16 Saudi restaurants will hire women for initial trial

A Monitor Report 04 Feb, 2018 | 1776 Views|-+
RIYADH: The Council of Saudi Chambers is reportedly preparing plans to ‘feminise’ the kingdom’s restaurant sector by limiting roles to Saudi women.

The project forms part of government efforts to decrease the unemployment of Saudi nationals by barring foreign workers from some job roles.

The General Authority of Statistics said unemployment among Saudis remained stable at 12.8 per cent in the third quarter. However, the rate is believed to be as high as 33 per cent among women.

Arabic publication Al-Madinah reports that feminisation plans for the restaurant and hotel kitchen sector are being led by Princess Nourah Bint Mohammad, the wife of the emir of Riyadh.

During a recent meeting, a spokesperson said 16 restaurants will hire women for an initial trial.

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