692 fake Saudization cases found in a year

Updated 30 November 2015

692 fake Saudization cases found in a year

RIYADH: A total of 692 fake nationalization cases were detected across the Kingdom in the last Islamic year and reports submitted to the nationalization committees.
The committees, which comprise representatives from different government authorities, investigate such cases and penalize the defaulting business entities.
In May 2015, the Labor Ministry stopped its services to 14 companies and establishments for a period ranging from one year to two years after it was found that they had exploited the IDs of citizens without their knowledge, local media reported Sunday.
These establishments indulged in this kind of fraudulent practice to increase their nationalization percentage and get incentives, work permits and recruitment visas.
New regulations are being introduced on the directive of Labour Minister Mufrej Al-Haqabani. He seeks to end wrongful practices in the ministry and cheating in the nationalization process by private sector establishments with penalties and other tough measures.
The General Organization for Social Insurance is also required to start applying its rules and regulations related to the time period of Saudis’ enrollment in employment as well as their registration, the report said, quoting sources.
The Human Resources Fund must also take the necessary measures against violators under the new rules.
The nationalization committees’ inspection procedures include registration of nationals in each facility in accordance with the percentage of Saudization and without their knowledge but through the work owner. It has thus become clear that there is no relation between the ministry and fake nationalization in each facility.
The ministry has also warned facilities not to exploit the names and national IDs, and urged citizens to report such practices to the authorities concerned.


Saudi Arabia deserves praise for best Hajj arrangements

Muslim pilgrims leave after offering noon prayers outside the Namirah mosque on Arafat Mountain, during the annual hajj pilgrimage, outside the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Aug. 20, 2018. (AP)
Updated 26 January 2020

Saudi Arabia deserves praise for best Hajj arrangements

  • Presence of 2.6 million Indian expats in Saudi Arabia boosts bilateral ties

On the occasion of India’s 71st Republic Day, I extend my best wishes to my fellow Indian citizens in the western region of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

India and Saudi Arabia enjoy cordial and friendly relations which reflect centuries-old economic and socio-cultural ties.
Visits by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Saudi Arabia in April 2016 and in October 2019 plus the exchanges of other high-level visits have further strengthened the warm relations between the two countries.
As our prime minister said during his visit in October 2019, India would work hand-in-hand with Saudi Arabia on the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan.  
The presence of over 2.6 million Indian expatriates in the Kingdom has also contributed immensely to the strength of economic and socio-cultural ties between our two nations.
Bilateral trade delegations have also increased in the last few years. Indian business delegations are now a regular feature of trade exhibitions in Jeddah and other parts of the Kingdom. The Indian Consulate in Jeddah works tirelessly and diligently to provide the best possible service to Indian nationals residing in the western region of the Kingdom.
This good service includes reducing to three working days the length of time required for issuing/reissuing passports.
The introduction of an e-visa facility for Saudi nationals has further streamlined visa processing and provides a smooth first step for those wanting to visit India.
The Indian government and the people of India are grateful to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Hajj Minister Dr. Mohammed Benten for making excellent arrangements during Hajj 2019. In that year, 200,000 Indian nationals performed Hajj and more than 650,000 Indians came for Umrah.
The Indian side remains committed to partnering closely with Saudi Arabia and working toward a very successful Hajj 2020.
We sincerely express our gratitude to King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi ministries of foreign affairs, labor, interior and the authorities of Jawazat, Tarheel and other concerned agencies who have always provided exemplary assistance to the consulate which has enabled the comfortable stay of the many Indians visiting, living, and working in the Kingdom.


• Md. Noor Rahman Sheikh is India’s consul general in Jeddah.