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PDOS ONLINE | MODULE 2.1 | Working Overseas - KSA

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PDOS ONLINE | MODULE 2.1 | Working Overseas - KSA

  1. 1. PRE-DEPARTURE ORIENTATION SEMINAR FOR OFWs BOUND FOR THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA
  2. 2. PDOS KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA OFFICIAL NAME: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  3. 3. KSA FLAG
  4. 4. Capital : Riyadh Other Major Cities : Jeddah, Makkah, Al Madinah, Dammam , Al Khobar, Dhahran, Taif
  5. 5. NATIONALITY Saudi/s
  6. 6. LOCATION Travel Time from Philippines to KSA: 10-11 hours Land Area: 2,149,690 km2
  7. 7. GOVERNMENT Absolute Monarchy The King of Saudi Arabia is both head of state and the head of government.
  8. 8. CURRENCY Saudi Riyal (SAR) Saudi riyals (SAR) per US dollar - 3.75 (2014 est.)
  9. 9. Most of its terrain is sandy desert. TERRAIN
  10. 10. CLIMATE Summer is from March or April – September Cold season is from October – February
  11. 11. Frequent sandstorm and dust storm; flooding in Jeddah NATURAL HAZARDS
  12. 12. POPULATION: 30.77 Million (2015 est.) Source :OPEC Annual Statistics Bulletin 2015 Ethnic Groups – Arab 90%; Afro-Asian 10%
  13. 13. SAUDI CLOTHING • Abaya – outer garment • Batula/Burka – mask to cover face Women Wear. . .Men Wear. . . Thob
  14. 14. LANGUAGE Arabic (official) English Assalamu Alaykum! Sumainyo nawa ang kapayapaan! Peace be upon you. َ‫ع‬ ُ‫م‬َ‫ال‬َّ‫س‬‫ال‬ْ‫م‬ُ‫ك‬ْ‫ي‬َ‫ل‬. Wa alaykumus salam! At sumainyo rin ang kapayapaan! Peace be upon you too. ُ‫م‬ُ‫ك‬ْ‫ي‬َ‫ل‬َ‫ع‬ َ‫و‬ُ‫م‬َ‫ال‬َّ‫س‬‫ال‬. Sabaahal-khair! Magandang umaga po! Good morning. َ‫خ‬ْ‫ال‬ ُ‫ح‬‫ا‬َ‫ب‬َ‫ص‬ِْ‫ي‬. Sabaahan-nour! Magandang umaga rin po! Good morning too. ‫الن‬ ُ‫ح‬‫ا‬َ‫ب‬َ‫ص‬ِ ْ‫ْو‬. Masaa-al khair! Magandang hapon po! Good afternoon! ْ‫ي‬َ‫خ‬ْ‫ال‬ ُ‫ء‬‫ا‬َ‫س‬َ‫م‬ِ. Masaa-an nour! Magandang hapon din ! Good afternoon too. ْ‫ْو‬‫الن‬ ُ‫ء‬‫ا‬َ‫س‬َ‫م‬ِ. Kayfa haaluka ? Kumusta po kayo? How are you? ُ‫ل‬‫ا‬َ‫ح‬ َ‫ْف‬‫ي‬َ‫ك‬َ ‫ك‬/ ‫؟‬‫ك‬
  15. 15. RELIGIONS Muslim (official; citizens are 85- 90% Sunni and 10-15% Shia) Others (includes Eastern Orthodox, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh) Most forms of public religious expression inconsistent with the government-sanctioned interpretation of Sunni Islam are restricted. Non-Muslims not allowed to visit non-Muslim places.
  16. 16. FOOD Foul Medammes (Fava beans) Kabsa - Chicken on top of flavored rice Kofta Dates
  17. 17. PUBLIC HOLIDAYS The national holidays in the Kingdom : Eid al-Fitr: Eid al-Fitr comes at the end of the holy month of Ramadan (the first of Shawal). It extends for 10 days for public sector while private sector ranges from 3 to 7 days. Eid al-Adha: Eid al-Adha comes on the tenth of Dhu al- Hijjah. The official holiday lasts for10 days while they range from 3 to 7 days for the private sectors. Saudi National Day: The day of the unification of the Kingdom is on September 23. It is a one-day holiday for both public and private sectors.
  18. 18. WORKING HOURS • Friday is the weekly day of rest, but government offices are closed on Saturdays. • Government working hours: 7:30AM to 2:30PM • Private business: 9:30AM until around 2:00PM, with an evening session from 5:00 to 8:00PM.
  19. 19. WORKING HOURS Working hours during Ramadan : • Government Offices: 10:00AM to 3:00PM • Private Offices: 9:00AMor 10:00AM to 3:00PM or 4:00PM • Working hours during Ramadan is 6 hours only. Most companies arrange working hours differently for Muslim employees and Non- Muslim employees.
  20. 20. KSA COMMUNICATION When calling from Saudi to the Philippines: Dial 00 + 63 + (Area Code) + (Telephone Number) When calling from Philippines to Saudi: Dial 00 + 996 + (Area Code) + (Telephone Number) Internet Code: .sa Time Difference: The Philippines is ahead by 5 hours.
  21. 21. TRANSPORTATION Train Plane Minibu Bus Taxi
  22. 22. DOs IN SAUDI ARABIA  Respect their laws.  Respect their prayer time.  Pay special respect to older people.
  23. 23. DOs IN SAUDI ARABIA  Stand when older people enter a room.  Stand when speaking to one’s elders .  Serve older people first at a meal table.  Appreciate your host’s hospitality.
  24. 24. DON’Ts IN SAUDI ARABIA  Don’t walk in front of someone who in prayer.  Respect their praying carpet. Never step on it or walk thru it.  Avoid eating, making any noise, or playing any music when the Holy Quran is being read.
  25. 25. DON’Ts IN SAUDI ARABIA • Don’t bring any pornographic materials, magazines, pictures, video tapes, and even in soft copy format (in USB devices, laptops, CD, etc), alcohol drinks or beverages. • Don’t bring amulets or anting-anting or similar items considered as voodoo materials. You can go to jail.
  26. 26. DON’Ts IN SAUDI ARABIA • Don’t bring religious items incompatible with Saudi Arabian Laws (e.g. rosary, bible, images, pictures, etc.) • Do not buy or take alcoholic drinks, or indulge yourself in the illegal trade of alcohol.
  27. 27. DON’Ts IN SAUDI ARABIA • Do not participate in any form of gambling. • Do not take pictures or video in public places.
  28. 28. DON’Ts IN SAUDI ARABIA • If you are a Christian, it is better not to discuss religion (either Christianity or Islam) with Muslims. • Never use the word “ALLAH” in vain. • Don’t involve yourself in any political activity or join any religious activity.
  29. 29. DON’Ts IN SAUDI ARABIA • Don’t stare or smile at men, especially when you don’t know them. It will give them the impression that you have interest in them. • Don’t stare at the Arabic women. It is considered an insult.
  30. 30. DON’Ts IN SAUDI ARABIA • Don’t point your index finger at someone while talking. • Don’t call them by their nickname or use foreign words like “You, Hey, Baby, Arabo”. Better address them as SIR, MISS or MADAM.
  31. 31. DON’Ts IN SAUDI ARABIA • Never walk in front or ahead of your employer. • Mixing of sexes in public is strongly discouraged. Men are not supposed to talk to the opposite sex.
  32. 32. IMPORTANT REMINDERS • Makkah and Madinah hold special religious significance to Muslims and only persons of the Islamic faith are allowed to enter. • Before entering a house of a Saudi, you should stand at the door in such a way you cannot see the inside. You can only enter when your host has gestured to you by extending his right hand, palm up, and says, “tafaddal” or “come in.”
  33. 33. AIRPORT RULES IN SAUDI ARABIA PDOS ADVISORY NO. 10, SERIES OF 2009 1. All electronic devices are now required to be submitted for check- up before the immigration section. These include cellular phones with memory cards, flash disks, external hard drives, laptops, ipod, and mp3 players. 2. A special device will be inserted into the electronic devices that will scan all videos, pictures, etc. which will be recorded in their main computer. All devices with nude or sexy pictures and similar materials will be immediately confiscated. Laptops with pirated software will also be confiscated. 3. Passengers who refuse to be subjected to inspection will be either sent to jail or deported.
  34. 34. Estimated number of Filipinos Total a. Permanent residents ---- b. Temporary residents 770,990 c. Irregular/Undocumented Migrants Not available TOTAL 770,990 STATISTICAL INFORMATION ON OVERSEAS FILIPINOS Source : Report to Congress by DFA, 2014.
  35. 35. Problems Encountered by OFWs Delayed / inaccurate / non-payment of wages and other benefits Contract substitution Unlawful salary deductions (iqama fees/costs) Homesickness Overwork / no rest day Non-issuance of iqama Insufficient food Improper accommodation Maltreatment / abuse of HSWs Sexual abuse /rape
  36. 36. Prevailing Changes in the Laws and Policies Affecting OFWs I. Latest restriction in host government’s immigration policies OFWs can only transfer to a new employer after serving two years with his original sponsor. Case blotter at Jawasat (Immigration) filed by the sponsors against absconding workers can no longer be lifted even by the sponsor himself.
  37. 37. Prevailing Changes in the Laws and Policies Affecting OFWs II. Saudization The private sector will be required to employ more Saudi nationals on the basis of company size and type of economic activity. The private companies will be classified as compliant (those in the green and blue zones) and non- compliant (red and yellow). “Red” companies will not able to renew the work permits of their foreign workers, while “Yellow” companies cannot renew the work permits of foreign workers who have been in Saudi Arabia for more than 6 years.
  38. 38. No. 10 Abi Al Maali Al Zaki Street, Sulaimaniyah District, Riyadh. PHILIPPINE EMBASSY IN RIYADH, KSA
  39. 39. owwa.ruh@gmail.com polo_riyadh@philembassy-riyadh.org poloriyadh2010@yahoo.com (9661) 483 2201 - 03 (9661) 480 6593 PHILIPPINE EMBASSY IN RIYADH (9665) 3848-1356 (9665) 5729-4161 (966) 3759-5517 (9665) 4296-0485
  40. 40. (9665) 0126-9742 (9665) 01447924 CONTACT NUMBERS IN AL-KHOBAR, KSA E-mail: owwaalkhobarksa@yahoo.com
  41. 41. Umm Al Qurah Street, Al-Rehab District 3, P.O. Box 16254, Jeddah 21464, Kingdom of Saudi Arabi PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL IN JEDDAH, KSA
  42. 42. E-mail: owwa_jeddah@yahoo.com (9662) 6195 223 (9662) 6763 966 (9662)6670 934 (Center) (9665) 67239145 (WelOf Mobile) Hotline: POLO (9665) 6981 9720 F: POLO (9662) 619-5223 PHILIPPINE CONSULATE GENERAL IN JEDDAH, KSA
  43. 43. SAUDI REFERENCES 1. nationsonline.org/oneworld/saudi_arabia.htm 2. saudiembassy.net 3. saudicommercialoffice.com 4. http://therealsaudi.com/working-hours-in-ramadan 5. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_holidays_in_Saudi _Arabia 5. http://www.opec.org/opec_web/en/about_us/169.htm 6. www.cia.gov

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