Last year, the Ministry of Labor issued nearly 1.6 million work visas, of which 900,000 were allocated to the building and construction sector.
The issuance rate of work visas increased by 33 percent in 2012 compared to figures for 2011.
During 2012, an additional 316,140 work visas were issued compared to 2011, marking an increase of 51 percent.
The number of visas for the service sector increased by 23 percent, or 240,670 work visas.
Source: Arab News