Saudi Arabia’s road to profound changes, in the eyes of outsiders

All Saudi Arabian resources mixed with modern methods can really take the country somewhere, says resident. (SPA)
Updated 23 September 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s road to profound changes, in the eyes of outsiders

  • The major changes that had a positive impact were cinemas opening and women driving, as these are things the community has been waiting for a long time

JEDDAH: As the National Day of Saudi Arabia approaches, the people of the Kingdom gear up in green to celebrate it. As excited as Saudi nationals are, expats living in the country also play their part in celebrating National Day.
Arab News made contact with some expats in Saudi Arabia to hear an outsider’s view on the transforming country.
A 66-year-old Yemeni expat living here for half a century, Salman has seen changes occur in front of his very eyes, “All the changes are moving toward a better Kingdom, for the perfect effect we will need to wait 10 or 15 more years.”
He added: “Saudi Arabia is a country rich in resources. All its resources mixed with modern methods can really take the country somewhere.”
Sarmad Hassan from Pakistan, who has lived in the Kingdom for 9 years, says, “The major changes that had a positive impact were cinemas opening and women driving, as these are things the community has been waiting for a long time.
“I had expected the changes for some time now because they were required to make a better country in the long run.
“Change is always good, it is usually hard to accept changes when they first happen but with time everything will get back to normal. To carry out the KSA’s ambitious welfare and development projects, changes which would add value to the economy are required.”
Amin-Al-Mrstani, a Syrian expat living in Saudi Arabia for 33 years, commented: “I never thought that the changes would happen, but they did happen and most of them are good.
“The further changes that I would like are to stop the shops closing during prayer time and better maintenance of the main roads and cities, which needs more attention.” Other than that, I personally enjoy the music events, cinemas and ladies driving the most.”
Salman Latif, a Pakistani for whom Saudi Arabia is a second home and who was born and brought up in the kingdom, commented: “I never really thought Saudi Arabia would become this flexible and change so much in favor of women. Personally, I am looking forward to more events here.”
Willy de Guzman, 65, from Philippines, says: “I have been here for 27 years, I hope the economy becomes better. In my opinion if that problem is tackled the Saudis have the best security so better things can be expected from the future of Saudi economy.”
In conclusion, it is safe to say that the expats living in Saudi Arabia are keen to see where the current unfolding of events is going to lead and are rooting for the best for the nation and themselves.


Saudi King oversees signing of agreements with Tunisia

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Saudi King oversees signing of agreements with Tunisia

  • King Salman and Tunisia's Prime Minister Youssef Chahed have signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) between the governments of both states

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Tunisia's Prime Minister Youssef Chahed have signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) between the governments of both states at the Al-Auja Palace in Diriyah, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The agreements were signed on the Kingdom’s side by Ahmed Aqeel Al-Khateeb of the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD), and on the Tunisian side, by Tunisian Minister of Development, Investment and International Cooperation Ziad Al-Athari. They signed a loan agreement for the implementation of the second phase of the Integrated Agricultural Development Project in Joumin, Ghazala and Sijnan in Tunisia.

The loan agreement, between the SFD and Tunisia, is aimed at improving the supply of potable water in the rural area of the Tunisian governorate of Bizerte.

A MoU was also signed to extend the Saudi grant for maintenance of the King Abdulaziz Mosque in the Tunisian capital of Tunis.