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1 Million Work Visas Granted to Expats by Saudi Ministry of Labour in 2009


Saudi Arabia : 24 November 2010

The city of Riyadh saw more than 300,000 visas distributed.

A recent report noted that the Labour Ministry in Saudi Arabia issued about one million expat work visas last year.

Recent reports at the Ministry of Labour showed that about 111,860 Saudis were registered already at ministry offices throughout the Kingdom.

It was also noted that Riyadh and the region surrounding the city had seen the most applications and issued over 300,000 visas last year.  Work visas issued in 2009 totaled 982,420 across the country.

The Eastern province also saw a lot of action, with 199,890 issued visas last year.

In the region of Makkah there were 185,120 applications forwarded regarding work visas, landing this area in third place.

The petroleum sector dominates the Saudi Arabian economy, accounting for about 80 per cent of revenues within the budget, as well as 45 per cent of the nation’s GDP and 90 per cent of earnings associated with exports.

The Kingdom’s government is working towards cutting unemployment and focusing on job creation for Saudi nationals.

Despite the focus on Saudisation in the country, those outside of the situation note the increased amount of expats being hired in Saudi Arabia, especially within private industries.

The Saudi Employment Strategy received cabinet approval in July of last year, which is expected to improve the employment situation for Saudi nationals and increase productivity.

It is the vision of this nationalization strategy to provide sufficient employment opportunities with decent wages to the Saudi workforce and to improve the competitive advantage of the Kingdom’s economy.

Paul Holdsworth, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News
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