If your family is recently arrived in Saudi Arabia and you are planning to Issue Family Iqama (dependent’s Iqama) either wife or children, this can be achieved in following easy steps.
Medical Test of Family (Dependents)
Visit any authorized medical center or hospital and ask them to do a medical test of your dependents. Your dependents were already completed a set of medical test in home country, however once reached in Saudi Arabia, another medical test is also required. In case these medical test are also passed, there will be no problem for you to get family iqama for your wife or child. Once the test is completed authorized Hospital or Clinic will submit the report to MOI Online. It will hardly take 1-2 days.
Visiting Jawazaat Office
Once you are sure the medical result is online, visit Jawazaat office which is authorized to issue new family iqama. Normally it is one dedicated Jawazaat office in each city for doing this. In Jeddah City it is located in Al-Rehab Dist (حي الرهاب).
Required documents to Issue a new family iqama
2 photographs of each family member
1 Copy of passport (First Page & Visa Page)
2 copies of your iqama
a filled form
You can obtain MOI form from the internet and fill it by yourself, however I recommend it to get it filled by an agent. Various agents are sitting outside Jawazaat office on the road. They charge SR 10 for filling 1 form.
Once the form is filled, go to Jawazaat building. You may ask the exact hall where new Iqama is issued from the officer at receptionist in case you didn’t find a point arrow or mini-board. Once you reach in the hall, get a ticket and submit your documents upon your turn. The officer might ask you for original Iqama. Also they can retrieve information through Air-port entry number. It will take maximum 2 to 5 minutes and Family Iqama for your dependents will be printed.
Often it happens with Smartphone or tablet users. When they buy a non-branded (china phone or tablet) and they insert a data sim-card, they are unable to browse internet and unable to use Internet based applications on the tablet or Smartphone. For example YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or whatsapp.
Unlike this, branded Smartphones and tablets are having different kind of behavior and great intelligence inside. Branded Smartphones of Samsung, Huawei, Lenavo, Toshiba or LG does not bother users to create access points when they install sim-card in new device.
So to solve this problem on Non-branded devices, you may require creating an access point if you want to use internet via data sim-card. For convenience of readers I am writing below setting of Access Point for Network operators in Kingdom, Mobily, STC and Zain.
Firstly Go to Settings
Wireless and networks (In some devices, it is under More Networks)
Choose Access Point Names
Choose from the menu New APN
Write as follows
Access Point Setting for STC
APN type: default / Internet
Authentication type: PAP
Access Point Setting for Mobily
Name: mobily web
APN type: default / Internet
Access Point Setting for Zain
MMS proxy: 10.122.200.010
MMS port: 8080
APN type – default, mms,supl
APN protocol: IPv4
For Zain, you may ignore some MMS setting above if you are not interested in sending MMS from your device.
Some settings you may ignore for all operators e.g. Proxy, Port, Username, Password, Server etc
Leave them whatever they are, if there are any values in that don’t change it.
After completing above configuration if you are unable to connect to Internet from your smartphone or tablet device.
Saudi Arabia is the largest Arab state in Western Asia and second largest oil producer in the world. This kingdom is a goldmine of opportunities and has been often touted as one of the most powerful nations due to its steady economic growth. The rich country is home to some of the finest companies, including those that are ranked highly not just in Saudi Arabia but all over the world.
Here’s a list of the top 10 Saudi companies that have been ranked as per their market capitalization. Those seeking to find work opportunities or even to switch jobs can benefit immensely from the following list –
Saudi Basic Industries Corporation or SABIC is Saudi Arabia’s biggest public company. It is a diversified manufacturing company, actively involved in producing petrochemicals, intermediates, fertilizers, industrial polymers and metals. Founded in the year 1976, the company has its headquarters in Riyadh. Its market capitalization is estimated to be almost $75.98 billion while the annual revenue it generates is nearly $50.65 billion. The current CEO of SABIC is Mohammed Al Mady.
2. Al Rajhi Bank
Al Rajhi is the largest Islamic bank in the whole world. It was established in 1975 and is headquartered in Riyadh. The yearly revenue of this Saudi Arabian bank is estimated to be about $3.39 billion, while the entire company is valued at around $29.59 billion. Its current CEO is Suliman bin Abdulaziz Azzabin.
STC is the abbreviation for Saudi Telecom Company. This public company is among the leading telecommunications companies based in Saudi Arabia and offers mobile (Jawal,) landline (Home,) internet and IPTV services to more than 160 million global customers. It was set up in the year 1998 in Riyadh and has yearly revenue of approximately $15 billion. The market capitalization of STC is almost $19.46 billion.
4. Saudi Electricity Company
Saudi Electricity Company is one of the largest providers of electricity in Saudi Arabia. The publicly listed company has its headquarters in Riyadh and is known to provide different services pertaining to the generation and distribution of power. The market capitalization of Saudi Electricity is estimated to be around $15.72 billion while the annual revenue generated totals to about $$8.15 billion.
Samba Financial Group, previously called The Saudi American Bank, is among the largest banking firms in Saudi Arabia. Established in the year 1980, SAMBA’s yearly revenue is about $1.74 billion while its market value stands at around $11.78 billion.
Mobily is a telecommunications company established in 2005. The market capitalization of this public company is almost $11.15 billion. The annual revenue it generates is around $5.35 billion.
7. Riyad Bank
Riyad Bank is among the major financial institutions of Saudi Arabia and ranks third in terms of assets. As the name suggests, this bank is headquartered in Riyadh and was founded in 1957. It has been providing financial and banking services ever since. With annual revenue of nearly $1.37 billion, the company’s market capitalization is almost $9.68 billion. The Saudi Arabian government owns 51% stock of the firm, which is regulated by Saudi Arabian Monetary Association.
SABB is the abbreviation for the Saudi British Bank. It was set up in 1978 to provide financial and banking services. It is based in Riyadh and also has another branch in London. It is an associated company of the HSBC Group and has a market capitalization of nearly $8.61 billion while the annual revenue it generates is around $1.41 billion.
9. Banque Saudi Fransi
Banque Saudi Fransi specializes in offering corporate banking services. The institution offers automobile, trade finance, home renovation, structured finance and syndicated loans. It also advises on mergers and acquisitions along with private placements, securities brokerage services and treasury services. The annual revenue of the company is approximately $1.02 billion while its market capitalization is approximately $8.56 billion.
This is a petrochemical company focusing on the manufacturing of chemical products. Based in Al-Jubail Industrial City, TASNEE or The National Industrialization Company is a public company with a market capitalization of nearly $6.03 billion. It was established in the year 1985 and annually generates around $5.24 billion.
If you wish to expand your horizon, start searching for a lucrative job in Saudi Arabia. Consider applying to one of the above companies as these prospective employers have huge headcounts and are in a position to pay handsomely.
Author bio: Devika Arora is a professional writer currently focusing on the extensive domain of job search and career building. Professionally affiliated with job search portal Naukrigulf.com, Devika seeks to provide guidance to job seekers through her articles and blogs.
Social Media Engagement of Arab Users in Ramadan is an infographic created by The Online Project in last year. It shows statistics of social media usage by Arab users during Ramadan. These statistics are collected from various Arab countries including Egypt, Lebanon, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and UAE. This infographic tells people engagement with Facebook and Twitter during the holy month of Ramadan.
The results of this research tells that people During Arab World increase usage of Social Media during Ramadan. An increase of 30% in usage of Facebook and an increase of 33% in twitter usage. This research also includes some manual readings of people behavior and the result showed that Facebook Users in Arab World are positive during Ramadan while Arab users at Twitter gets little bit negative. Finally this infographic also gives you some recommendations to Facebook Business Pages and Bussiness Twitter Profiles, how to improve their social media presence during holy month of Ramadan.
How to get benefit from Increased Social Media Engagement of Arab Users
In Ramadan Business pages are required to optimize their content mix with users’s changing interests to stay relevant and build stronger relationships. Timing of Social Media Engagement of Arab Users During Ramadan changes as compared to rest of the year, so Business pages at social media should re-adjust their posting times and align timing with their audience to maximize user engagement. It would be a good time to spend more on marketing during Ramadan because user activity at social media increases during Ramadan and their engagement with other channels decreases.
Check Traffic Violation Fine regularly in Saudi Arabia should be your first priority these days as major Saudi Arabian cities are now covered with security cameras all around. Each Person who got a Saudi Driving license and drives a vehicle in Saudi Arabia should know How to check Traffic Violation fine. Saudi Arabian govt has setup a system called Saher which helps increase road safety. This system is working under Ministry of Interior Saudi Arabia. Saher system has setup Traffic Cameras on various busy and non-busy roads. These Saher cameras read violater’s number plate and automatically add fine to his account.
In Saudi Arabia traffic fines range from 150 SR (minimum) to 1000 SR (maximum). Traffic violation in Saudi Arabia is greatly controlled by Saher cameras however fast drives don’t like it because they get traffic fines. Ministry of Interior (MOI) website allows everybody to check traffic violation fine online. You are just required to provide your iqama number at MOI website and you can see status of your account. Sometimes you don’t see a camera flash due to some reason and the traffic fine is already added in your ignorance so it would be a good idea to keep track of your fines online & regularly checking for traffic violation fines via MOI Website.
Check Traffic Violation Fine Online via MOI Website
1. Visit MOI (Ministry of Interior) Website
2. Go down on the page a little and you will see MOI Services Section in the page, Click on the link as pointed with an arrow in picture below. Upon click, a new page will be opened, check next snapshot.
3.In the final screenshot below, type your iqama number (for expats) and national ID number (for Saudi Nationals). In the next text box, type the given image code. It is called captcha and it is used to block spam or script attacks. Once you enter required details correctly then click on View button. A green line of text will appear in the bottom and will tell you the amount of your traffic violation fines. Say Alhamdulillah if you find it 0 (Zero)
So that’s all. I hope you will find this information useful. Feel free to subscribe to my blog.
If you require Degree attestation in your home country by Saudi Embassy / Consulate, you will be asked for a Letter from your Sponsor – Employer in Saudi Arabia To Saudi Embassy – Consulate in your home country. Normally the contents of this letter are… You are an employee working with the employer and employer has no objection if Saudi Consulate attest your documents. However the letter is written in Arabic language as the official language for communication with Saudi Embassy is Arabic. Also the letter must be attested by Chamber of Commerce in Saudi Arabia to make sure the official signature and stamp is real and not fake.
Mostly expat employee don’t know how to explain their sponsor to issue such a letter for Saudi Embassy and when they request such a letter, even employers don’t have any idea, what the employee is actually looking for.
Upon so many requests, I am presenting a sample letter that an employee can copy and ask his / her sponsor to issue him such a letter. Please note that it is a sample letter and you need to change its contents to match the original content as per your bio-data. For instance the following details.
Line 1: Issue No / Serial No (This would be an auto-generated number that a a company keeps for its records, this is not mandatory).
Line 2 and 3: Issue Date in Gregorian and Hijri Calendar.
Line 5: Location of Embassy – Consulate (City + Country).
Line 8: Name of Employee as written on Iqama + Nationality of employee.
Line 16: Name of your sponsor / employer + his signature.
Ending: Employer / Sponsor’s official stamp (Must be attested by Chamber of Commerce).
Sample Letter to Saudi Embassy issued by Saudi Sponsor employer
Mouayad Mohtar who is running a YouTube channel called Social Nurse created an introductory video about MERS-COV (Corona virus). The video explains source of this virus and other recent findings about this virus. Recently Arabnews reported that few patients of this virus are got recovered after treatment An international team of scientists recently said they have identified a compound that can fight the virus. The team, led by Edward Trybala from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and Volker Thiel from the University of Bern, has discovered a compound called K22, which appears to block the ability of the virus to spread in humans. so we can hope this virus will be curable easily very soon. Watch the video for more info.
This video reveals the problems Pakistani workers are facing in Saudi Arabia, they are explaining there Iqama (work permits) are still valid but they are arrested and their sponsors are asking for extra money to cooperate them or get them released from Detention. In recent times Saudi Arabian govt is doing much improvement in Labor system and laws. I hope the problems of these Pakistani workers will end soon. It is a humble request from Pakistani community to Saudi Arabian authorities to sort out problems of these helpless workers.
This video has gone viral on social media, it is uploaded on facebook and other social sites by various people. Take a look at the video below, the labor explaining his problems in Urdu.