Saudis urged to hire maids through licensed agencies

Updated 01 June 2016

Saudis urged to hire maids through licensed agencies

RIYADH: The Ministry of Labor and Social Development called on all citizens to hire domestic helpers through duly licensed recruitment agencies.

“All citizens are urged not to entertain advertisements on social media or in the press regarding the hiring of domestic helpers,” said Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al-Falih, assistant undersecretary for inspection.
He added that the ministry continues to monitor violations in connection with the hiring of domestic helpers by advertising the availability of domestic helper services through the local press or on social media.
“Violations committed by advertising the availability of domestic helper services are submitted to the Ministry of Culture and Information for appropriate action and imposition of penalties,” he said.
He called on the media to observe and abide by the regulations and instructions, and refrain from publishing announcement on sales of visas or labor services for rent which are illegal.
He emphasized the illegality of recruitment through the media and providing labor services or lease in employment services to third parties.
“Recruitment of domestic workers can only be done after obtaining a license from the Ministry of Labor and Social Employment,” Dr. Al-Falih said.
He called on the citizens interested in home employment services to take advantage of the domestic employment program by going to the link:
The link identifies the offices and companies licensed to carry out activities to provide recruitment services, in addition to knowledge of nationalities and professions available, as well as the cost and duration of access.
He also called on citizens to communicate with customer service at the ministry via the consolidated phone 19911 to make any inquiries or complaints regarding domestic employment, or through the ministry’s website:

Riyadh Season Boulevard zone opens with spectacular parade

Updated 18 October 2019

Riyadh Season Boulevard zone opens with spectacular parade

  • The Riyadh parade is thought to be the biggest parade in Kingdom to date

RIYADH: More than 1,500 performers and 25 floats took part in a parade and carnival on Thursday night that officially launched Riyadh Season’s Boulevard zone. The crowds that gathered for the fun-packed event were also treated to motorcycle displays, fireworks and other surprises.

The Boulevard lit up at 9 p.m. for the start of the 90-minute event, which featured some of the international artists who will perform as part of Riyadh Season. Afterwards, the zone’s food and drink outlets, outdoor cinema and fountain shows officially opened.

The audience watched the parade, performances and displays from specially constructed stands. Food trucks offered a selection of tasty snacks, and organizers also provided prayer rooms, toilets, first-aid stations and other facilities.

In addition to the opening-night festivities, the Boulevard zone, which covers 400,000 square meters, will host a wide range of entertainment options and activities for all ages, including the outdoor cinema, restaurants, and sports, music and theatrical events. It has three main venues: The 22,000-seat Mohammed Abdu Theater, the 6,000-seat Abu Bakr Salem Theater, and the 2,000-seat Baker Al-Sheddi Theater.

The parade is just one of more than 100 events featuring local, regional and international performers taking place during the Riyadh Season festival, which continues until mid-December at 12 zones across the city: the Boulevard; the Front; Riyadh Car Show; Winter Wonderland; Riyadh Stadiums; the Diplomatic Quarter; Al-Muraba’a; Al-Malaz; Wadi Namar; Nabd Al-Riyadh; Riyadh Safari; and Riyadh Sahara. It has been organized with the support of Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of the General Entertainment Authority and president of Riyadh Season.

The audience watched the parade from specially built stands. (Supplied)


The ambitious 2019 Saudi Seasons initiative, the first of its kind in the region, was launched in February and includes 11 local seasons covering most parts of the Kingdom. Designed to promote the fledgling Saudi entertainment sector and boost tourism, it is attracting some of the biggest names in world entertainment.

The Riyadh parade is thought to be the biggest parade in Kingdom to date. It follows a folklore parade at the Mawtni (My Nation) cultural event in Yanbu to mark Saudi National Day this year, and a parade during the Jeddah Season festivities in the city’s Obhur district.