KSA population is 30.8m; 33% expats

Updated 31 January 2015
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KSA population is 30.8m; 33% expats

Saudi Arabia’s population stood at 30.8 million at the end of 2014, a 2.6 percent rise from 2013, according to data released by the Kingdom’s Central Department of Statistics and Information (CDSI).
There were 20.7 million Saudis, making up 67 percent of the population, while the number of foreigners stood at 10.1 million or 33 percent, according to an analysis conducted by the economics reporting unit of Al-Eqtisadiah newspaper.
The population had grown by 2.7 percent from 2012 to 2013, amounting to 29.2 million people. This consisted of 20.3 million Saudis and 9.7 million foreigners.
The CDSI said that the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) stood at SR2.82 trillion at the end of 2014, while per capita GDP was SR91,700.
Per capita GDP had grown by 9 percent over the past 11 years, an annual increase of SR4,900.
The highest per capita GDP growth was between 2004 and 2005, when it grew by 23 percent, or from SR43,000 to SR52,800.
According to the analysis, per capita GDP dropped 19 percent between 2008 and 2009, from SR87,600 to SR63,400, as a result of the global financial crisis.
Al-Eqtisadiah had estimated that the Kingdom’s population would reach 37.2 million by the year 2020 based on the average annual growth rate over the past nine years.


Saudi Digital Library stages excellence award ceremony

The award highlights the role of distinguished participants in Saudi scientific production and supports their contributions to society. (SPA)
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Saudi Digital Library stages excellence award ceremony

  • The award aims to motivate university members to use databases, which will achieve the best use of digital sources available in the SDL

ThaThe Saudi Digital Library (SDL) will host an excellence award ceremony for the scientific output of Saudi universities next Saturday.
Based on the keenness of the SDL to acquire and provide for the productivity of faculty members, researchers and students, SDL has established the “Excellence Award for the Scientific Production of Saudi Universities in the International Databases.”
It is an annual award designed for Saudi universities, faculty members and postgraduate students to support excellence in Saudi scientific production published in international scientific journals.
The SDL seeks to create an active environment for scientific research, creativity and innovation, and motivate Saudi universities to lead globally in scientific production in line with Vision 2030. The award aims to motivate university members to use databases, which will achieve the best use of digital sources available in the SDL.
The award highlights the role of distinguished participants in Saudi scientific production and supports their contributions to society, raises positive competition in the field of scientific publishing among faculty members, researchers and post-graduate students, encourages motivation to excellence in scientific production published in the scientific journals for the members of the Saudi universities, raises awareness of the SDL role in supporting scientific production, increases the use of digital information sources available in the SDL and develops scientific research outputs of the universities quantitatively and qualitatively by encouraging publishing in prestigious scientific journals to achieve global dissemination.
The ceremony includes three morning workshops in addition to the evening online training workshops.
The excellence award includes three categories, including the SDL award for the top universities in using the digital information sources; the SDL award of Saudi scientific production published in the international databases (Web of Science ISI) and the SDL award of Saudi scientific production published in the international databases (Scopus).