Friday, November 21, 2014

Rights? What's that?

The announcement by the Ministry of Labor on the conditions which an employer may fire an employee and those on which an employee working in Saudi Arabia may quit an employer, has created more questions than answers.

Friday, October 31, 2014

One more U-turn on female teachers!

That the kingdom of Saudi Arabia is one place which never stops generating surprises is well-established. This blog has recorded several times in the past the number of impractical rules and regulations which were passed, only to be withdrawn with equal speed. This time was no exception too!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Web services in Saudi Government portals

The recently refurbished e-portal of the Ministry of Interior has thrown up some pleasant surprises. From the context of expatriates working in Saudi Arabia, this is a welcome change.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hot potato!

Long-time expats in the kingdom have got used to periodic rhetorics by various officials about how "billions of riyals are being drained out" of the kingdom by the expatriate work force. Expats have long taken such laments with a pinch of salt. The latest one is no different, just that it comes from one of the kingdom's top officials.

Friday, August 22, 2014

New rules for sponsorship transfer

Each time a new set of rules are announced in the kingdom, the expectations of expatriates working in Saudi Arabia are raised with the fond hope that things would change for the better, only to come crashing down like nine pins. This time too is no exception.