More than 2,000 Bangladeshi workers landed jobs with Saudi employers at a two-day long job fair in Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh on Wednesday.
The selected Bangladeshis will be employed as office
assistants, plumbers, drivers, electricians and cleaners, according to a report
by Arab News.
Almost 50 companies based in Riyadh had their
representatives select their prospective employees said Emdadul Haque, labour
counsellor for the Bangladesh Embassy.
He described the event as “highly
“We played a mediation role between the employer and the
employees and provided the platform for job negotiations,” he said.
companies that participated on the first day include contracting and
construction firms, private establishments, fast food outlets, maintenance
companies and restaurants.
“The two parties discussed the salaries for
the respective jobs, the mode of iqama (residency permit) transfer and
regularization of residency status,” said Haque.
He said that the embassy
expects more companies to participate in the job fair today since it is
A total of 166,480 Bangladeshis have obtained their documents at
the Bangladesh missions in Riyadh and Jeddah, under the ongoing amnesty. The
amnesty which ends on July 3 allows irregular workers from foreign countries to
have their status legalised and return home without facing any
However, Saudi businesses have called for an extension of the
July 3 amnesty deadline during a meeting with the Ministry of Labour
The processed documents included issue of new or renewal
passports, outpasses and 20,000 travel permits.
A large number of
officers from Dhaka are there to assist the mission in completing the task in
The Bangladesh Embassy has organized consular services in Jubail,
Al-Ahsa, Dammam, Al-Jouf, Skaka and Al-Qassim in addition to the services
offered in Riyadh.
The Jeddah consulate has processed 83,000 applicants
and is also offering consular services in cities - Khamis Mushayt, Jazan,
Najran, Tabuk and Yanbu.
These services are also being offered in Tabuk,
Al-Baha and Madinah.
Illegal resident of living in Saudi Arabia will be
subjected to a penalty of Saudi Rial 100,000 (Tk 2.67 million) and a two-year
jail term after the amnesty period ends, according to a warning issued by the