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Showing posts with label SAUDI EXPATS. Show all posts
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Thursday, February 02, 2017

EXPATS IQAMA RENEWAL AND TRANSFERS AFFECTED BY SHAMOON 2 VIRUS ATTACK IN SAUDI ARABIA


A destructive computer virus attack in Saudi Arabia is now bringing a great number of expats hanging on the thread while they cannot renew or transfer their iqamas as government and private agency databases are being affected the virus attack.   Executive director of the NCSC’s Strategic Development and Communication, Dr. Abbad Al-Abbad, said that counteractive measures should be sustainable and continuous to prevent the recurrence of such destructive cyber attacks, blaming the latest breach on poor adherence to security protocols. He also stressed the need for better education, such as teaching staff not to click on links in suspicious emails.  The  Saudi Ministry of Labor and Social Development has yet to recover and bring its computer network back online after the devastating  Shamoon malware attack last Jan. 23,2017. Expatriates in the Kingdom are unable to renew or transfer their residence permits (iqamas) until the issue is being resolved in maybe a week , a month, a year, nobody really knows at this point.     Saad Al-Ali, owner of a contracting firm, said that the disruption of the ministry’s computer networks has put him and other employers in an unfavorable and shameful situation.  “For the past two weeks, all my attempts to renew iqamas of four expatriates working at my firm have failed due to the disruption of Labor ministry’s services,” Al-Ali said, adding that the affected employers are afraid of incurring fine, jail term or even recruitment ban because of the issue.     According to experts, Shamoon is known to disrupt computers by overwriting the master book record, making it impossible for them to start up .  "Shamoon renders the computer unusable by overriding the hard disk with garbage," said Candid Wueest, security analyst and researcher at Symantec.  An alert from the telecoms authority earlier this month advised all parties to be vigilant for attacks from the Shamoon 2 variant of the virus that in 2012 crippled thousands of computers at Saudi Aramco. Saudi Arabia Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT)’s Abdulrahman Al-Friah confirmed that at least 22 institutions were affected by the Shamoon virus as of this writing. RECOMMENDED:  DOLE Sec. Bello in Kuwait   OFW EXECUTED IN KUWAIT  PRESIDENT DUTERTE VISITS ADMIRAL TRIBUTS    DTI ACCREDITED CARGO FORWARDERS FOR 2017   NO MORE PHYSICAL INSPECTION FOR BALIKBAYAN BOXES    BOC DELISTED CARGO FORWARDERS AND BROKERS    BALIKBAYAN BOXES SHOULD BE PROTECTED  DOLE ENCOURAGES OFW TEACHERS TO TEACH IN THE PHILIPPINES




A destructive computer virus attack in Saudi Arabia is now bringing a great number of expats hanging on the thread while they cannot renew or transfer their iqamas as government and private agency databases are being affected by the virus attack.



Executive director of the NCSC’s Strategic Development and Communication, Dr. Abbad Al-Abbad, said that counteractive measures should be sustainable and continuous to prevent the recurrence of such destructive cyber attacks, blaming the latest breach on poor adherence to security protocols. He also stressed the need for better education, such as teaching staff not to click on links in suspicious emails.

The  Saudi Ministry of Labor and Social Development has yet to recover and bring its computer network back online after the devastating  Shamoon malware attack last Jan. 23,2017.

Expatriates in the Kingdom are unable to renew or transfer their residence permits (iqamas) until the issue is being resolved in maybe a week , a month, a year, nobody really knows at this point.

A destructive computer virus attack in Saudi Arabia is now bringing a great number of expats hanging on the thread while they cannot renew or transfer their iqamas as government and private agency databases are being affected the virus attack.   Executive director of the NCSC’s Strategic Development and Communication, Dr. Abbad Al-Abbad, said that counteractive measures should be sustainable and continuous to prevent the recurrence of such destructive cyber attacks, blaming the latest breach on poor adherence to security protocols. He also stressed the need for better education, such as teaching staff not to click on links in suspicious emails.  The  Saudi Ministry of Labor and Social Development has yet to recover and bring its computer network back online after the devastating  Shamoon malware attack last Jan. 23,2017. Expatriates in the Kingdom are unable to renew or transfer their residence permits (iqamas) until the issue is being resolved in maybe a week , a month, a year, nobody really knows at this point.     Saad Al-Ali, owner of a contracting firm, said that the disruption of the ministry’s computer networks has put him and other employers in an unfavorable and shameful situation.  “For the past two weeks, all my attempts to renew iqamas of four expatriates working at my firm have failed due to the disruption of Labor ministry’s services,” Al-Ali said, adding that the affected employers are afraid of incurring fine, jail term or even recruitment ban because of the issue.     According to experts, Shamoon is known to disrupt computers by overwriting the master book record, making it impossible for them to start up .  "Shamoon renders the computer unusable by overriding the hard disk with garbage," said Candid Wueest, security analyst and researcher at Symantec.  An alert from the telecoms authority earlier this month advised all parties to be vigilant for attacks from the Shamoon 2 variant of the virus that in 2012 crippled thousands of computers at Saudi Aramco. Saudi Arabia Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT)’s Abdulrahman Al-Friah confirmed that at least 22 institutions were affected by the Shamoon virus as of this writing. RECOMMENDED:  DOLE Sec. Bello in Kuwait   OFW EXECUTED IN KUWAIT  PRESIDENT DUTERTE VISITS ADMIRAL TRIBUTS    DTI ACCREDITED CARGO FORWARDERS FOR 2017   NO MORE PHYSICAL INSPECTION FOR BALIKBAYAN BOXES    BOC DELISTED CARGO FORWARDERS AND BROKERS    BALIKBAYAN BOXES SHOULD BE PROTECTED  DOLE ENCOURAGES OFW TEACHERS TO TEACH IN THE PHILIPPINES






Saad Al-Ali, owner of a contracting firm, said that the disruption of the ministry’s computer networks has put him and other employers in an unfavorable and shameful situation.

“For the past two weeks, all my attempts to renew iqamas of four expatriates working at my firm have failed due to the disruption of Labor Ministry’s services,” Al-Ali said, adding that the affected employers are afraid of incurring fine, jail term or even recruitment ban because of the issue.




According to experts, Shamoon is known to disrupt computers by overwriting the master book record, making it impossible for them to start up .


"Shamoon renders the computer unusable by overriding the hard disk with garbage," said Candid Wueest, security analyst and researcher at Symantec.



An alert from the telecoms authority earlier this month advised all parties to be vigilant for attacks from the Shamoon 2 variant of the virus that in 2012 crippled thousands of computers at Saudi Aramco.

Saudi Arabia Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT)’s Abdulrahman Al-Friah confirmed that at least 22 institutions were affected by the Shamoon virus as of this writing.



Sources:  http://english.aawsat.com/2017/02/article55366680/saudi-cyber-security-official-shamoon2-virus-attacks-arent-yet
http://gulfnews.com/business/sectors/technology/destructive-computer-virus-shamoon-hits-saudi-arabia-for-third-time-1.1970590
http://saudigazette.com.sa/saudi-arabia/expatriates-limbo-virus-cripples-network/

Monday, January 02, 2017

NEW FEES FOR OFWS AND OTHER EXPATRIATES IN SAUDI ARABIA



If you are an Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) or an expat working in Saudi Arabia and you are working hard for your family, this 2017, you must work even  harder.
An "expat levy" will be introduced this year and it is already been approved during the budget announcement.

Currently, the companies who are hiring more expat workers is required to pay SR200 for every expat employed in their company. This year, they will start to pay the amount of SR800 and up  for every expat they hire.


This is to ensure that the companies based in Saudi Arabia will hire more of their citizen over OFWs and expats from other companies, giving employment to Saudi locals.
The said levy will gradually increase from this year onwards.
For the companies who are hiring more Saudis over expats, the fee will not be applied.

It will not only be a burden to expats but also for their dependents. Effective July 2017, SR100 for expat dependents will be implemented.


“There are two kinds of fees, the first is according to the number of family members an expat has in return for utilities used… this minimal amount will increase gradually every year, the second is already imposed on companies which employ expat workers; this will increase gradually as well until 2020, "  Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jaddan said.














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Thursday, December 15, 2016

IT'S TIME TO REPLACE EXPAT WORKERS WITH SAUDIS - SAUDI GAZETTE


Saudi Arabia remains the top destination of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) giving more than 100,000 jobs to Filipinos from January to September 2016.  As of the moment, approximately, there are two million OFWs in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia remains the top destination of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) giving more than 100,000 jobs to Filipinos from January to September 2016.

As of the moment, approximately, there are two million OFWs in Saudi Arabia.








But due to the recent slump in the oil prices in the Middle East, some OFWs in Saudi Arabia lose their job and got stranded in the said country.



In the opinion section of Saudi Gazette, one columnist said, it is time to replace expat workers with Saudis.

In the article written by Dr. Ehsan Buhaliqa, and published in Saudi Gazette website last December 10, he said the government failed in qualifying young Saudi men and women to hold technical and specialist positions that required skilled workers.


As of the moment, he said, there are at least 2.6 million jobs that need a highly-qualified Saudis and currently held by non-Saudis of expatriate workers.



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Buhaliqa believes that this is going to be a big challenge for the Commission for Job Generation and Anti-unemployment.
The labor market continues to suffer from unemployment, a high percentage of expatriate recruitment, low productivity and poor utilization of local human resources.

The job opportunities that should be created for youth need to be lucrative and exciting. These opportunities should spur young Saudis on to exert more effort in order to rekindle their ambition to be successful.



Buhaliqa added that in recent statistics, there are 660,000 unemployed Saudis and that around four million Saudis are employed compared with seven million expats and there are only 12.1 percent job seekers in Saudi workforce.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

KSA TO HAVE LABOR ATTACHÈS IN 7 COUNTRIES INCLUDING PHILIPPINES




 Seven manpower exporting countries including the Philippines will have its own labor attaché offices in Saudi embassies 

This is after the Council of Ministers approved the establishment of the said offices in Egypt, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.


(Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Philippines)

 (Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Philippines)

(Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Philippines)

This labor attaché will have the following duties and responsibilities according to the spokesman of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, Khaled Aba Al-Khail;

1. They will be in charge of recruitment

2. They will be in charge in the supervision of training centers for workers to be sent into the Kingdom

3. The attaché will make efforts to further strengthen cooperation with manpower exporting countries

4. It will represent the Kingdom on all labor issues in the said seven countries

5. The attachés will develop an employment mechanism for expatriates to be recruited for work in Saudi Arabia





6. The appointment of labor attachés would facilitate coordination with labor-exporting countries

7. They will ensure the recruitment of qualified labor and make workers more aware of the Kingdom’s culture, customs, and traditions.

8. The labor attaches will work closely with the Saudi embassy in the recruiting country and the Foreign Ministry on all issues related to foreign manpower recruitment.



9.  The ministry thinks that labor attachés can restrict recruitment brokers and regulate the recruitment business.

10. The attachés will develop an employment mechanism for expatriates to be recruited for work in Saudi Arabia.

 (Household workers in Saudi Arabia)

(Migrant workers in Saudi Arabia)

(Construction Workers in Saudi Arabia)

In July, Saudi Gazette had reported that the Ministry of Labor and Social Development was planning to appoint labor attachés in countries from where the Kingdom hires expat workers.

In the Kingdom, there are 3 million Indians who are the largest community in the country, 2 million Pakistanis as the second largest community, 1.8 million Bangladesh workers, 1 million Filipino workers and 300,000 Sri Lankan expats, most them domestic workers. (Source: Saudi Gazette)

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Friday, October 07, 2016

SOME SAUDI'S GOT NEGATIVE REACTION WHEN THEY ASKED IN TWITTER TO DEPORT EXPATS



“THE EXPATS ARE OUR PARTNERS IN PROGRESS”
-SAUDIS

Saudi netizens defended the expatriates living and working in the Kingdom from an obnoxious and very offensive hashtag that  has been trending the whole day of Tuesday on Twitter.
The racist hashtag reads:“Deportation of Foreigners Is a National Request” earned a huge response from Saudi netizens including TV Producer Mohammed Al-Jubna.
“This campaign does not, and cannot, represent the Saudi people,” he said. “It simply creates bad feelings between Saudis and our brothers and friends from Arab, Muslim and non-Muslim countries,” he said.


“They are our brothers, especially the Arabs and Muslims. We cannot say that all expatriates are bad as many of them have contributed to the development of the Kingdom’s infrastructure and economy,”Businessman Faisal Al-Atawi said.Al Atawi pointed out that  through the expatriates diligence and hardwork,some of them reached top positions in different corporations and companies through hard work.“They do not just work as chief executives but also as street-cleaners; and they all contribute to the country’s progress,” he added.
He said some tasks simply could not be done without expats “because of the low wages some of the jobs pay.”




“These social media outlets provide anonymity to bigoted individuals,” “Those people use anonymous IDs to spew venom against different sections of society,”according to Saad Al-Malik.
General Intelligence Director Gen. Abdul Aziz Al-Howirmy supported Al-Malik's statement saying:“Their prime objective of these faceless troublemakers is to target the security and stability of the Kingdom.”He also warned Saudis and expats to take caution on false IDs on social media.
Raid Al-Otaibi praised the role of the expats for leaving their heart and their own home for a job in the Kingdom to give their family a decent living."Instead of asking for their deportation, we should welcome them to their second homeland,” he said.



Nasr Al-Omar reiterated that expats are brought by Saudis in the Kingdom to serve the country's best interest.
Some of them work for very low salaries, for wages that few Saudis would accept.

 "They are our brothers and our partners in progress. Many of them have educated us and our fellow citizens. The least we can do is to thank them,” Al-Omar said.

“Expats have been part of our society for many, many years and they have been loyal to our country. They should be treated with respect and dignity,” said Mohammed Al-Shehri.

He also questioned the origin of the racist and divisive hashtag and asked the authorities to investigate those who are guilty of it and take action against them.“It is the work of those who want to spread hate and sedition between Saudis and foreign workers,” he said.

One respondent to the hashtag asked:“Thousands of Saudis travel abroad every year. How would they feel if someone told them they were not welcome and slammed the door in their faces?”


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