Expats Banned from Working in 12 Jobs in KSA

The expatriate workers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia shall no more be allowed to work in 12 areas of work, the Saudi Ministry of Labour and Social Development has stated.

According to the Saudi Gazette, the decision will come into effect from the next Hijri year.

Expats shall be restricted from working in watch shops, optical stores, medical equipment stores, electrical and electronics shops, outlets selling car spare part, building material shops, outlets selling all types of carpets, automobile and mobile shops, shops selling home furniture and ready-made office material, sale outlets of ready-made garments, children clothes and men's supplies, household utensils shops and pastry shops.

 "The decision does not affect the memorandums of understanding signed with various regional governorates to restrict jobs to Saudis. The shop feminization will continue as planned," ministry spokesman Khaled Aba Al-Khail was quoted saying by the newspaper.

Bangladeshis who were largely employed in the KSA would be affected by the restrictions of the Saudi government, observed migration experts in Bangladesh.

Over 5.5 lakh Bangladeshis, including male and female workers, were recruited by Saudi Arabia in 2017, according to record of the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training.


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