Saudi malls to hire locals only Apr 21, 2017 0 588 12345 AFPRiyadh Foreigners will no longer be allowed to work in Saudi Arabia's numerous shopping malls, the labour ministry announced on Thursday, in the latest measure to boost employment of Saudis.The kingdom has intensified efforts to develop more jobs for its citizens under a wide-ranging drive that began last year to diversify the oil-dependent economy.Known as Vision 2030, the plan calls for development of non-oil industries, small and medium enterprises, and a broader investment base."The Minister of Labour and Social Development issues a decision restricting the work in malls across the kingdom to only Saudi men and women," the ministry said on Twitter.There were no further details on how or when the plan would be implemented. It is the latest step aimed at boosting local employment in a country where expatriates do everything from cleaning the streets, to waiting on tables and providing management expertise.About nine million foreigners worked in the kingdom at the end of 2015, according to latest official figures.Saudis have traditionally preferred jobs in the public sector, where hours are shorter and leave is longer, but the government is trying to cut its payroll.It has for years offered incentives for companies to employ more Saudis and sanctioned those which did not meet targets.Under new measures, the monthly fees paid by those who hire more foreign workers than Saudis will be increased, and in July the government plans to impose a levy on foreign workers with dependents, according to a government document seen by Bloomberg News. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Speed up work to complete infra projects on schedule, says Emir Apr 21, 2017 1 1185 Turtle conservation campaign launched Apr 21, 2017 0 1212 Al Wakrah Harbour renovation work completed on time Apr 21, 2017 0 659 Croatian president to arrive in Doha today Doha President of Croatia Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic will arrive in Doha on Friday, for an official visit to Qatar. The Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani will meet the Croatian president on Sunday at the Emiri Diwan, to .. Police officer killed in Paris gun battle Paris One police officer was killed and two others wounded on Thursday in a shooting on Paris's famed Champs Elysees, just days ahead of France's presidential election, police said. France's interior .. Teaching forum seeks effective student engagement: Khori Doha THE Teaching and Learning Forum 2017 will involve more than 1,000 educators from Qatar and the region. Nasser Ahmed al Khori, Partnerships Coordinator at Qatar Foundation's Education Development Institute .. Pakistan court rejects call to disqualify PM ISLAMABAD Pakistan's Supreme Court on Thursday ruled there was insufficient evidence to order Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's removal from office over corruption allegations levelled by the opposition, but .. N Korea warns US of 'super-mighty strike' SEOUL North Korean state media warned the US of a"super-mighty preemptive strike" after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the US was looking at ways to bring pressure to bear on North Korea over its nuclear ..