Middle East

Saudi Arabia to restrict shopping mall jobs to own nationals


Riyadh, Apr 20 (Reuters): Saudi Arabia’s labour minister issued an order on Thursday to restrict employment in shopping malls to Saudi nationals, who currently make up only one in five staff in the retail sector.

The kingdom has been steadily closing off different areas of employment to foreigners, who comprise about a third of the population, as it aims to create jobs for young Saudis and cut the unemployment rate among nationals.

A statement from the minister for labour and social development, posted on Twitter, defined malls as “closed commercial centres”, but did not elaborate on the number of jobs affected or a timeline for implementation.

According to the Vision 2030 economic reform plan released last year, the Saudi retail sector currently employs 1.5 million workers, of whom only 300,000 are Saudis. The plan calls for a million new jobs for Saudis in the sector by 2020.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Sat, Apr 22 2017

    Saudi was a oilrich country, own people were not ready to do the least work,many were also not educated to the present standard.and could efford to pay ,people from third world,or other ones.They wanted skilled people to raffinary,or Real estate ,housing ,to care their old ones.And people who wanted to jobs with good payment had the chance to improve their financial status.Of course they were not treated with golden tablet.But one takes the chance instead of powerty .Now arabs have learned that many have cheated them ,oil price is down,their treasure is drastically gone down,because they were resting on it for too long.Now they realized they must do something so that before oil is total empty ,a measure to lift up their situation.First ,they took a step to change in visa ,so that illegal people to sendout,educate their youths,or women to certain extent.slowly but certainly ,they want their people to take up important posts and lead it.It is better so.Everycountry should see that their people remain in their land and help to lift up countrys health,and wealth.

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  • kuttappa, Madikeri

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    Hmm, Nice Move by government,

    I have read few comments which was really senseless, Retail job is so sick and tiring i have worked in retail including middle east for almost 8 Years its a worse job anyone could ever do, when you have left with no option one could look at it. It's not glamorous as it looks from outside.
    Yes it pays end of the day !!

    Now the wealthy filthy Arababs Can't be so rude and ignorant, they are attended by there own people they may learn to treat them better.

    Regards
    AG

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  • Marle, Kudla

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    where will I go to shop now?

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  • H Kunder, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    As per your name you go to Kankanady for shopping.

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  • Kevin, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    What about camel jockey jobs? Saudi Arabia hired lots of Pakistanis to work as camel jockeys. Is that reserved for Saudis now?

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  • Indian, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    Devkumar ji,

    People have reached moon and you are still stuck in “raggi mudde.” Grow up and learn with time.
    Whatever you are talking is getting off topic. When you do not have a point to make then you should not take a trouble of writing a long post.

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    20 years back most of the gulf countries is to have many jobs for indians, bcos there were not much young educated generation was there in the country , now things are changed they have many childrens and educated well and can not sit and eat, it is their right to have job in thier country.

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  • Indian, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    Difference between earning in India and Saudi is huge.
    In india even after 10years of your job career u will be deeply in debt.
    If you are earning in Saudi u will have a huge house, car and some even donate money to the needy people.

    Phir bhi mera bharath Mahan.
    I still love India for no specific reason

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  • Devkumar, Mangalore/New Delhi

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    now things open .pay to government on yearly basis and become citizen..
    its of your choice.

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  • Indian, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    You should first gain some simple knowledge of what NRI means to Indian government and the Indian financial institution.
    Don’t merely post some nonsense just because you have got an opportunity to lay your hands on a keyboard.

    Jai Hind!

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  • Devkumar, Mangalore/New Delhi

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    some section of people from long never ever reached upto the bank.
    almost they depended upon hundi/havala to transmit there funds.
    can you inform me how government will help from such money for developing nation.
    you people even not spared stamps/post card to send your mails.during bygone days. at least would have earned some revenue in small quantity.
    as now other country opened door..those who wants to stay in respective country can pay certain amount and become citizen with more availed facilities.
    why not opt for same..and build huge house, car (benefit petrol cheap) and help needy..!!

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  • Ravi, Kapu

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    In future, it's going to get really hard to get a job abroad..

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  • Don, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    Perhaps they should also have some Saudis take up some nanny jobs, there are no Saudis in this category of employment.

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  • Ruben Pinto, Mangalore/Australia

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    The downfall of KSA has begun. The terrorist funding and activity will also take a dip.

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  • Indian, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    Terrorists are majorly funded by the USA.
    Go and do some research.

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  • Devkumar, Mangalore/New Delhi

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    it's there utmost right to give chance for there nationals first..
    people who went for green pastures now time to return to there homeland under modiji's regime...and try to contribute to develop the.nation..
    lot of vancancies.available now...if really interested.to work...population of 1400 million people..

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  • Rampa, Moon

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    IN COW SHED ONLY. TO LOOK AFTER OLD COWS.

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  • Devkumar, Mangalore/New Delhi

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    when you people ready to do such jobs abroad why not in india...that also in good environment..no extreme climate..??

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  • Ahmed K.C., Mangaluru

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    You are equating Shopping centers in Saudi to Cow Sheds in India????

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    Why only in last 3 years ....

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman/Wash DC.

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    OMG....Saudi salesman is worst thing that could happen to all shoppers including Saudis....

    Saudis are fit only to work in military and Police...and Government service...

    ...JH...

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  • Mohandas Kumar, Kanekarabettu,Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    Also Saudis are best drivers and Camel rider......

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  • A.S. Mathew, U.S.

    Fri, Apr 21 2017

    Very precise evaluation.

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