‘Green’ push for Saudization

Updated 27 October 2014

‘Green’ push for Saudization

The Ministry of Labor will bar sponsorship transfers and new visas for companies in the lower end of the green (safe) zone of the Kingdom’s nationalization scheme in a bid to encourage these companies to further enhance Saudi-to-expat ratios.
The decision was also taken to prioritize services and incentives provided to companies with a healthier margin within the green zone.
One source at the ministry confirmed that halting visas and transfers onto these companies would make them hire even more Saudis in order to avail of more services through the Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF).
The HRDF helps establishments fill more vacancies through various employment channels.
“Other services to companies in the lower end of the green zone will continue as usual,” he said, adding: “The decision will push companies with sound nationalization policies to go beyond doing the bare minimum.”
Nationalization initiatives increased the number of Saudi workers in the labor market by 115 percent to more than 1.5 million, according to figures.
The ministry also tackled low wages by introducing a minimum wage of not less than SR3,000 for Saudi workers.
They also launched a wage protection program to guarantee that workers are paid on time.
The ministry had also stipulated that workers register with the General Organization of Social Insurance in order to be able to include them within nationalization figures and to ensure that they are insured.


Wait is almost over for music fans eager to learn who will headline E-Prix concerts

Updated 13 November 2019

Wait is almost over for music fans eager to learn who will headline E-Prix concerts

  • Organizers promise this year’s line-up of international stars at Diriyah event will be bigger than ever

RIYADH: The first of the major international music acts that will perform at the Diriyah E-Prix this month will be announced on Wednesday.

There were incredible scenes at the event last year when David Guetta, One Republic, the Black Eyed Peas, Amr Diab, Enrique Iglesias and Jason Derulo rocked the UNESCO World Heritage site. About 40,000 fans flocked to the Diriyah Circuit, on the outskirts of Riyadh, for the after-race concerts, the first unsegregated music events in Saudi Arabia

The stage is set for even bigger and better things this year, with the promise of another two nights of unmissable music on Nov. 22 and 23 as the E-Prix racing returns.

“If you were one of the 40,000 who were lucky enough to be part of that watershed moment (last year) for the Kingdom, believe me, you have not seen anything yet,” said Prince Abdul Aziz Al-Faisal Al-Saud, chairman of the General Sports Authority.

“Last year we told people before we announced (the acts) they should get their tickets early to avoid disappointment. Once we revealed who was coming, the tickets sold out incredibly quickly. This year will be the same but even bigger, so for music fans who want to enjoy the biggest concerts in Saudi Arabia, the smart move is to get your ticket now.”

The Diriyah E Prix kicks off the sixth season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s premier all-electric motorsport series, with a double header of races. It also marks the start of Diriyah Season, a month of sport, entertainment, art, cultural festivities, food and retail experiences. Tickets for the Diriyah E Prix, which include entry to the after-race concerts, are available at www.diriyahseason.sa.