Population of country 30 million

Updated 18 February 2014

Population of country 30 million

Foreigners make up around a third of the Kingdom’s 30 million inhabitants, according to a study conducted by the economic unit of Al-Eqtesadiah.
The Central Department of Statistics and Information (CDSI) estimated the Kingdom’s total population to be 30 million at the end of 2013, a growth rate of 2.7 percent from the 29.1 million inhabitants in 2012.
By contrast, there were only 19.8 million Saudi citizens in 2012 versus 9.4 million foreigners, showing a slightly more accelerated Saudi population growth rate.
Under its ninth five-year plan, the Kingdom is striving to make foreigners account for a little over a quarter (26.6 percent) of the total population in 2014.
There were minimal discrepancies between statistics provided by the CDSI and the Al-Eqtesadiah economic unit, the latter having reported that there were 30.2 million inhabitants.
The average annual growth rate between 2004 and 2013 was pegged at 3.2 percent, but with vast fluctuations from year to year within that 10-year period.
There was a 3.4 percent growth rate in both 2005 and 2006, which fell dramatically to half a percent in 2007, then climbed back up to 2.3 percent in 2008 and 2009.
Growth rates then leaped to 7 percent in 2010, declining once again to 4.6 percent in 2011 and further to 2.9 and 2.7 in 2012 and 2013 respectively.



Al-Eqtisadiah had estimated that the Kingdom’s population would reach 37.2 million by the year 2020 based on average annual growth rate over the last nine years.
The study predicts a consistently upward trend in population growth rates between 2013 and 2020.


Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

Updated 06 December 2019

Recent archaeological discoveries highlight Saudi Arabia as ‘a cradle of human civilizations,’ Rome conference told

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has become a leader in the field of archaeological research in the past five years, a major exhibition in Rome was told.

Abdullah Al-Zahrani, director-general of archaeological research and studies at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, said that 44 international archaeological missions had been carried out this year in the Kingdom.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the “Roads of Arabia: Masterpieces of Antiquities in Saudi Arabia Across the Ages” exhibition, which opened at the National Museum of Rome on Nov. 26.

The groundbreaking exhibition was inaugurated by Saudi Minister of Culture Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan and Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities Dario Franceschini.

Al-Zahrani said that the Kingdom “has become one of the most advanced countries in terms of archaeological disclosures.”

“Recent discoveries by local and international missions have highlighted the Kingdom’s historical status and cultural depth as the cradle of the beginnings of human civilizations,” he said.

Archaeological discoveries continue to “instil the civilized dimension of the Kingdom,” he said.

“The religious, political, economic and cultural stature that Saudi Arabia enjoys is an extension of its long cultural heritage, in addition to its distinctive geographical position as a bridge and hub of cultural interaction between East and West that made it a meeting point for international land and sea trade routes throughout all ages,” he added.