KSA population: 21.1m Saudis, 10.4m expats

Updated 04 February 2016

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 minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

Updated 22 October 2019

Saudi minister hails ‘special relationship’ with Japan

  • “We share common values,” said Majid Al-Qasabi

TOKYO: Saudi Arabia has a “special relationship” with Japan, which is “reliable strategic partner and friend” of the Kingdom, the Saudi Minister for Commerce and Investment Majid Al-Qasabi said on Monday.

The minister was speaking at the launch in Tokyo of the Japanese-language online edition of Arab News, in the latest stage of its global expansion. The event came on the eve of Tuesday’s ceremonial enthronement of Emperor Naruhito in the Japanese capital. “This is a great opportunity, a moment in history,” Al-Qasabi said.

The news website, published in Japanese and English, will focus on enabling the exchange of information between Japan and the Arab world in business, current affairs, and arts and culture. “It will be good to have news in Japanese so many Japanese can read about the Arab world,” Japan’s Defense Minister Taro Kono said at the launch.

Common values

“We share common values, we have a high respect for the elders and we think that the family is very important … to me we are friends and I think we need to work together.

“In order to do that we need to know what people in the Middle East are actually thinking, what is happening on a daily basis, and we haven’t got the source for that — but now Arab News is in Japan.

“This is a very good means to exchange information between the Middle East and Japan, so I am very much looking forward to it.”