70% of Saudi airports’ passport control officers to be women by 2020
The Saudi General Directorate of Passports has started training 760 new female recruits for the soldier-ranked roles
Up to 70% of passport control officers at Saudi airports could be women by next year, a top military training official told Arab News.
The Saudi General Directorate of Passports has started training 760 new female recruits for the soldier-ranked roles, to be assigned to the Kingdom’s land, sea and air entry and exit points. The latest intake will be the second group to pass through the directorate’s training centre covering the regions of Riyadh, Makkah, Madinah and Dammam.
Brig. Gen. Dr. Saleh bin Saad Al-Merbaa, director of general administration for training in the passport department, told Arab News that the course was part of a preparatory program for passport control officers.
“We are proud to have the largest number of female employees in all ports, land, sea and air, who are qualified and skilled to represent the whole country, not only the passport department. They are the first to welcome visitors to Saudi Arabia and the last to say goodbye,” Al-Merbaa said.
“We can’t deny that females have proven themselves in this major compared to their male colleagues. The international airports in Saudi Arabia are going through a major transformation this year and maybe by next year you might even see 70% female staff.
“In the first training course, we accepted 299 female applicants, this year in the second training we accepted 760 female applicants hired as technical officers. The trainees are divided in different locations, 230 in King Khalid airport in Riyadh, 250 in King Abdul Aziz airport in Jeddah, 141 in Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz airport in Madinah, and 163 in King Fahd Causeway in Dammam,” he added.
Al-Merbaa pointed out that training was divided into two parts, the first being two weeks of theory, which included the examination of documents, military and security culture, work ethics and behaviour, passport procedures and skills.