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Deposit SR10,000 or leave, some MERS patients told

JEDDAH – Some private hospitals in Jeddah have refused to admit three cases suspected of having coronavirus until SR10,000 were deposited in advance to cover medical services, the Makkah Arabic language newspaper reported on Saturday.  The hospitals raised the prices of one night hospitalization to SR5,000, which cover routine medical procedures, respiratory devices, and isolation room services. Medical sources told Makkah ... Read More »

Kuwait’s labor market is open again for Bangladeshis

Almost seven years after Kuwait the richest state in the Arab countries open there labour market for Bangladeshi workers.Due to the diligent efforts of the Embassy of Bangladesh the labor market is open again.One of the world's richest oil-rich state is Kuwait.One Kuwaiti Dinar equivalent to Bangladeshi Taka around 280, which is much higher than in other countries. Kuwait ruled by ... Read More »

100,000 contractors forced to quit business

Chairman of the National Committee for Contractors at the Council of Saudi Chambers Fahd Al-Hammadi said that more than 100,000 contractors quit the business in the past one year. “The number of registered contractors at the chambers in the Kingdom fell to 140,000 from 240,000 in a year. They just disappeared from the market, according to statistical studies,” Al-Hammadi said ... Read More »

Bangladeshi Ambassador visits Saudi Gazette

Bangladeshi Ambassador Mohammed Shahidul Islam holds talks with Saudi Gazette Editor-in-Chief Somayya Jabarti during a courtesy call to the newspaper’s office in Jeddah on Sunday. The talks covered regional and global issues of common interest. — SG photo by Abdul Rahman M. Baig Read More »

End of NYPD Muslim spying program welcomed

NEW YORK — Muslim groups and civil liberties advocates applauded the decision by New York Police Department officials to disband a controversial unit that tracked the daily lives of Muslims as part of efforts to detect terror threats, but said there were concerns about whether other problematic practices remained in place. The Demographics Unit, conceived with the help of a CIA ... Read More »

UAE toughens stance on labor violations

The Labor Ministry of the UAE has toughened stance on employers who violate the country’s labor laws. Mubarak Saeed Al-Dhaheri, undersecretary of the Ministry of Labor, said his department has referred 32 establishments to the public prosecution in Abu Dhabi. “We will impose harsh penalties on violating firms,” Al-Dhaheri added.   Asian labourers work at the construction site of a ... Read More »

Sponsors to pay fines for illegals in K.S.A

The Labor Ministry on Tuesday announced extra measures to stop illegal visa trade and streamline the labor market.  A senior official said Saudi sponsors involved in the business would be asked to pay fees and fines for illegals under their sponsorship before they are deported. “Expats who were allowed by their sponsors to work for their own accounts or for ... Read More »

Oman extends curbs on expats 

MUSCAT: Oman said it would extend curbs on the hiring of foreign workers in construction and housekeeping as part of efforts to save more jobs for local citizens and limit outflows of money from the economy. Hiring of expatriates by private companies in those two sectors will be banned for six months from May 4, the official Oman News Agency ... Read More »

KSA toughens stance on illegals

Saudi Arabia on Monday announced tough punishment for expats violating the country’s residency, labor and business regulations. Punishment includes fines up to SR100,000, a jail term for up to two years, a recruitment ban and deportation.  The move targets foreigners who have come to the Kingdom on work, visit, Haj and Umrah visas, and have overstayed their visas, the Interior ... Read More »

Illegal employees won’t be tolerated

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: The government will remain tough on illegal employment, said Deputy Riyadh Gov. Prince Turki bin Abdullah on Sunday.  “Establishments that employ expats in violation of the Kingdom’s labor laws will be severely punished,” he said. Prince Turki said the government would no longer tolerate malpractice in the labor market. He was speaking at a meeting with reporters ... Read More »

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