More sectors in Saudi Arabia to be closed to expats

Saudi Arabia is planning to confine five sectors to Saudi nationals, effectively banning thousands of foreigners from taking up jobs in them. Under the new plans, only Saudis will be allowed to work in the tourism and health sectors, Al Qaseem markets, malls and temporary stands, sources confirmed.

The labor ministry hopes that 33,000 Saudis will be employed in the tourism sector by the end of 2018. Currently, 60% of the jobs in the sector are held by Saudis. In addition, banning foreigners from working in malls will help the state find employment for 6,000 Saudis, sources said.

Saudi Arabia is home to around 12 million foreigners, making up slightly more than 1/3 of the total population. Most of the foreigners are employed in the booming construction and service sectors.

Source Credit: Gulf News
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