More jobs off-limits to expats

Updated 16 August 2015

More jobs off-limits to expats

JEDDAH: The Labor Ministry has banned issuance of permanent, temporary or seasonal visas to expats for a number of professions.
According to reports in the local newspapers, a number of professions have been added to the reserved category. Jobs in these particular professions have to be carried out only by Saudis.
The ministry identified 19 job titles that are off-limits to expatriates. Among them are chief administrator of human resources at government and private sector companies, head of personnel department, director of labor affairs, director of personnel relations, employment clerk, time-keeper, receptionist (general), receptionist (hotel), receptionist (hospitals), cashier and typist.
The ministry has banned renewal of work permits for expatriates doing jobs that are reserved for Saudis. The ministry ordered companies not to transfer the services of such expats to other companies.
The ministry said the measures are in line with the government’s drive to replace expats with Saudis in any job categories as part of the nationalization campaign and with a view to check the high amount of remittances by foreigners.


Saudi Arabia’s first female CEO makes Forbes 100 most powerful women

Updated 13 December 2019

Saudi Arabia’s first female CEO makes Forbes 100 most powerful women

Saudi Arabia’s first female CEO is named in Forbes 100 most powerful women in the world for a second time.

Rania Nashar, Samba Financial Group CEO, was ranked 97th in the list that also included 16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg.

The list also included the United Arab Emirates’ Raja Easa Al-Gurg ranked at 84. The Emirati, who is a Board Member of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was also featured in the list in 2017.

The top 10 in the list included German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Christine Lagarde, who was newly appointed president of the European Central Bank.