Indian expats in Saudi Arabia not affected by fees imposed on dependents, ambassador says

Indian Ambassador Ahmed Javed said that Jubail and Jeddah have the largest proportion of Indian workers in Saudi Arabia.
Updated 12 November 2017

Indian expats in Saudi Arabia not affected by fees imposed on dependents, ambassador says

JUBAIL: Indian Ambassador Ahmed Javed said that the Indian community in Saudi Arabia has not been affected by the family fees imposed on dependents of expatriates.

Javed told the Sabq news website that a large proportion of Indian expatriates came to the Kingdom without their families; therefore, the effect of the newly imposed family fees on them was minimal.

He also said Jubail and Jeddah have the largest proportion of Indian workers in Saudi Arabia, whose total number comes to about 3.2 million, and who work in different areas across the Kingdom.

Javed said the Indian Embassy always responds to the needs of Indian expatriates, and it recently opened a visa and passport office in Jubail in order to serve Indian expatriates in the area.

This came on the sidelines of the celebration which was held on Friday in Jubail to mark the arrival of the Indian Coast Guard ship Samarth to Jubail Commercial Port on a three-day visit which aims to enhance cooperation between the Indian Coast Guard and Saudi maritime authorities and hold joint exercises.

In this context, Javed said that he was “pleased with the cooperation between India and Saudi Arabia in the military and maritime fields. The target of the visit is the exchange of expertise between the two countries and conducting joint exercises.”
This is the first visit of the Samarth to the Kingdom, and a number of reporters attended the press conference held on board the ship.

The Samarth is participating in joint programs with the Saudi marine and equipment services during the three-day visit, including responding to marine pollution, search and rescue, and law enforcement.

The ship is accompanied by 25 officers and 115 employees, and it is currently based in Goa on the west coast of India.


Saudi Arabia deserves praise for best Hajj arrangements

Muslim pilgrims leave after offering noon prayers outside the Namirah mosque on Arafat Mountain, during the annual hajj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (AP)
Updated 26 January 2020

Saudi Arabia deserves praise for best Hajj arrangements

  • Presence of 2.6 million Indian expats in Saudi Arabia boosts bilateral ties

On the occasion of India’s 71st Republic Day, I extend my best wishes to my fellow Indian citizens in the western region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

India and Saudi Arabia enjoy cordial and friendly relations which reflect centuries-old economic and socio-cultural ties.
Visits by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Saudi Arabia in April 2016 and in October 2019 plus the exchanges of other high-level visits have further strengthened the warm relations between the two countries.
As our prime minister said during his visit in October 2019, India would work hand-in-hand with Saudi Arabia on the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan.  
The presence of over 2.6 million Indian expatriates in the Kingdom has also contributed immensely to the strength of economic and socio-cultural ties between our two nations.
Bilateral trade delegations have also increased in the last few years. Indian business delegations are now a regular feature of trade exhibitions in Jeddah and other parts of the Kingdom. The Indian Consulate in Jeddah works tirelessly and diligently to provide the best possible service to Indian nationals residing in the western region of the Kingdom.
This good service includes reducing to three working days the length of time required for issuing/reissuing passports.
The introduction of an e-visa facility for Saudi nationals has further streamlined visa processing and provides a smooth first step for those wanting to visit India.
The Indian government and the people of India are grateful to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Hajj Minister Dr. Mohammed Benten for making excellent arrangements during Hajj 2019. In that year, 200,000 Indian nationals performed Hajj and more than 650,000 Indians came for Umrah.
The Indian side remains committed to partnering closely with Saudi Arabia and working toward a very successful Hajj 2020.
We sincerely express our gratitude to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi ministries of foreign affairs, labor, interior and the authorities of Jawazat, Tarheel and other concerned agencies who have always provided exemplary assistance to the consulate which has enabled the comfortable stay of the many Indians visiting, living, and working in the Kingdom.


• Md. Noor Rahman Sheikh is India’s consul general in Jeddah.