Saudi Arabia affirms commitment to end human trafficking

Saudi permanent representative to the UN, Abdallah Al-Mouallimi, speaks during a high-level meeting at the UN in New York.
Updated 30 September 2017

Saudi Arabia affirms commitment to end human trafficking

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia on Thursday affirmed its commitment to putting an end to human trafficking in cooperation with the international community.
The statement was delivered by Saudi Permanent Representative to the UN Abdallah Al-Mouallimi.
He was participating in a high-level meeting at the UN on the evaluation of the global plan of action to combat people trafficking.
“My delegation would like to thank all those who are preparing the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons. We welcome the adoption of this plan,” he said.
“We appreciate all the tireless efforts being made. We affirm the Kingdom’s constant commitment and willingness to provide all that will put an end to the crimes of human trafficking.”
Al-Mouallimi explained that Saudi Arabia has always been a pioneer in the ratification of UN protocols to combat people trafficking, especially cases involving women, children and those with special needs.
He said the Kingdom has ratified 16 international protocols concerning the prohibition of forced labor, and actively participated in international efforts to combat the problem.
Al-Mouallimi said the Kingdom recently participated in a high-level meeting convened by the prime ministers of Britain and Ireland, which resulted in the announcement of a call for action to end forced labor, slavery and human trafficking.
He added that in 2009, the Saudi government enacted a system to combat human trafficking, in addition to the formation of a committee in the Human Rights Commission to combat such crimes.
Al-Mouallimi said a unified communication center has been established to provide services to expatriate workers, with services in eight languages.
“The centers will receive complaints and resolve labor disputes in a short period of time, in a manner that preserves and respects the rights of workers and employers alike,” he said.
Al-Mouallimi added that the system also introduced deterrent policies against anyone found guilty of people trafficking, with penalties of up to 15 years’ imprisonment or a fine of up to SR1 million ($266,652), or both.

All-female Saudi tourist group explores wonders of Tabuk

Updated 21 October 2019

All-female Saudi tourist group explores wonders of Tabuk

  • About 20 women from different parts of the Kingdom took part in the sightseeing trip to the province bordering the Red Sea

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s first all-female tourist group has explored the environmental and archaeological wonders of Tabuk in the northwest of the Kingdom.

About 20 women from different parts of the Kingdom took part in the sightseeing trip to the province bordering the Red Sea.

“They were astonished to see such sights in their country, especially the area of Ras Al-Sheikh Humaid,” said Heba Al-Aidai, a tour guide in Tabuk who organized the trip.

“They did not expect to see such a place in Saudi Arabia. They looked speechless while standing close to the turquoise water of the sea. It is a truly breathtaking view.”

Al-Aidai and her colleague Nafla Al-Anazi promoted the trip on social media and attracted a group of homemakers, teachers and staff workers from all over the Kingdom, aged from 22 to over 50.

The tour was educational, too, and the women were told about the history of the places they visited. “They were taken to the Caves of Shuaib (Magha’er Shuaib), the place where Prophet Moses fled after leaving Egypt, and where he got married to one of the daughters of Prophet Shuaib, according to some historians. It was really a positive experience,” Al-Aidai said.

The visitors also explored Tayeb Ism, a small town in northwestern Tabuk, where there is a well-known gap in the towering mountains through which water runs throughout the year.

Al-Aidai said such trips aim to encourage tourism in Tabuk, and introduce Saudi tourists and other visitors to the landmarks of the region.