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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

10 Mistakes which should be avoided at Iftar during Ramadan

Dr. Khaled Al-Madani, vice president for the Saudi Association for Nutritional sciences and a very well-known nutritionist, explains that these minor mistakes made by people while breaking their fast can cause excessive burden on the body. During the month of Ramadan every human body shifts to a different routine which is not similar to normal days. Moreover, fasting being spiritually beneficial is also very good for the body as fasting helps to detoxify the body. It also provides a good opportunity to the digestive tract to rest. Following the below guideline at Suhoor can also help to minimize the chances of stomach problems in the month of Ramadan.

  1. During the month of Ramadan, every Muslim observes fasting and tries to make the most of the time by worshipping Allah. Excessive smoking, over eating and lack of intake of fiber rich fruits causes a number of problems for people at the time of iftar.
  2. He further added that many people make silly mistakes like drinking too much water or drinks before eating anything while the stomach is empty. Eating of oily food specially fried items leads to gastronomical problems. Many people stuff themselves up till throat than they find breathing very difficult and this leads to acidity issues.
  3. He elaborates that many chain smokers break their fast with tobacco and smoking cigarette. He condemns smoking and declares smoking as a very harmful activity for the body particularly at the time of Iftar.
  4. He suggested that people should break their fast with fruits and vegetables as they contain rich amount of fiber. Consuming fried and too oily food at the iftar increases the chances of constipation.
  5. Water intake during Ramadan should be increased but not at the time of breaking fast.
  6. Use of oats and brown rice and brown bread should be maximized and frozen food items should be avoided.
  7. He said, intake of fizzy drinks made from soda at the time of Iftar can cause indigestion. Instead of soda one must drink plain water or fresh fruit juice.
  8. People should follow the same exercise routine in the month of Ramadan. A small walk comprising of 10 to 15 minutes after Iftar is very healthy for the body.
  9. Patients of Diabetic and blood pressure should adopt a more serious attitude towards maintaining better health in Ramadan. They must avoid heavy and rich desserts and should not consume food that contains sufficient amount of salt. They should consume more and more fruits and vegetables and should stick to fresh juices and fruit salads. Such people should eat simple and less oily food.
  10. According to Dr. Khaled Al-Madani, an iftar should start with 2 dates and a cup of luke warm water. Low fat milk or yogurt can be taken followed by a liquid vegetable soup or chicken broth. He said that people take dinner along with iftar, instead they should have dinner after they come back from Taraweeh. Eating dates and light fruit salad is perfect to be taken at the iftar.
Source: Arab News

Ramadan in Saudi Arabia
  1. Top 5 Good Deeds to do during Ramadan
  2. 5 Tips For those who are working In Ramadan
  3. 5 things you should avoid saying to the people fasting in Ramadan
  4. Perform Umrah once during Ramadan, Give chance to others - Grand Mufti
  5. Caught Eating, Drinking or Smoking in Public during Ramadan, Get ready to be deported

SR 100 fines for throwing Cigarette Butt on Street in Saudi Arabia

According to the Director General of Traffic, Maj. Gen. Abdullah Al-Zahrani, if someone is caught throwing cigarette butt from the car’s window he/she should be ready to face the consequences in the form of fine. The law states that throwing a cigarette butt from your car’s window on the street will cost you SR 100 as fine. He further explained that this law is also applicable on the pedestrians. Meaning, if a person is caught throwing cigarette butt on the street while walking, he/she will be required to pay a fine worth SR100.The main reason behind this campaign is to create clean anti–cigarette littered streets. Anti-littering laws are put into practices to minimize the increasing culture of cigarette butts which are not at all bio gradable.

Zahrani said that the vehicles including cars and bikes which are displaying various slogans also fall victim to violation. In such cases the car’s owner would be responsible to pay the fine. People should develop civil sense as he has observed majority of the people are unaware of traffic rules. A lot of drivers are caught by the traffic police while they are planning to park their vehicles in the no parking area. He added that everyone including the pedestrians must abide by the traffic rules and they must be well aware of traffic violation acts. The pedestrians should limit themselves to the specified sections of road that are allocated on footpath.

Furthermore, throwing of rubbish and garbage form the car is also considered as the violation of the traffic rules and laws. The person committing such heinous crime will be punished. The laws makes it very clear that nobody is allowed to throw any kind of rubbish on the streets no matter if someone is travelling in a car or using the road by walk.  Other violation of the traffic rules includes driving a car without a number plate.

If any driver is found driving a car without the number plate he/she must be fined. Many pedestrians on purpose avoid using the zebra crossing to cross the road and according to the new law if any pedestrian is caught not using the zebra crossing he/she will be fined too. According to the latest development, the traffic police have been facing a number of problems .Many of the drivers are driving cars that are without number plates. The implementation of strict traffic laws will be helpful for the citizens as well. Many drivers complain about pedestrians coming in between the roads while they are suppose to cross the roads via zebra crossings.

On the other hand, the pedestrians are upset with the drivers who are not limiting their car’s speed while they are passing the zebra crossings. The government has planned to establish better traffic rules sign boards which will help in promoting the implementation of traffic rules and regulation. Many new laws are being formed in the same context to eradicate all traffic problems.

Source: Saudi Gazette

Other Laws of Saudi Arabia
  1. 4 Etiquettes of Smoking in Public Places in Saudi Arabia
  2. SR 5 million - Maximum amount of Blood Money set in Najran
  3. SR 5 million Fines, 5 Years Jail for selling fake or 1st copy of Cosmetic Products
  4. I watch Porm sites in KSA, any problem at the time of Final Exit?
  5. SR 100,000 Fine, 6 months Jail & Deportation if Illegal Housemaid is caught from your Home

Average Salary of 20 Job Professions in Oil & Gas Industry of Saudi Arabia

We know that searching for a suitable job in Oil & Gas Industry of Saudi Arabia is not an easy task. Once you are done with interviews and other formalities, there is a step of accepting job offer. What should you demand from your employer? What is a good package according to your profession in Saudi Arabia? Many new comers accepting job offer do not make proper research and accept for job offer which is lesser than their profile. If you go through the table below, I have shared an average salary of 20 job professions related to Oil & Gas Industry which will help you in making an informed decision.

In case your profession is not related to Oil & Gas Industry and looking for an average salary of some other profession, you should have a look at this article. Average Salary of 600 Job Professions in Saudi Arabia

Job Profession
Salary (SAR)
Average Salary of NDT Technician in Saudi Arabia
Average Salary of Oilwell Pumper in Saudi Arabia
Average Salary of Exploration Manager in Saudi Arabia
Average Salary of Laboratory Analyst in Saudi Arabia
Average Salary of Radio Operator in Saudi Arabia
Average Salary of Mine Engineer in Saudi Arabia
Average Salary of Estimator in Saudi Arabia
Average Salary of Fuels Handler in Saudi Arabia
Average Salary of Lab Manager in Saudi Arabia
Average Salary of Process Technician in Saudi Arabia
Average Salary of Petroleum Geologist in Saudi Arabia
Average Salary of Gas Supply Manager in Saudi Arabia
Average Salary of Power Plant Operations Manager in Saudi Arabia
Average Salary of Pipeline Technician in Saudi Arabia
Average Salary of Electric and Gas Operations Manager in Saudi Arabia
Average Salary of Associate Analyst in Saudi Arabia
Average Salary of Team Leader in Saudi Arabia
Average Salary of Reservoir Engineer in Saudi Arabia
Average Salary of Geologist in Saudi Arabia
Average Salary of Geophysicist in Saudi Arabia

Job Hunting
  1. How to find a good job in Oil and Gas Sector in Saudi Arabia?
  2. Top 5 Websites for Job Hunting in Saudi Arabia
  3. Top 25 Construction Companies of Saudi Arabia
  4. Top 100 Companies of Saudi Arabia
  5. 10 Mega KSA Construction Projects you should be involved in

Monday, 29 August 2016

SR 10,000 Fines, Deportation and 5 Years Ban on Workers absent from Work

Saudi Press Agency has published a statement issued by the Jawazat or Passport Department in Saudi Arabia stating that a worker who remains absent from work will be fined with SR 10,000 followed by deportation. These expatriates will be banned from entering back to Saudi Arabia for 5 years. It is important to mention here that it is the duty of every employer to report absenteeism of every worker to labor office and Jawazat. Moreover, public at large should not be employing those workers who are absent from work.

A resident who employs a worker who is absent from his work will be fined with SR 10,000 and jailed for 6 months. If the resident is an expatriate, he will also be deported at the end of the imprisonment with a ban of 5 years to enter back to Saudi Arabia. It is very important for all of us to realize that it can be a dangerous issue resulting in full stop to your growing career.

A worker who is absent from work is also called Huroob. If Huroob is set against an expatriate, it means that the expatriate has run away from his employer. If police catches such guy, he is immediately detained and deported from Saudi Arabia with 5 years ban. Their iqama is not renewed, they cannot leave Kingdom. Their bank accounts are seized.

With this new development in the Saudi Laws, now the employee who was absent from work will also have to pay a fine of SR 10,000 before deportation. We have published many articles about Hruoob in the past which are given below. It will help you out in understanding this dilemma.

  1. Procedure to Remove Huroob Online from Iqama
  2. Procedure for Expatriates with Huroob (Absconder) Status to Avoid Jail and Go Home
  3. Transfer of Sponsorship under Huroob
  4. Check Huroob Status of Employee
  5. Removing Huroob from Iqama

Lawyers will be provided to Expatriates “Free of Cost” to Lodge Complaints – Labor Office

The Ministry of Labor and Social Development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has just announced that it has put into place a new procedure that is meant to address the complaints of the expatriates faster than before. Mufrej Al Haqbani, the Minister of Labor and Social Development in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has stated that those expatriates who have complaints such as a delay in the payment of their salaries can now lodge all their complaints and have all their problems dealt with quickly.  The Ministry of Labor and Social Development will be providing the expatriates with legal representation in order to present their cases in the labor courts.

The Ministry will also defend all the rights of the laborers and expatriates and will not allow the private establishments to get away with neglecting any of their responsibilities. The Minister stated that the labor courts take an unbiased decision and hold the private companies or establishments accountable for any and all violation of labor rights. He further stated that the Labor Courts are completely independent entities and are completely unbiased while making any decisions, irrespective of any nationality. The labor courts treat all the defendants and plaintiffs equally and issue fair rulings in all of the cases. The Ministry of Labor and Social Development will also be providing lawyers to follow up on any cases such as delays in the payments of salaries. The expatriates are not obliged to pay any fee or money for the legal representation.

The Ministry is also looking into the facilitation of returning expatriates back to their home countries at the complete expense of the Kingdom. The Ministry has already facilitated that transfer process of the expatriates between the private establishments via their online portal. The Minister, Al Haqbani, stated that the portal also tracks the visas belonging to expatriates and the expiration dates on the visa, so that the establishments can know when the visa of any expatriate that they wish to hire would be expiring. The portal is currently only available for those establishments that have a green band or above in the Nitaqat System. Those establishments that are below the green band must work hard in order to reach the green band and gain access to the portal.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development is currently preparing, hand in hand with the Ministries of Commerce and Industry, Municipal and Rural Affairs, Interior and Telecommunication and Information technology. This is being done for the third phase of the Saudization process of the telecommunication sector in the Kingdom.

The Ministry of Labor and Social Development, along with the Human Resources Development Fund, Technical and Vocational Training Corporation, General Organization for Social Insurance and the Saudi Credit and Savings Bank have trained in total 40,000 Saudis in the preparation for the first phase of the Saudization plan, which aims at Saudizing the Telecommunication sector by half or 50 percent.

Source: Saudi Gazette

Latest News: Jawazat Related
  1. Jawazat Clarifies the increase in Labor Office Fee from SR 2,400 to SR 6,000
  2. Exit Re-Entry, Family Visit, Hajj, Umrah Visas Fee drastically increased
  3. Shut down all small grocery stores (Baqalas) from Saudi Arabia – Shoura Council Member
  4. Expatriates can start 100% own business in Saudi Arabia – King Salman
  5. Illegal Home Based Expat Beauticians will face Jail and Deportation


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