‘Dead’ sponsor sends end-of-service benefits to domestic aide who left KSA 22 years ago

Mohammed Zizan Hameed Lebbe. (AN Photo)
Updated 16 February 2018

‘Dead’ sponsor sends end-of-service benefits to domestic aide who left KSA 22 years ago

RIYADH: In a rare humanitarian gesture, a “deceased” Saudi sponsor sent end-of-service benefits to his domestic aide who left the Kingdom 22 years ago.
The Saudi sponsor, Shukr Sweilem Al-Shammary, who died six years ago, had requested his next of kin to pay end-of-service benefits to Mohammed Zizan Hameed Lebbe, Sri Lankan domestic driver, who had worked for him from 1987 to 1996 in Riyadh.
According to the will of Al-Shammary, the deceased requested his heirs to pay SR11,000 ($2,933) to the driver or his family members.
Al-Shammary’s grandson Abdullah told Arab News that he had handed SR11,000 to the Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh to give the money either to the driver, if living, or to his family members in Sri Lanka.
On receipt of the money from Abdullah, the labor counselor at the Sri Lankan Embassy, Indika Thilakaratne, told Arab News that the mission had remitted the funds to the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) to pay the money to the nominees on the island.
Nalin Rajapaksa, media officer at the Ministry of Foreign Employment told Arab News that the ministry had launched an island-wide search for the whereabouts of the driver to settle this problem.
According to Rajapaksa, Mohammed Zizan Hameed Lebbe, was holding Sri Lankan passport No J 0150924 issued in Colombo.
Members of the public, who know the details of this person, have been requested to get in touch with the Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh or the Sri Lankan Bureau of Foreign employment in Colombo to complete the payment procedures according to the will of the Saudi sponsor.


Saudi Arabia gives rental relief to municipal space investors

Updated 43 min 8 sec ago

Saudi Arabia gives rental relief to municipal space investors

  • The decision will help over 50,000 facilities deal with the economic effects of coronavirus
  • Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hogail thanked the two leaders

DUBAI: King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have approved a plan to exempt investors in municipal spaces about 25 percent of rental fees, state news agency SPA has reported.
The decision will help over 50,000 facilities deal with the economic effects of coronavirus by relieving them off payments amounting to over $151.9 million, the report added.
Minister of Municipal and Rural Affairs Majid bin Abdullah Al-Hogail thanked the two leaders.
“I extend my sincere gratitude for the Custodian of the Holy Mosques for issuing the generous approval to exempt investors with municipalities by 25% of the rent of municipal real estate this year to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, which contributes to creating an attractive investment environment with the municipalities,” he tweeted.

Saudi Arabia announced a further drop of daily coronavirus cases on Sunday, as the number of total infections grew by 403 to 317,005.