Saturday, December 20, 2014

Saudi Labor Ministry's new call center details

Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Labor started a new dedicated phone line this week for receiving calls from expatriates working in Saudi Arabia. 

I would like to remind readers of an earlier article (click here) wherein a similar service was launched with much fanfare. At that point of time, it was hailed by the official media as a breakthrough. Like many such announcements, this too fizzled out over time. 

This week, the Labor Ministry launched a new phone number 19911. This line is supposed to receive calls from expats in the kingdom on various labor issues and disputes. The call center is open from Sunday to Thursday, 8 am to 8 pm. The service is offered in English, Hindi, Urdu, Malayalam, Indonesian, Tagalog, Amharic and Arabic languages. One needs to wait and see whether this would make a difference or whether it would go the same way as the earlier number. 

On a related note, my attention was drawn to an article in the local press (click here). The article quotes the Chairman of the National Committee for Young Businessmen as saying that just in one year, more than 212,000 businesses were shut down due to the Saudization program being carried out currently. No surprises in this, but what is more interesting is that finally the most well-known secret in town is being published in the press!

1 comment:

We Are 'Only' Muslim said...

Pls update about wife visit visa. I have applied last week online 90 days visa. Now waiting. I read ur one blog abt only 1 month visa. Is this rule implemenred or id there any chance to manage a long vidit visa like 3 minths with dxtensions.