No new grace period to rectify labor violations

Updated 26 February 2015

No new grace period to rectify labor violations

The Ministry of Labor has said in clear terms that no more grace period would be granted to violators of residency and labor law regulations.
The statement came in response to swirling rumors that the government was planning to give illegals another grace period.
“No decision has been taken and no orders have been issued to grant any grace period to labor law violators,” said Taysir Al-Mofrej, a spokesman at the ministry. He dismissed any such move and described reports appearing in a section of the media as mere speculation. “These rumors are spread by those who do not know the difference between a grace period and a campaign,” he said.
He said the ministry has been continuing with its correction campaign to arrest violators of work and iqama regulations. The last date for such corrections was Nov. 5, 2013.
Despite the categorical denial, a number of employers and employees hope that the grace period for rectification will be resumed, especially for those who were not permitted to transfer their sponsorship, such as farm laborers, shepherds and fishermen.
Others also hope for the resumption of the grace period to transfer their sponsorship to new employers. Such hopes are based on the fact that the amnesty for illegals, which was to end on July 5, 2013, was extended to Nov. 5, 2013.
Lt. Gen. Othman Al-Mohrej, director of Public Security, said Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad bin Naif, said the launch of the second phase of the security campaign against the labor law violators would begin next month. It will be undertaken on a daily basis in collaboration with other departments, such as the General Directorate of Passports and Prisons.
He said the correction campaign has resulted in a drastic drop in crime rate in the country.

Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

Updated 06 December 2019

Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has become a leader in the field of archaeological research in the past five years, a major exhibition in Rome was told.

Abdullah Al-Zahrani, director-general of archaeological research and studies at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, said that 44 international archaeological missions had been carried out this year in the Kingdom.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the “Roads of Arabia: Masterpieces of Antiquities in Saudi Arabia Across the Ages” exhibition, which opened at the National Museum of Rome on Nov. 26.

The groundbreaking exhibition was inaugurated by Saudi Minister of Culture Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan and Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities Dario Franceschini.

Al-Zahrani said that the Kingdom “has become one of the most advanced countries in terms of archaeological disclosures.”

“Recent discoveries by local and international missions have highlighted the Kingdom’s historical status and cultural depth as the cradle of the beginnings of human civilizations,” he said.

Archaeological discoveries continue to “instil the civilized dimension of the Kingdom,” he said.

“The religious, political, economic and cultural stature that Saudi Arabia enjoys is an extension of its long cultural heritage, in addition to its distinctive geographical position as a bridge and hub of cultural interaction between East and West that made it a meeting point for international land and sea trade routes throughout all ages,” he added.