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Saudi Arabia Bars Foreigners From Mall Jobs to Help Citizens

  • Market conditions will determine how and when it takes effect
  • Saudi unemployment increased in fourth quarter from year ago
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Saudi Arabia will prevent foreigners from taking jobs in the country’s shopping malls, as it seeks to boost employment opportunities for citizens as part of a long-term economic overhaul.

The decision is expected to generate about 35,000 jobs, and companies will be given sufficient time to deal with foreign labor contracts, Labor Ministry spokesman Khaled Aba Al Khail told the Al Arabiya news channel. Market conditions will determine how and when it goes into effect, according to a statement posted on the official Saudi Press Agency.