Saudi announces 41 sectors in tourism industry to be limited to locals

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Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Labor and Social Development Ahmed Al-Rajhi announced on Sunday that 41 job sectors and activities in the tourism and non-profit sectors as well as indoor commercial markets in the Madinah area will be limited to Saudis men and women.

The minister said in a statement quoted by the official Saudi Press Agency that "the professions and activities included several places, including centers, indoor commercial markets and malls, employees of civil associations, and hotel and tourism jobs."


Jobs also include light car drivers, security and safety personnel, customer service managers, management managers, marketing and sales representatives, human resources managers and staff, and marketing representatives.

The statement stressed that sanctions will be implemented against violators, without details.

According to the General Organization for Social Insurance, in which all private sector employees are registered citizens and foreigners, the number of foreign employees fell to 7.91 million at the end of 2017, compared with 8.49 million at the end of 2016.

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