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Integrate expats into society, abolish kafala system: Saudi study

A recent security research study has recommended integrating expatriates into society and abolishing the system of kafala (sponsorship) in Saudi Arabia. According to Saudi Gazette, the study conducted by King Fahd Security College, said the kafala system has increased the number of expatriates in the country. Stop Kafala to reduce crimes The study titled: “Expatriate workers …

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Qatar and UAE to join as Saudi Arabia starts ‘largest’ military exercises in region’s history

Soldiers from 20 countries are to gather in Saudi Arabia for massive military exercises lasting 18 days, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) has reported. This exercise could be quite significant in the region as Riyadh has openly warned Syrian President Bashar Assad that he will be toppled. The Saudi state agency made the announcement on Sunday, adding …

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Saudi Arabia to introduce expat green card within five years

Saudi Arabia will introduce a “green card” system within five years to allow resident expatriates in the kingdom to have more rights in order to improve its investment climate, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said on Monday. Speaking in a television interview, he said planned sweeping reforms, of which the proposed green card is …

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Security and trade top agenda as Saudi Arabia welcomes Indian PM

Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on Saturday arrived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for a two-day visit for signing economic and security deals, during which he will stay at the royal family’s guest palace.Combating threat of terrorism and radicalization are expected to figure high on the agenda of the talks between Modi and the leadership …

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More panic for Indians as Saudi Arabia plans to shut down small grocery stores

Small grocery shops or ‘baqala’s in Saudi Arabia face closure as authorities are pondering over limiting retail permits to bigger shops that would be able to employ more Saudi men and women. The recommendations have been made by the Kingdom’s Shoura Council to the Ministries of Labor and Municipal and Rural Affairs, Saudi-based Arab News …

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Thousands of Indians to lose jobs as Saudi Arabia bans expatriates from working in mobile shops

In an effort to provide more jobs to Saudi Arabian citizens, the kingdom will ban foreign workers from selling and maintaining mobile phones and accessories for them. Stores selling mobile communications devices will have to ensure that at least 50 per cent of staff doing such work are Saudi citizens in three months’ time, the …

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