Women can work in four new jobs at night

Updated 21 April 2016

Women can work in four new jobs at night

RIYADH: Women would now be allowed to work in kitchens, family entertainment parks, accountancy jobs and shops selling women’s items, according to the Labor Ministry.
Abdulmuneem Al-Shehri, the ministry’s undersecretary for special programs, said the aim was to make the working environment suitable for them; and that women are allowed to own businesses where they are not allowed to work as employees.
Al-Shehri said women are not allowed to work in 21 business activities, which includes underground in mines, sewage projects, excavation and restoration works, construction, ovens for melting metal and other industrial jobs. This was for their safety, he said.
He said some of the banned activities include car workshops, steel and aluminum plants, fertilizer warehouses, the coal industry, loading and offloading goods, painting, processing of tin and metal, and electrical work.
On a related issue, the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) has started implementing training programs for women to work in factories, in a bid to increase Saudization at the country’s firms.
The TVTC stated that it had found work for 422 women over the last seven years in 27 business areas, including travel and tourism, hospitality, retail, sales, accounting and administration.


Saudi Arabia stops issuing visas to tourists from countries worst hit by coronavirus

Updated 28 February 2020

Saudi Arabia stops issuing visas to tourists from countries worst hit by coronavirus

  • Tourist visas will still be available electronically or upon arrival to citizens of other qualifying countries

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Tourism announced on Friday that it has temporarily stopped issuing tourist visas to people in certain countries particularly badly hit by the coronavirus outbreak.

The affected nations are China, Italy, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore and Kazakhstan. The decision applies both to electronic visas obtained online and traditional visas issued upon arrival. In addition, tourist visas previously issued to residents of the listed countries will be temporarily suspended.

Tourist visas will still be available electronically or upon arrival to citizens of other qualifying countries, but as a precaution they will not be allowed to visit Makkah or Madinah.

People in countries that are not eligible for electronic visas can check whether they can travel to the Kingdom by calling a helpline on 0096 692 000 0890. Residents of the US, the UK and Schengen nations can call the same number to check whether they can obtain a tourist visa.

The Ministry of Tourism said that the restrictions were designed to protect citizens, residents and tourists, in line with recommendations from health authorities.

“These procedures are temporary and are subject to continuous evaluation by the competent authorities,” a spokesman for the ministry said.

The latest restrictions come a day after Saudi authorities announced temporary bans on Umrah pilgrims and visits to the Prophet’s Mosque. They also said that holders of tourist visas from the countries worst affected by the virus would be refused entry to the country.

Also on Thursday, the Saudi health ministry said there are still “no known cases” of the coronavirus in the Kingdom.