
Such features and the greater job security it gives have made the sector a much more attractive option for new Saudi graduates and those seeking employment opportunities.
“The committee will present its study on reducing the number of working hours in the private sector to the general assembly of the Shoura Council,” Al-Obaisi said, adding that the Shoura would include the matter in the agenda of its next meeting.
“There was an agreement between the Ministry of Labor and businessmen to reduce working hours in the private sector to 48 hours, but the Royal Court has suggested that they should be changed to 40 hours per week,” said Ibrahim bin Abdullah Suleiman, another member of the committee.


eSports players come to Saudi for dreams of global glory

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eSports players come to Saudi for dreams of global glory

  • GSA FIFA 18 Cup World is taking place at King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC)
  • 64 finalists have qualified to compete over a total prize of SR1 million

JEDDAH: Sixty-four competitors are fighting for their world cup dream in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) at GSA FIFA 18 Cup World, organized by the Saudi Arabian Federation for Electronic and Intellectual Sports.
Competitors came from different regions of the Gulf countries to compete for the chance of winning one seat in the world cup in FIFA 18 PS4.
Six thousand citizens and residents of the GCC countries participated in the preliminary qualifiers last March and only 64 finalists have qualified to compete over a total prize of SR1 million ($266,667) divided among the top three PS4 players and top three Xbox players along with the chance of playing in the world cup for the winner of each game.
Saudi Arabia has become the place for eSports players in the GCC region to accomplish their global glory dreams. The industry is thriving and promising, and besides its passion, it creates viable business models and creates jobs that could benefit society and players too. The president of the federation, Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Sultan, said: “This event is a platform for the player to shine, it creates jobs for the community, and it shows them that if they work hard there are no limits to what they can accomplish.”
The event is held at bay X conference in KAEC, and it runs from April 24 to 26.