Saudi Arabia suspends visas for salesman in lingerie shops

18 March 2012

The Saudi labour ministry has suspended the issuance of visas for foreign salesmen at lingerie and cosmetics shops, to further pressure companies to employ Saudi women on full-time contracts, Saudi Gazette has reported. Business owners have until June 27 to employ Saudi women in all cosmetics shops, as is currently the case with lingerie shops, said Dr Fahd Al-Takhifi, assistant undersecretary for development at the ministry. The ministry will continue to allow these companies to employ males in other positions, he said.

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