5,446 firms run by women in Jeddah

Pivotal in economic transformation

Mariyam Abu Al-Ainain in her office. — Okaz photo

By Fauz Al-Ghamdi

Okaz/Saudi Gazette

JEDDAH — Mariyam Abu Al-Ainain, chairperson of the women’s wing at Jeddah Mayoralty, said that the Kingdom is witnessing an economic transformation with a thrust on women’s involvement in almost all key economic activities.

The number of women’s firms in the city shot up to 5,446 and these include many new areas of economic activities such as laundries, women’s sports clubs, restaurants, studios, she said.

Al-Ainain said that her branch is striving to extend the best possible services to women clients, mainly investors.

“We eased the procedures for rendering services to clients such as the issuance of licenses by starting online services under the system of ‘Mayoralty without papers’.”

This was instrumental in bringing down the number of women visitors to the mayoralty office from 70-80 to 13 in a month as most of them rely on online services,” she said.

Al-Ainain said there are 30 women inspectors at the mayoralty who are actively involved in carrying out raids and detecting violations on a daily basis.

There has been a sharp decline in the number of violations, such as failure in renewal of licenses or registration of entities or keeping health cards, she said.

Holder of a bachelor’s degree from King Abdulaziz University, Al-Ainain joined the mayoralty as a supervisor at customer service.

She was promoted as deputy supervisor at the women’s section and then supervisor of the women’s inspection division before being appointed as the director general of the wing of the women’s services.