Women to work in abaya shops

Updated 27 November 2012
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Women to work in abaya shops

The Ministry of Labor will start allowing women to work in accessories and abaya stores within six months.
Fahd Al-Nikhaifi, assistant undersecretary in the Ministry of Labor and director of women’s employment in private sector, said the plan excluded perfume and eyeglasses stores.
Al-Nikhaifi said the ministry’s strategy is to follow up on the implementation of the resolution by appointing supervisors from Taqat employment center, which helps job seekers.
“The most important is founding nurseries, which is the biggest challenge to working women,” said Al-Nikhaifi. “These nurseries also create job opportunities for women.”
The ministry is permitting part-time jobs for women in these stores. Working hours will be limited to four hours daily.
“This proposal has been submitted to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for the final approval to decrease women's working hours,” Al-Nikhaifi said.
He said the ministry’s initiative to establish service centers in shopping centers will help create more vacancies for Saudi workers.


Saudi defenses intercept Houthi missile fired at Najran

Updated 25 May 2018
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Saudi defenses intercept Houthi missile fired at Najran

  • The Saudi Royal Air Defense Force intercepted a ballistic missile headed towards Najran
  • The missile was spotted at 00:39 Saudi time and was said to be fired by the Houthi militia in Yemen

The Saudi Royal Air Defense Force intercepted on Friday morning a ballistic missile headed towards Najran.

The missile was spotted at 00:39 Saudi time and was said to be fired by the Houthi militia in Yemen.

The Houthis deliberately fired the missile towards Najran, targeting civilian and populated areas, coalition spokesman Turki Al-Maliki said in a statement released by the official Saudi Press Agency.

Debris from the missile landed in residential areas of Najran without causing casualties, Al-Maliki said.

The Houthi miltias claimed the attack via their news outlet Al-Masirah, saying the "Badr 1" missile had targeted Najran.

The Iran-backed insurgents have in recent months ramped up missile attacks against neighbouring Saudi Arabia.

(With AFP)