Saudi Arabia bans expats from working in 12 jobs


Expats in Saudi Arabia shall no more be allowed to work in 12 areas of work, the Ministry of Labour and Social Development has stated.

According to the Saudi Gazette, Minister of Labor and Social Development Dr. Ali Al-Ghafees issued a ministerial decision restricting work in outlets of 12 activities and occupations to Saudis starting from the beginning of the next Hijri year.

These are the areas where expats will be restricted from working:

  1. Watch shops
  2. Optical stores
  3. Medical equipment stores
  4. Electrical and electronics shops
  5. Outlets selling car spare parts
  6. Building material shops
  7. Outlets selling all types of carpets
  8. Automobile and bike shops
  9. Outlets selling home furniture and ready-made office material
  10. Outlets selling ready-made garments, children clothes and men’s supplies
  11. Outlets selling household utensils
  12. Pastry shops

Ministry spokesman Khaled Aba Al-Khail also said that the shop feminization will continue as planned. The third phase of the feminization of women accessory shops began last October.

It targets shops selling ladies perfumes, shoes, bags, stockings and ready-made garments.

Kiosks selling women accessories will also be fully feminized in addition to sections in malls and supermarkets which sell clothes and other women accessories.

The phase also includes independent small shops which sell wedding dresses, abayas, garments, child-care and other accessories.

Published on 31 January 2018

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