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.
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.
Leading Property site Lamudi launches world-first Android & iOS app in 28 countries including Saudi Arabia.
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.
Click here to download the Lamudi Android app today!
Riding on a Camel back and moving across the sand dunes and winds in the Arabian Desert with an Arabic song playing in the background. The idea might seem synonymous to a lot of people’s perception of working in Saudi Arabia.
But, is there any other shade to this cliched thought?
Yes dear reader, there definitely is. Working in Saudi Arabia is a different experience altogether. Right from beautiful places like Dumat al Jundal and Jamarat bridge to the rich delicacies like Kabsa, Haneeth and Baladi cheese, this Kingdom has a lot to offer to those living here. Saudi Arabia gives numerous job opportunities to grow and excel in one’s professional life.
However, the discussion to follow will talk about the work conditions and idiosyncrasies in this country. Giving it a quick glance might help you gain an insight regarding the professional life and work environment you’ll be facing, once you are there.
What do you need to know about the employment contract?
You will be provided with an employment contract which will specifically mention all the details of the pay-package. Any verbal communication will not be considered or covered by the contract.
Though you’ll be handed over an English-language contract signed by you and your employer before departing for Saudi Arabia, but you’ll be asked to sign an Arabic version after your arrival as well. Arabic version is the one that will be referred in case of any dispute.
When checking the contract make sure the details regarding salary, job title and description, probation period, housing allowance and relocation costs are included.
What are the working hours in KSA ?
The number of hours you’ll have to devote to work per week varies between 40 to 48 in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, depending on the organization’s policy.
Office hours range between 7.30 am/8 am until 12 noon, then from 3.30/4 pm until 7 or 8 pm.
Most of the government offices are open from 7.30 am to 2.30 pm with the general banking hours being 8 am until noon.
However, in the month of Ramadan the working day is reduced to six hours, which a lot of companies apply only to the Muslim staff.
Friday is the Muslim day of rest and if your firm has a five-day working week, the other day off will either be a Thursday or Saturday.
What are the work ethics you need to keep in mind?
Work ethics keep on altering once you are moving across the globe from country to country. In Kingdom of Saudi Arabia they are much different to those followed at any work destination in the world. Right from the most conservative style of dressing to a specific polite way of greeting your co-workers, this country has the most different set of work and business etiquettes in store for you.
For instance, you will be expected to greet your colleagues by the title Sayed (Mr.) or Sayeda (Mrs.). Whilst working in Saudi Arabia you’ll also have to avoid scheduling any business meeting on Friday, which is generally known by the name ‘Juma’- meaning the prayer day.
What is the remuneration available in different professions?
According to a salary survey (in Saudi Arabia) by a reputed website the average monthly salary in the country is 16,252 SAR.
However, the maximum salary is as high as 140,000 SAR and the minimum is as low as 833 SAR.
What will be the entitlements associated with your job?
Employment in Saudi Arabia includes a 21 days paid vacation for the first five years of your tenure. Some companies allow the employee to go on vacation only once in every two years. Hence, make sure that your work contract includes at least 21 days of paid vacation in a single year.
From the 6th year onwards the number of vacations increases to 30 per year. However, if your employer has made you to sign a contract of 21 days’ vacation even after you’ve entered the sixth year of tenure, the law obligates him to pay you for the remaining 9 days per year once you’re leaving the kingdom.
An employee working for more than 2 years is eligible for ‘End of Service’ benefits too.
For less than 5 years: 1/3rd of the ESB award or half salary.
For more than 5 and less than 10 years: 2/3 of the ESB award or half salary for the first five years and full salary for the next five years.
For more than 10 years: Full ESB award or half salary for the first five years and full salary for the rest of the years.
Working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will make you a part of eight million expats in the country, thriving for a comfortable and secure work life. But, it might seem like a cake walk, once you are well acquainted with the norms and regulations followed in this country.
Author Bio:Anshuman Kukreti is a professional writer and a keen follower of the global job market. An engineer by qualification and an artist at heart, he writes on various topics relating to employment across the gulf. Reach him at
It was a heavy rain in Jeddah on 16th November 2014 when no body was expecting it. People went to their work places like a normal day. It was a bright sunny morning when suddenly in the afternoon clouds come from nowhere and spread on the sky. There was a dust storm behind the clouds pushing them from North. It started with a light cool breeze and slowly with the time rain started.
When rain has started, water gathered on the roads and traffic faced huge difficulty in moving on. Below is a video which tells a short story of rain. It is just a little effort to tell the viewers about this rain.
Update: 30-Oct-2014 10:55 am
In a recent statement to Arab News, undersecretary for Labor policies at the Labor Ministry said
expatriate women teachers on dependent visa (house wife iqama) can work at private schools without transferring their sponsorship to the school, This decision has been taken to tackle shortage of female teachers at private schools. Instead of issuing new teacher’s visas and source them from abroad Ministry decided to take advantage of locally available skilled female teachers. This will require a formal approval from the MoE (Ministry of Education) for each individual candidate.
Expatriate Dependents can now work in Saudi Arabia at private organizations or International Schools without transferring their sponsorship to their employers, Saudi Gazette newspaper has reported. This decision by Ministry of Labor will allow local community schools or private schools to hire wives or daughters of expatriate workers who are already living in Saudi Arabia but unable to work due to their iqama status, which previously not allow them to work.
This will reduce amount of foreign manpower required for local education system and help utilize existing manpower which is available here in the form of expatriate dependents.
Expatriate dependents which are previously living in Saudi Arabia but unable to take part in development of country can now easily join hands with locals and can utilize their education and talent to bring prosperity in education sector of Saudi Arabia.
I am emphasizing more on education because this sector lacks qualified staff and private schools are already taking benefit of expatriate dependents but in an illegal way (because govt does not allow dependents to work). However current move on MOL will bring a good change in local education system and it will make more and more qualified people available for hiring in schools and other organizations.
Dependents have to register with Ministry’s Ajeer Service which will be monitored by MoE (Ministry of Education)
Schools in Saudi Arabia were always having problems in recruitment of female teachers because their guardians aren’t ready for transferring their sponsorship to schools. Now under monitoring of MoE female teachers can easily work in schools without need to transfer sponsorship (iqama) to school and schools will be responsible for their medical insurance.
As per Saudi Labor Law, daily working hours cannot exceed 8 hours so the same will be effective for female teachers. Additionally female teachers are entitled to 21 days paid annual leave.
There are further benefits for pregnant working females. They can have a maximum of 10 weeks maternity leave. They have a right to get 1 hour break for breast-feeding their children. Furthermore employer cannot fire a female during maternity leave and the employer will be responsible for all medical expenses for the pregnant female teachers. These are some great benefits female teachers will get, Thanks to Saudi Arabian Govt.
If you are not familiar with how to get your family in Saudi Arabia, read this post.
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.