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  • Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr & Saudi Arabian Labor Law

    We trust that the business community in the Gulf region is refreshed following Eid al-Fitr and is busily back at work.

    Historically, business slows down during the Holy Month of Ramadan.  At JHI, however, Ramadan in recent years has been as busy as any other month. Naturally, this is because our clients doing business in the Middle East have been busy.

    With the current flurry of reforms and tremendous economic growth, there is no longer room for a "slow" month for those doing business in Arabia.

    With so much work being done by so many, now would seem an opportune time to share with you a recent article on Saudi Arabian Labor Law authored by attorney Firoz Mohammed, Senior Legal Consultant at JHI's Jeddah office (KKLF).

    For both economic and moral reasons, local Labor Law is important to those who do business internationally.  If you are already doing business in the Kingdom, or are weighing an expansion into the Saudi market, you may be interested in reading about the latest Labor Law reforms concerning greater transparancy (rights, obligations, expectations, compensation, process, review and outcomes) and faster, more reliable dispute resolution.

    Mr. Mohammed is licensed to practice in his home country of India, and has been working and living in Jeddah for over 25 years.  While witnessing the fascinating, historically rapid development of a very traditional nation, Firoz has - since the days of King Fahad - made it his business to analyze the laws of one of the Arab world's most important economies.  You can read his article HERE   

    Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr & Saudi Arabian Labor Law   "Let's get back to work!"
                                                                                                     "Um, did we ever actually stop working this year... ?"


    You will see more articles from Firoz in subsequent blog entries, and we will showcase the profiles of Firoz and other seasoned professionals resident in Jeddah very soon - watch this space !
  • A "21st Century" Saudi Arabia

    21st Century Saudi Arabia

    Near the close of 2016, while the West was focused on the High Holidays, a new American President and the NFL Post-Season that would culminate in a historic Super Bowl LI, the government of Saudi Arabia (KSA) leapt into the 21st Century - literally.

    Under the direction of Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, with the full support of his father King Salman, the Saudi Government officially abandoned the Hijri Calendar (the Islamic, lunar calendar which begins with the Prophet Mohammed's trek from Mecca to Medina and the establishment of the first-ever Islamic state), and has adpoted the "Gregorian" calendar (named after Pope Gregory XIII, the solar calendar predominantly used as the civil calendar in the West and elsewhere, which begins one week following the Roman church's, and the day of the Eastern Orthodox churches', traditionally espoused birth of Jesus Christ; the civil calendar used in the West arbitrarily measures months as being either 28/29, 30 or 31 days in length).

    Initially functioning as a budget cutting measure, with government employees receiving the same monthly salaries while working an additional eleven (11) days of the year, its the eternal questions of "what next?" that holds the world's attention as those with commercial ties to the KSA wait the other shoe(s) to drop.  What are the other consequences, both intended and unintended, of the Saudi government's adherence to this new calendar?  How, if at all, will this impact governance and/ or commerce in the Kingdom?

    Saudi Arabia is, and was founded to be, an Islamic state.  Its Constitution is the Quran.  The change from a calendar that is dear to their faith and which honors the pilgrimage of their holiest and most revered prophet, to a calendar created by a Roman military dictator and revised by a Catholic Pontiff is, in and of itself, revolutionary.

    For now, its impact is seen strictly as a government austerity measure. Nonetheless, and predictably, the more conservative elements of Saudi society, including the clerics with whom the King shares and exercises power, are resisting this particular change.  They presently appear to center their resistance around their concern that the masses will not adhere as faithfully as they have in the past to the holy month of Ramadan (which, like all months in the Hijri calendar, is measured by the lunar cycle).
     
    JHI is confident that good muslims will adhere to Ramadan, just as good christians adhere to Easter, the date of which is determined by the advent of the Jewish observance of the Passover holiday (the Jewish calendar measures months by lunar cycles, occasionally adding a month to make up the discrepancy in days between 12 lunar months and one solar year; thus, while Passover - and the subsequent Christian Easter - are celebrated on the same days of year, every year, on the Jewish calendar, they are celebrated at different times of the year on the civil, or "Gregorian", calendar).

    Neverless, acquiescence to the Saudi government's new calendar will not occur overnight.  As conservative elements tend to dominate the judiciary, and are well-ensconced in the various levels of the bureaucracy in the KSA, JHI feels that for the time being it remains prudent to continue to use language referencing the "Gregorian" calendar as controlling in the boilerplate of contracts and other documents pertaining to business in the Kindgdom of Saudi Arabia - including and especially those documents related to participation in government projects, whether as a contractor or sub-contractor.

    JHI will continue to follow the evolution of this particular change, and other developments related to the Vision 2030 reforms, as the Deputy Crown Prince pulls his country into the 21st Century - both metaphorically and literally.