Archive for February 2018

64 BILLION ENTERTAINMENT SECTOR IN COMING YEARS

SAUDI TO INVEST 64 BILLION DOLLARS ON ENTERTAINMENT SECTOR IN UPCOMING YEARS

Saudi Arabia is set to invest 64 Billion dollars in its entertainment sector in the upcoming decade, First Opera house of the Kingdom to be build to boost entertainment programmes. Trending : New city in Saudi Arabia with roaming robots




In this year 2018, more than 5000 events and live entertainment activities were planned by the General Entertainment Authority. It includes 500 entertainment events in small towns and cities all over the Kingdom. Most Viewed : Robot Sophia is awarded with Saudi citizenship

- The events will cover all programs like Arts, Culture, Music, Education, festivals for youth, family and children. The real change of Saudi Arabia can be seen in the year 2020.




- In the past few months, Saudi already witness few events, concerts, Comic con festival and a mixed gender National Day celebration with music and dancing for the first time. Read : Red Sea Islands to get ready for tourists

- Saudi Arabia is setting strategies and contributing the development of the entertainment industry, It focuses on diversifying investment opportunities in order to achieve its Vision 2030 goals and to set positive impact on the its economy and Gross Domestic Product (GDP).




- Saudi people spends billions annually on movies, entertainment and amusement parks by visiting the neighbor GCC nations of Dubai and Bahrain. Once the entertainment sector succeed in the Kingdom, Not only Saudis but other gulf nation people will also come here to spend for the entertainment. See Also : Opening of cinemas in Saudi Arabia




INVESTMENTS IN ENTERTAINMENT SECTOR OF SAUDI ARABIA

AGENCY TO FIND JOBS IN PRIVATE COMPANIES

NEW SAUDI AGENCY TO LOOK FOR JOBS IN PRIVATE SECTOR FOR ITS YOUNG CITIZENS

A new Saudi Employment Agency in the Ministry of Labor and Social Development to look jobs for 1.2 million Saudi citizens by 2020 in the Private companies after the decision of the Council of Ministers. Trending : Careem to employ thousands of women




The task of the new Saudi employment agency will be full coordination between the private companies and the newly graduated Saudi men and women, and to discovering the elimination of false Saudization, including identifying the problems facing by Saudis in the private sector. Most Viewed : 100% Saudization in car rentals office

- After the failure of Commission for Employment Generation, It is abolished as it was not succeed in cutting down the unemployment rate and failed in translating its plans into reality. Currently the unemployment rate is 12.8%.




- The new agency will try to achieve its goal in providing employment to 1.2 million Saudi young men and women by coordinating with private sector by the year 2020, It is one of the goal in the National Transition 2020. Recommend : Expats worried as Saudi is reshaping its economy

- The Saudi employment agency will track all the false Saudization in the private companies and try to find out the issues facing by Saudi citizens in the private sector. It will develop some programs to enhance job opportunities for the nationals.




SAUDI AGENCY WILL FIND JOBS FOR SAUDIS IN PRIVATE COMPANIES

INDIANS STILL PREFERRING SAUDI ARABIA FOR JOBS

INDIANS STILL PREFER SAUDI ARABIA FOR JOBS, INDIA STILL TOPS IN REMITTANCES

Saudi Arabia is still most preferred destination in the gulf for Indian expatriates seeking jobs, According to revealed official data, India has the highest sources of remittances from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Trending : New visa center for Indians in Jubail 





As per the figures revealed by Indian Embassy in Riyadh, There were more than 3 Million Indians are living in Saudi Arabia in the month March of this year, While in October the numbers of Indians became 3.2 Million a sharp rise of 200,000 Indians with in 7 months. Recommend : Gold allowed to carry at Indian airports

- Indians in Saudi Arabia are not only comprising blue collar jobs but a growing numbers in the professions of doctors, engineers, oil technologists, IT experts and other technocrats who are taking part in the Saudi's reforming economy.





- India continues to be the top recipient of expats remittances according to Pew Research Center data, Out of 69 billion dollars remittance, 10.5 billion remittance money is from Saudi Arabia. Related : Send money to home country through online

- As per the estimation of World Bank, 575 billion dollars remittances sent globally in 2016, Out of which 429 billion dollars received by India. In the year 2018 the numbers are going to increase by 615 billion dollars out of which India may receive 460 billion dollars due to rise of Indians in the Kingdom as well as all over the world.



INDIANS STILL PREFERRED SAUDI FOR JOBS

A TIME TRAVELER MAN FROM 2030 CAME TO WARN

A TIME TRAVELER MAN VISITED FROM YEAR 2030 IN 2018

A time-traveler man claiming, he visited from the year 2030 and arrived in 2018 to warn about the future. Surprisingly, the lie detector machine detects he is telling the truth.




He said his life is in danger for revealing the truth about future, some agencies will torture him for giving information about the coming years, he said. So he hided and keeping secret about his last name said the man 'Noah'.

- He claims, Donald Trump will be re-elected in the year 2020 and the present year (2030) US president is IIana Remikee, global warming will have caused the temperature raise in North America.




- He also claims robotics technology have taken all over the world, Google robotics will spread across the globe and will be developed to the point they can run a home like humans independently. By 2021, Google Glass style device will be worn by everyone.

- Humans will reach Mars planet in 2028, Electronic cars is replaced with petrol and diesel cars, Bitcoin will continue to be popular, old currency models are still running, Most of the forms of cancer have been cured in the year 2030.




- He is currently 50 years old and now he had taken an age rejuvenation drug, which made him to look like a 25 year old man. He said i am stuck here, I cannot get back to my time.

- Self driving and driver less cars will improve drastically, Renewable energy will take off. After his first video interview he hided his location and attended his 2nd interview on phone call.




- Social Media users criticized him by saying, Lie detector tests do not say if things are true, only the person who made it, claims that they are true. No one have choice to know whether he is saying truth or not, except we will wait for his predictions to become true.

TIME TRAVELER FROM 2030 ARRIVED IN 2018 UNITED STATES


4 WOMEN PLAYING CARD GAME IN MAKKAH AL HARAM

A VIRAL PHOTO OF 4 WOMEN PLAYING BOARD GAME IN MAKKAH AL HARAM MOSQUE

A photo of fully covered four women sitting and playing cards in Makkah Masjid Al Haram went viral on social media and triggered a wide range of comments. Trending : New speed limits on certain highways of Saudi Arabia




According to various local reports, These four women with unknown nationality were spotted palying board games in Masjid Al Haram on Friday around 11 PM near to King Abdul Aziz Gate. Recommend : Makkah to Madinah in 2 hours 10 minutes in Haramain train

- After spotting it, Authorities was alerted and the General Presidency's women section handled the situation by going to the women and requesting them to respect the sanctity of the holy mosque and stop the game, those women understood the situation and left.




- Muslims of all over the world have desire to live and get benefited with the few moments of the holy mosque Makkah Al Haram, they are eagerly waiting for their turn at least once in a life time. Related : Women arrested for posting improper content

- Social media users condemned the act of these 4 women and saying they should have respect the holy mosque. The holy mosque is for prayers, supplications and devotion and the visitors should ensure nothing else disturb it.



- While few social media users believe, it is similar to the use of smartphones in the holy mosque, It also should be stopped and concentrate on payers. Similar : No work for expats in gold shops 

- One of the user of social media said smartphones should not be stopped from using, as it will help them for communicating with his family members or friends available in the mosque.




- The General Presidency of both Makkah Al Haram mosque and Madina Masjid Al Haram confirmed it had told the women not to play board game in the Holy mosques. Most Viewed : Saudi Tourist visas coming soon

- In the year 2015, A photo of youngsters playing cards inside Madinah Masjid Al Nabawi were spotted and the security authorities arrested them for the act.




FOUR WOMEN SPOTTED PLAYING CARDS IN MAKKAH

JOBS ADS FOR COOKS & CASHIERS WITH MASTER DEGREE

COOKS, CASHIERS, TEACHERS REQUIRED WITH MASTER DEGREE POSTED ON SAUDI JOB PORTALS

Job advertisements in Saudi Arabia demands a post graduate or master degree for applying the jobs like cook, assistant cook, accountant, school teacher, hotel receptionist and grocery cashier as per the recent reports of media. Most Viewed : Chamber asks ministry to cancel expat levy fee on companies




According to Makkah Newspaper, They made a study of this trend by monitoring about 300 job advertisements on the national job portal "Taqat" of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development. Recommend : Staying in Saudi hotels is now 25 to 30% more expensive

- A post graduation required to the above mentioned jobs, Employers have to explain this why they need such big qualifications for this jobs. Ministry launched "Taqat" portal in order to ensure the seriousness of the job ads appearing on its national website.




- This kind of job positions not limited to only one city, but it was appearing all the provinces and cities of Saudi Arabia. A school posted an job ad, that they are requiring a teacher with master degree. Trending : Expats in trouble as Saudi reshaping its economy

- One of the restaurant in Qassim posted a job ad that, they are requiring 10 cooks who holds master degree in cooking. Ministry is about to verify the demanded qualifications from employers for these job positions, Ministry says irrational demands of employers will make Saudi job seekers disappointed in order to apply for these job positions.



- A job seeker must contact the employer who is demanding higher qualification for job and have to ensure his seriousness for getting the job, he should ask about the salary he get and the nature of his work, Company should pay reasonable salary as they are requiring high qualified worker. Similar : Restaurant jobs to limit for Saudi women

- Chairman of the Private Labor Market Committee at the Saudi Chamber Council said demanding high qualification for some jobs is nothing but the ignorance of the employer and lack of adequate knowledge how to use the portal.




COOK & CASHIERS JOBS REQUIRED MASTER DEGREE

NATIONAL ADDRESS MUST FOR BANK CUSTOMERS

NATIONAL ADDRESS MUST FOR BANK CUSTOMERS STARTING FROM 15th APRIL 2018

Banks of Saudi Arabia are requesting its customers (expats and citizens) to provide their National address details in order to compliance with the directive of Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA). Trending : Salary cards must for domestic workers




The National Address System in Saudi Arabia is a unified address that stores the data of the Geographic Information System (GIS). In the Arab world, National Address System was first introduced in the Kingdom.

- Various banks in Saudi Arabia are sending messages, emails to customers and asking to provide their location address to their banks or to update their profile online bank account page or at https://address.gov.sa/en/




- National Address System commonly allows you to enter your Building number, Street name, neighborhood, city , postal code, iqama number and phone number.

- Mobile phone numbers used in Absher services are also required to link with the National Address System. Most Viewed : Send money through enjaz online

- Its a government decision to apply National Address System on everyone in order to get a unified address format. It is must for all types of houses, flats and office addresses. It also helps security forces to reach faster in the crime area.



- This system will deliver your services very fast and with effective transparency, It also improves navigation capabilities to send emergency services in case of disasters and it expands economic opportunities in a digital era.

- Unified address system is currently using by Saudi Post and it covered 4.5 million locations from villages to cities of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Similar : Maximum cash allowed to carry from Saudi Arabia airports




NATIONAL ADDRESS MUST FOR EXPAT BANK CUSTOMERS

NEW SPEED LIMIT OF 140KPH FROM 19 FEB 2018

SAUDI ARABIA APPLIES NEW SPEED LIMIT OF 140 KPH ON SOME HIGHWAYS FROM 19 FEB 2018

The new speed limit of 140 kph for small vehicles on some express highways is going to effect from 19th Feb 2018 (Monday) in Saudi Arabia, according to the Saudi Press Agency( SPA) report.




The new speed limits are, 140 Kmph for cars, 100 kmph for buses and 80 kmph for trucks, Signboards of speed limits are attached on some highways of the Kingdom.

The new speed limit is applicable on the express ways of

- Riyadh to Taif road (Eastwards) and Taif to Riyadh (Westwards)

- Riyadh to Qassim road (Northwards) and Qassim to Riyadh (Southwards)




- Makkah to Madinah road (Northwards) and Madinah to Makkah (Southwards)

- Jeddah to Madinah (Northwards) and Madinah to Jeddah (Southwards)

- It is requested not to exceed the speed limit and strictly abide the instructions and signboards, The increase in speed limits does not mean you need to increase speed up to that limit, you can go on your normal speed but you should not exceed the allowed maximum limit.




SPEED LIMIT INCREASED FROM 120KPH TO 140KPH IN SAUDI ARABIA

CAREEM TO EMPLOY THOUSANDS OF SAUDI WOMEN DRIVERS

1000 SAUDI WOMEN DRIVERS SIGN UP FOR CAREEM IN THE KINGDOM

More than Thousand Saudi women are registering to train with Careem ride hailing app in Saudi Arabia after the lifting of women's driving ban last year. Recommend : Careem referral code




Careem have millions of users in Saudi Arabia, Now this ride hailing app will train the prospective women drivers in the country. As the unemployment rate in the Kingdom is 12.8% last year and it is 80% for Saudi women. Read : Taxis to be in control in Saudi Arabia

- Careem co founder said, We are very excited about this year's June, As it is a big milestone for Saudi Arabia and we are training female drivers and hope to get nearly 100,000 female captains with in a year starting from June.




- Careem has already started its training for women, who have abroad driving licenses and available in Riyadh, Jeddah and Al Khobar. Trending : Airport pickups banned for Careem & Uber

- Careem is currently operating its services in 13 countries and the worth of the company is 1 Billion dollars. In Saudi Arabia Careem wishes to employ 100,000 Saudi women as part of its expansion in the market.




- Saudi Arabia does not have public transportation system, It created opportunities for Careem and Uber to expand in the Kingdom. Most Viewed : New penalties on traffic violations

- Saudi Arabia has permitted women to drive for the first time from June 2018 after the royal decree issued by Saudi Arabia's King Salman in September 2017.



CAREEM TO EMPLOY THOUSANDS OF SAUDI WOMEN

COUNCIL ASKED TO CANCEL EXPAT LEVY ON COMPANIES

COUNCIL, SMALL & MEDIUM COMPANIES SEEKS EXPAT LEVY TO BE SCRAPPED

Council of chamber of Saudi Arabia is about to meet with senior government officials in order to discuss about expat levy on companies (which started on January 1st, 2018), worrying it may result in closing of 40% of small and medium enterprises. Related : 6 months time to companies to pay expat levy




Members of the Council of Saudi Chambers has also called labor minister for meeting in order to ask about expat levy to be revoked, which is 300 to 400 Saudi Riyals monthly on each expat employee of the company. Similar : Staying in Saudi hotels will be expensive after municipal tax

- One of the local news reported, 2000 Small and Medium Companies were also planning to submit a petition and a lawsuit jointly to have this expat levy to be scrapped.




- As per the estimations of some businessmen, the new expat levy on small and medium companies may result in 30 to 40% of the SMEs to leave the market, because of the heavily increase in costs in this challenging period which is making economic growth slow down. The VAT of 5% already increases the cost of living in the Kingdom. Read : Work visas validity reduced to 1 year in Saudi Arabia

- Many companies are struggling to pay back the loans they have taken out before the new fee was introduced, The employers looks worried as they came to know the exemption is only to the companies with five or fewer employees.




- According to the estimations, Government of Saudi Arabia is expecting 6.3 Billion dollars fee from this year 2018, 11.73 Billion dollars in 2019 and 17.33 Billion dollars in 2020, As the levy fee continuously increase year wise, 300 to 400 Saudi Riyals in 2018, 500 to 600 Saudi Riyals in 2019 and 700 to 800 Saudi Riyals in 2020. See Also : Dependent & companion fees as per Jawazat systems

- Companies with 50% or more than 50% Saudi employees will pay the lesser amount compare to the companies with less than 50% of Saudi employees.



- In case of failing in the payment of levy, Labor ministry will block its services like issuing of residence visas, permits and licences. You May Like : No place for Engineers in Saudi Arabia with less than 5 years of experience

- Small and Medium Companies (SMEs) in the Kingdom to be considered to the companies with 1 to 249 employees and the turnover of 3 Million Saudi Riyals to 200 Million Saudi Riyals Annually.




- One of the member of Chamber in Abha said the expat levy fee should not be imposed on skilled expat employees as there are only sufficient Saudis to replace them. Recommend : No expat levy on government contractors

- It is not easy to Saudise jobs in the industrial sector with in a one day or two, So the sectors like industrial and others should not consider while implementing Saudization program on it.

SMALL & MEDIUM COMPANIES SEEKS EXPATS LEVY TO BE REVOKED

NEW MUNICIPAL TAX ON GUESTS OF SAUDI HOTELS

SAUDI HOTELS ARE MORE EXPENSIVE AFTER THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW MUNICIPAL TAX

The prices of staying in Hotels, furnished apartments and commercial residence of Saudi Arabia are more expensive now after the introduction of new Municipal tax in the Kingdom. New : Makkah to Madinah train




The new municipal tax on hotels is different from the available Value Added Tax (VAT) of 5% (introduced from 1st January 2018) and the existing service tax.

- As per the various sources guests and travelers, from now will pay 25 to 30 percent more compare to earlier cost for each hotel room. Recommend : Penalties and fines on expiry iqamas

- The new municipal tax is 5% on each occupied room and for the hotels with 3 stars and below three stars the levy will be reduced to 2.5% and it is already applied from this week.




- The amount of tax must be deposited to the ministry account each month by following a new account system and procedure. Various hotels are displaying it already and notifying the customers about the new municipal tax. Related : 6 months time to companies to pay expat levy

- The tax on hotels came after 2 to 3 years of difficulty in the Saudi hotel industry, Which has been hit by new supply and reduced corportate bookings linked to the weaker economy.




- As per the research firm STR preliminary data, There is a dip of 2.4% in average daily rate in Jeddah on January with 732.33 Saudi Riyals and a dip of 2.1% in revenue in available room to 370.33 Saudi Riyals. Similar : Car rental outlets jobs only for Saudis

- Occupancy rate in the hotels is from 0.3 per cent to 50.6 per cent. Hotels and commercial residential facilities will have to register in the ministry which will provide them a unique number in order to access to their accounts in the ministry.



Guests of hotels to pay new municipal tax in Saudi Arabia

MAKKAH TO MADINAH TRAIN TAKES YOU IN 130 MINUTES

130 MINUTES OF TIME TO TRAVEL FROM MAKKAH TO MADINAH IN TRAIN

Saudi Arabia's Haramain High speed railway train will take passengers and pilgrims from Makkah to Madinah via Jeddah and Rabigh in just 2 hours and 10 minutes. Recommend : Madina to Makkah distance




Haramain train takes 21 minutes to travel between Makkah and Jeddah, 14 minutes to travel between Jeddah and King Abdulaziz International Airport, 36 minutes to travel between Airport and Rabigh and 1 hour to travel between Rabigh and Madinah, So total travel time between Makkah and Madinah will be 130 minutes approximately. Related : Speed limit to increase to 140 Km on Makkah-Jeddah road

- Every hour there will be a train between Makkah and Madinah, The speed of the train will be 300km per hour, As per the seasons of normal and crowd Haramain railway will operate 12 trains.




- There will be 7 trains between Makkah and Jeddah in a hour and in a gap of 10 minutes. Similar : Train between Riyadh and Hail

- 35 electric trains have been reached, Each train will have 13 boxes and 2 control chambers with a capacity of 417 passengers.



- 60 Billion Saudi Riyals have been spent on the Haramain High Speed Railway project, It will create more than 2000 jobs for women and men. See Also : Largest Umbrella project for Makkah




2 HOURS 10 MINUTES TO TRAVEL BETWEEN MAKKAH AND MADINAH IN TRAIN

RESOLUTION TO DELAYED PAYMENTS OF PRIVATE SECTOR

ORDER FOR QUICK RESOLUTION TO DELAYED PAYMENTS OF PRIVATE SECTOR

Saudi Arabia has ordered to make a complete list of all delayed payments to the private sector companies in the Kingdom, reported Saudi Press Agency (SPA) citing  a royal decree.




The order also recommended to establish a committee headed by the Minister of trade and investment for gathering data on delay payments to the contractors of private sector.

- The decree will introduce a quick resolution of outstanding payments.





- The committee will look into the reasons for the cause of payment delays and will come up with solutions for speedy repayment for them.




ORDER TO RESOLVE DELAYED PAYMENTS OF PRIVATE SECTOR

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR POSTING IMPROPER CONTENT

YOUNG WOMAN ARRESTED FOR POSTING ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Authorities of Saudi Arabia have arrested a young woman in Jeddah city for posting several pictures and videos of alcohol and por-nographic material in her social media account. See Also : Restaurant workers arrested




While monitoring social media in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Authorities spotted an social media account that posted many videos and pictures that clashed the values of Islam and public morals, said Makkah police spokesperson. Similar : Thousands of expatriates arrested

- After investigating, It is revealed that the account is related to a young woman, who is in her 20's. Police immediately arrested the woman and she clarified the account is on her name 'Lumia'.




- The case is forwarded to public prosecution for further investigation and strict action. As per one of the local news paper the woman is living with her family and she is not aware of any posts with her account. Recommend : Expat caught for leaving Saudi with company money

- Many online social media users in Saudi Arabia, outraged for her immoral defiance and reported to the authorities for taking action against her.




- According to Saudi Law, If the woman faces charges of immorality, she will lead to prison for 5 years and a fine up to 3 million Saudi Riyals or any one from both. You May Like : Public Prosecution order on social media harmful users




WOMAN ARRESTED FOR POSTING IMPROPER CONTENT

FINES ON EXPATS EXPIRY IQAMAS

PENALTIES ON EMPLOYERS FOR NOT RENEWING IQAMAS ON TIME

As per the announcement of Jawazat in Saudi Arabia, Iqamas (Residence permits) of expatriates should renew on time, before its expiry date, otherwise sponsors or employers will face heavy penalties. Recommend : How to check iqama expiry date in Saudi Arabia




The Directorate General of Passports (Jawazat) has given 3 days of grace period from the date of expiry, to those who failed to renew their iqama (residence permit). Its an employer or sponsor responsibility to renew iqama of his employee on time. Related : Muqeem iqama status

- If the employer failed to renew iqama of his employee even after 3 days of grace period, A penalty of 500 Saudi Riyals will be imposed on him.




- The penalty will be doubled to 1000 Saudi Riyals on the employer, If the violation (not renewing iqama on time) is repeated for the second time. Read : Ministry of Labour iqama fees

- If the violation of not renewing iqama on time is repeated for the third time, Then the expatriate will be deported from Saudi Arabia and the employer will be fined 1000 Saudi Riyals.




- The reason for penalties is to ensure the employer renew iqama of his expat employee on time and to protect the rights of the labor, which will help in regulating the labor market properly. Similar : Iqama red



PENALTIES ON EXPIRY IQAMAS IN SAUDI ARABIA

HOLIDAYS IN SAUDI ARABIA FOR 2018

HOLIDAYS IN SAUDI ARABIA FOR 2018 (1439-1440)

As Saudi is a pure Islamic country, Expatriates living in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia should not expect more holidays. Only Muslim festivals and a National Day are expected holidays every year here. Muslims have only two main festivals Eid-Al-Fitr and Eid-Al-Adha. Recommend : Sin Tax to be apply soon in KSA




Public holidays in Saudi Arabia for the year 2018 for both government or private sectors:

- Government sectors or public sectors will have 15 to 20 days holidays on each eid i.e,. Eid-Ul-Fitr and Eid-Ul-Adha.

- Every Friday and Saturday are weekend holidays in the Kingdom for government sectors and most of the private sectors, While few private companies only Friday as weekend holiday.

- Most of the private sectors will provide 4 days holidays as per Saudi labor law for each eid, that is for Eid-Al-Fitr (Ramadan Eid) and Eid-Al-Adha (Bakrid). Related : Leaves for Expats as per Saudi Labor Law





- Few private sectors will follow their own company norms for providing holidays on Eid's, But the mandatory holiday will be on Eid and 1 day before Eid, Remaining all holidays will be added as overtime.

- Every year Saudi Arabia's National Day will fall on September 23rd, So every 23rd September is a public holiday in KSA. Similar : National Day Holiday on Week Day




- InShaAllah! Ramadan for the current year starts from 16th May of 2018 and ends on June 14th 2018 following Eid Al Fitr. See Also : Ramadan in Saudi Arabia

- InshaAllah! this year 2018, Arafat day will be on 20th August and Bakrid or Eid-Al-Adha will fall on next day that is 21st August.

- National for the current year 2018 will be on 23rd September. Read Also : Hijri Calendar






EID-AL-FITR (RAMADAN) HOLIDAYS FOR 2018(1439):

14th June 2018 to 19th June 2018 (4 DAYS + Friday + Saturday)

EID-AL-ADHA (BAKRID) HOLIDAYS FOR 2018(1439):

20th August 2018 to 25th August 2018 (4 DAYS + Friday + Saturday)

SAUDI NATIONAL DAY HOLIDAY FOR 2018(1439) :

23rd September 2018 (1 DAY)

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS IN SAUDI ARABIA FOR 2018


SAUDI NATIONALITY TO BE GRANTED TO CHILDREN OF SAUDI MOTHER

SAUDI CITIZENSHIP TO BE GRANTED TO CHILDREN OF SAUDI MOTHER & FOREIGN FATHER

The Shoura Council of Saudi Arabia accepted to study a proposal to grant citizenship to the children of Saudi mothers and Expatriate father.




63 members of the Shoura Council agreed to study two proposals, which aimed at amending the Saudi citizenship rules and regulations. The proposal was tabled 2 years ago but never taken up for discussion.

- This time the proposal was tabled by 2 essential members of the Council and 3 outgoing female members. Some member of the Council highly opposed the tabled proposal.




- Saudi woman can marry to a non Saudi man as it is her choice, But providing citizenship to their children is not, Said a member in the Council in opposing the proposal, He also said children are usually attached to their fathers.

- While the other member of the council supported the proposal by saying this children do not know any other home country as they lived only in Saudi Arabia with their mothers since they born.




- The other member of the Council supported it by saying, granting citizenship to such children concerns human rights embodied in Shariah.

- Another member said many countries grant nationalities to children of women married to a foreign men.




- One of the member in Council said many people whose mothers are Saudi citizens and fathers are non Saudi citizens are very qualified. Preventing them from granting nationality will deprive the Saudi Arabia of qualified people.



SAUDI CITIZENSHIP TO CHILDREN OF SAUDI MOTHER & EXPAT FATHER

6 MONTHS TIME TO COMPANIES TO PAY EXPAT LEVY

COMPANIES SHOULD PAY EXPAT LEVY WITH IN 6 MONTHS & IN 3 INSTALLMENTS

Ministry Of Labor and Social Development in Saudi Arabia has extended the deadline for companies to 6 months for the payment of expat levy.




The expat levy can be paid in three installments, For now the calculations expat levy are only on the iqamas, which were issued or renewed in the year 2018 not on the iqamas issued or renewed in the year 2017.

- As the ministry said it will issue consolidated bills, which will add the levy for the period before January 2018, Those who went on final exit before January 2018 or those expats who changed their employers before Jan there work permit fee will be exempted in the consolidated bills.




- If the work permits are due for the previous financial year, Then the consolidate bill will be calculated the levy based on the current rate of compensation for labor.

- The expat levy will be charged based on the date of work permit and the expatriate workers outnumbered Saudis in an establishment, Whether it will be 400 Saudi Riyals or 300 Saudi Riyals.




- If the Saudi workers are more than expatriate workers in the company in this case the levy will be charged 300 Saudi Riyals. The compensation will be calculated based on the expatriates currently working in the company.




SIX MONTHS TIME TO SAUDI COMPANIES TO PAY EXPAT LEVY

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