‘Work from home’ project to begin next month

Updated 06 December 2014

‘Work from home’ project to begin next month

The Ministry of Labor has initiated the trial application of telecommuting programs that will continue until the end of December, pending a ministerial decision that should outline the parameters of remote work, a source in the ministry said.
The ministry will officially announce the new telework program this January, in the hope that it will encourage Saudi women to work, as well as open more employment opportunities for disabled people.
According to the official source, young Saudis of both sexes have already started to work remotely with a number of companies that registered their names in the social insurance program, a factor that indicates that the program is already in its final stages.
The ministry will monitor the trial application of the program to follow up on its progress. One of the main targets of the program is to eliminate fake and ghost employment, and to allow more flexibility for employers.
The ministry allowed a grace period for the public to discuss the issue on its “Maan” (together) portal. Remote work employees under Nitaqat will include Saudi women and other categories of employees, who can benefit from the conditions of telecommuting, such as disabled people or those with chronic diseases.
Each working disabled person will be counted as four Saudi workers when calculating the Saudization ratio, on condition that their salary will not be less than SR3,000 and the employee is already registered in the social insurance program.
As for women, the new regulation stipulates the age segment to be between 18 and years, with prospective employees already registered in the social insurance program.
To encourage employers to hire women, the Saudization ratio for female workers will be calculated by 1.25, meaning that when a company hires four women, they are counted as five in the ratio.


Saudi-backed electric car breaks through 500 miles range barrier

Updated 12 August 2020

Saudi-backed electric car breaks through 500 miles range barrier

  • Lucid Motors announced independent range verification of 517 miles on a single charge for its forthcoming Lucid Air all-electric sedan

 

LONDON:A Saudi-backed electric vehicle has broken through the 500 mile range barrier from a single charge.
Lucid Motors, in which Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund is a major investor, on Wednesday announced independent range verification of 517 miles on a single charge for its forthcoming Lucid Air all-electric sedan.
The results confirm that the Lucid Air is the longest range electric vehicle to date, the car maker said in a statement.
So-called “range anxiety,” where drivers fear being stranded without power in their cars, is a major factor for electric vehicle manufacturers in convincing people to make the switch from traditional gasoline-fueled vehicles.
“Range and efficiency are widely recognized as the most relevant proof points by which EV technical prowess is measured,” said Lucid Motors CEO Peter Rawlinson. “A few years ago we revealed our alpha prototypes of the Lucid Air and promised over 400 miles range; a reflection of our technology at that time. In the intervening period we have achieved a series of technological breakthroughs, culminating in an unsurpassed degree of energy efficiency.”
The PIF agreed a $1 billion investment deal with Lucid Motors two years ago to develop the car at a factory in Arizona.
The production version of the Lucid Air will debut in an online event on Sept. 9, 2020. In addition to the vehicle’s final interior and exterior designs, new details about production specifications, available configurations, and pricing information will also be shared.
Customer deliveries of the Lucid Air, which will be produced at Lucid’s new factory in Casa Grande, Arizona, will begin in early 2021.