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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.



Huroob
  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

Sunday, 28 August 2016

5 Sunnah Things to do when you hear Adhan

Adhan is one of the most vital elements that constitute the major part of Islam. It is an excellent form of worship in which a Muaddin (a person who calls for Adhan) invites the Muslims to offer the mandatory worship of Salat. Allah (S.W.T) has made Salat fard on every Muslim man and woman. As a worshipper of Allah, all Muslims are obliged to respond to the Adhan in a proper manner that is prescribed in the teachings of Islam. After hearing the Adhan, a Muslim must respond to it by following the Sunnah. There is a list of five things that a Muslim should do if he/she hears the Adhan.


Repeat the words of the Muaddin: As soon as you hear the adhan, you must repeat exactly what the Muaddin says. In order to repeat the Muaddin words you must pay full attention to his words. You will respond when the Muaddin says "Haiyi `alassala, Hayya ala Al-Falah", Your response will be:"La hawla wala quwwata ella billahill alliyul azeem"  (There is neither might nor any power except with Allah)', and added: 'We heard your Prophet say the same' " (Bukhari). You are the Muawiya (the one who answers the muaddin’s call). You must remember your important role as Muawiya.


To invoke blessings on the beloved Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H): As soon as the adhan is over, it is mandatory to send  Salat on our beloved prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H). (i.e say “Allahumma salli ala sayyidina Mohamad”). The Messenger of Allah () said: «… Then send Salat upon me, because whoever sends Salat upon me, Allah will send Salat upon him ten times due to it» (Muslim). You can also recite Darood-e-Ibrahimi after Adhan.

It’s the time for making Dua -e-Wasilah: Wasilah means a way or a method by which a person achieves his/her goals, but in this case, it represents the highest ranks of Jannah which will be awarded to Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) by the grace of Allah (S.W.T). We make this dua because Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) has been given the right of intercession by Allah (S.W.T) the lord of the universe. We all will seek for forgiveness from Allah on the Day of Judgment therefore while making this dua after adhaan, we actually request and plea Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) to ask Allah to minimize our difficulties on the Day of Judgment.

Recitation of Al-Shahada: Here at this step, it is mandatory to declare ones’ acceptance to Allah and his prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H). Allah is all alone and the soul creator of the universe and Hazrat Muhammad (P.B.U.H) is the last messenger of Allah. Sahih Muslim Vol. 1, Book 4, Hadith 749

Make your dua to Allah: Once you have finished all the above 4 steps, you must make your personal dua with Allah. Allah (S.W.T) is so merciful and kind; He will answer all your duas. InshaAllah. Don’t talk during Adhan. If you are having a conversation you must stop and respect the adhan.
Source: Islamway

Salah
  1. 6 Fard Acts during Salah omission of which invalidates the Salah
  2. 14 Wajib Acts during Salah omission of which requires Sajda Sahw
  3. 14 mistakes in Salah which do not require Sajda Sahu
  4. 20 mistakes in Salah which need to be rectified by Sajda Sahu
  5. Procedure to perform Sajda Sahu (forgetfulness prostration) in Salah

8 Fun Activities to do in Taif, Saudi Arabia

The city of Taif is located within the surroundings of Makkah, Saudi Arabia. It is famous as the “city of colors”. It is situated on top of the mountains Al Sarawat, whose height is around 1,700 meters. Honey and grapes are in abundance in the region. It is a very important asset for the country’s agriculture with a population of 521,273. The city is a very important tourist site during the summers, not only for the foreigners but also for the Arabs. During the 6th century, it had the idol of Al-lat, the Lady of Taif. The place is very significant religiously. Its climate is best for fruits, vines, and wheat. It is a fruitful country and best for agriculture thus the name “the Garden of Hijaz” is given to Taif.


  1. Hiking and climbing in Al Shafa: Away from the city of Taif about 30 kilometers towards the South West is an area approximately as high as 2,200 to 2,500 meters above the sea level. Al Shafa is among those having the second highest mountain peaks in the Kingdom. The weather is pleasant and there is always raining. It is the best place for climbing and hiking. It is on the edge of Tihama possessing beautiful landscapes.  The mountains have peaks descending gradually towards the North and East and vertically.
  2. Al Kar tourist Village: This place is one of the top attractions which one wouldn’t want to miss. There are swimming pools and water sports in this area. You reach the place with the help of cable cars located in Al Hada region.
  3. Cable cars: The cable cars are located beside the Ramada hotel, the largest in the Kingdom and Middle East which is recently opened. It gives you immense pleasure through sightseeing and witnessing beautiful landscapes and sceneries of Al Taif Mountains. Some of you might be lucky enough to see Monkey’s money. The cost is not a lot. It’s 15 riyals for kids and 30 riyals for adults. You need to pay double for the round trip. You can even have your own cable car worth 150 Riyals for one way trip and 300 riyals for round trip.
  4. Okaz Historic Market: This is the very well famous ancient market which is operated for 2 weeks during the month of Dhu Al Qidah every year. It is located in the North East of Taif.
  5. EVENTS: There are many events held in Taif throughout the year. Some famous events include Taif Ahla (summer festival), roses sectarian harvest festival and Souk Okaz. Equestrian events and Taif’s winter festival takes place in the field of King Khalid al Equestrian Club of Saudi Arabia. Movement of equestrian events occurs from Riyadh to Taif throughout the summer. Camel races take place in the National festival for heritage and culture Janadriya.
  6. MEALS: Bukhari rice or Saudi Kabsa are a must try. The signature dish is “Seleeg” which is a sort of large grain rice. Mallah bread, harirah, asidah and Arabic saliq rice are also famous.
  7. MUST HAVES: The city is very famous for its agricultural products like honey and grapes. Fruits are a must buy which include pomegranate, peach, dates, grapes which are the best in the Kingdom.
  8. TRAVEL TIPS: All sort of drugs and alcohol are not at all allowed in Saudi Arabia. There is no as such best time to visit Taif. The city is beautiful throughout the year.
Places to Visit in Saudi Arabia
Taif
  1. Dancing Fountains in Al Rudaf Park, Taif Saudi Arabia
  2. Bani Saad Village, Taif and its relation with Prophet Muhammad S.A.W wet Nurse
  3. 11 Major Attractions in and around Taif

Abha
  1. The Hanging Village of Habalah in Asir Province, Saudi Arabia
  2. Tourist Attractions in and around Abha
  3. Rijal Alma (Stone Village) near Abha, a treat to watch for nature lovers

Average Salary of 84 IT related Job Professions in Saudi Arabia

We know that searching for a suitable job in IT related professions in 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 84 job professions related to IT which will help you in making an informed decision.



In case your profession is not related to IT and you are 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


S.N
Job Profession

Salary (SAR)
1
Average Salary of Documentation Specialist in Saudi Arabia
2,000
2
Average Salary of Help Desk Manager in Saudi Arabia
3,000
3
Average Salary of Computer Technician in Saudi Arabia
3,172
4
Average Salary of Network Technician in Saudi Arabia
3,226
5
Average Salary of Database Developer in Saudi Arabia
4,000
6
Average Salary of Computer Operator in Saudi Arabia
4,350
7
Average Salary of Software Support Engineer in Saudi Arabia
4,565
8
Average Salary of Help Desk Support in Saudi Arabia
4,791
9
Average Salary of Systems Consultant in Saudi Arabia
4,800
10
Average Salary of C# Developer in Saudi Arabia
5,995
11
Average Salary of User Experience Consultant in Saudi Arabia
6,500
12
Average Salary of VB Developer in Saudi Arabia
6,500
13
Average Salary of IT Administrator in Saudi Arabia
6,533
14
Average Salary of 2nd Line Systems Engineer in Saudi Arabia
6,780
15
Average Salary of Webmaster in Saudi Arabia
7,000
16
Average Salary of Network Administrator in Saudi Arabia
7,060
17
Average Salary of IT Support in Saudi Arabia
7,351
18
Average Salary of Security Administrator in Saudi Arabia
7,500
19
Average Salary of Computer Animator in Saudi Arabia
7,900
20
Average Salary of ABAP Developer in Saudi Arabia
8,000
21
Average Salary of Senior Oracle Developer in Saudi Arabia
8,008
22
Average Salary of Network Engineer in Saudi Arabia
8,453
23
Average Salary of NT Systems Administrator in Saudi Arabia
8,500
24
Average Salary of Applications Systems Specialist in Saudi Arabia
9,000
25
Average Salary of Windows System Administrator in Saudi Arabia
9,814
26
Average Salary of Network Specialist in Saudi Arabia
9,833
27
Average Salary of Network Analyst in Saudi Arabia
10,000
28
Average Salary of SharePoint Administrator in Saudi Arabia
10,000
29
Average Salary of Security Analyst in Saudi Arabia
10,083
30
Average Salary of Quality Specialist in Saudi Arabia
10,275
31
Average Salary of Database Analyst in Saudi Arabia
10,333
32
Average Salary of VB.NET Developer in Saudi Arabia
10,367
33
Average Salary of Technical Sales in Saudi Arabia
10,980
34
Average Salary of C++ Developer in Saudi Arabia
11,000
35
Average Salary of Web Designer in Saudi Arabia
11,333
36
Average Salary of Business Analyst in Saudi Arabia
11,431
37
Average Salary of Project Coordinator in Saudi Arabia
11,450
38
Average Salary of Trainer in Saudi Arabia
11,779
39
Average Salary of Java Developer in Saudi Arabia
11,855
40
Average Salary of System Administrator in Saudi Arabia
11,967
41
Average Salary of Web Security Administrator in Saudi Arabia
12,000
42
Average Salary of Developer / Programmer (General) in Saudi Arabia
12,017
43
Average Salary of Systems Analyst in Saudi Arabia
12,144
44
Average Salary of Software Engineer in Saudi Arabia
12,318
45
Average Salary of Sales Support Manager in Saudi Arabia
12,611
46
Average Salary of Writer / Documentor in Saudi Arabia
13,000
47
Average Salary of Security Specialist in Saudi Arabia
13,667
48
Average Salary of Senior Application Consultant in Saudi Arabia
14,000
49
Average Salary of Data Analyst in Saudi Arabia
14,287
50
Average Salary of Technical Manager in Saudi Arabia
14,563
51
Average Salary of Software Sales in Saudi Arabia
14,833
52
Average Salary of IT Operations Manager in Saudi Arabia
15,100
53
Average Salary of Security Manager in Saudi Arabia
15,500
54
Average Salary of SAP Consultant in Saudi Arabia
15,900
55
Average Salary of Sharepoint Consultant in Saudi Arabia
16,000
56
Average Salary of Database Administrator in Saudi Arabia
16,500
57
Average Salary of Business Systems Analyst in Saudi Arabia
16,667
58
Average Salary of ERP / CRM - Technical Consultant in Saudi Arabia
16,841
59
Average Salary of Data Warehousing Specialist in Saudi Arabia
17,000
60
Average Salary of Network Engineering Manager in Saudi Arabia
17,250
61
Average Salary of Project Leader in Saudi Arabia
17,600
62
Average Salary of Consultant in Saudi Arabia
19,379
63
Average Salary of AS400 Programmer in Saudi Arabia
20,000
64
Average Salary of Service Delivery Manager in Saudi Arabia
20,000
65
Average Salary of IT Manager in Saudi Arabia
20,038
66
Average Salary of Business Process Consultant in Saudi Arabia
20,917
67
Average Salary of Business Intelligence Analyst in Saudi Arabia
21,000
68
Average Salary of Information Services Consultant in Saudi Arabia
21,090
69
Average Salary of Technical Consultant in Saudi Arabia
21,629
70
Average Salary of Development Manager in Saudi Arabia
22,050
71
Average Salary of PHP Developer in Saudi Arabia
22,750
72
Average Salary of Network Security Systems Manager in Saudi Arabia
24,000
73
Average Salary of Systems Architect in Saudi Arabia
25,000
74
Average Salary of Software Architect in Saudi Arabia
25,000
75
Average Salary of Hardware Engineering Manager in Saudi Arabia
25,000
76
Average Salary of Project Manager in Saudi Arabia
25,648
77
Average Salary of Web Developer in Saudi Arabia
27,083
78
Average Salary of ERP Project Manager in Saudi Arabia
28,048
79
Average Salary of IT Director in Saudi Arabia
30,500
80
Average Salary of Chief Information Technology Officer in Saudi Arabia
31,504
81
Average Salary of Enterprise Architecture Manager in Saudi Arabia
35,313
82
Average Salary of ERP Analyst in Saudi Arabia
35,400
83
Average Salary of Chief Information Security Officer in Saudi Arabia
37,917
84
Average Salary of Sharepoint Developer in Saudi Arabia
39,500


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