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Archive for Monday, March 27, 2006

Charles, Camilla make segregated visits

March 27, 2006

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— Prince Charles got a glimpse Sunday of "Saudi-ization," a Saudi initiative to get more Saudis in the work force.

The Prince of Wales visited a male-only technical and vocational college, giving his support to the Saudi government's efforts to become less reliant on an immigrant work force that performs manual jobs.

Charles' wife, Camilla, attended a separate function because of the strict segregation of the sexes in Saudi Arabia. She visited a multinational school, which has adopted an Australian curriculum and has 700 students from more than 30 countries.

More than 60 percent of the nation's 19 million people are below age 21. There also are about 4.6 million foreigners employed in the Saudi economy, many of them in blue collar jobs that Saudis have traditionally shunned in favor of comfortable government jobs.

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