Jobs for Saudi women as cooks, waitresses under study

Updated 04 February 2016

Jobs for Saudi women as cooks, waitresses under study

RIYADH: The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) is conducting a study to see how Saudi women can be employed in the food and hospitality sector, including as cooks, waitresses and receptionists.
Adel Makki, head of the hospitality committee at the JCCI, said women can be employed in the industry in compliance with Islamic rules, according to a report published recently in Aleqtesadiah, a sister publication of Arab News.
Makki said the jobs would be as cooks, cook helpers, supervisors, receptionists and waitresses. They can be paid a monthly salary of SR5,000 to start with, with increases based on performance.
Makki said there are several institutes in the Kingdom able to provide training for women in the hospitality sector. They can also get on-the-job training as trainees, he said.
Recently, Labor Minister Mufrej Al-Haqabani said unemployment among Saudi women rose from 15 percent in 2014 to 32 percent in 2015. He urged the private sector to place their trust in Saudi women and integrate them into the job market.
He said the government would launch a set of programs for the employment of Saudi women in the private sector in the coming weeks. There are also plans to establish colleges of excellence in cooperation with the private sector to attract world class teachers to train Saudi youth.
The Department of General Statistics and Information recorded unemployment among Saudis at 11.7 percent in 2014 compared to 11.5 percent in 2013. It showed that unemployment among Saudi women was 32.8 percent in 2015 while it was 5.9 percent for men.
Unemployment in the Eastern Province, Al-Jouf and Asir was less than 10 percent, and in Makkah, Al-Qassim and Tabuk up to 12 percent. Hail, Madinah and Najran have 13 to 15 percent unemployment, while Riyadh has more than 15 percent.

Spectacular shows celebrate Saudi National Day in style

Updated 21 September 2019

Spectacular shows celebrate Saudi National Day in style

  • Public will be treated to festivals, concerts and firework displays

RIYADH: With the celebrations for Saudi Arabia’s National Day is in full swing this weekend, there is no shortage of events taking place across the Kingdom.

Among the most interesting and spectacular are three international shows being staged in Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam, including a special performance by the world-famous Cirque du Soleil.

“Tariq Al-Himma” will take the audience on a unique and extraordinary artistic journey through the past, present and future of Saudi Arabia, in a show filled with national pride. You can catch the hour-long performance at the Green Halls in Riyadh from September 21 to 23, starting at 9:30 p.m. each night. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Al-Hamra Corniche in Jeddah is the location for “Star Island” on September 23 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thousands of fireworks will paint the sky with dazzling colors, accompanied by sounds, light effects and laser beams.

The world’s most popular circus show, Cirque du Soleil, presents a specially created hour-long show for Saudi National Day at the Dhahran Expo in Dammam. Featuring 40 artists performing a variety of acrobatic routines, the show begins at 9 p.m. each night until September 23.

The season of events marking the celebration of the Kingdom’s National Day, which falls on September 23, includes more than 40 entertainment, cultural and sporting events and activities across the country. They include festivals, concerts, firework displays, youth forums and public celebrations.