KSA has 4th lowest population density among Arab states

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Updated 28 February 2014
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KSA has 4th lowest population density among Arab states

Saudi Arabia is in the league of countries with the lowest population density.
According to an analysis carried out by Al-Eqtisadiah, a sister publication of Arab News, population density in the Kingdom increased from 14.6 persons per sq km in 2012 to 15 persons per sq km in 2013.
The term population density defines the number of people per sq km of land area. According to the analysis, the Kingdom has a population of 29.2 million in an area of 2 million sq km.
The analysis, based on data available from the Department of Statistics for 2013, matched the figures provided by the Saudi Geological Survey.
In 2011, the population density of Saudi Arabia was 13 people per sq km and was ranked 190 globally among 211 countries, which meant the Kingdom was among the 22 countries with least population density, and was at No. 19 among 22 Arab countries.
Saudi Arabia comes fourth in terms of the less populated Arab countries after Libya, which has three inhabitants per sq km, Mauritania (four persons per sq km) and Oman (10 per sq km).
Among the Gulf states, Saudi Arabia comes fifth in terms of population density, meaning the country is the second least populated state after Oman. It is interesting to note that three Arab countries — Bahrain, Palestine and Lebanon — outweigh the three largest countries in terms of population density, namely China, India and the US.
Bahrain is ranked fifth in the world as the country with high population density, while Palestine is ranked 12th and Lebanon 20th.
China, the most-populous country, is No. 69 in terms of population density; India, the second most populous nation, is No. 22; and the United States is at No. 158.


Saudi Arabia’s first ‘smart’ pharmacy inaugurated

Updated 21 July 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s first ‘smart’ pharmacy inaugurated

TABUK: Prince Fahd bin Sultan, governor of Tabuk region, inaugurated the Kingdom’s first smart pharmacy — operated by a robot — at King Fahd Specialist Hospital on Thursday, following his meeting with the province’s director general of health affairs, Ghurmallah bin Abdullah Al-Ghamdi.
It is hoped that the smart pharmacy — which can dispense 1,500 packages of medicine per hour, store over 20,000 packages of medicine, reject expired drugs, and deal with 240 prescriptions per hour — will save the time of patients and pharmacists, ensure better control of drug stocks, provide the highest safety standards, and reduce medication errors.
The pharmacy has six outlets, one of which is dedicated to serving disabled people.
Prince Fahd congratulated Tabuk Health Affairs on this achievement, which he said would contribute to better health care services.
He stressed that serving citizens was the main objective and praised the role of young men and women in meeting the requirements of the future.
He also thanked King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their support for the health care sector in Saudi Arabia.
Al-Ghamdi thanked Prince Fahd for his support for the health care sector in the province.