Saudi divorce rate high: The ‘message’ is clear — stop abusing social media

Saudi divorce rate high: The ‘message’ is clear — stop abusing social media
Updated 09 May 2015

Saudi divorce rate high: The ‘message’ is clear — stop abusing social media

Saudi divorce rate high: The ‘message’ is clear — stop abusing social media

Social media networks including Facebook and WhatsApp are playing a big role in increasing the number of divorce cases in Saudi Arabia. According to one report, more than 30,000 divorces take place in the Kingdom every year and 82 every day.
The Justice Ministry reported 33,954 divorce cases in 2014. Makkah region accounted for the largest number of 9,954 cases while Jeddah topped among Saudi cities with 5,306 cases.
Fadhil Al-Omani, a Saudi researcher, identified 10 main reasons for the increasing number of divorce cases in the country including the misuse of Internet and social media that triggers distrust, especially among new couples.
Other reasons include a lack of understanding among the couple, cultural and educational differences, extramarital affairs and negligence of wives and husbands in carrying out their duties in addition to financial and family problems.
Dr. Musfir Al-Malees, a family consultant, said social networking sites have contributed to at least 25 percent of divorce cases in the Kingdom.
According to a survey covering marriage officials, 20 percent of divorces take place as a result of extramarital affairs unveiled through the exchange of messages and photos on the social media, he said.
Analyst Badr Almotawa said the government and social institutions have taken up the issue seriously. “The Shoura is currently discussing a proposal that insists new couples undergo a special training course before marriage. This will play an important role in reducing divorce cases,” he told Arab News.
Almotawa said the number of divorce cases is increasing not only in Saudi Arabia, but also in other countries because of a deterioration in moral values. “This is a serious issue and all should work together to reduce the number of divorce cases in our society, especially religious leaders,” he said.


Yazeed Al-Humied, head of Local Holdings Investments at the Saudi Public Investment Fund

Yazeed Al-Humied
Yazeed Al-Humied
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Yazeed Al-Humied, head of Local Holdings Investments at the Saudi Public Investment Fund

Yazeed Al-Humied

Yazeed Al-Humied is the newly appointed head of Local Holdings Investments at the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF).

From October 2016 until December 2020, he was the PIF’s chief of staff, managing the fund’s relationships and creating strategic partnerships locally and internationally.

He also managed internal institutional and investment projects to ensure they were completed on time and met quality standards and developed a governance model for PIF portfolio companies while monitoring their performance.

On top of his new role, Al-Humied will contribute to the PIF as a member of various permanent committees including those responsible for management, and portfolio company nomination.

In addition, he sits as chairman of the National Security Services Co., vice chairman of both the Samba Financial Group and the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul), and is a board member of Saudia airline, the Saudi Civil Aviation Holding Co., and Saudi low-cost carrier flyadeal.

Al-Humied joined PIF as an adviser to the fund’s governor in 2015. In his one-year advisory role, he was responsible for the restructuring, strategy crafting, and posting of PIF’s reallocation to the Saudi Council of Economic and Development Affairs.

He started his career in 2004 with multinational professional services company PricewaterhouseCoopers and four years later joined the Capital Market Authority (CMA) where he headed mergers and acquisitions.

Al-Humied gained a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Riyadh’s King Saud University in 2004 and he is also an alumnus of the London Business School’s corporate finance modular program.