OFW GUIDE

 100 Things You Must Know In Saudi Arabia 
 From the words of an OFW

draft Saudi Arabia is a desert kingdom located in the Arabian Peninsula. Since I became an

OFW [Overseas Filipino Worker] here I happened to noticed so many things about this oil-rich country. To name a few, I have listed below all the important facts one should know regarding this country.

The list starts below:

 1.Islam is the country’s official religion.

 

2. An estimated 89 percent of Saudis are Sunni Muslims and about 5 percent are Shia Muslims.

 

3. The government employs the Sharia (Islamic law) as a guiding principle of rule.

 

4. Saudi Islam is greatly influenced by the 18th Century traditions and doctrines know as Wahabism by the Westerners and non-Saudis.

 

5. The Saudi curriculum heavily emphasizes the study of Islam, as this is their official and only religion. No other faith, in any form is tolerated to be practiced inside the Kingdom.

 

6. The government extended public education to girls in 1960, despite opposition from some conservative religious leaders.

 

7. Saudi men wear a white cotton robe known as a thob and a colorful kerchief called a ghoutra on their heads.

 

8. The women wear a black outer robe called an abaya, and their heads are covered by black veils.

 

9. Only men are allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia, Saudi women are not permitted to drive or to travel abroad without a male relative’s approval.

 

10. Women traditionally use veils to cover their hair in public and a mask (called a burka or batula) to cover their faces.

 

11. Igal, two intertwined black cords formed into rings is worn by most Saudi men on their head.

 

12. Alcohol, in any variation or form is strictly prohibited inside the Kingdom.

 

13. There is no single movie house, theater or any form of liberal entertainment in all parts of the country.

14. The Qur’an, revealed to Muhammad and recorded in Arabic, has had a profound influence on Arabian

literature and society. Not only a guide for living life according to God’s will, the Qur’an is also considered by many to exemplify the perfect use of the Arabic language and provide an ultimate literary model.

 

15. Saudi singers are among the most popular in the Arab world

 

16. Oil was first discovered in Saudi Arabia in 1938

 

17. One-quarter of the world’s petroleum reserves are believed to lie under the country.

 

18. The major oil fields are in the eastern part of the country and offshore in the Persian Gulf

 

19. Recovered crude oil is mostly exported since the internal demand for petroleum is relatively low.

 

20. It is the largest exporter of petroleum in the world-in 2002 Saudi Arabia exported about 6 million barrels per day-and has the power to influence world oil prices

 

21. Initial exploration and drilling were carried out by the Arabian American Oil Company (Aramco), the operating company of Standard Oil of California (Socal).

 

22. The Saudi government bought a 25 percent share of the company in 1973, then took complete control in 1980, after which the company was called Saudi Aramco.

 

23. Production rose steadily from about 1.3 million barrels per day in 1960 to 3.8 million barrels per day in 1970.

 

24. In 2004 Saudi Arabia produced 8.8 million barrels of oil per day, equivalent to 5.9 billion cups.

 

25. If this oil is coffee, this is more than enough to feed the entire world population with a beverage of a cup of coffee!

 

26. Saudi Arabia began producing natural gas liquids in 1962

 

27. In 2003 Saudi Arabia produced 60 billion cu m (2.1 trillion cu ft) of natural gas. If an average American household consumes 3ft3 per months, this could supply that household LPG for about 58 billion years to consume all of that gas.

 

28. Saudi fishers caught 66,590 metric tons of fish in 2004.

 

29. In 2003 the country’s oil- or gas-burning power plants produced 145.1 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity.

 

30. The region’s only railway line connects Riyadh with the Persian Gulf port of Ad Dammam, by way of Al Hufof.

 

31. The Saudis are earning more than there expenses hence in 2002 Saudi Arabia exported commodities amounting to $63.7 billion, while imports amounted to only $37 billion.

 

32. The United States is the country’s largest trading partner, followed by Japan, the United Kingdom, and Germany

33. Saudi Arabia probably has the most developed banking sector in the Middle East.

34. The unit of currency is the Saudi riyal (SR), consisting of 100 halalah (3.70 Saudi riyals equal U.S.$1; 2005 average).

 

35. The form of government is Monarchy and the King is both the head of the State and Government.

 

36. Unlike all other countries, Saudi Arabia has no Constitution; the state is governed according to Sharia (Islamic law).

 

37. In 1992, the King issued the Basic Law of the Government, the decrees defined Saudi Arabia as a sovereign Arab, Islamic state whose constitution is the Qur’an and the Sunna (traditions) of the prophet Muhammad

 

38. The laws of Saudi Arabia are based on the Sharia, which is derived from the Qur’an and the Sunna.

 

39. The Ministry of Justice is charged with operating the country’s Sharia courts, and the minister of justice is the country’s chief judge.

 

40. In Saudi Arabia, punishments for serious crimes can include amputation and death by beheading, hanging, or, in rare cases, stoning.

 

41. Saudi Arabia is divided into 13 provinces, or emirates.

 

42. These provinces or emirates is headed by a governor, or emir, who is appointed by the king

 

43. The country maintains two separate armies. The first is the National Guard, or the white guard, which is a conglomeration of traditional tribal armies and has about 77,000 active members. In 2004 the regular armed forces included an army of 75,000 soldiers, an air force of 18,000, a navy of 15,500, and an air defense force.

 

44. Saudi Arabia was a name given by Abdul Aziz ibn Saud to his captured territory on 1932 after unifying the conquered territories.

 

45. In 1945 Saudi Arabia joined the United Nations (UN) and the newly founded Arab League, an association with the goal of promoting the interests of Arabic-speaking nations

 

46. Saudi relations with Egypt deteriorated during the 1960s. In 1962 a revolution in Yemen overthrew Yemen’s imam. Saudi Arabia supported Yemen’s deposed leader in his efforts to regain his throne, while Egypt gave military support to Yemen’s new republican government.

 

47. The kingdom joined five other Arab Gulf states in 1981 to establish the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which focused on economic and collective security measures.

 

48. As crown prince Abdullah had been the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia ever since Fahd was severely weakened by a stroke in late 1995

49. Osama Bin Laden is actually a Saudi. He is the son of a Saudi wealthy businessman.

 

50. The present ruler is Kind Abdulla, is the son of Abdul Aziz ibn Saud, founded the kingdom in 1932.

 

51. Riyadh is the capital and the country has a total area of 2,240,000 sq km.

52. The 2007 population census is 27,601,038.

53. The world’s largest oil field Ghawar is in Saudi Arabia located near Ad Dammam at the Persian Gulf.

 

From the Eyes of an OFW Where books don’t mention anything

 

Moreover, during my stay here in Kingdom, I noticed some very peculiar among Saudis. These are enumerated as follows:

 

54. Women and men should not be seen together inside the elevator or else you’ll be grounds for automatic interrogations from the mutaweens.

55. Apart from the National Guard or the police, I feared most the mutaween because of their very strict implementation of Islamic policies, rules and codes.

56. Men here are proud to have thick beards and mustaches.

57. The most common food here is the kabsa, a combination of rice flavored with raisins, nuts and some spices.

58. Diesel is much cheaper than water, you can buy 1 liter of bottled water for about $1 while a liter of diesel will just cost you amazingly 50 cents only.

59. According to some OFW here who spend more than 5 years already, when you are taken by the police to put in jail, better “bring oil”, the reason behind this that I do not know!

60. All security guards in banks don’t carry any gun. They don’t need it anyway because if you caught from stealing money or anything, the least you’ll land will be mutilation i.e. cutting your hands or arms. So why would they need a gun, huh?

61. Gold is sold here as if you are selling fancy jewelries. There are no security guards in any jewelry shop I’ve been to. No alarm devices and sometimes gold is left unwatched. Why would anybody steal anyway? Read No. 59.

62. Men are strictly forbidden to enter in any beauty parlor, why Islam forbids the mingling of men and women in public places.

63. Taxis and cabs have meters to measure how much you fare would be, but you can bargain how much it would cost you for a certain distance. In short, these meters are just accessories.

64. No man is allowed to speak or chat with any female in public except in hospitals.

65. Some friends of mine told me that when you are accused of something, you’ll be taken directly to jail with no initial investigations or whatsoever, you can only be freed once they proved your innocent.

66. In Balad, Jeddah you can regularly see the scene of a man being beheaded in public. They do this not to make any showdown but rather to warn those criminals and watching citizens that if they do some crimes against Islam or against their fellow men, mostly they would land in the same fate. Why would you do a crime then if you’re being the next one to be losing your head right?

67. Crime rate is very low here because if this strong imposition of Sharia Law.

 

68. Five times daily (salah), Muslims closed everything and stop anything they are doing.

69. All commercial establishments and public place halt their activities during these instances where they do “salah”. Salah is the Arabic word for prayer so Salah times prayer times.

70. It is a normal thing when you see someone praying along the road.

71. Unlike in some countries, pay day is only once in a month in the Kingdom.

72. This is the part I like the most, NO INCOME TAX IS DEDUCTED FROM YOUR EARNINGS.

73. There is also no other taxes like VAT or value-added taxes are imposed when you buy a particular good or something.

74. For foreigners, you must carry at all times your work permit or else you’ll undergo tremendous questioning and police interrogations once caught.

75. The work permit is known as “iqama” this is the only identification you’ll have so better carry it always just in case.

76. You’re passport is being held and kept away from your reach by your sponsor or employer. During your vacation time, you can only have your passport minutes before your scheduled flight.

77. If you happen to see an accident and a dying victim, NEVER help! I mean never ever dare to help let the victim die if he must. You shall not intervene in anybody’s business. In this case, you just watch the victim die and wait for the police or any authority to come. You are only allowed to help if you are a medical practitioner like a physician or a nurse.

78. Baldness is common here because water is very hot during the summer and extreme cold during the winter.

79. The week starts in Saturdays and ends in Wednesdays. Unlike other countries, Thursdays and Fridays is the official weekends here.

80. They used Hijira Calendar not Gregorian calendar. In their calendar, their present year is 1430 unlike the rest of the world which is 2009. They lag by more than five hundred years.

81. You can bargain goods even inside the malls.

82. Because of tremendous heat and extreme temperatures, all household have air conditioning units even in toilets and kitchens.

83. The way of writing is from right to the left whereas we learned to write from left to right.

84. Sadik is the Arabic counterpart of the word FRIEND. Everyone calls anybody by this. Even if you’re not actually friends or have just seen once another instantly.

85. Women when travelling in their cars should not be seated parallel to the driver or in the front seat especially if the driver is not her husband.

86. I never have seen any single women commute or travel using the public transportations available here.

87. Body parts showing legs, arms, or the entire face of a woman is colored by black ink. These are not allowed to be shown in public also.

88. The workforce here is mostly made up of Filipinos, Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis. There are also from other neighboring Arab countries but their numbers is mostly dominated by these mentioned earlier.

89. Saudi Arabia belongs to the Richest Countries in World because of its vast oil reserves.

90. When you are driving or in a public transport cabs or taxis, the usual speed it not lower than 140kph. When you are into a road accident situation, most of my friends told me, you are always wrong. Why? Because they believed that if you did not go in their country, you might not have been in the scene in the first place. This is just according to some sources I have asked before, I am not saying that this is true but true or not, I am not wishing I myself would experience it.

91. Kaliwali is the Arabic translation of the expression “I don’t care”.

92. The exchange rate of US dollars to Saudi Riyals is fixed to the ratio of 3.75 riyals to a dollar.

93. I have never seen any single dog roaming around the streets of Saudi. I asked my friends why, they said Saudis might have hated dogs.

94. If there are no dogs straying in the streets, you’ll see plenty of cats roaming around and scavenging.

95. Saudi Arabia has the world’s most number of beautiful and luxurious cars and vehicles. This is not only available for the rich but rather to the average families or persons also.

96. Shepherds are riding in their Pajeros, Suburvan, Nissan Patrol or Toyota Hilux to go to their pastures. This is a clear explanation of the expression “from camel to Cadillac”. I don’t wonder why, they are rich aren’t they?

97. Since there is no value added taxes on goods and merchandises, the price of consumer electronics devices is very very attractive. You can easily loose you monthly salary if you don’t keep an eye on your spending hehe!

98. People here don’t care about the spelling of their English Words. If they don’t care, why would I care also hehe. Kaliwali!

99. Pork is strictly forbidden here that’s why no one is selling it either.
And the last thing you should know about Saudi Arabia is,

 

100. Don’t you ever talk about their religion in an argumentative manner, if you value your life, do not criticize their traditions and their practices and never ever mock their prophet (pbuh) and “Allah” for surely you will be in 100% jeopardy!

 

That’s all folks!

Please see more guide  in the “sublinks”  find under OFW Guide in the right portion of your screen for more further relevant infomation as important guides. 

Source: What is Squidooflag

Related Links:

The Political System in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Women towards a New Era

Saudi Arabia in 100 Questions

Religious Police in Saudi Arabia

144 thoughts on “OFW GUIDE

  1. hello po, ask ko lang kung gaano po dapat kabilis ma-issue ang iqama? i was hired last month dito po sa riyadh as a pediatrician pero up to now wala pa po kaming iqama ng kasama kong pinay na doctor din. saka tama po ba ang sabi sa amin na dapat ipasa muna namin ang saudi council before ma-issue ang iqama? paano po kung di kami makpasa? ano na po ang mangyayari? kasi po, gusto kong maisama na ang family ko dito pero sa pag aaply po ng dependent visa kailangan po ng iqama. at sabi din sa amin, yun daw visa namin ay hindi pang doctor, kundi x-ray technician lang? paano po yun? mapapalitan pa po ba yun? hindi po kasi maganada ang managment ng hospital namin kaya nahihirapan po kami. salamat po

    • Hi Dr. Naomi,

      Ang iqama ay sandali lamang ma proseso, matagal na ang isang linggo basta kompleto sa requirements. Ngunit depende rin yan sa kompanya kung paano nila asikasohin ang application nito.

      Hindi ko lang kabisado na requirement ang Saudi Council professional certificate sa pagkuha ng iqama. Ang alam ko lang those expats na nasa medical institutions, hospitals, clinics, like nurses, doctors, dentist, etc. ay dapat kumuha ng pagsusulit na ito. Pasensya na kung hindi ko rin kabisado kung ano ang mangyari pag hindi pumasa ang expats sa pagsusulit na ito. Ang alam ko, hindi nila i-deport ang expats dahil malaki na ang nagastos nila sa pagkuha nito.

      Kung nag promise ang clinic or hospital na pinagtrabahoan mo na ilipat sa tamang category ang inyong employment status, ito ay magagawa ng kompanya/hospital kung trabahoin lang.

      Salamat Dok sa iyong pagbisita.

      Bong

  2. Good Day sir,

    Tanong ko lang po sana kung saan pa pwedeng humingi ng tulong.. kasi po halos dalawang buwan n po ako nag hihintay ng ticket ko pauwi ng pilipinas. tapos na po kasi ang contract ko s company ko,.. galing n po ako s POLO para mag file about s case ko,. pero wala prin pong magandang balita.. halos wala narin po kasi akong makuhaan ng pang bili ng pagkain s araw araw na paghihitay sa pag proseso ng ticket ko sa wala..

    • Jonjon,

      Bakit ka huminto sa pag trabaho kung hindi pa malinaw sa iyo ang iyong pag exit? Natanggap mo na ba ang ESB?

      Tingnan mo nga ng maige ang iyong kontrata kung nakasaad ba doon na ang iyong employer ang magbigay sa iyo ng ticket magmula sa bansang iyong pinanggalingan at sa iyong pagbalik sa bansang iyong pinanggalingan, kung wala ito, ibig sabihin ikaw ang mag provide ng iyong pamasahe pabalik sa atin.

      Dapat lamang na magtiwala ka sa POLO kung naisangguni mo na sa kanila ang iyong problema. Mag follow up palagi sa POLO tungkol sa status ng iyong problema.

      Bong

      • Mr, bong

        Himinto po ako s pag trabaho ko dahil tapos na po ang kontrata ko.
        hindi ko nman po akalain na hindi p nila inaayos ang papers ko.. dahil nag pasa naman po ako ng 45days resignation before matapos ang kontrata ko..at nabasa ko po ng maige ang kontrata ko na sagot nila ang ticket ko papunta at pauwi ng pilipinas..at hindi lang po ako ang naghihintay ng pag uwi, marami po kami..

        at may tiwala po ako sa POLO alam ko po na marami din po silang hawak na kaso kaya medyo natatagalan silang tulungan ang iba pang mga kababayan natin dito sa gitnang silangan. at alam ko po na ginagawan nila agad yun ng aksyon..

        Kaya nga po ako sumulat dito pra mag tanong sa inyo kung saan “pa” pwedeng humingi ng tulong para s kaso ko at sa mga kasamahan ko dito..

        MARAMING SALAMAT PO

        • Jonjon,

          Dapat hindi kayo huminto sa work habang inaayos ang inyong exit papers. Ang POLO/OWWA lang ang sangay ng Gobyerno na nandito sa KSA ang makakatulong sa inyo upang maayos ang problema. Hayaan mo, i will try to follow up your case with POLO. Just send me a separate email with the details of your case. Please include the POLO/OWWA welfare officer’s name handling your case. Don’t forget the list/names of the complainants.

          Ingat.

          Bong

  3. hello po,

    gusto ko lang pong itanong kung me pagasang makauwi ang sister ko kahit di pa nya natatapos ang contract nya kasi me dinadaing sya tumor sa cervix nya at mukhang di naman pinapansin nung mga amo.nagaalala lang kasi ako sa kalagayan nya

    • Hi Sandy, kung may medical documents ang sister mo tungkol dito, ipag-bigay alam kaggad sa ating embahada ang kanyang situwasyon upang makausap ang kanyang employer. dapat lamang na siya ay pauwiin sa atin upang mabigyan ng agarang lunas.

      Saan ba siya sa Riyadh or Jeddah, Al Khobar?

      Bong

  4. Maayong hapon Sir Bong.Magbinisaya nalang ko kay pareho man tang Cebuano ug dialect.Product pod ko sa Mactan Air Elementary School.Naa akong trabaho dri karon sa Riyadh.Naa lang unta koy gmay nga pangutana nimo ba ug basig naa kay idea bahin ani.

    Leslie of Riyadh

    • Hi Mr. Leslie,

      Pasensya kana at naka edit ning imong sulat for obvious reason. Mao ba? product sad diay ka sa PAFCA?

      Sa imong sulat karon paman ko maka dungog nga puwede diay sa Embassy mag file sa imong problema. Hayaan mo at pag makabisita ako doon, itanong ko ito sa kanila. And ill write to you ASAP.

      Salamat sa imong pag agi diri sa atong blog.

      Bong

  5. hello po. ako po ay kasalukuyang nagtatrabaho dito sa king fahad specialist hospital. nais ko lamang pong ishare ang aking hinaing. gusto ko sana maginquire sa POLO dito sa Saudi Arabia pero ang mga numero na nakadisplay sa phil. embassy site dito sa Saudi Arabia ay hinde ko macontact. anyway regarding to my inquiries and complain, I heard that starting 2007 our philippine embassy fought for the filipino worker not to pay for Equama, and anyone who pay can refund the money they paid for equama, pero yung company po namen ayaw po magbigay ng refund. at madame na ang nakakaexit ng hinde nila binibigay ang refund ng equama. ako po ay malapit na ding magexit at sana ay masolusyunan po ang hinaing na ito bagu ako magexit sayang din po kasi ang 750 SR na binayad ko kada taon.ang pagexit ko po ay sa lalong madaling panahon dahil sa hinde magandang systema ng bagung company na hahawak samen, iyon naman po ay tungkol sa bagung contract na anytime ay binabagu nila. dahil inde sila nagbibigay ng copy sa employee.. kagaya na lang na pumirma kame ng efeective january 1 pero ang nangyari, nagefect pa sya ng february para sa 100 staff na first batch daw kuno at march sa remaining na staff, makalipas ang 2 at kalahating buwan nagpapairma na naman ng bagung agreement na nakalahad ang bagung salary, at kung bumaba ang offer sa iyo ay kailangan mong ibalik ang nauna nilang bayad sayu. bukod pa duon ang balitang madame ang bayarin in the future like transfer of sponsorship, medical insurance,change of tittle, saudi council etc. sana po ay matulungan nyo ako at maraming salamat po

    • Hi mary! salamat sa inyong pagbisita sa ating blog!

      Ganon ba! bigyan kita ng mobile number ng ating mga kaibigan sa POLO. Pag makontak mo, pakibanggit na ako ang nagbigay sa inyo:

      Asst. Labor Attache, Atty. Cesar Chavesz, Jr. – 0509963502 at kay Welfare Officer Odin T. Abdullah – 0552453308

      Tungkol sa Iqama o work permit or residence permit. “The employer shall bear the cost for Iqama. Pursuant to the Council of Ministers Decision No. 90 dated 14/5/1418H (September 15, 1997) or Royal Decree M51 dated 1415H, IQAMA or residence permit shall be borne by the employer”.

      In line with the said resolution or decision, it states that the workers have the right to demand back their money if the employer had charged the fee to the workers.

      Marami na rin akong nabigyan ng payo tungkol dito at sa awa ng Diyos naibalik sa kanila ang perang ibinayad nila sa iqama,. Ngunit dapat lamang na hindi ka nag-iisa sa labanang ito. Dapat kasama mo ang mga katulad mong nagbayad ng kanilang iqama. Ito ang dapat ninyong gawin.

      Summarized the lists of the names of the workers corresponding the given date when they start paying the iqama fees and the total amount. Secure a letter from our Philippine Embassy/Consulate particularly from the office of the Ambassador/Consul General or from the office of Charge de Affaires. This letter will be addressed to the Manager/Director of the Saudi Labor Office and copy furnished to Prince Salman (Governor of Riyadh) asking the employer to reimburse IQAMA payment. But prior to that endorsement letter you and your co-workers must write a letter address to the Philipppine Ambassador cc. or Phil. Embassy Charge De Affaires.

      Sample Letter below:

      H. E. Ambassador ______________
      Philippine Embassy
      Diplomatic Quarter
      Riyadh, KSA

      c.c. Hon. Charge De Affaires _________________________

      Dear Mr. Ambassador,

      We, the undersigned Overseas Filipino Workers presently employed in (name of the hospital/employer) ________ (company address) ______________________KSA, with (Tel. Nos.) ______________ .

      We write this letter to seek assistance from your good office regarding the above mentioned company that has been deducting IQAMA Fees from the undersigned since __________________.

      As far as we know the IQAMA Fees should be shouldered by our employer pursuant to the Council of Ministers Decision No. 90 dated 14/5/1418H or Royal Decree M51 dated 1415H.

      In relation to the above, we hereby request our Philippine Embassy to intercede in our behalf or whatever legal assistance your office can provide in reference to the reimbursement of the amount that we have been paying for the Iqama.

      Please find our respective names with the corresponding details such as dates and amount that we paid for our IQAMA or Residence Permit.

      Thank you so much.

      Respectfully,

      (Names of Workers)

      ___________________
      ___________________

      =======

      Dalhin ang inyong sulat in person (by your representative/hospital employee/one of the undersigned) at ipa receive sa embahada at the same time makipagkita ng personal sa Ambassador or sa Consul na may hahawak ng kaso.

      Salamat!

      Bong Amora

    • maraming salamat mr. ben. mabuhay ang mga ofw’s! kung wala ang mga ofw’s walang ofwempowerment blog!

      “AKO Pilipino” taas noo! saan man dako sa mundo!

  6. Sir magtatanong lng po, nagttrabaho po ako dito ngayon sa jeddah saudi arabia s isang restaurant. pagdating po namin dito s aming employer ay sinabihan n agad kami n kung ano man daw ang pinirmahan namin rules and regulation s pilipinas ay hindi daw ito sinusunod iyon dito. at ang company rules daw nila ang sinusunod. mejo wala nman pong naging problema sa umpisa. pero habang nagtatagal po ay lalong sumasama ang sitwasyon. di po b, s isang trabaho na may 9 n oras n paggawa ay required tayo na magkaroon ng break ng isang oras.? dito po kasi s aming kumpanya ay 15 mins lng ang binibigay n palugit. sa gayong ang klase po ng aming trabaho dito ay masyado pisikal at mabibilis n kilos. dalawa n po s ating kabayan ang naoperahan dahil s appendicitis. at isang taga bangladesh ang s hernia o luslos. isa pa po ay hindi po kami binibigyan ng payslip para malaman po namin kung tama ang binabayad saming overtime. at matanong ko n nga din po kung pano po ang pag compute sa ESB kung sakaling makatapos ng kontrata… legal din po b na kinaltasan kami ng 500 dollars sa loob ng 5 buwan. para daw po ito s aming ticket bond, at ibabalik daw samin pag natapos ang contract. maraming salamat po at sana po ay masagot nyo po ang aking katanungan.. mabuhay po kayo

    • hi mr. arciaga! salamat sa pag bisita sa ating blog.

      tungkol sa mga nag work sa restaurant, usually po ang time po na busy ay ang oras ng kainan. ngunit hindi ito dahilan na hindi kayo puwedeng magpahinga. kung kayo ay 9 na oras nag work sa loob ng isang araw, ito ang provision ng saudi labor law:

      WORK CONDITIONS AND CIRCUMSTANCES, Chapter Three, Rest Periods and Weekly Rest Days

      First: Rest Periods Article (101):
      Working hours and rest periods during the day shall be scheduled so that no worker shall work for more than five consecutive hours without a break of no less than thirty minutes each time during the total working hours for rest, prayer and meals, provided that a worker shall not remain at the workplace for more than eleven hours a day.

      WORK CONDITIONS AND CIRCUMSTANCES, Chapter 2, Article (99):
      The number of working hours provided for in Article (98) of this Law may be raised to nine hours a day for certain categories of workers or in certain industries and jobs where the worker does not work continuously…

      EMPLOYMENT OF NON-SAUDIS; Article (40):

      (1) An employer shall incur the fees pertaining to recruitment of non-Saudi workers, the fees of the residence permit (Iqama) and work permit together with their renewal and the fines resulting from their delay, as well as the fees pertaining to change of profession, exit and re-entry visas and return tickets to the worker’s home country at the end of the relation between the two parties…

      tungkol naman sa deduction:

      PART VI, WORK CONDITIONS AND CIRCUMSTANCES; Chapter One; Wages; Article (92):

      No amount shall be deducted from the worker’s wages against private rights without his written consent…

      about esb computation, please refer to “patnubay” in this blog, just check the right side bar of this blog and click “patnubay”

  7. hello Sir,

    have a wonderful day !!

    Nais ko lang pong magtanong at malaman kung gaano katotoo ang aking nasamyong mabangong balita tungkol po sa bagong Saudi Laws,
    na kapag ikaw po ay Nag- Exit Visa na d2 sa Saudi ay posibling ma-BANNED ka ng 3 years dito sa SAUDI, bago ka makabalik at kapag ikaw nmn po ay mag Re- ENTRY Visa ngunit di mo ito ibinalik sa dati mong Employer at na-expired BANNED ka nmn ng 2 years dito sa SAUDI, at ang last po na nasamyo ko ay ang may karapatan na raw po ba tayong humingi ng Released sa ating Employer once na matapos na po ang ating Kotrata sa kanya at di na nila kailangan pa ang mga kung anu-anong papeles para sa pag-proseso ng nasabing paglipat sa gusto mong bagong papasukan, Legal na raw po ba ang nasabing Transaction na ito dito o sa ibang parte po ba ito ng middle east..
    Maraming salamat po !!
    SALAM…..

    • Kung amy exit visa ka at maganda ang relationship nyo ng iyong employer bago ka umuwi, bakit hindi ka puwedeng bumalik? bakit ako with exit visa, 6 mos lang nakabalik at naka pag work sa bagong employer? hindi totoo yan not unless may re-entry ka at hindi ka bumalik, puwedeng sumulat ang employer mo sa immigration tungkol dito at posibleng ma ban ka. kung sakaling babalik ka rito or kung makalusot ka at nakita ka ng iyong employer, maaring kakasohan ka or maari rin na “kali wali”. Risky lang ang ganitong situwasyon.

  8. Hi Ern,

    Maayong adlaw nimo diha! Thanks a lot for your visit. It is an honor too knowing you.

    Im also a Cebuano, though a Boholano by blood, my family lives in Lapu Lapu City. Yes, i will! Hayaan mo at lahat ng activities namin malalaman mo at maimbitahan kita. Meron kaming “OFW Forum” sa 27 of November, sa 2nd Industrial Area. Paki email lang in private your CP # at para naman magkausap tayo ng personal.

    I add your aksyon radyo in my favorite links.

    Best regards.

    Bong Amora

  9. Sir Bong,

    I am very happy to see your blog. Matagal na akung nag hanap ng mga information dito sa Riyadh na related sa OFW. Mag isang taon na ako ngayung Nov. 12 . Gusto kung basahin ang lahat ng mga articles ng blog mo para may additional inputs ako as a new OFW dito sa Saudi Arabia. Isa akung Cebuano, mayron akung website sa mga Bisaya community na link sa Aksyon Radyo Cebu. Kung pwede po makisali sa mga community activities mo dito sa Saudi para ma involve ako sa mga pinoy dito. Ito po ang aking mga links: http://www.intercebu.com this is my personal website nung freelancer pa ako. http://www.aksyonradyocebu.com ito naman yung community portal ko na minimaintain.

    Malaking tolong talaga ang Blog mung ito at e share ko ito sa mga kilala ko. Sana mag feedback ka or mag reply sa post kung ito.

    Ernest Villariza
    Cebu to Riyadh

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