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60% of Saudi citizens live below poverty line: Saudi daily

File photo shows a Saudi family in the impoverished al-Sweadi district of Riyadh.


Tue Jul 17, 2012



Despite being world’s biggest crude exporter, sixty percent of the people in Saudi Arabia live below the country’s poverty line, a Saudi newspaper reported.


In an article published by the Okaz daily, Saudi journalist, Khaled al-Harbi wrote that while Saudi Arabia earns 1,500 billion riyals (around 400 billion dollars) a year, the average salary of an ordinary Saudi citizen should not be 1,500 riyals (around 400 dollars).

According to official figures released by Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia (Shura), about 22 percent of Saudi citizens - at least 3 million citizens - live below the poverty line.

Activists in Saudi Arabia have repeatedly criticized Riyadh for spending vast sums on buying arms from the West and not helping the millions living in poverty.

In 2010, Riyadh purchased over 60 billion dollars worth of weapons from the United States, which Washington lauded as the largest arms deal in history.

Saudi Arabia is the world's biggest oil exporter, with the black gold accounting for 90 percent of the country's exports.


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Post time 2012-7-18 06:52:52 |Display all floors
You wont find the US criticising the Saudi regime on its truly appalling human rights abuses.

But their double standards dont surprise anybody anymore.
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Post time 2012-7-18 13:16:51 |Display all floors
St_George Post time: 2012-7-18 06:52
You wont find the US criticising the Saudi regime on its truly appalling human rights abuses.

But t ...

You speak truth George

my appology if i was rude to you from time to time , obviously you are smart man.

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Post time 2012-7-19 11:21:43 |Display all floors
finish the kingdoms and the life of common people will be better.

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Post time 2012-7-19 15:46:54 |Display all floors
maroofkhan Post time: 2012-7-19 11:21
finish the kingdoms and the life of common people will be better.



all monarchs are criminals , her majesty or smiling bandit as some call her is prime example.

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SMITHI Post time: 2012-7-19 15:46
all monarchs are criminals , her majesty or smiling bandit as some call her is prime e ...

One of my ancestors was a murderer so do you want to hang ME also for his crime ?
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Post time 2012-7-19 16:13:06 |Display all floors
St_George Post time: 2012-7-19 16:10
One of my ancestors was a murderer so do you want to hang ME also for his crime ?

Of course not George but seriously does evil little island need monarch?

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