Riyadh metro project to hire Saudi women

Saudi urged to create jobs for 'the compassionate half of the nation'.
Photo credit: HASSAN AMMAR/AFP/Getty Images
Photo credit: HASSAN AMMAR/AFP/Getty Images

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Riyadh Gov. Prince Turki bin Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz has announced that plans are underway to hire Saudi women to work on the metro in the capital city.

Opening the Producers Exhibition and Conference at the Riyadh International Convention Center, Prince Turki also urged the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) to support efforts to create jobs for women, reports Arab News.

"Having home services offered by Saudi women is better and safer than relying on migrant workers or men for these services," he commented, and described Saudi women as the compassionate half of the nation.

Mansour Shathri, chairman of the board of trustees of the Riyadh Center for the Development of Small and Medium Enterprises, said that the exhibition was being held to support women-owned businesses.

"The chamber is supporting computer repair and maintenance enterprises run by women by providing their contact information to all businesses. This will spread the word about their services," he said.

Of the 2,300 female applicants who submitted their work for participation, 550 women were chosen to take part in the exhibition, The RCCI is posting their numbers and information at the exhibition site.

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