Saudi women workers must have health insurance

Saudi women workers must have health insurance
Updated 18 April 2014

Saudi women workers must have health insurance

Saudi women workers must have health insurance

It is mandatory for private sector businesses to provide medical insurance for Saudi women workers and their dependents, a Ministry of Labor official said recently.
Fahd Al-Tukhaifi, the ministry's assistant undersecretary for development, said firms would face penalties for failing to comply with the law.
Al-Tukhaifi was speaking on the sidelines of an initiative by Abdul Latif Jameel and 32 Saudi companies to hire 5,300 Saudi women.
Al-Tukhaifi also announced that the ministry would set up a database for all Saudis seeking jobs, which would include an applicant's personal details such as place of birth, education and other qualifications. The Ministry of Interior is also involved in the project, he said.
He said there is no need for the ministry to get permission from parents for women applicants to work. This is because women in any case need permission from their parents to leave the house.
He said employment was not solely the responsibility of the Labor Ministry. The Ministry of Civil Service and other bodies are also involved in job creation activities.
He said some people only see women working in the retail sector selling products for women. However, this should not be the case because there are many women heading businesses in the private sector.
He said the business sector has not succeeded yet in ensuring women take up jobs in the retail sector. “We can only say we have succeeded if Saudi women replace expatriate workers.”
He said the feminization of shops selling women's products would be completed by 2016.
Meanwhile, Abdulrahman Al-Fuhaid, director general of Bab Rizq Jameel, said the plan is to employ 20,000 women in 2014.
Rula Basammad, employment manager at Bab Rizq Jameel, said the plan has been worked out with the Labor Ministry to provide jobs for women in the private sector.
Afrah Musa, supervisor of women's employment in the Makkah region, said 32 companies have signed the agreement to employ women at good salaries, according to their qualifications.


British resident of Eastern Province rewarded for environmental work

Updated 04 December 2020

British resident of Eastern Province rewarded for environmental work

British resident of Eastern Province rewarded for environmental work
  • Neil Walker honored for his efforts to keep beaches of Alkhobar clean over past 27 years

RIYADH: British expat and longtime resident of Saudi Arabia Neil Walker was last week awarded with a certificate of recognition for his efforts to keep the beaches of Alkhobar clean over the past 27 years.

Eastern Province Mayor Fahd Al-Jubair presented Walker — who is returning to the UK after more than a quarter-century in Saudi Arabia — with his certificate and thanked him for his service to the Kingdom’s environment.

“We hope this message gets across to residents of the Eastern Province. We are keen to honor all efforts to protect the environment and to recognize creative initiatives aimed at preserving the environment whether from Saudi nationals or expatriate residents,” Al-Jubair told Arab News, urging all members of the public to work together to protect the environment.

Neil Walker — who  is returning to the UK after more than a quarter-century in Saudi Arabia — ‘is deeply humbled to be recognized for his cleanup drive’. (Supplied)

Walker explained to Arab News that his beach-cleaning activities have been focused on an area to the south of Half Moon Bay since he moved to the area.

“For the last 27 years I have been visiting a stretch of beach in that area on my day off to spend the day on a potentially lovely beach looking out on the glorious Arabian Gulf,” he said.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Eastern Province Mayor Fahd Al-Jubair presented Neil Walker with his certificate.
  • The mayor thanked Walker for his service to the Kingdom’s environment.
  • Walker is returning to the UK after more than a quarter-century in Saudi Arabia.
  • Eastern Province municipality has previously recognized the efforts of 200 Filipinos over the years for helping to clean the beaches and to promote awareness among other residents.
  • It has launched a number of initiatives intended to involve the public in keeping public areas free of waste.

“Unfortunately, it was marred by litter and manmade rubbish, either brought in by the tides or dumped by previous visitors, so I took it upon myself to clean the beach before settling down and then in the late afternoon to extend my cleaning activities to either side of my camping spot.”

The diverse ecosystem of the Arabian Gulf supports a range of coastal and marine life, including mangroves, sea grass, coral reefs and more.

Neil Walker has inspired creative environmental initiatives in Alkhobar. (Supplied)

The rapid industrialization of the area has introduced many environmental challenges that require human intervention.

Something as simple as a beach cleanup is necessary from time to time to ensure the environment is preserved and protected.

“Although I have seen a slight improvement, a lot still needs to be done and hopefully the publicity I have received will be of value to this end,” Walker said.

“As I see it, the problem is that the majority of the public are unaware and are used to having other people cleaning up for them, they automatically think that it is somebody else’s responsibility. This needs to change,” Walker said, adding that he was deeply humbled and honored to be recognized for his limited contribution in cleaning up the beaches.

Neil Walker has inspired creative environmental initiatives in Alkhobar. (Supplied)

“A few years ago, I assume there was a change in management in the municipality, resulting in a new logo and cleaning crew, which has led to a greatly improved street cleaning and public area routine and the introduction of many waste bins, which are now being used by the public,” he continued.

Eastern Province municipality has previously recognized the efforts of 200 Filipinos over the years for helping to clean the beaches and to promote awareness among other residents.

Like several other municipalities nationwide, it has launched a number of initiatives intended to involve the public in keeping public areas free of waste in order to better preserve the environment.