The life inside deportation centers in Saudi Arabia

These days, the crackdown against illegal residents is quiet in the news. You might wonder where these illegal residents would be kept until they are deported? Well, illegal residents caught from Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, or any other city are kept in the deportation center of that city.

The capacity of deportation centers

The Shumaisi deportation center which has been built along the Jeddah-Makkah Expressway in an area of 2.5 million square meters has a capacity of keeping 32,000 inmates. Recommended: How are prisoners treated in Saudi Jails?

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Who pays for the expenses of inmates?

The foreigners who violate the residency law of Saudi Arabia are deported through the deportation centers. Until then, they are treated as guests.

Their health, food, and medical requirements shall be met at government expense. However, the deportation cost is paid by the deportees in most cases.

Facilities at Shumaisi deportation centers

We are providing the details of the facilities available in the Shumaisi deportation center in Jeddah but other centers in Riyadh, Dammam, and other cities also have the same facilities.

  1. Legal Assistance

Not only the detention center is prepared to provide healthcare and food but it is also equipped to provide legal assistance. Foreign consultancy offices have been established for this purpose. 

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  1. Hospital

The deportation centers in Riyadh and Jeddah which are under the supervision of the finance ministry have catered for a hospital, a bakery, and a kitchen.

An isolation unit is there to isolate people suffering from communicable diseases. The isolation centers are separate for males and females. All inmates are admitted to the deportation center after a medical test.

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  1. Kitchen

The kitchen is extended over an area of 13,200 sq. meters. It has the ability to serve 150,000 hot and cold meals daily. Inmates can enjoy juices, water, different types of fruits, and a variety of meals.

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  1. Laundry

The deportation centers in Riyadh, Jeddah have an amazing laundry that can wash 13 tons of clothes per hour. The detainees neither have to wash their clothes nor iron them. The washed clothes are given to them after being ironed.

They don’t have to worry about dirty bed sheets, pillows, or blankets as they shall be cleaned daily. Keeping in view health problems a hospital equipped with 50 beds has been built and a shelter home as wide as 440,000 sq. meters.

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Posted by Life in Saudi Arabia on Monday, June 3, 2019

Source: Saudi Gazette

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.