No Nitaqat penalty for hiring up to 15 Yemenis

Updated 06 May 2015

No Nitaqat penalty for hiring up to 15 Yemenis

Firms would be allowed to hire 15 Yemeni workers without affecting their Nitaqat status, the Ministry of Labor has announced, according to media reports on Tuesday.
However, the Yemeni workers must have travel documents approved by their embassy and register with the Saudi Labor Ministry.
They must have special visit visas issued by the Saudi Passport Department after recording their biometric details and undergoing a prescribed medical test.
Thousands of Yemenis recently gathered outside the Diplomatic Quarter in Riyadh to get documents from their embassy.
The concessions for Yemenis were announced in a royal decree last week, with further details given on Monday by the Saudi labor and interior ministries.
The Yemen Consulate in Jeddah has reportedly started working with the Saudi Interior Ministry to help needy Yemeni workers. The consulate would first help illegal Yemeni workers who need to have their passports renewed, and then those who do not have passports.


ThePlace: Souk Al-Majlis of Qassim

Updated 07 December 2019

ThePlace: Souk Al-Majlis of Qassim

The Saudi marketplace Souk Al-Majlis, or the Divan Heritage Souk, is part of the old town of Al-Maznab and lies 7 kilometers from the urban center of the city in Al-Derah district.

Al-Maznab township itself is located  in southeastern Qassim province and covers an area of about 2 square kilometers.

It contains more than 380 houses of various sizes, while the old Divan Heritage Souk and the Masque of Bahla Palace form the starting point for the district and its main center.

The souk is popular with visitors and locals and hosts summer events, auctions and folklore presentations among other similar activities.