Low salary and nominal transportation allowance are
some of the major hurdles faced by female workers as
the third phase of feminizing women accessory shops
comes into force.
Citizens and expats welcomed the decision to allow foreign mothers of Saudis
and non-Saudi children of Saudi women to work in those professions which are
restricted only to Saudi nationals.
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Aramco IPO on
track for 2nd half
of 2018: CEO
Saudi Aramco’s ini-
tial public offering will take place
in the second half of 2018, CEO
Amin Nasser said Monday, dis-
missing reports that the oil giant’s
plans could be shelved.
“We have always said that we
will be listing in 2018, and to be
more specific, in the second half
of 2018,” Nasser said in an inter-
view with CNBC television.
“The IPO is on track. The list-
ing venue will be discussed and
shared in due course,” Nasser told
the channel in Riyadh.
The Aramco chief also said
Saudi authorities were not in talks
with Chinese or other investors to
sell a stake in the firm.
Aramco, which controls Saudi
Arabia’s massive energy assets,
plans to list nearly five percent of
its shares in the stock market.
Nasser predicted on Sunday
it will be easy to convey to inves-
tors how Saudi Aramco’s focus on
long-term planning has allowed
the company to drive past results.
He believes the interests of its
sole current shareholder — the
government — and its future in-
vestors are aligned.
“I think both are looking for
results,” he said. “Both are going
to be looking for a better perfor-
mance, and I don’t see any issues
between our current shareholder
and the public that will be partici-
pating when we are listed because
ultimately we need to deliver bet-
Saudi Aramco has kept up a
robust exploration program, even
through the three-year oil price
downturn, allowing it to add to its
reserves, according to Nasser.
He promised that Saudi Aram-
co will “meet all the requirements
of that market in terms of reserve
assessment” and other rules of the
country where it chooses to list.
Ultimately, Saudi Arabia is
largely operating in line with its
closest peers, the integrated inter-
national oil companies like Exxon
Mobil and BP, Nasser claimed.
“I can say Aramco has always
been run like a publicly traded
company,” he said.
“If you look at our governance,
we have independent board mem-
bers. Everything that has been
done in the company is similar to
any international oil company in
terms of the way we do business.”
Women demand employment rights
By Shatha Al-Hisaiki,
Abrar Al-Sharqawi and
Many female em-
ployees are complaining about
low salaries and transportation
allowance as the third phase of
feminizing women accessory
shops and stores began on Sat-
Amani, who works at a wom-
en accessory retail store, said
she gets only SR500 a month as
transportation allowance while
she has to pay SR1,400 a month
to commute from home to work-
“Transportation is the biggest
obstacle for working women. We
have to spend a huge portion of
our salary on it,” said Amani.
Nourah Mohammad said
she often has to leave her job in
order to stay home with her in-
fant daughter. “Nurseries and
daycares cost SR1,200 a month
in addition to the transportation
expenses. If I work, I have to pay
for my daughter’s daycare which
costs me more than I can afford.
But if I stay home with my daugh-
ter I can’t make any money,” said
Many female workers are not aware of their labor rights.
— Okaz photo
Manal Al-Jehani, working at
a women retail store in Madinah,
said when she signed her em-
ployment contract there was no
mention of transportation allow-
ance in it.
“The contract only covered
the basic salary, social insurance
and the job description. I was not
aware of my rights as an employ-
ee,” said Al-Jehani.
Israa Al-Ahmadi, employee
at a private store, said her em-
ployer did not have her sign any
“I just began working there
and I was told that the salary for
a night shift is SR1,800. When I
checked my social insurance ac-
count I found out that my salary
was supposed to be SR3,000,”
Abrar Al-Jehani said she saw
an advertisement for a job at a
retail store that sells abayas, eve-
ning dresses and perfumes.
“The new contract enlists
that all women employees will
have transportation arranged for
them as long as they are regis-
tered through the Taqat program.
There are employees at the store
that have been working there for
over a year and they were not
Work visa validity
reduced to one year
By Fatima Muhammad
The validity of
employment visas issued by the
Ministry of Labor and Social
Development (MLSD) for the
private sector firms has been
reduced from two years to one
But this will not be appli-
cable to visas issued for gov-
ernment services as well as for
domestic workers, according to
an order issued by Minister of
Labor and Social Development
Dr. Ali Al-Ghafis.
The decision was taken on
the basis of Article 11 of the La-
bor Law under which the min-
ister can take the procedures
that are deemed necessary for
improving the efficiency of the
The ministry has started im-
plementing the decision of the
minister, the Saudi Press Agency
On Sunday, the minister is-
sued another order allowing for-
eign mothers of Saudis as well
as non-Saudi children of Saudi
women to work in those profes-
sions which are restricted only
to Saudi nationals.
Employing anyone in this
category will be counted as one
Saudi employee while calculat-
ing the percentage of Nitaqat
Both Saudis and expatriates
welcomed the decision.
Mohammad Al-Owain, a me-
dia person, described it a “right
This decision offers a decent
life to those families which have
been living in the Kingdom for
decades years, he said.
Shadia Al-Ghamdi, a Saudi
woman, noted that any com-
pany that refuses to employ for-
eign mothers of Saudi children
or non-Saudi children of Saudi
women should be fined.
Mohammad Al-Saad hoped
individuals included in this de-
cision will be offered nationality
Abdul Aziz Al-Nigamshi said
non-Saudi children of female
citizens should also be consid-
ered as Saudi nationals.
However, some people said
that non-Saudi children of Saudi
women should not be given citi-
Nawal Al-Shihri said that
many expatriates tend to marry
Saudi women just for the sake
of benefiting from them. There-
fore, she is against giving citi-
zenship to non-Saudi husbands
and children of Saudi women.
Karim ibn Saleh said that
Saudi woman who accepts a for-
eigner as her husband forfeits
her right to seek citizenship for
Maha, daughter of a Saudi
mother, asked: “Why do you
offer nationality to non-Saudi
children of Saudi men but not to
children of Saudi women?”
Three Shoura Council mem-
bers — Latifa Al-Shalan, Haia Al-
Munai and Ata Al-Sabti — have
presented a recommendation to
modify the nationality system to
allow non-Saudi children of Sau-
dis to obtain citizenship.
Kuwait seeks postponement of GCC summit
By Muhammad Saud
Kuwait has reportedly
proposed the postponement of the 39th
Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) sum-
mit by six months, sources told Okaz.
“The postponement aims to resolve
the crisis that has erupted because of
Qatar’s lack of commitment to the 2013
Riyadh Agreement and the 2014 Supple-
mental Agreement,” the source told
“Postponing the summit was a Ku-
waiti suggestion, and Kuwait has not
yet received an answer from the other
The summit is scheduled to take
place in December in Kuwait City.
Kuwaiti newspaper Al Rai reported
that the summit will most probably be
postponed due to the “lack of progress
in resolving the Gulf crisis”.
It will be postponed for six months
“unless there is a big political,” a diplo-
mat was quoted as saying by Al Rai.
However addressing a joint press
conference with US Secretary of State
Rex Tillerson in Riyadh on Sunday
evening, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel
Al-Jubeir said that the Kingdom will
participate alongside the United Arab
Emirates and Bahrain in the Gulf sum-
mit even if the Qatari crisis continues.
Reacting to the ongoing efforts of
the Kuwait Emir to hold the Gulf Sum-
mit on time in Kuwait, he said that con-
sultations are now underway among
countries and (the outcome) will be an-
On June 5, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the
UAE and Egypt severed their relations
with Qatar saying it supports extremists
and funds terrorism.
Kuwait’s Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ah-
mad has been mediating between the
two sides, but no breakthrough has been
achieved so far.
The summit is scheduled to take place in December
in Kuwait City.
able to have this service due to
the fact that they are not regis-
tered on the Tagat program,” said
Human Resources Expert
Waad Al-Aboud said many wom-
en are ignorant about their rights
under Labor Law.
“The Labor Office should
take a proactive role in creat-
ing awareness about employees’
rights and responsibilities. The
Labor Office should simplify its
laws and use infographics and
short videos to create awareness
through social media,” said Al-
The third phase of feminiza-
tion targets shops selling ladies
perfumes, shoes, bags, stockings
and ready-made garments.
Kiosks selling women acces-
sories will also be fully feminized
in addition to sections in malls
and supermarkets which sell
clothes and other women acces-
The phase also includes in-
dependent small shops which
sell wedding dresses, abayas, gar-
ments, child-care and other ac-
Pharmacies in malls which
sell cosmetics and make-up ac-
cessories will also be feminized.