The kingdom is pushing forward with plans to limit the number of foreigners in the workforce.

Saudi Arabia is on a mission to get more females into the workplace over the next few years – and according to reports, there might soon be a few more retail jobs up for grabs.

Saudi women may soon be the only staff allowed to work in shops selling female-specific products, according to the Saudi Gazette.

The kingdom’s Ministry of Labour and Social Development hopes to establish the female-only workplaces from October 21, Gulf Business reports.

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What falls under the bracket of a “women’s necessities” store? Places that sell things like perfume, women’s clothing, accessories and fabrics, whether they’re in shopping malls, markets, or standalone shops.

Smaller retailers selling items such as wedding dresses, abayas and cosmetics will also fall under the new rule.

As part of the kingdom’s Vision 2030, the post-oil economy plan, the government aims to increase the percentage of women in the nation’s workforce from 23 per cent to 28 per cent by 2020.

Saudi is also promoting the employment of nationals, imposing limits or an outright block on expat workers in some sectors.

In other news, three Saudi women were just appointed to this national council…

Princess Lulwa Al Faisal Bin Abdul Aziz

Saudi Arabia’s newly formed Family Affairs Council has added three women to its ranks, including one royal.

Princess Lulwa Al Faisal Bin Abdul Aziz, daughter of the late King Faisal, will sit on the council for a renewable three-year term, along with Lana Saeed and Raja Bahadhiq.

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The council aims to improve the position of women and families in Saudi’s society, Gulf News reports, and will be in charge of creating family-related legislation.

Princess Lulwa has long been a champion of female empowerment in the kingdom, sitting on women’s societies, co-founding Effat University, and speaking out in support of women driving.

She’s joined on the council by King Saood University professor Saeed, and early child education MA student Bahadhiq.

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