Closure of small grocery shops likely

Updated 20 March 2016

Closure of small grocery shops likely

DAMMAM: Shoura Council member Mohammed Al-Kheneizi said the council would recommend to the Ministries of Labor and Municipal and Rural Affairs the closure of “small groceries (bagalas) and limiting retail permits to bigger shops that would be able to employ more Saudi men and women.”
He said there was no benefit in having more than one corner shop in a neighborhood, adding the shop was small, that feminization would not apply and in any case those retail shops are dependent on employing expats whose present numbers are around one million.
He said the policy of the government now was to decrease the number of expats and enhance Saudization in all sectors.
Al-Kheneizi said the Labor Ministry had accepted the recommendation and was looking further into it before bringing it into law.
He said that many private grocery permits were in the name of women as the real owners are employees who can’t work according to the law so the permits are issued in their wives’ names and so the permit is legal.
He said larger retail shops were better because they had standards to protect what is displayed, to provide better services to consumers and greater employment opportunities.


Saudi Arabia launches investigation into firearm incident at AlUla-Neom rally

Updated 11 November 2019

Saudi Arabia launches investigation into firearm incident at AlUla-Neom rally

  • A man intercepted one of the rally drivers and came at him with a gun
  • The suspect's firearm and vehicle have been seized

RIYADH: A criminal investigation has been launched after an armed man intercepted a vehicle taking part in a rally in Saudi Arabia.
The Kingdom’s Public Prosecution said the suspect came out of his car carrying a firearm and aimed it at the driver in a car competing in the AlUla-Neom race.
“The Public Prosecution has ordered the seizure of the firearm and the vehicle used in the crime, and ordered the arrest of the accused pending the case,” a statement issued on the state-run said.
The AlUla-Neom race ran from Tuesday to Saturday and was won by Saudi driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi.
Fifty-nine cars, seven motorcycles, seven quads and one truck tackled the even, which was the third stage of the Saudi Toyota Desert Rally Championship.