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Saudi to employ 28,000 locals as cab drivers

The oil-rich Gulf kingdom says it will offer salaries of SR5,000 for Saudi nationals

Saudi to employ 28,000 locals as cab drivers
Saudi is among several Arab countries trying to create more opportunities for locals.

Saudi Arabia is to push some 28,000 of its citizens into jobs as cab drivers, according to reports by local media.

The Kingdom’s labour ministry is working on a plan to replace expatriate drivers with Saudi nationals, offering them a monthly salary of at least SR5,000.

There are also plans to encourage young Saudi drivers to own a limousine of their own.

The oil rich Gulf state has more than 43,000 limousines owned by 1,375 companies, with Saudis accounting for just 15,000 of the drivers and 28,000 being foreigners, according to Arab News.

This is the second time the labour ministry has tried to Saudise the sector, after a similar scheme was announced but failed in 2005.

Saudi Arabia is among several Arab countries trying to create more opportunities for locals, in a bid to curb the number of expatriates who have long monopolised non-government jobs and sparked an increase in remittances to other countries.

Its Nitaqat programme last year was the government’s latest attempt to ‘Saudise’ the private workforce, instructing firms to employ a proportion of national citizens over expatriates.

Other moves to boost the number of private sector employees include measures to black-list the work shy and invest in key industries such as tourism.

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SELWIN ILANGOVAN 7 years ago

Dear all,

Very Nice to know..that Saudi Arabian Nationals are involving themselves in serving the Society and Serving the World by performing the Driving duties..

Very good.. They are really very good in driving that I have noticed. Their services in driving will be an useful services to the Society and Govt as well as Private Organizations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Our good wishes to all Saudis who are planning to join in this service.. as well as our good wishes to the Organizers.

Regards and GOD BLESS - K.S.A.

Shafqur Rahman 7 years ago

100% good step

aaf 7 years ago

I've personally travelled with Saudi drivers and heard stories; these drivers are not polite, charge high rates and its impossible to talk to them.

Worldnomad 7 years ago

I am quite distraught at this news and see that my options for going out and about will be even more limited than they are now. BTW I do know limited Arabic and can direct drivers.

Anon 7 years ago

I am all for it as long as they teach the saudis how to drive and to follow the rules of the road!

Greg 7 years ago

Good move if they start by replacing all government bodies drivers by Saudis. Then they could move into giving them Taxi licence one by family ù start new business, they will care about their car and should drive their cars.