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

NEOM and the future of our youth

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Recently, Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, announced the launch of NEOM, a project that aspires to be the “safest, most efficient, most future-oriented, and best place to live and work” in the Kingdom. NEOM’s land mass will extend across the Egyptian and Jordanian borders, rendering NEOM the first private zone to span three countries. The project will be backed by more than $500 billion over the coming years by Saudi Arabia. Wind ...

Mahmoud Ahmad

Why some companies are more important than governments

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Companies are more important than governments. This is the slogan of the new digital economy stage. What is happening today is only an explicit confirmation of that. In the past governments, through their plans and ministries, would outline the economic trends and ambitions, and companies would play in the space allowed. Today, modern technology has provided unprecedented means of empowerment and offered great solutions to simple and difficult problems. Re-engineering has become a reality for ...

Hussein Shobokshi

First Saudi jobs website focused on hiring more women

Thursday, 20 July 2017

An Algerian biomedical engineer is on a mission to make it easier for women to find work in Saudi Arabia by creating the first job-searching website for females in the deeply conservative kingdom. Australian-born Naziha Deriche, 23, who was raised in Saudi Arabia, realized after completing her postgraduate studies in Sydney last year that it was hard for her and her friends to find jobs in Saudi Arabia. “Most of the jobs advertised are ... for males in Saudi Arabia. And the working ...

Microsoft plans to cut ‘thousands’ of jobs - source

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Microsoft Corp plans to cut “thousands” of jobs, with a majority of them outside the United States, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters. Reuters reported on Monday that Microsoft would undergo a reorganization that would impact its sales and marketing teams as the company doubles down on its fast-growing cloud business. Microsoft’s shares were down 0.7 percent at $68.63 on Thursday. Gloabl workforce  The Redmond, Washington-based company employed about ...

Saudi Arabia registers 130 percent rise in women workforce

Thursday, 6 July 2017

The number of working women has dramatically increased in Saudi Arabia during the last four years, a new report has revealed. According to a report released by the Ministry of Labour and Social Development in March, the country's private sector registered a 130 percent increase in the number of working Saudi women during the last four years. Thirty percent of the total Saudi work force in the private sector is now represented by women, a Gulf News report said. Also read: Hundreds of new ...

Thousands rally in north Morocco after protest leader arrested

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Several thousand people protested in a provincial northern Moroccan town to demand the authorities release an activist arrested for leading months of demonstrations against official abuses and corruption. The protest took place late on Friday in the town of Al-Hoceima where tensions have run high since activist Nasser Zefzafi was detained at the start of the week and charged with threatening national security, among other offences. Political unrest is rare in the North African kingdom but ...

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