Qatar 2022: New Labour Laws Set To Be Announced
JAMES M. DORSEY: With pressure mounting by the day the Qatari authorities are set to announce a huge set of changes to the kafala system
Young Saudis Taking Career Choice “Into Own Hands”
CROSSROADS ARABIA: A quiet revolution in how young Saudis approach their studies and future careers is underway in the Kingdom
Fake CVs in Saudi – Is Everyone Doing It?
It’s not just foreign workers who fake their credentials to find work in Saudi Arabia, as reported earlier this year. Saudi Gazette/Okaz report that some 600+ employees in various Saudi government departments have been found to be holding fake degrees. Nor is it just people looking for any kind of government job who are seeking to use false documentation […]
‘Conscription’: Is It Really the Answer to Saudi Job Woes?
CROSSROADS ARABIA: A novel approach to solving Saudi Arabia’s ‘national employment’ issue has been suggested by a writer on an Arabic daily
Service With A Grunt: Par for Course in UAE
SARAH WALTON: I’ve done the hard yards in the service industry so I feel entitled to comment on the appalling nature of service in restaurants here.
‘Khalas’: Saudis Halt Unemployment Scheme
CROSSROADS ARABIA: The Saudi authorities appear to have shut down the Hafiz programme launched with much fanfare last November
Moroccan Youth Take Initiative To Reform Society
NADIA RABBAA, CGNEWS: End corruption, reform the judicial system, better access to education and better healthcare. Key demands of Moroccan youth organisations
“Story of a Saudi Slave”: The Cruelty and Abuse
AMERICAN BEDU: Filmed some time ago the film highlights the continuing flaws in the system …
Saudi to Scrap Individual Sponsorship
CROSSROADS ARABIA: Saudi looks to drop individual employee sponsorship to end rules “so complicated no one knows what’s going on”.
Yemen: Vital To Address Economic Ills Quickly
ABUBAKR AL-SHAMAHI, CGNEWS: A limited window of opportunity has opened for Yemen’s new government.
Initiative ‘Offers Hope’ to Female Saudi Job Seekers
LULUA ASAAD, CGNEWS: Here’s a shocking statistic – 60% of Saudi women with a Phd are unemployed. What’s to be done?
Tunisia: Economic Woes Point To ‘Major Trouble’
AMINE GHALI, CGNEWS: With growth stagnant, foreign companies leaving in droves Tunisia’s new government faces huge issues
‘Omanis, It’s Time to Respect Others Time’
SUSAN AL SHAHRI: “It’s part of our culture” is the lazy excuse. Enough. Are we proud of the fact that we don’t value our own and others time?
Saudi’s Stark Employment Imbalance: For Every One Saudi, 15 Expatriates Hired
CROSSROADS ARABIA: These jobs are all critical to society – they are honest jobs. The one thing they don’t carry, however, is status.
Time for GCC Citizens to ‘Walk the Walk’?
ABU MOHAMMED: The initiative to limit the amount of money expats can send home is another diversion away from the real issues.
News Analysis: Bad Week For Abu Dhabi Projects
NEWS ANALYSIS: It’s been a sobering week for anyone involved in the construction industry in Abu Dhabi. What’s happening and why now?
The Insidious, Corrupting Nature of Wasta
ABU MOHAMMED: Wherever you go in the Gulf you’ll hear the term – wasta. Is it really so bad? And isn’t everyone using it or trying to use it?