A total of 12 activities and occupations will only be restricted to Saudi nationals, according to Saudi Gazette, citing Minister of Labor and Social Development Dr. Ali Al-Ghafees.
In a ministerial decision, the 12 work areas that non-Saudis are not allowed are in the following areas:
- Watch shops
- Optical stores
- Medical equipment stores
- Electrical and electronics shops
- Outlets selling car spare parts
- Building material shops
- Outlets selling all types of carpets
- Automobile and mobike shops
- Shops selling home furniture and ready-made office materials
- Sale outlets of ready-made garments, children’s clothes, and men’s supplies
- Household utensils shops
- Pastry shops
Ministry spokesman Khaled Aba Al-Khail said the decision does not affect the memorandums of understanding signed with various regional governorates to restrict jobs to Saudis. He also said that the shop feminization would continue as planned. The third phase of the feminization of women accessory shops began last October.
It targets shops selling ladies’ perfumes, shoes, bags, stockings, and ready-made garments.
Kiosks selling women accessories will also be fully feminized in addition to sections in malls and supermarkets that sell clothes and other women accessories. The phase also includes small independent shops that sell wedding dresses, abayas, garments, child-care, and other accessories.
Pharmacies in malls that sell cosmetics and make-up accessories will also be feminized, the report said.