KSA population: 21.1m Saudis, 10.4m expats

Updated 04 February 2016
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KSA population: 21.1m Saudis, 10.4m expats

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s population grew by 2.4 percent to 31.52 million last year from 30.77 million in 2014, according to the Saudi Department of Statistics and Information.
The number of Saudis, who make up two-thirds of the population, increased to 21.1 million in 2015. The number of expats rose to 10.4 million.

The Kingdom’s population growth over the last 12 years is as follows: 22.6 million in 2004, 23.3 million in 2005, 24.1 million in 2006, 24.2 million in 2007, 24.8 million in 2008, and 25.4 million in 2009.

The population jumped to 27.6 million in 2010, 28.4 million in 2011 and 29.2 million in 2012. It increased to 30 million in 2013 and 30.77 million in 2014.

The country’s GDP per capita grew over the past 12 years by 6 percent on average, or an annual increase of SR3,200.
The highest growth was recorded between 2010 and 2011 when it expanded by 24 percent from SR71,100 to SR87,900.

The worst year in recent times was when it fell by 19 percent in 2009 from SR78,600 recorded in 2008 because of the global economic crisis. It dropped by 15 percent to SR77,700 last year from SR91,900 in 2014.
The per capita GDP is a measure of the total output of a country that takes the gross domestic product and divides it by the number of people in the country.


Saudi Arabian paralympians celebrate golden jubilee of Special Olympics

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Saudi Arabian paralympians celebrate golden jubilee of Special Olympics

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s paralympians have joined the International Special Olympics in celebrating its Golden Jubilee on Friday by illuminating two landmark sites in the kingdom.
The paralympians have marked their 50th anniversary by lighting in red the Riyadh-based Kingdom and Palm Towers.
Under the slogan: “Illumination for Integration,” the Saudi Paralympics have joined more than 170 tourist and archaeological landmarks lit in red to commemorate the anniversary.
The President of the Saudi Special Olympics’ Committee, Maher bin Saad Al-Jaded, said he was happy and proud that the Kingdom is taking part commemorating the launch of one of the most important humanitarian movements, for people with disabilities, in the world.
“Saudi Arabia’s participation in this day is a continuation for our wise leadership in supporting our children with special needs in all fields, including sports, by sponsoring more than 20 olympic sports events for special needs every year.”