Pharmacy jobs to be gradually localized in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi Minister of Labor will ensure Saudization of 20 percent of the workforce in the first stage. (File photo: Reuters)
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Updated 03 February 2020

Pharmacy jobs to be gradually localized in Saudi Arabia

  • The Saudi Minister of Labor will ensure Saudization of 20 percent of the workforce in the first stage

RIYADH: The Saudi Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmed bin Suleiman Al-Rajhi has issued a ministerial decision to gradually localize the pharmacy profession over two stages.

The decision, which comes in partnership with the Ministry of Health, will ensure Saudization of 20 percent of the workforce in the first stage from Jul. 22. The second stage will localize a further 30 percent from July. 11, 2021.

The decision will be implemented in institutions with five or more expatriate workers with exception to “pharmaceutical product marketing specialists” in pharmaceutical companies, drug agents, distributors and factories which were subject to a Saudization decision issued by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority.


UK Ambassador welcomes appointment of first Saudi woman as cultural attache

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UK Ambassador welcomes appointment of first Saudi woman as cultural attache

  • Fatani was appointed as one of the Kingdom’s first female cultural attaches
  • She holds a doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Strathclyde

RIYADH: Britain’s ambassador to Saudi Arabia on Thursday welcomed the appointment of Dr. Amal bint Jameel Fatani as cultural attaché to the UK.

Fatani was appointed as one of the Kingdom’s first female cultural attaches by the Saudi Minister of Education Dr.Hamad bin Mohammed Al Al-Sheik earlier this month.

Ambassador Neil Crompton tweeted Thursday: “#Congratulations to Dr Fatani @FataniAmal for her appointment as Cultural Attaché to the #UK. Delighted she is a UK alumni herself. Wishing her the very best in her new role and looking forward to strengthening the people to people links between the UK and Saudi Arabia.”

Fatani holds a doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Strathclyde. She obtained her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in pharmacology and toxicology from the College of Pharmacy at King Saud University (KSU), where she is currently an associate professor.

She has previously worked at the Ministry of Higher Education and KSU, and was among the first female pharmacy graduates in the Kingdom.

After receiving her doctorate she was appointed vice chair of the pharmacology and toxicology department. She is the first female dean of the nine scientific and medical colleges, and has worked with the rector, deputies, and deans of male colleges to build a unified strategic plan for gaining accreditation, a higher global ranking, and implementing best international practices in higher education.

Saudi Arabia and the UK have an important and long-standing relationship, strengthened through the strong individual connections that Saudis enjoy with the UK through their attendance at academic institutions. Hundreds of Saudi scholarship students have graduated from top UK educational institutions.

The two countries are key strategic partners in the Kingdom’s Saudi Vision 2030 reform plan, and have reaffirmed their commitment to building and developing trade and investment as well as achieving shared prosperity for their citizens.