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Big blow to Indians: Saudi Arabia may ban foreigners from hospitality jobs

As Saudi Arabia tries to develop its fledgling tourism industry, its also tackling citizen unemployment, which hit a high of nearly 13% last year

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Saudi Arabia plans to restrict certain hospitality jobs to its own citizens by the end of the year, banning the recruitment of foreign workers for those positions.
 
The decision, announced in a Labour Ministry statement on Friday, will apply to resorts, hotels rated three stars or higher, and hotel apartments rated four stars or higher. Positions that must be filled by Saudis range from front-desk jobs to management. Among the exceptions are drivers, doormen and porters, the ministry said in the statement. Other jobs that will be restricted to nationals include restaurant host and health club supervisor.
 
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First Published: Jul 30 2019 | 2:05 AM IST

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