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Old Jan 18th 2016, 7:41 am
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Good Morning,

I have been given a verbal offer of a position in Saudi Arabia, 2 year contract, starting September 2016.

In April 2017 I will be 60 (partway through the first year of my contract).

I know that, in Dubai where I worked for 8 years, you can work beyond 60 but the visa situation changes to 1 year at a time.

What is the situation for over 60's in Saudi?

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Old Jan 18th 2016, 8:14 am
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I believe it's the same as you experienced in Dubai although I'm not 100% sure on that.

There are over 60s here but some companies won't let you work beyond that as a direct hire and insist instead that you switch to a contractor company if they want you beyond 60.
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A lot of companies have switched to only issuing a one year Iqama ( Residency Permit ) , so you'll in theory be no different.

The only additional issue may be that you have to undergo a Medical Examination when it comes to the company renewing your Medical Insurance. Some of the insurance companies insist on this for the over 60's.
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Public sector in Qatar gets rid of employees at age 60, but exceptions can be made on a yearly basis for key expat staff, but very rare to see an employee beyond 63.
The private sector has a lot more flexibility. I know lots of professional staff in their 60's and one in his early 70's (Construction site based too, and doing a fantastic job).
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Public sector in Saudi gets rid of employees at age 60 Hijri ~58 Gregorian years and 75 days.
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Originally Posted by northbadawi View Post
Public sector in Saudi gets rid of employees at age 60 Hijri ~58 Gregorian years and 75 days.
The position I have been offered is at a fee paying private school. I assume this is not classed as public sector?
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The Ministry of Education and Ministry of Labour will have a say - but it should be okay. My last job was with KFUPM which is a public sector university. I retired aged 64 but had colleagues aged 70+. Those over 60 were kept on subject to positive annual reports.
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Originally Posted by nottmbantam View Post
A lot of companies have switched to only issuing a one year Iqama ( Residency Permit ) , so you'll in theory be no different.
From October last year iqamas are history and all are being phased out this year as they expire.

Now, it's a permit called Muqeem with a five year validity which is renewed by your company online annually. What happens to over 60s is an interesting question in light of this change.
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Originally Posted by sicklyman View Post
From October last year iqamas are history and all are being phased out this year as they expire.

Now, it's a permit called Muqeem with a five year validity which is renewed by your company online annually. What happens to over 60s is an interesting question in light of this change.
So I have had the formal offer via email and sent copies of passport, certificates etc. Waiting for written/physical contract.

As I will be making a new application, does this mean I will be given a Muqeem?
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yes you should be as iqamas are no longer being issued.
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