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Saudization meets reality

Posted: June 17, 2016 in Saudi Arabia

The Saudi ruling shoura council has embarked on the process known as ‘saudization’ over recent years which has now been brought further into public focus with the much hyped 2030 National Strategic Development and Diversification Plan. Basically this is Saudi Arabia seeking to develop an economy not wholly dependant on oil and foreign workers – which in of itself is a fanciful dream by many

That’s the plan but here’s the reality…

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Suppliers of goods and services, in this case mobile phones and accessories, refuse to supply and deal with Saudi Nationals. Some are quoted as saying they fear  limited legal recourse for non/late payment, low productivity and poor attendance/work ethic. Many Saudi’s only wanting to ‘work’ 5-8 hours 5 days a week – whereas ex pats often work 12 hours – 6 days a week to maintain productivity, profits and targets

In response the government are considering punitive measures such as increased rents and taxes for violators

So where does that leave the proposed initiative to replace thousands of foreign workers with young Saudi’s? The target of 50% saudization for the telecommunications sector seems way off – currently it is estimated that around 10% of employees are Saudi

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As an employer choosing to employ a Saudi will often face a reduction in meeting targets, work efficiency and productive hours… Basically they can expect to become less profitable. This simple fact – verifiable by speaking to anyone – is the reason saudization will never work and possibly bankrupt the entire economy if ‘forced’ by the ruling elite.

Consider labour intensive sectors of the economy e.g. construction and a saudization goal of 50%. For example a building company may employee 50 builders and labourers and a couple of Saudi managers and architects. To hit the prescribed criteria they would have to either employ 48 more Saudi managers to balance labourers or sack 48 Bangladeshi/Indian or flippino workers. Either way the construction will very quickly go backrupt. The government constantly espouse the willingness of young men in this country to work – in the case of hard physical labour this is utter balderdash. It is obvious to any idiot that exceptions are going to have to be forthcoming to avoid the proverbial wheels falling off this bus!

Watch this space..

Tales of hard lessons learnt by an English teacher at a National University in Saudi Arabia:

A question of professionalism and ethics…

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Teaching here in Saud Arabia is often quite an eye opener. The international and widely accepted concepts such as professionalism, integrity, honesty and academic rigor are sadly absent within many higher education institutions

Below is a list of observations during a term at a National University in the English department…

Being given no induction, orientation or welcome tour on arrival at university – sitting on my own for the first week before even being introduced to my manager or meeting the team

When requesting appropriate teaching material for relevant classes I was given used, riped, second-hand books and told to make do. When challenging this saying it was not acceptable to give me thrown out, hand me downs and was advised ‘if you don’t like it then quit’

Management inability to respond or take direct responsibility for a given situation, preferring to give excuses and delegate rather than solve the problem or give solutions. Often being sent to a subordinate who refers inquirer back to said manager

Being given classes to teach with no notice whatsoever, no attendance register or back ground information as to their current level, ability of expected outcomes/goals – clearly having little or no understanding of the planning and time it take to plan and produce academically suitable and content engaging lessons. It appears management have little or no back ground in education/teaching from their ill thought out decisions and unrealistic expectations

Management handing out duties and responsibilities to staff who are unable to perform said tasks e.g. informs teacher to update online attendance register but with no log on details, access or knowledge of the operating system/software

Being given mutiple/conflicting timetables with no explaination and then being blamed for missing lessons and student absenteeism

Producing and photocopying exam material moments before the exam – totally slap dash and unprofessional. Rather than discussing issues and problems about examination weeks before students sit exams, heads of depart bursting into exams that are in progress conducting polls and asking students when they would like to sit said papers. Allowing some to remain, some to delay and some to decide later

English exams strewn with grammatical and language errors – even after being checked and agreed by departmentals heads, thus undermining the entire examination system on which they solely rely

Key members of staff never in their office and rarely available to deal with issues – relying on WhatsApp to run their departments. As teachers were are expected to start work at 8am and finish at 3 or 5pm – 5 days a week. Aforementioned people arriving anytime between 10 and 11.30am leaving well before 3pm – usually around 2pm. This having been witnessed by various teachers virtually everyday

Everything is filthy with cleaners spending vast amounts of time sat round on Facebook – no oversight that teaching facilities are being maintained and cleaned meaning teachers are forced to work in filthy surroundings. When teachers ask for a clean room being advised to clean it myself or resign

Discussing next terms teaching material amongst themselves and students without consulting the teachers who have used said materials in earlier postings

Managers assigning overtime duties to staff then fraudulently applying for these hours themselves, when they haven’t even satisfied their contractual hourly work obligations

Welcome to the world of incompetence, unprofessionalism and fraud

Pyramids – Giza 2016

Posted: March 18, 2016 in 2015, Egypt

Another tick off the bucket list

A truly breath taking experience – not hard to see why these are one of the seven wonders of the ancient world

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Coexistence possible…?

Posted: February 9, 2016 in 2015, 2016

cultural norms meeting head on…

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What is going to be the eventual outcome…?

Let’s take a moment to mull over their promises, assessing their assurances for the future as we cast our objective discernment worldwide and closely observe and consider the current situation around the globe:

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Venezuela

On the brink of collapse

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/01/29/venezuela-is-on-the-brink-of-a-complete-collapse/

Cyprus

Bankrupt and confiscated money direct from peoples’ accounts

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/mar/21/cyprus-bailout-crisis-panic-bankruptcy

Greece

Bankrupt and defaulting on loans repayments to IMF – expect ‘bail ins’

http://www.theguardian.com/business/live/2015/jun/30/greek-debt-crisis-day-of-decision-for-tsipras

Puerto Rico

Officially is bankrupt and in default – asking for 50% write down in debts http://www.the-american-interest.com/2015/07/31/here-comes-puerto-ricos-default/

Ukraine

Officially is bankrupt and in default.. IMF continues to land money <which is illegal and against their own rules!>

http://www.stankovuniversallaw.com/2015/10/breaking-news-ukraine-has-officially-defaulted-today/

Zimbabwe

35,000,000,000,000 ZD = 1 USD – Germany post WW1 all over again

https://leaprate.com/2015/06/total-economic-collapse-35-quadrillion-zimbabwe-dollars-now-worth-1-us-dollar/

Portugal

Official bankrupt and sinking slowly – expect ‘bail ins’

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/forget-greece-portugal-is-the-eurozones-next-crisis-2015-06-24

South Africa

Currency collapse and coming collapse – expect total chaos and ‘bail ins’ http://www.moneyweb.co.za/archive/a-guide-to-south-africas-economic-bubble-and-comin/

Colombia

Oil, corruption and currency collapse – crisis and chaos imminent

http://www.upstreamonline.com/live/1397319/colombia-companies-at-bankruptcy-risk

Brazil

Financial collapse imminent, currency devaluation and massive reduction in exports

http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-09-23/the-anatomy-of-brazil-s-financial-meltdown

no problems 😥

 

 

Honeymoon coming in 2016…?

Posted: January 25, 2016 in 2015, Norway

Something on my bucket list I have yet to see…

Inshallah 🙂

 

Apparently a significant cause of  road traffic accidents in the Kingdom are all the ‘dangerously under-qualified’ expatriate drivers…

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Of course the tens of thousands accidents are nothing really to do with young wreckless Saudi men who show a complete disregard for road safety, drive around as though they are in a ‘fast and furious’ film and moreover who seem to be totally above the law and are rarely culpable for any of the carnage they cause.

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In most cases they seem pose for selfies next to the wreck, thank God for their safety and their fathers buy them a replacement car within a week or so?

Disclaimer: This is my observation based on 100+ traffic accidents I have witnessed around the country and may not be a truly representative demographic of the overall problem

‘Anti-Islamic’: Pakistan rejects bill banning child marriage https://www.rt.com/news/329157-pakistan-child-marriage-law-islam/

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They have banned any law that would stop child marriage because the prophet himself married Aisha an 8 year old girl.

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In Islam girls can be engaged to be married at 8, over the next few years the groom can participate in ‘appropriate sexual behaviour e.g. thighing’ and relationship can be fully consummated at puberty (11years +?)

How the mighty fall..

Posted: December 19, 2015 in 2015

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It seems like the infamous rapper “25 pence” has filled for bankruptcy..? He’s selling his 21 bedroom 25 bathroom at a reduced price of $8.5 million down from $18.5 million – quite a hefty loss

He was reportedly worth $150 million but alas he seems to have blown through the lot… Guess this original OG spent all his money on gin and juice, big booty bitches, pimping his rides, cruising on sick ass rims, living the player life style, killing it round his hood and smoking sticky green S**T

Mcdonalds are currently looking for part time staff dawg

On a side note, what is the bet that his accountant or lawyer aren’t also filling for bankruptcy…!

2016 and beyond

Posted: December 14, 2015 in Saudi Arabia

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As the end of the year looms near it is time to contemplate 2016 and the new opportunities it may offer, the adventures I may experience and choices that will need making

Unlike previous years the coming 12 months will almost certainly mean significant changes to me, my priorities and overall outlook on life

One certainty is that i will not be staying in Saudi Arabia for another entire year

Christmas list (my ambitions for 2016):

Get married

Ride a scooter from Capetown – South Africa to Cairo – Egypt

Volunteer in my orphanage in India for a few months

Buy a motorbike