Rush for teaching jobs raises Saudi female unemployment

Updated 28 November 2013

Rush for teaching jobs raises Saudi female unemployment

Private and public schools in the Kingdom are not in a position to absorb the large number of Saudi women to work as teachers as more than 76 percent of Saudi women are looking for teaching jobs, says Ibrahim Al-Muaiqel, general director of the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF).
The Ministry of Education has said that priority must be given to Saudis in teaching positions, in compliance with the laws stipulated by the Ministry of Labor.
Al-Muaiqel said many Saudi women prefer to work as teachers rather than in others job in private companies. At least 76 percent of Saudi women are willing to work in the public education sector despite the fact that they don’t pay much.
However, a number of private schools which had lost expat women teachers during the amnesty, are yet to hire Saudis to fill the vacancies. The private schools sector has been controlled by expats. A number of women pointed out that many private companies do not provide special areas which are essential for female staff to work without having to mingle with their male colleagues. Schools, on the other hand, offer proper work environment. Besides, working hours in schools also help them to take care of chores at home with their families.
“A lot of Saudi women have approached me seeking teaching jobs, but the main problem is that we are in the middle of the school year. And we have legalized our expat staff. We are, however, planing to hire more Saudi women who are qualified to work as teachers in the next academic year,” Hoda Assem, a Saudi woman who manages a private school in Jeddah, told Arab News.
“The main reason for unemployment among Saudi women who are qualified to work as teachers is that a large number of them prefer to work in schools. There are very few Saudi women who work in the business sector,” she added.
“I prefer to work in schools because the work timings allow me family time. Many private companies cannot provide a proper work environment and my family will not allow me to work in such places,” Ola Adnan, a Saudi woman who works as secretary in a private schools, said. Unemployment among Saudi women in the private sector increased by 2.3 percent in 2012, latest statistics released by the Ministry of Labor revealed. In 2011, there were around 302,000 unemployed Saudi women. That figure shot up to 358,000 in 2012, sources told a local daily.
An official source at the Ministry of Labor said the number of Saudis employed in the private sector was in excess of 1 million in 2012, while the overall unemployment rate dropped by 0.3 percent during 2012.


The number of workers in the private sector touched 8.5 million of whom 1.1 million were Saudi nationals. Unemployment rate stood at 12.4 percent in 2011 which dropped to 12.1 percent in 2012. The unemployment rate for males stood at 6.1 percent in 2012, while increasing to 35.7 percent among females.


Riyadh roads turn green as world’s largest urban greening project branches out

Based on experience, roads and streets without trees contain eight to 10 times the amount of dust compared with streets lined with trees on both sides. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 03 August 2020

Riyadh roads turn green as world’s largest urban greening project branches out

  • Capital gets a facelift as Vision 2030 program works to plant 7.5 million trees
  • Most of the tree species used in the project are from a well-developed local environment with low agricultural service and care

RIYADH: The Green Riyadh project, one of the world’s largest urban greening initiatives, is rapidly bearing fruit as it transforms main roads in the capital.

Major thoroughfares, including King Khalid, Makkah and King Salman roads, are getting a facelift as part of the Vision 2030 goal of improving quality of life in the city.
Dr. Fahad Al-Mana, a professor of Ornamental Plants, Gardens and Green Areas at King Saud University, told Arab News that native tree species being used for the project include Ziziphus spina-christi, Acacia gerrardii and Prosopis cineraria, commonly known as the ghaf tree.
According to Al-Mana, the trees can survive in harsh desert conditions and will grow without intensive agricultural care.
“Most of the tree species used in the planting of the Green Riyadh project are from a well-developed local environment with low agricultural service and care,” he said.
Environmental conditions in Riyadh were taken into account during the tree selection process. The species can grow to a large size in only three years.
“In some locations, they have moved large 3-year-old local trees that were taken care of in plant nurseries to new locations where they are growing successfully,” Al-Mana said.
Green Riyadh will increase the amount of greenery in the city and augment the green cover in the Saudi capital with the planting of 7.5 million trees around the city’s main features and facilities.
The project will reduce the average ambient temperature by 2 degrees Celsius and improve air quality, encouraging people to follow a healthier lifestyle by walking or cycling.

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• The project will reduce the average ambient temperature by 2 degrees Celsius and improve air quality, encouraging people to follow a healthier lifestyle by walking or cycling.

• The project will maximize the use of recycled water in irrigation works by increasing usage from 90,000 cubic meters per day to more than 1 million cubic meters per day through the construction of a new recycled water network.

• Green space in the city will increase from 5 percent to 9 percent by 2030

“The aim of planting trees in the streets is to provide shade and moderate the temperature, especially in summer, which contributes to the purification of air and reduces environmental pollution by protecting the city from sand storms, winds and dust. In addition, it gives an aesthetic view and the element of nature enters the city and nearby structures,” said Al-Mana.
He added that trees, especially those planted in central street islands, must have long trunks and high branches to avoid hindering the movement of pedestrians and cars. The trunk must measure at least 3 to 4 meters and the size of the trees planted must be proportional to the width of the island.
Al-Mana said green space in the city will increase from 5 percent to 9 percent by 2030.
According to the Green Riyadh website, the project will maximize the use of recycled water in irrigation works by increasing usage from 90,000 cubic meters per
day to more than 1 million cubic meters per day through the construction of a new recycled water network.
Al-Mana said the Green Riyadh project will also reduce carbon dioxide and impurity levels in the city.
“Based on experience, roads and streets without trees contain eight to 10 times the amount of dust compared with streets lined with trees on both sides,” he said.