New statistics reveal there are 5.4 million households in Saudi Arabia

Updated 06 December 2017
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New statistics reveal there are 5.4 million households in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The number of households in Saudi Arabia stood at 5.46 million, of which 35.9 percent were foreign, with about 1.96 million households, while the number of households occupied by Saudis was about 3.5 million, or 64.1 percent, Al-Eqtisadiah newspaper reported.
According to Al-Eqtisadiah report, based on data from the General Authority for Statistics for the current year 2017, the average number of people per household dwelling is about 5.9, because the total population is about 32.6 million people.
Makkah region was the most heavily populated area in Saudi Arabia, with 41.7 percent occupancy in foreign households, followed by Qassim with 39.4 percent and Riyadh with 38.6 percent.
The least populated areas for foreign families are the Jazan region, which has a foreign occupancy rate of about 20.6 percent, followed by Al-Baha with 21.2 percent of the total housing.
In terms of the number of households, 52.1 percent of them are in Makkah and Riyadh regions, with 2.84 million dwellings, while the Eastern Province has about 13.9 percent of the housing, with about 758,000 housing units for foreign families.
According to the analysis, 40.1 percent of Saudi households are owned by the same family, while rented dwellings account for about 50.3 percent of the housing and about 9.4 percent of the household units are provided by employers.
Housing in Saudi Arabia is villas and apartments, as well as popular houses. Villas represent about 14.5 percent of the total with 797,000 villas; 52.8 percent are apartments with about 2.88 million. The number of houses is about 910,000, which is about 16.6 percent.


Riyadh to host forum to observe World Heritage Day next year

Riyadh hosts the sixth National Urban Heritage Forum in April with its focus on investment opportunities in the urban heritage. (Reuters)
Updated 19 October 2018
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Riyadh to host forum to observe World Heritage Day next year

  • forum will encourage private investment to capitalize on the country’s rich urban heritage
  • Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage hosts the forum each year in a different part of the Kingdom

RIYADH: The Saudi capital will host the sixth National Urban Heritage Forum (NUHF) next April to coincide with World Heritage Day, with its focus on investment opportunities in urban heritage.

“The four-day National Built Heritage Forum will be launched in Riyadh on April 15,” said Majed Alshadeed, a spokesman for the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH), on Thursday, adding that the forum will culminate on April 18, World Heritage Day. World Heritage Day is celebrated every year on April 18 with the aim of preserving the human heritage and recognizing the efforts of the relevant organizations in the field.

Organized by SCTH under the umbrella of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cultural Heritage Program, the 6th forum will encourage private investment to capitalize on the country’s rich urban heritage.

The forum will look at developing business models in the management and development of — and investment in — urban heritage sites, as well as the development of crafts and handicrafts.

The heritage forum is organized each year by the SCTH in a different province in collaboration with the relevant governorates, municipalities and local universities, following the recommendations of the first International Conference for Urban Heritage in the Islamic Countries, which was held in Riyadh in 2010.

The first session of the NUHF was organized in Makkah province, the second in the Eastern Province, the third in Madinah province, the fourth in Asir province and the fifth in Al-Qassim province.

Next year’s forum seeks to invest the expertise, knowledge and experience that the SCTH has gained and transfer it to the four economic sectors working in urban heritage. These sectors are construction, restoration and contracting, site operation, human resources development, and services and industries related to urban heritage.

The forum will include the distribution of prizes to the projects winning the Prince Sultan bin Salman Urban Heritage Awards, exhibitions, scientific sessions, workshops and business meetings with Saudi and international experts and consultants to discuss investment opportunities in urban heritage. There will also be a specialized expo for companies and institutions working in the sectors of the economics of architectural heritage, restoration and engineering consultancy.