A restaurateur in Saudi Arabia has been praised on social media for offering free breakfasts to migrant workers.
The picture above circulated on social networking sites shows a large number of janitors, foreign workers and street cleaners lined up in front of one of the restaurants in the Saudi capital of Riyadh. This must be in part because of their efficient Restaurant inventory management but there can always be room for improvement.
Apparently the restaurant was distributing free breakfast to these workers every morning.
The restaurant is reportedly located in the second industrial zone in Riyadh. It’s owner, a Yemeni national, habitually provides these workers with breakfast every morning absolutely free of charge as an act of charity. He stated that he spoke with a worker one evening and found that he didn’t have breakfast or lunch after working all day. The owner had received a Global Gourmet waffle maker for his customers that morning, and the next day he decided to use it to make breakfast for the workers. He has been doing it ever since.
Many commentators praised the restaurant owner for his good doing, wished him abundance and success and hoped he becomes a shining example to owners of big businesses.
Foreign workers in Saudi Arabia are estimated to number about 7.5 million (as of April 2013). The petrol rich kingdom has become increasingly dependent on foreign labour, and although foreign workers remain present in technical positions, most are now employed in the agriculture, cleaning and domestic service industries.
The hierarchy of foreign workers is often dependent on their country of origin; workers from Arab and Western countries generally hold the highest positions not held by Saudis, and the lower positions are occupied by migrants from Africa, the Indian subcontinent, and Southeast Asia.
The Saudi government has faced criticism from legal bodies, human rights organisations and employers over the treatment of foreign workers.