More than 3.7 million held for residency, border violations across KSA

Immediate penalties were imposed on 521,252 offenders. (Supplied)
Updated 24 August 2019
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More than 3.7 million held for residency, border violations across KSA

  • 2,718 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries

RIYADH: More than 3.7 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in Saudi Arabia, according to an official report.
Since the campaign began in November 2017, there have been 3,714,418 offenders, including 2,899,318 for violating residency regulations, 572,573 for labor violations and 242,527 for border violations, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Saturday.
The report said that 62,852 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 46 percent of whom were Yemeni citizens, 51 percent were Ethiopians and 3 percent were of other nationalities.
2,718 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and 4,139 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators. 1,543 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 86 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures.
The total number of offenders subject to procedures is 15,556, comprising 13,306 men and 2,250 women.
Immediate penalties were imposed on 521,252 offenders; 474,221 were transferred to diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; 617,581 were transferred to complete their travel reservations, and 918,203 were deported. 


Dr. Iman bint Habas Al-Mutairi, new CEO of Saudi National Competitiveness Center

Updated 19 September 2019

Dr. Iman bint Habas Al-Mutairi, new CEO of Saudi National Competitiveness Center

Dr. Iman bint Habas Al-Mutairi is the newly appointed CEO of the National Competitiveness Center (NCC). Her appointment was approved by the Saudi Cabinet on Tuesday.

Al-Mutairi received her Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from King Faisal University, and her Ph.D. in bio-organic chemistry from the University of Bristol, UK. She also holds a postdoctorate in molecular biology and genetics from Harvard School of Public Health. 

She did her postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard School of Public Health between 1998 and 2000. Later that year, she joined PerkinElmer as a microarray scientist in Chicago.

In 2003, Al-Mutairi began her ten-year career with Aramco, first as a preventive medicine adviser and from 2007 as an administrator of general medical relations.

In 2009, she served as chief of quality improvement and risk management at Saudi Aramco Healthcare Services, moving in 2011 to be administrator of the workforce planning and analytics division. In 2012, she was appointed as the manager of the medical support services department. 

Al-Mutairi was the manager of the Johns Hopkins Aramco joint venture integration project between 2013 to 2014. In 2016, she took up the post of senior adviser to the Minister of Commerce and Investment until 2017, when she became assistant minister for the Ministry of Commerce and Investment in 2018.