Ethiopia imposes KSA travel ban

Updated 25 October 2013

Ethiopia imposes KSA travel ban

The Ethiopian government has imposed a six-month ban on its citizens from traveling to Saudi Arabia for work.
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the conditions of Ethiopians working in Saudi Arabia, particularly domestic workers, had continued to get worse.
“Effective next month, we will not send our citizens to Saudi Arabia to work for a period of (at least) six months,” he said in Ethiopian Parliament.
Abdulbaqi Ahmad Ajlan, the Saudi Ambassador to Ethiopia, said the embassy has not received official directives from the Ethiopian government to stop exporting workers to the Kingdom and that the embassy is still issuing visas and completing paperwork for those who had obtained two-year visas.
Yehia Al-Muqbel, chairman of the Recruitment Committee at the Jeddah Chamber, accused the Ethiopian government of creating obstacles to send housemaids to the Kingdom. “The Ethiopian government wants to stop exporting home maids to the ingdom through delaying their travel procedures. The Ministry of Labor, however, is still looking for new markets for recruiting housemaids.”
The recruitment suspension comes in the wake of several incidents involving Ethiopian housemaids, the most recent of which includes the stabbing of a Saudi employer by a housemaid.


Lebanon’s Nejmeh signs cooperation agreement with Arsenal

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Lebanon’s Nejmeh signs cooperation agreement with Arsenal

  • Flagship English club Arsenal has signed a cooperation agreement with Lebanon’s Nejmeh Sporting Club
  • Arsenal will assist Nejmeh at academy level, coaching of age-group teams and in business-related areas such as administration and marketing

LONDON: Lebanon’s Nejmeh Sporting Club has signed a cooperation agreement with Premier League side Arsenal.

As part of the agreement, Arsenal will assist Nejmeh at academy level, coaching of age-group teams and in business-related areas such as administration and marketing.

Nejmeh’s President Asaad Saccal instructed club director, Jamal Al-Jurdi, to follow up on the English club’s offer of assistance.

Nejmeh Sporting Club is only one of a few Middle Eastern clubs to have received such an offer from one of England’s long-standing premier football clubs.

Nejmeh is based in the Manara district of Ras Beirut. The Beirut derby with Ansar has historically been the most anticipated game in Lebanon.