Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Saudi Arabia as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Saudi Arabia: Government charges foreigners $213,000 for permanent residency

A new Permanent Residency Programme for expatriates has been approved by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Shura Council – but at a considerable cost to the expat executive …

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Saudi Arabia: Women are now allowed to apply for a passport

Our unconfirmed report back in July is now officially a reality …

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Saudi Arabia: Saudi finalising regulations to issue temporary visas

Government officials are currently reviewing draft regulations that will, when approved, permit the issue of temporary visas for up to six months …

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Saudi Arabia: Saudi women may no longer need permission of men to travel

There is an unofficial report carried in the Wall Street Journal that the Saudi Government is considering the removal of a requirement for an adult woman to obtain permission from a male “guardian” before she may travel internationally …

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Saudi Arabia: Saudi law professor arrested for criticising kingdom’s human rights record

The dangers of exercising free speech have recently been well illustrated by the arrest of Professor Anas al-Mazrouee after giving a talk at the Riyadh International Book Fair …

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Saudi Arabia: Online registration for private sector work contracts

All private sector companies must now upload their employment contracts onto the General Organisation for Social Insurance’s (GOSI) electronic portal …

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Saudi Arabia: Special Labour Courts

Special Labour Courts established at the start of this year have issued their first rulings …

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Saudi Arabia: New data shows female labour force participation up to nearly 20%

According to a Jadwa Investment research, there is an increase in female workforce participation in Saudi Arabia, rising from 17 …

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Saudi Arabia: Government reduces visa fee for Pakistanis

The cost of visas for single-entry to Saudi Arabia by Pakistani citizens has now been reduced from SR2,000 (US$533) to SR338 (US$90), whilst the fee for a multiple-entry visa has decreased from SR3,000 (US$800) to SR675 (US$180) …

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Saudi Arabia: Get e-visa in minutes for Gulf country soon

Nationals of Australia, Brunei, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, South Africa, all Schengen Area countries, Singapore, and the USA will soon be able to apply online for an e-visa to visit to Saudi Arabia …

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Saudi Arabia: New specialist labour courts have now been opened in major cities

New specialist labour courts have now been opened in major cities such as Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Makkah, Madinah, Abha, and Buraidah …

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Saudi Arabia: Issue of work permits linked to residential rent contracts

According to the Ministry of Labor and Social Development and the Ministry of Housing, foreign employees now must have their house rental contract authenticated and registered with the Ejar network, otherwise they will not be able to obtain or renew a work permit in Saudi Arabia …

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Saudi Arabia: Man arrested after breakfast with woman

Companies operating in Saudi Arabia should warn their staff, even from other Muslim states, not to follow the relaxed conventions observed in most other parts of the world …

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Saudi Arabia: King Salman issues royal order to protect whistleblowers in corruption cases

A Royal Decree on the protection of whistleblowers has been issued …

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Saudi Arabia: Wage payments in private sector fall by 2.5%

Over the year to Q1 2018, the average monthly gross pay of foreign workers in the private sector increased by 5 …

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