Most Saudis believe climate change will affect lives

Few Saudis believe human activity is to blame for the global warming or that they should do anything about it, says a new survey. (Shutterstock)
Updated 06 October 2019

Most Saudis believe climate change will affect lives

  • Saudi Arabia was among 28 countries covered by a YouGov climate change survey involving 30,000 people

DUBAI: Most Saudis believe climate change will affect their lives but fewer believe human activity is to blame or that they should do anything about it, a new survey suggests.

Researchers found most people in the world accepted climate change would cause serious economic damage, rising sea levels endangering cities, mass displacement of people and even wars.

But the survey identified clear differences in attitudes to the issue between people in the West and those in the East.


READ MORE: Why Middle East publics have mixed views on climate change


Asked to describe their views on the environment, 35 percent of people in Saudi Arabia, 42 percent in Egypt and 52 percent in the UAE said human activity was mainly responsible for climate change. 

The numbers who believed humanity was to blame were 69 percent in Spain and 66 percent in Italy.

YouGov surveyed 30,000 people in 28 countries, including seven in the Middle East; Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar.

“The area of concern that stands out for the Middle East in general is the proportion of respondents in the region who believe either they or their country could be doing more to combat climate change,” Scott Booth, head of data products and services at YouGov MENA, told Arab News. “Fewer than half … thought they or their country could be doing more. In all cases, a lower proportion thought they themselves could be doing more to tackle climate change.”

 


Saudi investment chiefs host students from one of world’s top business schools

Updated 26 January 2020

Saudi investment chiefs host students from one of world’s top business schools

  • The Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) hosted business major students from Harvard Business School (HBS) for a conference held at the capital’s King Abdullah Financial District

Riyadh: Saudi mega projects and regional and global investment opportunities were outlined to students from one of the world’s top business schools at a seminar in Riyadh.

The Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) hosted business major students from Harvard Business School (HBS) for a conference held at the capital’s King Abdullah Financial District.

As well as being introduced to the PIF, the visitors were briefed about ongoing mega projects, along with potential future investment plans both locally and throughout the world.

During their Saudi trip, some of the students took the chance to see for themselves evidence of the reforms taking place in the Kingdom by visiting Riyadh, Jeddah, and AlUla and exploring the Red Sea coast by car.

The PIF hosted the students as part of its aim of providing exposure to the broadest possible portfolio of businesses and careers while striving to be an employer of choice for top talents domestically and globally.

The fund continues to focus its commitment and dedication in providing a learning culture that promotes partnerships and training with world-class learning institutions, by actively incentivizing professional development and certifications.

HBS is an example of PIF efforts to build relationships with highly recognized learning organizations, and links in with its prestigious graduate development program to attract and develop top Saudi talent.

The study/work development program is delivered in partnership with some of the world’s top educational institutions, offering only 80 seats per application cycle. In 2019, only a fraction of the 12,000 applicants were accepted, and the PIF has attracted several Saudi HBS graduates as part of its human capital.

It is hoped that the visit to Saudi Arabia will encourage some of the HBS students to carry out their own research on the Kingdom to benefit sectors and resources such as the geology of Saudi deserts, Red Sea oceanography, and the sociology of its citizens.

By getting a close-up insight into the Kingdom it is also envisaged that students will return to the country as tourists, investors or for employment.