Within six months, foreigners would be banned from selling and maintaining mobile phones and accessories for them.
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Mobarak Musa, a mobile telephone salesman from Syria, has spent 10 years working in Saudi Arabia, sending part of his wages back home to support his parents and three brothers.In early March, the Labor Ministry announced that within six months foreigners would be banned from selling and maintaining mobile phones and accessories for them, in an effort to keep open more jobs for Saudi citizens.So Musa became one of hundreds of thousands of foreign workers in Saudi Arabia who may lose their jobs and be sent back to their home countries this year, as low oil prices slow the kingdom's economy and prompt the government to restrict employment opportunities for expatriates.Saudi economic growth is slowing as low oil prices produce a state budget deficit that totaled nearly $100 billion last year, forcing the government into spending cuts.A top executive at a major Saudi company told Reuters in January that he wouldn't be surprised if 1 million foreigners had to leave the kingdom by the end of this year.Job losses among foreigners look likely to spread to other sectors, partly because of government policy.Abalkhail said displaced foreign workers could try to find jobs in other sectors.
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