Govt mulls raising Saudization rate in pharmacies by 5%

Updated 19 January 2016

Govt mulls raising Saudization rate in pharmacies by 5%

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Labor is eyeing on private pharmacies to increase Saudization by 5 percent across about 8,000 pharmacies in the country.

In cooperation with the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI), the ministry is studying obstacles to employment in the pharmaceutical sector in order to increase Saudization rate, according to the chairman of the Committee on Pharmacies at JCCI, Dr. Yousef Al-Harthy.
Al-Harthy said the committee is conducting studies to find additional means to increase employment, noting that the sector faces serious challenges that limit increases to Saudization.
These include limited numbers of graduates from universities and pharmaceutical training institutes, as out of 1,100 graduates annually, the majority pursue foreign scholarships or jobs in the public or military sector.
Other challenges include limited titles at private pharmacies, as well as low salaries, which are about SR7,000 for graduates and SR11,000 for employees with experience, as compared to SR9,000 and SR18,000, respectively, in other sectors.
According to the director of employment affairs a private pharmacy, who preferred not to reveal his name, the private sector is considered unattractive to university graduates and graduates of institutes due to few employment opportunities, low salaries and incentives, and titles limited to only “pharmacist.”
He said 85 percent of graduates choose the public or military sector, and said more must be done to establish additional training institutes and universities that specialize in human medicine and pharmacology in order to meet demands.
Investments in the private pharmaceutical sector are more than SR4 billion, while revenues are as high as SR12 billion.

Wait is almost over for music fans eager to learn who will headline E-Prix concerts

Updated 13 November 2019

Wait is almost over for music fans eager to learn who will headline E-Prix concerts

  • Organizers promise this year’s line-up of international stars at Diriyah event will be bigger than ever

RIYADH: The first of the major international music acts that will perform at the Diriyah E-Prix this month will be announced on Wednesday.

There were incredible scenes at the event last year when David Guetta, One Republic, the Black Eyed Peas, Amr Diab, Enrique Iglesias and Jason Derulo rocked the UNESCO World Heritage site. About 40,000 fans flocked to the Diriyah Circuit, on the outskirts of Riyadh, for the after-race concerts, the first unsegregated music events in Saudi Arabia

The stage is set for even bigger and better things this year, with the promise of another two nights of unmissable music on Nov. 22 and 23 as the E-Prix racing returns.

“If you were one of the 40,000 who were lucky enough to be part of that watershed moment (last year) for the Kingdom, believe me, you have not seen anything yet,” said Prince Abdul Aziz Al-Faisal Al-Saud, chairman of the General Sports Authority.

“Last year we told people before we announced (the acts) they should get their tickets early to avoid disappointment. Once we revealed who was coming, the tickets sold out incredibly quickly. This year will be the same but even bigger, so for music fans who want to enjoy the biggest concerts in Saudi Arabia, the smart move is to get your ticket now.”

The Diriyah E Prix kicks off the sixth season of the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s premier all-electric motorsport series, with a double header of races. It also marks the start of Diriyah Season, a month of sport, entertainment, art, cultural festivities, food and retail experiences. Tickets for the Diriyah E Prix, which include entry to the after-race concerts, are available at