New Regulations & Fines by Ministry of Labor

Saudi Ministry of Labor (MoL) will impose various fines on employers / companies who are unable to follow new regulations. Below is the summary of these fines under new regulations, please note we have compiled this for information sharing purpose only, you may visit actual news site for further clarification.

SR 2,000 fine on employer on keeping passport of employee with him.

SR 3,000 fine under wage protection program on companies who are unable to pay salaries on-time to their workers. This amount of fine will be for each unpaid worker. Furthermore workers will be allowed to transfer their services to another company without the need of approval from current employer. Wage protection program will be compulsory for companies who are having at least 11 workers and a maximum of 100 workers on Feb 2016.

SR 5,000 fine on employer if he did not provide a copy of contract to his workers.

SR 10,000 fine on employer for offering such a job to male worker which is restricted for female worker.
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SAUDI HORECA 2015 Biggest Hospitality Food & Beverage Exhibition in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Horeca 2015 Exhibition

HORECA is the biggest annual hospitality exhibition. HORECA Exhibition has been running in various Middle Eastern Countries like Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait from more than 22 years. Saudi Horeca 2015 held from 18-20 Oct 2015 in Riyadh. It has been running in Saudi Arabia from 5 years. There are more than 113 local and international companies participated in this exhibition making it a big success.

HORECA is the biggest annual hospitality exhibition. HORECA Exhibition has been running in various Middle Eastern Countries like Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait from more than 22 years. Saudi Horeca 2015 started in Saudi Arabia from 2010 and up to 2015 it runs for 5 times in the Kingdom. There are more than 113 local and international companies participated in this exhibition making it a big success.

In Saudi Arabia, Horeca has been organized by SEMARK – Saudi Event Management & Marketing Company. Horeca features a host of activities and shows including workshops, culinary art show and much more. It has been held in RICEC – Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Center which offers 4 halls of 15000 square meters and parking capacity of 1500 cars.
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Human Trafficking in Saudi Arabia – News Report

Saudi Gazette has reported that Summary courts in Makkah and Jeddah have charged 24 with human trafficking and they are sentenced to 10 years imprisonment along with 1000 lashes and fine from 20,000 to 100,000 Saudi Riyals. Below is the infographic showing details of the court’s decision.

Court's Decision on Human Trafficking Saudi Arabia
Court’s Decision on Human Trafficking Saudi Arabia

Source: Saudi Gazette

Higher Education in Saudi Arabia: The Way It Works

Higher Education in Saudi Arabia
Image Source: www.kau.edu.sa

Standing on the pinnacle of growth with economy proliferating at a rapid rate, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one of the most lucrative options for leading a comfortable life in every aspect. Right from the best employment options in its booming economic spheres, to a multitude of opportunities for those looking forward to pursue higher education, the KSA has always looked forward to harbor expatriates and talented individuals from all around the globe.

The article below will build on the same line of thought and discuss regarding the higher education system in Saudi Arabia. Give it a glance to gain a better insight before you’re on your flight to this exotic kingdom.

The Universities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Post its entry into the era of globalization in the early 1970s, higher education became a focus for the Saudi regime to shape the economy in the most efficient way. Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) was established in the year 1975, with the foremost objective to incept institutions to serve the same purpose throughout the kingdom. Consequently, as of 2014 there are 25 public and private universities in Saudi Arabia.
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What we call some common Iqama professions in Arabic

I have compiled a list of some Iqama Professions & their relevant meaning in Arabic. I have also added another column where you can pronounce these professions correctly in Arabic. Please note that this post is not related with Family visa neither these professions below have any relevancy with getting family visa.

If you are looking for information regarding family visa you may read information under Family Visa category. Below is a list of Professions, Their Arabic Meaning & Pronunciation e.g How do we speak them.

ProfessionsName in ArabicHow to Pronounce
AccountantمحاسبMu-ha-sib
Architectمهندس معماريMu-han-dis Ma-ma-ri
BankerمصرفيMas-rafi
CarpenterالنجارAl-Naj-jar
CookطبخTab-bakh
Dentistطبيب أسنانTabeeb Asnan
DesignerمصممMu-sam-um
DoctorطبيبTabeeb
DriverسواقSaww-wag
ElectricianكهربائيKa-har-baii
EngineerمهندسMu-han-dis
FarmerمزارعMa-za-ray
General Accountantمحاسب عامMu-ha-sib Aaam
General Workerعامل عاديAamil Aye-di
Graphic Designerمصمم جرافيكMu-sam-um Jara-fic
LawyerمحامMu-haam
MechanicميكانكيMi-kaan-ki
PilotطيارTeyy-yar
Postmanساعي البردSaa-ie Al-Bareed
SalesmanبائعBaaye
ProgrammerمبرمجMu-bar-maj
SecretaryسكرتيرSekr-tair
TeacherمعلمMu-Al-lim
Worker / LaborعاملAamil
WriterكاتبKaa-teb
GuardحارسHaa-ris
SponsorكفيلKaf-fil
JobوظيفةWaz-zeef-fah
WorkعملAmal
ProjectمشروعMash-rooh

Termination of Work Contract in Saudi Arabia: Avoid These to Stay in Your Job

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia- a country harboring millions of professionals from all across the globe, stands as a lucrative option for all those looking forward to lead a comfortable professional life. A country with nearly 31% of its population constituting expats sure does entice any individual to secure a job offer here. But there are certain subtleties you need to comprehend with, before you’re on your flight to Saudi Arabia.

One such thing to consider is the employment contract you’re going to sign. Of course, you know about it being both in English and Arabic, but is that all?

What about the termination and related clauses? Yes, it does need some space of you mind and thoughtful consideration. Hence, the section below will seek to discuss the same and help you gain a clear insight about the employment contract in the KSA and the clauses leading to its termination.
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Helpline for Expatriate Problems in Saudi Arabia

Helpline in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabian Govt has provided a helpline for expatriates to discuss and solve their problems, register complaints against abuse of law by sponsors or anyone else.

Expatriates can call this number 19911 and submit their complaint in a variety of languages available from Saturday to Thursday. Currently available languages are Arabic, English, urdu, Hindi, Indonesian, Amharic, Malayalam and Tagalog.

QSaudi Blog has created a very useful graphic for this purpose which can be seen below.

So if you are an expat in Saudi Arabia and you are having any difficulty regarding labor law, abuse of law or any other issues related with your company or sponsor feel free to dial this number and authorities will guide you to the possible solution.

Saudi Arabia Helpline for Complaints

 

House-Hunting Goes Mobile in Saudi Arabia with Lamudi

Leading Property site Lamudi launches world-first Android & iOS app in 28 countries including Saudi Arabia.

Lamudi-Logo

Global real estate portal Lamudi has today launched an Android app to help house hunters in Saudi find property on the go.
The app, Lamudi: Real Estate for Sale and Rent, hosts more than 400,000 property listings from Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa. The app covers all the cities in Saudi – giving house-hunters a free mobile platform to buy, rent or sell real estate on a mobile device.
The apps from Lamudi, a Middle East Internet Holding (MEIH) company, are designed to meet the growing demand for mobile internet services in the emerging markets. Android remains the dominant mobile platform worldwide, according to recent figures from Statcounter. In Jordan for instance, Android is the most popular platform, with Google’s operating system capturing nearly 70 percent of the local mobile market. But iOS is also on the rise.

Lamudi’s Co-Founder and Managing Director, Antonius Salis, said: “Android is the future of the smartphone market not just in Saudi, but worldwide. For this reason, we have focused on rolling out the Android app to Lamudi’s 28 countries to reach the maximum number of users with our unique property platform.

The Lamudi app is Saudi`s first because of the sheer number of cities and variety of listings. So whether you are looking to rent a villa in Jeddah, invest in an Apartment in Riyadh or buy a building in Dammam, the Lamudi app helps you find your perfect property match.”

Country Manager for Lamudi Saudi, Khaled Alali, said: “It is no secret that house-hunting can be a stressful process. This app helps take the pressure out of searching for property, allowing you to look up homes for sale or rent at any time and on any device.”

Both the Android and iOS apps have customized search functions, allowing users to easily filter results by country. A key feature of the app is the match alert function, which notifies users as soon as a property that suits their needs hits the market. Users can also create a list of favorites to bookmark properties, which can be accessed at any time and on any device.

All listings feature high-quality photo galleries, detailed property information, maps, and multiple contact details for property owners or agents. House-hunters can also share their favorite properties with family and friends via Facebook, Twitter or email.

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Lamudi website screenshot

 

Click here to download the Lamudi Android app today!

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