Saudis share 2-month salary bonus with cleaning staff

Updated 26 February 2015

Saudis share 2-month salary bonus with cleaning staff

In a unusual and generous gesture, Saudi employees shared their two-month salary bonus with 250 cleaning workers.
Once the gift was received, employees of the Al-Rawda municipality in Riyadh, organized a special party in which they shared the bonus with cleaning workers of the company contracted to do maintenance work in the city.
Workers received their share in closed envelopes, which were handed out to all the employees without any discrimination of religion or race.
“We wish you all the best in this land of Islam,” Khaled Al-Sayyar, Al-Rawda municipality chief, told workers after passing out the envelopes.
“This gesture from the Saudi employees is also a recognition of your sincere effort to clean the neighborhoods you were assigned to take care of. We have seen remarkable cleanliness there,” Al-Sayyar said.
According to Al-Sayyar, municipality employees wanted to show the generous spirit of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and express their gratitude for the important work the cleaning staff does for the general well-being.
Though he addressed the cleaning staff in Arabic, the speech was translated into a number of Asian languages spoken by the workers.
The celebration, conducted outdoors in front of the municipality, was attended by the employees and all the passers-by.

Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

Updated 16 September 2019

Houthi attack on Saudi Aramco facilities act of terror: Japanese defense minister

TOKYO: Taro Kono, the defense minister of Japan, said that threats to his country’s oil supply was the “most worrying scenario” he could imagine in international relations, in the wake of attacks on Saudi Arabian oil production facilities. 

“The most pessimistic scenario right now is that something happens in the Straits of Hormuz and the oil supply gets cut down, and that would send a shock wave through the global economy. I think the price of oil is already rising after this attack on Saudi facilities, so that’s the most worrying scenario right now,” he told a conference in Tokyo, Japan.

However, speaking on the sidelines to Arab News, he insisted that Saudi Arabia would remain a reliable partner of Japan - which imports around 40 per cent of its crude from the Kingdom - and downplayed concerns about long-term supply problems.

“Saudi has been and will be an important source of our energy supply. We have international co-ordination, and we have reserves, so we are not really worried about that,” he said. 

Kono, who was until recently Japan’s foreign minister, said that his country would be seeking to promote diplomatic solutions to the latest Middle East conflagration. "We definitely need to ease the tension between those countries. As Foreign Minister, the last thing I was doing was calling the Iranian Foreign Minister and the French Foreign Minister to ease the tension the region through diplomatic actions, and I think it's important to continue doing it.

“This Houthi attack on Saudi is a little different, because it's a terrorist attack. I think we may require some kind of military operation against those drone attacks, and that's something out of Japan's constitutional boundary. I think Japan will be focusing on diplomatic efforts in easing tension in the region.”

He raised concerns about the apparent lack of sophistication in the recent attacks. “If it is really drones, that is a lot cheaper than any form of conventional missile,” he said.