12 Saudi Arabia Jobs Soon Not Available to Expats

Starting next Hijri year or Islamic calendar, 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:

1. Watch shops
2. Optical stores
3. Medical equipment stores
4. Electrical and electronics shops
5. Outlets selling car spare parts
6. Building material shops
7. Outlets selling all types of carpets
8. Automobile and mobike shops
9. Shops selling home furniture and ready-made office materials
10. Sale outlets of ready-made garments, children’s clothes and men’s supplies
11. Household utensils shops
12. 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 will 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 which sell clothes and other women accessories. The phase also includes independent small shops which sell wedding dresses, abayas, garments, child-care and other accessories.

Pharmacies in malls which sell cosmetics and make-up accessories will also be feminized, the report said.

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