While many Arabs are occupied with rebuilding their states, Saudis are actually doing the same, yet quietly or so I hope. The Saudi cabinet has lately made a series of decisions that indicate that. They are not revolutionary decisions, yet they have a revolutionary effect and can reshape the Saudi society if accurately implemented and not retracted.
The Saudi business sector
The government needs to be convinced that it is doing the right thing regardless of how harsh it would seem for those who benefited from unregulated laborJamal Khashoggi
In the past two decades, authorities were not strict in applying the law and responded to pressure from the business sector. This led to the booming of a visa selling business in which influential Saudis bring in hundreds of laborers to work freely in the market in return for a monthly fee they pay to the person who granted them entry. Consequently, a class of laborers who have “free visas” emerged and members of this class started competing with other laborers who comply with the sponsorship law. They usually work for Saudis who were unable to recruit foreign labor through the sponsorship system and therefore are ready to pay more. Those became the norm in the market.