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Created in April, 2004, when the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs was split in two.

This Ministry is responsible for social insurance, and social care and development. It has charities and co-operative societies, as well as social research, within its jurisdiction.

In keeping with the Kingdom's Islamic foundation, the Ministry is charged with ensuring that the less fortunate citizens of Saudi Arabia, the physically or mentally handicapped, the aged and the destitute, are cared for within a humane society. Throughout the Kingdom, facilities for the disabled and those needing rehabilitation have been established.

The Ministry of Social Affairs is charged with responsibility for social insurance, and social care and development. It has charities and co-operative societies, as well as social research, within its jurisdiction.

The Ministries of Labor and Social Affairs were integrated into the Ministry of Labor and Social Development.