Saudi woman nabbed after hugging male singer at Souq Okaz

In this videograb, a security officer (left) rushes onstage as an unnamed Saudi woman (right) approaches singer Majid Al-Muhandis (in white thobes) to hug him as he was performing during the SouqOkaz Festival in Taif on July 13, 2018.
Updated 14 July 2018

Saudi woman nabbed after hugging male singer at Souq Okaz

  • Police have arrested the woman and placed her under the custody of a social welfare center pending investigation by the Office of the Public Prosecutor.

JEDDAH: The Arabic hashtag for “Girl hugs Majid Al-Muhandis” was trending in Saudi Arabia yesterday.

During the Iraqi-Saudi singer’s concert at Souq Okaz in Taif on Friday, one audience member was overwhelmed by the presence of her favorite singer and ran to the stage to hug him.

This incident brought a variety of responses, with many arguing that this was a normal reaction when someone meets their favorite celebrities.

Tweeting in Arabic, a Saudi journalist, writer and novelist Samar Al-Mogren @s_almogren said: “Admiration and obsessions with artists and celebrities exist all over the world, so do not interpret the situation based on nationality.”

@KhaledSadig said: “Fangirling is a condition, not a crime. It happens in every concert around the world, just tighten the security and the problem be solved.”

Others criticized the incident. Tweeting in Arabic, @TurkiShalhoub said: “Shameful, sad and dishonorable sight.”

Makkah police arrested the woman for her actions, which go against the anti-harassment law.

The woman was placed under the custody of the girls' welfare institution in Taif and the case was referred to the Public Prosecution


Saudi officials sign deal to boost local jobs in National Guard

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Saudi officials sign deal to boost local jobs in National Guard

  • The scheme will also enhance the role of the sector in providing employment and economic development and will help improve the work environment

RIYADH: Agreements to boost local job opportunities in the Saudi Ministry of National Guard and manage its operating and maintenance contracts have been signed between government officials.

The ministry and the Kingdom’s Mashroat program to support the management of projects in public entities, recently inked two memoranda of understanding (MoU).

The first MoU related to increasing the rate of job localization in operating and maintenance contracts, and the second accord will enable the National Guard to manage its operations and maintenance portfolio in line with best international practice.

Ahmed bin Mutair Al-Balawi, director general of Mashroat, said: “The MoUs represent an important step to Mashroat, especially as the Ministry of National Guard has several facilities and 56 contracts related to operating and maintenance contracts.

“As a result of our role in setting the localization guidelines we are the most capable entity to help the Ministry of National Guard implement its plan. We are also committed to seeing Saudi youth become the leaders of this sector in the future.”

The localization of maintenance and facility management jobs follows guidelines set for all government agencies by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development and is also aimed at improving the efficiency of the National Guard’s facilities system.

Under the terms of the MoUs, Mashroat will provide support to the Ministry of National Guard to implement a job localization action plan. According to the Ministry of Labor and Social Development’s aims, the localization program will provide a range of job opportunities in facilities management and maintenance for men, women and Saudi youth.

The scheme will also enhance the role of the sector in providing employment and economic development and will help improve the work environment.