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The Ministry of Labor and Social Development has enforced a midday work ban recently. For the next three months, employees in Saudi Arabia should not be working under direct sunlight from 12pm to 3pm, which means that they would need to modify their regular working hours. The Saudi Press Agency quoted the ministry spokesman, Khaled Abal [...]

Starting June 24th, women in Saudi will be officially allowed to drive. Prior to this date, several women have already obtained their driving licenses. These include Laura Alho, a Finnish national and the first European woman to receive her driving license in the Kingdom. Alho is the author behind Blue Abaya, which is described as [...]

While working in Saudi Arabia, your employment contract indicates your job description, salary, and other details. It also includes an essential part of your employment: working hours. In a previous article, we talked about policies on wages, as prescribed under the Saudi Labor Law. Today, we are going to focus on working periods — regular hours, [...]

There are millions of expats with jobs in Saudi Arabia; people from different countries, with their own cultures and beliefs. Upon arriving in Saudi Arabia, however, they should adapt to the way of living in the Kingdom, which is largely based on Islamic teachings and practices. One of the most important events for Muslims around [...]

Among the many places to visit in Saudi Arabia is a national museum, shopping centres, a national zoo, and numerous natural wonders. Today, however, we can add a new and record-breaking destination to the list — the world’s largest olive tree farm. The Guinness World Records awarded Al Jouf Agricultural Development Company for having the world’s [...]

Previously, we talked about the employment contract as described under the Saudi Labor Law. Today, we are going to discuss another important subject: wage policies. The Kingdom upholds the rights of employees, including expats. This involves making sure that they receive fair compensation in a timely manner. The law also prohibits the deduction of wages, except [...]

Newly-arrived in Saudi Arabia? Planning to apply for a job in the Kingdom? Then it’s important for you to know your rights as an employee. In particular, you should know all about the employment contract. This way, you can avoid misunderstandings, or even legal problems. The employment contract is a written agreement between you and your [...]

There are many places to visit in Saudi Arabia, including museums, shopping centres, zoos, and outdoor attractions. However, the Kingdom has yet to open a movie theatre… that is, until today! You heard that right! In collaboration with AMC Entertainment, the Development and Investment Entertainment Company (DIEC) is launching the first public cinema in Saudi [...]

Saudi Arabia has been introducing major reforms lately, allowing women to drive and join the army, for example. At the same time, the government has been enforcing stricter laws on cybercrime — including the criminalisation of “snooping” or “spying” on your spouse. You heard that right! Spying on your spouse (e.g. using his/her laptop or mobile phone [...]

While it is true that employers should treat their workers fairly, it is also the responsibility of employees to know their rights. This applies to jobs in Saudi Arabia, or anywhere else, for that matter. By being aware of your rights, you would not be so easily abused or exploited. Indeed, being an overseas worker [...]