Social problems threaten S Arabia: Prince Talal

Social problems threaten S Arabia: Prince Talal
Thu May 2, 2013 16:04:24

Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed bin Talal says major social problems in the kingdom are becoming like ‘ticking bombs’ that may destroy political and social structure of the country.

In a message posted on Twitter, the billionaire Saudi prince said that high unemployment rate and poverty are two of the five ticking bombs threatening the kingdom. The remaining three, he said, are the population growth in Saudi Arabia, the indiscriminate use of fuel, and the lack of diverse sources of income.


In January, Western media reports said that Saudi Arabia’s welfare programs were failing to keep up with its booming population. The reports also criticized the Al Saud regime for its unequal distribution of wealth.


Reports show that over 60 percent of people in Saudi Arabia live below the poverty line.


In February, Bin Talal called for precise measures to improve the current situation and employ Saudi Arabians instead of migrant workers.


According to a report by English-language newspaper Saudi Gazette in December 2012, as many as 3,500 men and women with doctorate and master’s degrees from prestigious European and US universities are reportedly unemployed in Saudi Arabia.


Highly educated Saudis argue that no university in the country has offered them a job despite vacancies.


Meanwhile, experts say that unemployment rate in Saudi Arabia could triple.


Bin Talal owns a number of hotels, firms, and television stations and is considered to be one of the wealthiest people in the world. He also owns 95 percent of Kingdom Holding, which has stakes in Apple Inc., Citigroup and General Motors.

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