New details about the largest oilfield found in Bahrain

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Bahrain is opening a new page in its economy with the unveiling of the largest oilfield in its history and the first since 1932. This a stage that can be described as a "historic event" that could put Bahrain in the competition with the oil lords in the world. The new discovery is significant not only because of the amount of oil stored in its largest oil basin, which is estimated to double the amount of oil produced from the Bahraini field now, but because it will be the first ...

Twelve Saudi girls being trained to work in air traffic control

Monday, 5 March 2018

The first program seeking to qualify girls to work in air control was launched in Saudi Arabia on Sunday. As many as 12 Saudi girls began the training program, which is supposed to end with their recruitment by the Saudi Air Navigation Services Company. The program is being run in cooperation with the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation and is part of an initiative to open new avenues for Saudi women. According to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the program is designed to last a full academic year ...

Would you pay $50,000 for Steve Jobs’ pre-Apple job application?

Friday, 23 February 2018

A job application filled out by Steve Jobs more than four decades ago that reflects the Apple founder’s aspirations to work in technology and design will go up for auction next month. With an estimated value of about $50,000, the one-page application from 1973, complete with spelling and punctuation errors, lists his name as “Steven jobs” and address as “reed college,” the Oregon college he attended briefly, Boston auction house RR Auction said on Thursday. Under a ...

REPORT: Saudi leading job, salary growth in the region

Monday, 29 January 2018

Saudi Arabia is leading the region on salary increases and advertised jobs according to the Robert Walters Job Index and Salary Index reports released on Monday. Advertised roles in the Middle East increased by 2% year on year overall the, report read., with Saudi Arabia seeing the highest increase in advertised jobs with an over 35% year on year increase. The UAE however is showing decrease in jobs advertised with a negative 10% year on year rating. “Despite 2017 being a challenging year ...

A year after Trump's deal, Carrier workers lose jobs

Saturday, 20 January 2018

After 5 years working at a furnace factory in Indianapolis, Renee along with over 200 of her colleagues are being laid off. Renee Elliott, former Carrier employee, said “Tomorrow I’m losing my job, as the company I work for… the company I had hoped to serve until retirement sells me up." At a meeting to discuss the company's decision, those being let go express their disappointment. Especially as many, like Duane, had voted for Donald Trump in 2016 because he said he ...

Saudi unemployment rate falls 5.8 percent in Q3 of 2017

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

RIYADH – The overall unemployment rate has fallen 5.8 percent in the Kingdom in the third quarter of 2017 compared with the second quarter, according to a report of the General Authority of Statistics. Saudi Arabia stands 12th among G20 nations in terms of the average fall in the rate of unemployment during the third quarter. The report indicates that the unemployment rate among Saudis showed signs of stability at 12.8 percent despite an increase in the number of new jobseekers. The ...

Official: Robots will take over some industrial jobs in Saudi Arabia

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Governor of Job Creation and Employment Commission Omar Al-Batati has said several job specializations will inevitably disappear in the future and emerging opportunities will require a highly professionalized generation in all sectors of employment. Batati made the remarks while opening a forum on job specializations, one of the initiatives of the commission, in Riyadh recently. The forum was attended by 4,000 students of both genders. More than 20 Gulf and international speakers and experts ...

How the Saudis could avoid missing the boat on tourism

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Recently, Saudi Arabia made global headlines when it announced it will start issuing tourist visas. Although visited by 2 million Muslims from around the world making the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, the country has been notably cautious when it comes to attracting the average tourist. In fact, the Kingdom does not show up on many lists of favored tourism spots. The impression is that it’s easier to book a trip to Tibet than get a tourist visa for Saudi Arabia. Upcoming mega projects But ...

Sam Blatteis

70,000 jobs awaiting Saudi women in four sectors

Monday, 20 November 2017

Saudi Arabia is planning to open up four major sectors to employ women, a senior official said here on Sunday. Abdullah Al-Harbi, a senior executive at the Job Creation and Employment Commission (JCEC), said the Commission is planning to integrate women in marketing and advertising which may offer 10,000 jobs by 2030 in addition to 11,000 jobs in accounting, 20,000 in pharmacies and 29,000 jobs in computer programing. Speaking at the 10th Jeddah Human Resource Forum, Omar Al-Batati, Governor of ...

Will robots expel journalists from their jobs?

Thursday, 16 November 2017

In the past, an elevator operator pressed elevator buttons for guests. It was an indispensable job. However, this job went extinct and did not leave any vacuum behind. Automated answering machines in companies and ministries competed with central telephone companies’ employees and led to more lay-offs. And now, with the development of smart robots, many jobs are threatened with extinction. University students who work at McDonald’s or Starbucks will lose their jobs soon amid the ...

Mamdouh AlMuhaini

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