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89,000 visas have been granted Licensed recruitment Firms; 89,000 visas have been granted Licensed recruitment Firms; Labor Minister Adel Fakeih said that more than 89,000 visas have been granted to licensed recruiting firms, of which 25,998 are for domestic workers. Fakeih made the posting on Twitter, adding that there are currently 16 licensed recruiting firms in the Kingdom. “There are nine firms in Riyadh, two in Jeddah, four in the Eastern Province and one in Baha.” Meanwhile, Hattab Al-Enezi, the Labor Ministry’s spokesman, said “competition between licensed firms will be to the benefit of citizens.” “This will lead to us being able to offer affordable prices to customers,” said Al-Enezi. Majed Al-Jahas, a member of the National Committee for Recruitment at the Saudi Council of Chambers, says that a 50-percent decline has been witnessed in recruitment applications due to increasing prices. Al-Enezi pointed out that recruiting firms will meet demand for domestic help in the Saudi market. “Twenty recruiting firms applied for licensing, of which 16 were approved,” he said. “The first condition implied for the granting of visas is the provision of suitable accommodation for foreign workers. Lodging should house at least 10 percent of the total number of incoming laborers.” He said that other conditions include launching a comprehensive study on the actual workforce needed in the market. He reiterated that procedures have been taken by the ministry to put a cap on the rising cost of recruiting domestic workers, which can sometimes cost as much as SR4,000. He said that such recruitment firms are managed by a specialized board of directors. “Such firms will move to realize the objectives of the Labor Ministry by providing workers, diversifying the services provided and meeting demand for domestic help.” The Ministry of Labor, he noted, is working on opening new markets for recruitment. “We have already signed an agreement with the Philippines. Agreements with other countries are also in the pipeline, including India.” “Article 25 of the list of regulations concerning foreign manpower ensures that customers are provided with skilled and qualified workers,” said Al-Enezi. Separately, the Ministry of Labor has penalized 5,640 firms in November for violating labor and residency laws and failing to provide proper addresses, during 20,703 inspection visits all over the Kingdom. Abdullah Abu Thnain, undersecretary for inspection and work environment development, said violating companies were denied the ministry’s electronic services. He said the ministry penalized 2,815 firms for violating labor regulations. Of this total, 21 percent had employers not under their sponsorship, 22 percent violated Saudization quotas, 6 percent failed to employ Saudi women, and 51 percent violated other parts of the law. The ministry denied services to 2,825 firms for failing to provide addresses. These firms have to contact the nearest labor office to correct their status, the official said. Makkah region had the most violations with 22 percent, Riyadh came second with 20 percent, Qassim was third with 17 percent, while the Eastern Province had 16 percent. The remaining violations were in other parts of the country. He said the inspections focused on wholesale and retail businesses. The campaigns, he said, would continue in all regions and cities. “The ministry has made it clear to inspectors that they have to be accurate and thorough. The ministry verifies violations recorded by inspectors while designated committees follow up with relevant agencies to implement sanctions,” he said.

The UAE in World Expos The UAE in World Expos In 2015, the UAE will head to Milan, Italy for the next World Expo, which has the theme ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’. Our pavilion will take visitors on an interactive journey that incorporates the history of the UAE and its development based around the core values of communicating, innovating and sharing. The centrepiece of the pavilion will be a spectacular rotating amphitheatre, bridging the journey between the UAE’s past and its exciting future. The UAE has a long history with World Expo stretching back four decades to Abu Dhabi’s participation in the 1970 Expo in Osaka, Japan.

 The relationship has continued over the years, most recently with the UAE taking part at Expo 2012 in Yeosu, South Korea. The Expo theme, “The Living Ocean and Coast”, resonated deeply with the UAE, which has a rich maritime history. The UAE Pavilion in Yeosu reflected the nation’s commitment to the responsible development and protection of its coastline and marine habitat. Another major highlight was the UAE pavilion at Expo 2010 Shanghai. Comprising two dune-shaped peaks –the highest reaching 20 metres – it attracted almost two million visitors. Now permanently located on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, the Pavilion is a landmark exhibition centre. Praised for its sustainable design, the Foster + Partners-designed pavilion won awards from the Illinois Society of Structural Engineers and the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations.

 Zaragoza in Spain welcomed the world for its Expo in 2008, with a theme of Water and Sustainability. The UAE Pavilion was particularly successful, winning the golden award for excellence of design and quality of items and content on display. The award was shared with the pavilions of Germany, Jordan, Japan, Oman and the Philippines.

 In 2000, the World Expo took place in Hannover in Germany, with the UAE showcasing its cultural heritage in a pavilion that was designed to resemble Al Jahili fort. A replica of the Al Ain landmark that was built in 1898 by Sheikh Zayed The First, the UAE Pavilion spotlit the commonalities between the Emirates and the theme of Expo 2000, Man, Technology and Nature.

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