KSA has 4th lowest population density among Arab states

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Updated 28 February 2014

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.

King Salman welcomes Pakistan PM Imran Khan in Jeddah

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King Salman welcomes Pakistan PM Imran Khan in Jeddah

JEDDAH: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan met with King Salman on Wednesday as part of his first state visit overseas.

During the talks, they reviewed the close relations between their two countries, the prospects for their development and strengthening in various fields, as well as the latest regional developments, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The meeting was attended by Prince Khalid Al Faisal, Advisor to the King, Prince of Makkah Region, Prince Mansour bin Mteb bin Abdulaziz and a number of other officials from both countries.

Khan arrived in the Kingdom on Tuesday for a visit expected to focus on bilateral ties, regional security and Pakistan's economic situation.

Earlier, the prime minister was received by the King at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah before the a luncheon was held in his honor.

He then met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who congratulated him on his election as prime minister.

"They reviewed the historical relations between the two brotherly countries and ways to enhance them," SPA said.


In an interview with Al Arabiya aired on Wednesday, Khan said Pakistan would always stand by Saudi Arabia, and that anyone who comes into power in the country would visit the Kingdom first.

“Saudi Arabia came to Pakistan's aid when it needed it," Khan said. 

Earlier on Wednesday, Khan performed Umrah in Makkah.

He then held a series of meetings, including with the Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid Al-Falih on Wednesday.



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Khan received Al-Falih at his residence in Jeddah to discuss ways of cooperation between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

He also held a meeting with the Secretary General of the Islamic Cooperation Organization (OIC) Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen

Khan, whose Tehreek-e-Insaf party won the July elections, is accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and other senior members of his cabinet.

On Tuesday, the former cricketer visited Madinah where he prayed at the Prophet's Mosque.