Saudization directly affects economic growth: Labor minister

Ali bin Nasser Al-Ghafis
Updated 24 March 2017

Saudization directly affects economic growth: Labor minister

RIYADH: Ali bin Nasser Al-Ghafis, minister of labor and social development, said Saudization is one of the most important issues affecting the labor market because it is directly linked to economic growth and sustainable national development.
Speaking at the inauguration of the 9th Social Dialogue Forum, which brought together government representatives, workers and employers, Al-Ghafis said: “The Saudization we seek is a productive one, seeking to increase employment opportunities for male and female citizens in the private sector, boost their capacity and efficiency, and re-qualify them, if needed, in order to enable them to work and the country to rely on them as the most important pillars of construction and development. At the same time, this will help the country reduce dependence on foreign labor.”
Faisal bin Abdulrahman bin Muammar, secretary general of the King Abdul Aziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND), said the forum contributes directly to the dissemination of a culture of dialogue among all segments of society.
He said that “bringing the three components of the production sector under the umbrella of the KACND helps achieve a homogeneous vision, diagnose market challenges and eventually achieve a sustainable and productive Saudization.”
Forum participants also discussed the mechanism for selecting priority sectors for Saudization and the role of the public-private sectors partnerships in encouraging and supporting Saudis entering the labor market.
Forum participants also discussed the challenges that may face the Saudization process, proposed solutions, the expected economic and social impact of the program and procedures to be taken to achieve Saudization.
Employers’ representative Mansour Al-Shatri said, “The ministry was keen to hold continuous communication with the business sector to overcome all the obstacles to Saudization, and that it is performing continuous inspections to help maintain the success of the experiment.”
Workers’ representative Nidal Radwan said the dialogue among the parties involved in production is not a luxury, but an urgent requirement for the society, economic growth, and stability.


Hana Abdullah Alomair, Saudi film director

Updated 30 May 2020

Hana Abdullah Alomair, Saudi film director

Hana Abdullah Alomair is the director of Netflix’s first Saudi thriller original series, titled “Whispers,” which is due to begin streaming in 190 countries on June 11. 

A Saudi writer, filmmaker, and movie critic, Alomair won the Silver Palm Tree Award for best script at the Saudi Film Competition in 2008.

She gained a bachelor’s degree in Arabic-English translation from King Saud University in 1992 and four years later a master’s degree in the same field of study from Heriot-Watt University, in Scotland.

Her documentary “Beyond Words” was screened during the Gulf Film Festival in 2019 and was selected for the main competition in this year’s Muscat International Film Festival.

A member of the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts, she has worked as a head writer in writing workshops for several TV series. She was a jury member at the Saudi Film Festival held by Rotana in 2013. Her second
flick, “The Complaint,” was selected in the main competition of Tessa’s Festival for Asian and African Films in Morocco in 2014 and it won the Golden Palm
Tree Award for best short fiction film in the Saudi Film Competition in 2015.

In 2016, Alomair, together with Hind Al-Fahhad, scooped the prize for best script for the short film “Peddlers” at the King Fahd Center Short Film Competition.

She recently published a book about the Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa, and in 2017 wrote a play called “Qat Oqat.”

Last year, she wrote and directed her latest short film “Swan Song,” which won the Golden Palm Tree Award for best actor in the Saudi Film Festival.