Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Saudi - Flood-hit Jubail residents seek help from big firms  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 08/01/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Arab News) Jubail residents have called on major companies in the region to help clean up and rebuild parts of the city hit by severe floods on Monday

They accused certain private industrial companies of making billions every year but not using this money to help improve the city's infrastructure and provide jobs for Saudis.



Ahmed Al-Qarni, a resident, said: "The population of the city has increased because these companies and their employees occupy towers and compounds.



These companies have offered nothing to Jubail.



The employees have become a burden on the city that has been neglected by officials.



Raeed Al-Harbi, a resident, said that Jubail city is predominately occupied by employees of big companies.



"These companies insist on housing their employees and workers in Jubail even though they work at Jubail Industrial City and Ras Al-Khair.



This has caused rentals and housing prices to increase."

"In addition, they have not contributed to the city's infrastructure, which is deteriorating all the time.





Hussain Al-Qarni, another resident, said: "I think that the municipality has not succeeded in doing its job to provide for this huge population.



Most of the city's inhabitants are now employees of the private sector." He urged the municipality to pressurize the companies to help out



Fadil Albuainain, an economic expert, said government should pass laws forcing these companies to set up a fund with SR50 million deducted from their annual profits to help upgrade Jubail's infrastructure

"Jubail has not received any financial contribution from the industrial sector even though the city has been the most affected by the procedures of various companies, which has also placed pressure on facilities from too many workers.

Albuainain said these companies should place the city on top of their social responsibility programs. He said the industrial sector in Jubail makes almost SR35 billion a year in profits. "It's not acceptable that they do not give back to the city.

"The huge factories of these companies surround Jubail and endanger the city and its environment. They also endanger the health of residents.

Albuainain said that the companies would not provide support unless an official body forces them to do so. He said laws and regulations should be strengthened to ensure companies deliver on social responsibility projects

"The industrial sector has many responsibilities toward the community including providing jobs for Saudi citizens and qualified graduates from Jubail who are unemployed in the largest market for industrial jobs in Saudi Arabia.

"There are many other responsibilities they must take up including building schools, medical centers, social centers and sports clubs. They should also create gardens and support charities.

"Companies should support development programs and fix critical issues. They should actively contribute to merging the Jubail community with the workers in the industrial city." He said the two communities should not be separated in a "society that ensures equal rights for all.

Jubail Mayor Naif Al-Dawish said some companies have contributed to the local community. "The city demands more because it has become the workplace of the country's biggest industrial companies. We are ready to help companies fulfill their responsibilities toward society and help the city become prosperous.

 


Arab News




  MENA News Headlines
 Jul 6 2015 - Accidental bombing kills seven in BaghdadKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) At least seven people were killed on Monday when a warplane mistakenly dropped a bomb on a residential area in Iraq's capital Baghdad, police said.The Iraqi plane dropped the ...

 Jul 6 2015 - Jordan says it has foiled Iran-backed bomb attackKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Jordanian authorities have foiled a "terrorist" attack and arrested an Iraqi man in possession of explosives said to have come from Iran's Revolutionary Guards, a judicial ...

 Jul 6 2015 - UAE- Engineer booked for molesting 2 cleanersKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) An engineer faced two counts of molestation for allegedly sexually harassing two female cleaners at his place on March 12.The 23-year-old Egyptian's behaviour took the women ...

 Jul 6 2015 - Dubai-based health care group to rebuild 500 houses in NepalKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The charitable arm of one of the leading health care groups in the UAE, Aster DM Foundation, has donated Dh1.4million to rebuild 500 houses in the quake-hit Nepal.Dr Azad ...

 Jul 6 2015 - UAE's electoral base for FNC polls gets 66% widerKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The National Election Committee (NEC) during its 12th meeting, held in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, has adopted the electoral college for the Federal National Council (FNC) Elections ...

 Jul 6 2015 - UAE- Three face attempted murder charges over road rage, sword attackKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Three Emiratis stood trial in a Dubai court over an alleged case of road rage that ended in a sword attack.Two jobless men, and an accomplice who is still at large, faced ...

 Jul 6 2015 - UAE- Dana Gas at 7-month high after Kurdish ruling boostKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Dana Gas shares jumped on Sunday to the highest level in seven months following a favourable court ruling in an arbitration case in London.The Abu Dhabi-listed firm's stock ...

 Jul 6 2015 - Tourism Authority of Thailand launches mobile app for Muslim visitorsKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The Tourism Authority of Thailand, or TAT, has launched its first smartphone application designed specifically to make it easier for the growing number of Muslim visitors to ...

 Jul 6 2015 - UAE- Cityscape Global sees 30 per cent growth in exhibition spaceKhaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The continued confidence in Dubai's maturing real estate market has been underlined by a 30 per cent increase in exhibitors at the Middle East's largest property showcase, ...

 Jul 6 2015 - GCC mobile market to grow 29% by 2019Khaleej Times
(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) Dubai: The GCC's mobile connected devices market is expected to increase by around 29 per cent to 45 million units by 2019 compared to 35 million units in 2015, according to ...

more...


 






Google

Click to Apply

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help