Saudi hotel sector jobs to be closed to expats by year end

Published:  29 Jul at 6 PM
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According to a recent Saudi Gazette announcement, the vast majority of jobs in the hospitality sector will be closed to expatriates by the end of this year..

The new rule will apply to hotels with three-star or higher ratings, villas listed as four-star or higher, hotel suites and resorts, and includes almost every position with the exception of drivers, bellboys, parking attendants and doormen. The move will Saudizise the entire upper, middle and lower employment tiers of the sector and will come into force on 28th December this year. Other effects of the new rule will include reducing the numbers of expats in the roles of event and conference sales managers and general sales managers by 70 per cent from December next year.

In the meantime, reports of a recent survey have revealed the UAE is still a popular hub for expat professionals, especially those in the energy sector. Contributing factors to the emirates’ success include high financial compensation, an attractive location and a great choice of new projects. The wealth of new energy resources plus the small local population open the doors of expat opportunity whilst other Gulf States are closing theirs. Huge capital development projects now under discussion are expected to ensure two-decades worth of jobs for both locals and experienced expat professionals.

It’s not just the salaries and career opportunities which are continuing to attract serious expatriate interest in the UAE, as the emirate’s generous tax structure and relocation support also play an important part in expats' decisions. Although the downturn has slightly affected benefits such as housing and schooling finance as well as end of project bonuses, the UAE’s quality of life, its social amenities, hospitality and sunny beaches are all part of the attractive package. Culturally, the scene is growing fast and now includes the Dubai Opera, an interactive theatre, a massive air-conditioned indoor theme park and shoportunities galore, and the region’s advanced infrastructure is the best in the Middle East.
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