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Expats to be banned in 12 job types in Saudi Arabia


DUBAI – Expatriates will no longer be allowed to work in 12 job areas in Saudi Arabia, according to the Ministry of Labour and Social Development.

The decision will come into effect from the next Hijri year, which is tentatively set on September 11.

According to the Saudi Gazette, expats will be banned from working in watch shops, optical stores, medical equipment stores and electrical and electronics shops.

The 12 work areas banned for expats:

watch shops
optical stores
medical equipment stores
electrical and electronics shops
outlets selling car spare part
building material shops
carpet stores
automobile and mobike shops
shops selling home furniture and ready-made office material
sale outlets of ready-made garments
shops for children clothes and men’s supplies
household utensils shops and pastry shops

Ministry spokesman Khaled Aba Al Khail told the Saudi Gazette said the decision “does not affect the memorandums of understanding signed with various regional governorates to restrict jobs to Saudis.

Shop feminisation will continue as planned, Al Khail added.

Last year, the Ministry of Labour ordered that all shops selling women’s products and accessories in the kingdom must be staffed entirely by women.

Saudi authorities are insisting on 100 percent feminisation of all employment roles in retail shops in major Saudi cities. DAJ/Expat Media


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