KSA population: 21.1m Saudis, 10.4m expats

Updated 04 February 2016
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KSA population: 21.1m Saudis, 10.4m expats

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s population grew by 2.4 percent to 31.52 million last year from 30.77 million in 2014, according to the Saudi Department of Statistics and Information.
The number of Saudis, who make up two-thirds of the population, increased to 21.1 million in 2015. The number of expats rose to 10.4 million.

The Kingdom’s population growth over the last 12 years is as follows: 22.6 million in 2004, 23.3 million in 2005, 24.1 million in 2006, 24.2 million in 2007, 24.8 million in 2008, and 25.4 million in 2009.

The population jumped to 27.6 million in 2010, 28.4 million in 2011 and 29.2 million in 2012. It increased to 30 million in 2013 and 30.77 million in 2014.

The country’s GDP per capita grew over the past 12 years by 6 percent on average, or an annual increase of SR3,200.
The highest growth was recorded between 2010 and 2011 when it expanded by 24 percent from SR71,100 to SR87,900.

The worst year in recent times was when it fell by 19 percent in 2009 from SR78,600 recorded in 2008 because of the global economic crisis. It dropped by 15 percent to SR77,700 last year from SR91,900 in 2014.
The per capita GDP is a measure of the total output of a country that takes the gross domestic product and divides it by the number of people in the country.


First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

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First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

  • Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by Saudi Air Navigation Services

JEDDAH: Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS) on Wednesday celebrated the appointment and start of work of the first batch of Saudi female air traffic controllers at an air traffic control center in Jeddah.
Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by SANS in cooperation with the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation. This is the first program to qualify women to work as air traffic controllers.
The academy initiative, in collaboration with SANS, seeks to create more jobs for women as part of a reform push to wean the economy off oil. Vision 2030 plan aims to increase employment and diversify revenue sources.
Earlier, SANS CEO Ryyan Tarabzoni said the state-owned company was prioritizing the hiring of women in the profession, as the country pushes to extend women’s rights in the country and also recruit more nationals as part of the “Saudization” project.