66.5% of doctors in Saudi public hospitals are foreigners

Updated 15 May 2017

66.5% of doctors in Saudi public hospitals are foreigners

JEDDAH – Foreign doctors constituted 66.5 percent of 42,768 doctors working at public hospitals according to a 2016 survey.
There are a total of 28,464 expatriate doctors while Saudis numbered 14,304.
The survey, which was published by local media, showed that the number of male and female nurses totaled 101,256. Saudis account for about 57.5 percent with a total of 58,274 nurses.
Saudi pharmacists accounted for 91.5 percent of 3,227 pharmacists working at public Ministry of Health hospitals.
The Ministry of Labor has recently halted the foreign recruitment of dentists in an effort to create more jobs for Saudi dentists in coordination with the Health Ministry.


Saudi Arabia appoints new FM, transport minister

Updated 39 min 30 sec ago

Saudi Arabia appoints new FM, transport minister

  • Saudi Arabia appointed Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Faisal foreign minister
  • Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser was appointed transport minister

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia appointed Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Faisal foreign minister and Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser transport minister, according to royal decrees published by Saudi Press Agency on Wednesday.

Amongst the other decrees, Saleh Mohammed Al-Othaim was appointed deputy head of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority, whilst Abdullah bin Sharaf Al-Ghamdi was appointed head of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority.

Tariq Abdullah Al-Sheddi was appointed head of the National Data Management Office, and Essam Abdullah Al-Waqit was appointed director of the National Information Center. 

Ibrahim Al-Assaf was relieved of his post as Saudi minister of foreign affairs, and Nabil bin Mohammed Al-Amoudi was relieved of his position as minister of transport.