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Regulation to Suspend Government Services Comes into Force in Saudi Arabia

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Staff Writer, TLR

Published on March 12, 2024, 10:41:37


Saudi Arabia, Ramadan, government services

Saudi Arabia has implemented the Regulation to Suspend Government Services, coinciding with the beginning of the sacred month of Ramadan.

The regulation is aimed at minimising any adverse effects on individuals and businesses resulting from the suspension of government services. It includes provisions designed to safeguard the rights of all parties involved and promote compliance and adherence.

Implementation of the regulation follows specific guidelines and procedures outlined on government agency platforms such as the Absher Individuals and Businesses platform and the Muqeem portal.

According to the regulation, government services can only be suspended after a grace period is provided for rectifying any violations.

Furthermore, services related to healthcare, education, employment, commercial registration, or documentation cannot be suspended in a manner that harms the beneficiary or their dependents. Suspension of services is contingent upon the presentation of a legal document after the grace period has elapsed.

The regulation outlines a three-phase approach to the suspension of services, each phase having a designated timeframe. The initial two phases span 15 days each, with the possibility of a 15-day extension.

The duration of the third phase is determined by the statutory document for suspension submitted by the requesting government authority. If the reason for service suspension is rectified, the relevant government entity must lift the suspension within 24 hours.

Provisions within the regulation empower individuals and businesses to request an extension of the grace period before service suspension and to be informed of the entity responsible for the suspension of services.

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